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FAQ

Welcome to the FAQ page. Here you will find answers to some of the most common questions about visa rules and procedures. The questions are listed by type; if you cannot find the answer to your question below, please email your enquiry to visa.ambbang@esteri.it .

General information
Business visa
Employment visa
Study visa
Tourist visa
Re-entry visa


 

General information


Where do I have to apply for visa?

• Visas must be requested at Italian missions abroad having jurisdiction on the applicant’s place of residence. As a rule, residence is defined as the place where a person lives and works. If the applicant’s place of residence is not in agreement with their passport’s place of issue, the applicant is asked to submit a residence permit issued at least six months prior to application. The Embassy may require extra documents (like working contract or house property) to support residence permit.

I am planning a tourist trip to several Schengen Countries. Where do I apply for visa?

• The country competent for examining and deciding on an application for a Schengen visa shall be the Country whose territory constitutes the sole destination of the visit.

If the trip includes more than one destination the visa should be requested
To the Embassy of the Country whose territory constitutes the main destination of the visit in terms of length or purpose of stay.


If no main destination can be determined, the visa should be requested to the Embassy of the Country of first entry.

 I am a third-country national living in Thailand. Can I apply for a visa here in Thailand or do I have to apply in my home country?

• While there is no prohibition for third country nationals to apply, applicants should be able to provide evidence of their legal permission to reside in our Consular District, by producing their student or work residence permit. The Embassy may require extra documents (like working contract or house property) to support residence permit.

I already hold a multiple-entry Schengen visa that is about to expire. Can I apply for a new visa in advance?

• Yes. However, the validity of the new visa will start from the expiry date of the previous visa.

My Schengen visa has a 6-month validity. How long can I stay in the Schengen area?

• If you hold a 6-month multiple-entry visa, you have to leave the Schengen area before the expiration of your visa, you can stay up to a total of 90 days within a validity of 180 days.

Can I bring friends and family with me, if I am to be interviewed?

• We regret that there is not enough space in our visa section for friends and family. We therefore ask you to come alone, if possible. We make an exception for family accompanying applicants aged 18 or under, elderly relatives aged 65 or over, as well as for sponsors of settlement applications.

How far in advance of my travel date can I apply for visa?

• Three months maximum. For example, if you plan to depart in December you cannot apply before August. We recommend that you apply at least three weeks before your planned date of departure.

Can I apply by EMS?

• No. Neither the Italian Embassy Visa Section nor the Joint Visa Application Center will be able to accept applications sent via courier. However, if you do not wish to return to the Visa Application Centre, a courier service will be available at an additional cost.

Which is the expiry date of my visa? 

• Two important data appear on the visa: the visa expiry date (e.g. 17th October) and the duration of the stay expressed in days (e.g. 10 days). The applicant must leave the Schengen area before their visa expiry date, making sure that the duration of their stay does not exceed the one stated on their visa.

What should I do after obtaining visa?

• Upon entering Italian territory, you have to make sure that you hold all the documents already submitted for your visa application, as well as proof of financial means. Where applicable, you will have to apply for a residence permit at the local police station (“Questura”).
Should I refer to a travel agent or other advisor to help me with my visa application?
• No. It is not necessary since the Joint Visa Application Center  can assist you on any issue related to your visa application. Please distrust people promising a speedy processing of your visa application. No one can guarantee visa issue to you. Application forms and information are available free of charge on the websites www.ambbang@esteri.it and www.vfs-italy.co.th.

I have heard that it is better to say that I am going for business rather than for tourism or to see relatives. Is this true?

• No. On the contrary, problems arise when applicants deliberately mislead the interviewing officer during the interview. Once a misrepresentation is made, it will be difficult to believe any other information supplied by the applicant.

Shouldn't I conceal the fact that I have close relatives living in Italy, that I have an immigration visa application on file, or that I have previously been denied visa? What are the consequences if an applicant conceals or misrepresents information or submits fraudulent documents to the Embassy?

• The risks of fraud are serious. Applicants who provide incorrect information will be denied visa. All applications are checked against computer records to see if certain information on the application was truthfully presented. Applicants submitting fake documents are reported to the Italian Prosecutor.


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Business visa


I often go to Italy for business purposes and I wish to apply for a 1-year multiple-entry visa. Do I need to draw up a 1-year insurance policy?

• We suggest to by an insurance policy that covers one year since the insurance is compulsory for each trip..

The inviting Italian company undertakes to provide me with an insurance coverage for the whole duration of my stay in Italy. Do I need to further draw up a Thai insurance policy?

• Undertaking to provide health insurance is not sufficient. If the Italian company has drawn up an insurance policy in Italy, relevant certification has to be attached to the visa application. Otherwise, the applicants will have to draw up an insurance policy themselves.

The inviting Italian company issued an invitation letter for a period of 10 days; I will then proceed to Prague for a 3-day conference. Can I apply for a Schengen visa whose duration covers both visits?

• Yes. However, it is necessary to submit a letter of invitation from France, or, on the alternative, a declaration by the Italian company stating that the applicant will proceed to Czech Republic and specifying the reason of the trip and the hotel where the applicant will stay.

I am going to Italy a for 10-day training session at a Milan-based company. Before returning to Thailand, I wish to go to Vienna on a 3-day holiday. Shall I apply for a business or a tourist visa?

• You can apply for a business visa. However, you will need to provide proof of financial means and hotel reservation in Vienna.


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Employment visa


What should I do to obtain a working permit in Italy?

• The application can only be submitted by the Italian or foreign employer at the local Unified Immigration Desk (“Sportello Unico”).
 

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Study visa


I wish to enroll in an Italian university. Where can I find relevant information? Which documents should I submit to apply for visa? What validity will my visa have?
• You can find all the information on enrolment into Italian universities on the website Study in Italy. The visa application is the final stage of the pre-enrolment procedure. Study visa is usually valid until 31st January of the year following the registration year; the validity of the residence permit will be extended accordingly by the relevant police headquarters upon passing the prescribed university exams.

I have a scholarship covering university tuition, lodging and boarding for the whole period of my stay in Italy. Do I have to show any other proof of financial means?

• You will have to only if the amount of your scholarship is lower than the one set by the relevant directive passed by the Italian Ministry of the Interior in 2000.

I have been granted a 3-year scholarship to study in Italy. Can I bring my wife and children with me?

• Yes. Family reunion is granted to anyone staying in Italy for a period of over 1 year. Before applying for a family reunion visa, you will have to obtain special permission (“nullaosta”) at the relevant Unified Immigration Desk.


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Tourist visa


I have already traveled to Schengen countries with business visas. I now wish to go to Italy on a long holiday. Can I apply for a 6-month multiple-entry visa?

• As a rule, tourist visas are issued for short periods and based on the documentation submitted by the applicant.

I wish to go and visit a relative living in Italy. In order to be granted visa, is it sufficient for me to just provide proof of financial means?

• If the applicants have a solid financial position or have already travelled to the European Union in the recent past, it is sufficient for them to provide proof of financial means. Otherwise, the inviting person is advised to arrange a bank guarantee (“fidejussione”) in favor of the applicants. Upon application for visa, if the original certificate of bank guarantee is submitted, there will be no need to provide any other proof of financial means.

How much is the amount of the bank guarantee supposed to be?

• The amount is set by the relevant Directive of the Italian Ministry of the Interior, circulated among all Italian banks.

I am an Italian citizen registered with AIRE and resident in Thailand. I have lived with my Thai girlfriend for two years; I would want to marry her, but I have a pending divorce case in Italy. I wish to invite my girlfriend to Italy for a short stay. What kind of visa should I apply for?

• You can only apply for a tourist visa.

I have been studying at the University of Madrid for 6 months and I hold a residence permit issued by the Spanish Police. I wish to travel to Italy for a 2-week holiday; which documents should I prepare?

• No document is necessary. As a resident and holder of a residence permit in a Schengen country, you need not apply for visa.

I am currently in Italy and my tourist visa is about to expire. Can I extend it at the Police Station (“Questura”)?

No. You MUST leave Italian territory before your visa expires. Visas cannot be extended, they only entitle you to enter national territory.


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Re-entry visa


I hold a valid Italian residence permit. If I wish to travel to Thailand for a short period and then return to Italy, do I have to apply for a re-entry visa to Italy?

• No. If you hold a valid residence permit, you do not have to apply for a re-entry visa to Italy. You will just have to show your passport and residence permit at the border customs post.

I have applied through the Post Office for the issue of my residence permit, but I have not obtained it yet; in the meantime, I have returned to Thailand. What do I need to do to re-enter Italy?

• You can re-enter Italy without applying for a new visa, provided that:

1. your permit of stay is issued for reasons of working or family reunion
2. you exit and re-enter through the same border post
3. your trip does not entail transiting through any other Schengen countries
4. you can show your passport, your entry visa or expired residence permit, and your Post Office receipt at the border post.
5. Go to the Italian Embassy (Visa Office) and request a letter to submit to Thai Airport Immigration Authorit.t

I have applied through the Post Office for the renewal of my residence permit, but I have not obtained it yet; in the meantime, I have returned to Thailand. What do I need to do to re-enter Italy?

• You can re-enter Italy without applying for a new visa, provided that:

1. you exit and re-enter through the same border post
2. your trip does not entail transiting through any other Schengen countries
3. you can show your passport, your entry visa or expired residence permit, and your Post Office receipt at the border post.
4. Go to the Italian Embassy (Visa Office) and request a letter to submit to Thai Airport Immigration Authority

My employment residence permit expired a few days ago, after my temporary return to Thailand. I am supposed to return to Italy in 2 weeks to resume work. Can I apply for a re-entry visa?

• Yes.

I lost my Italian residence permit in Thailand. What should I do?

• You have to apply  for a re-entry visa at the relevant Italian diplomatic mission in Thailand, attaching the residence permit loss/theft report issued by the local Police Station and legalized by the Thai Ministry of Foreign Affairs.


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