The Embassy of Italy in Washington DC is the largest Italian bilateral embassy worldwide. The Chief of Mission is Ambassador Armando Varricchio who on March 2, 2016 presented his credentials to U.S. President Barack Obama. Followings are address, all information and requirements for applying visas.
Embassy of Italy
3000 Whitehaven Street, N.W.
Washington, D.C., 20008
Tel.: +1 (202) 612-4400
Fax.: +1 (202) 518-2152
If you need to contact the Italian Embassy in case of real emergency during holidays or outside office hours (from Monday to Friday from 9:00 am to 4:30 pm) please call:
• +1 (202) 612-4411
• +1 (202) 612-4412
NO VISA IS NECESSARY if you are a U.S. citizen and will be traveling to Italy for up to 90 days for tourism, for study, for business, as part of a political or government mission, for a sports event, or in response to an invitation from a recognized Italian public or private entity.
• In all the foregoing cases you will need to be in possession of a valid U.S. passport (for at least 3 months from date of planned return) or other travel document recognized by member States of the Schengen Agreement. For more information on passports and other valid travel documents, please visit the website of the Italian Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
• In all other cases (U.S. citizens staying longer than 90 days; non-U.S. citizens legally resident in the U.S.), you might need a visa. Click here to see whether you need a visa.
To apply for a visa in the U.S. you need to have at least one of the following:
• U.S. Passport;
• U.S. Permanent Resident Card (formerly Green Card);
• For foreign students, a valid visa and valid I-20;
• For exchange visitors, a valid visa and valid DS-2019;
• Long term U.S. visas (Ex. L1, L2, H1, H2, R1 etc…) except B1/B2;
• U.S. Refugee Travel Document.
Holders of a valid U.S. B1/B2 visa can only apply for airport transit visa.
Where to apply for a visa?
You can apply for a visa at the Italian Embassy in Washingon DC only if you live in:
• The District of Columbia (D.C.);
• Maryland (M.D.): only Montgomery and Prince George’s Counties (all other Counties are under the jurisdiction of the Italian General Consulate in Philadelphia);
• Virginia (V.A.): only Arlington and Fairfax Counties and the City of Alexandria (all other Counties are under the jurisdiction of the Italian General Consulate in Philadelphia).
• Processing time: The average processing time for visas is about 7-15 days, depending on the applicant’s nationality. For the following types of visa, the maximum average processing times, by law, are as follow:
o Subordinate employment and Elective residence: 90 days
o Self-employment: 120 days
• Passport/visa Information: When the visa is ready, applicants may retrieve their passports at the visa office of the Embassy during normal business hours between 10.00-12.30 Mon-Wed-Fri. The Passport may be collected by a third person holding proper authorization to do so and can not be returned by mail.
• Rush fees are not applicable. Even if you can book an appointment earlier at the visa office, applications presented earlier than 90 days from the departure date will not be accepted. It is the applicant’s responsibility to take the necessary precautions to respect the deadline. Please check out our appointment system to learn more (click here).
• Biometric data: as of May 15th 2014, the visa information system (VIS) has been in effect in the consular offices of all the Schengen states with the aim to enhance security. Applicants are required to provide their biometric data when lodging the visa application (fingerprints and digital photograph) by a simple procedure. Data will be recorded in the VIS central database, in accordance with the highest data protection standards, for a maximum of 5 (five) years and, during this period, they will be copied from the VIS database for subsequent visa applications.
• Exemptions from the fingerprints requirement are provided for:
o national visa requests (study, work…)
o children under the age of twelve
o persons from whom the collection of fingerprints is physically impossible
o Heads of state and members of government administrations, with accompanying spouses, and the members of their official delegations when they are invited by member state’s governments or by international organisations for an official purpose
o Sovereigns and other senior members of a royal family, when they are invited by member state’s government s or by international organizations for an official purpose.
• In case of minors, one of the parents must submit the visa application on their behalf (personal appearance of minors is requested by the visa office for identification purposes) along with documents mentioned, in addition to n.3, 4, 5, 6, 7 from the parents.
The following documentation is also required:
o authorization to travel abroad signed by both parents. The signatures must be authenticated by a Notary Public if the parents are in the United States, or by an Italian Embassy or Italian Consulate if the parents are outside the States
o birth certificate translated in English, and the translation must be authenticated by the Consulate of the country of birth-notarized copies of both parents’ picture I.D.
• The Consular office will evaluate the documents submitted and may request additional ones at its discretion. Furthermore, you should also be aware that submitting the required documentation does not automatically guarantee the issuance of a visa.
• Visa office hours: Monday, Wednesday and Friday: from 10:00 am to 12:30 pm
• An online appointment is required. Personal appearance is mandatory.
Embassy of Italy – Visa Office
3000 Whiteheaven St NW
Washington, DC, 20008
Tel. 202-612-4427 or 4490 (we accept phone call between 2:00 and 4:00 pm)
Fax 202-462 9406
TYPES of VISA:
The Shengen Area: Italy is a member of the Schengen Agreement, a set of European and national standards governing distinct categories of visas. Italy, as a signatory of the Agreement, issues the following visa:
• Uniform Schengen Visas (USV) – Visas for transit or stays not exceeding 90 days in the territory of the Member States applying the Schengen Convention.
• National Visa (VN) – Visas for a stay in Italy longer than 90 days. Holders of type D visas are permitted to circulate freely in Schengen countries other than the issuing one for a period of not more than 90 days per 180-day period only if the visa is valid, or if they hold a valid residence permit (see FAQs for more information).
• TOURIST (Schengen visa 1-90 days): If you want to visit Italy or Schengen Member States for tourism up to 90 days.
• STUDY (Schengen visa 1-90 days) or (National visa 91-365 days): If you will be attending a short or long term program of study in Italy.
• BUSINESS (Schengen visa 1-90 days): If you intend to conduct any business with an Italian company or attend a trade fair or exhibition. This visa is limited to a short stay of up to 90 days.
• SUBORDINATE EMPLOYMENT (Schengen visa 1-90 days) or (National visa 91-365 days)
If you have a short or long term employment contract for work in Italy.
• SELF-EMPLOYMENT (Schengen visa 1-90 days) or (National visa 91-365 days): If you will be conducting company business or professional activities (sports and athletics, educational training or instruction, or translation/interpretation assignments) in Italy for a short or long term period.
• RELIGIOUS REASONS (Schengen visa 1-90 days) or (National visa 91-365 days): If you are a member of a recognized religious order and will be attending related religious events or performing missionary or other religious assignments for short or long stay in Italy.
• FAMILY REASONS (National visa 91-365 days):If you are a foreigner legally residing in Italy and wish to reunite with immediate family for a long stay period.
• INVITATION (Schengen visa 1-90 days): If you have been invited by recognized public or private institutions or organizations to attend or participate in political, scientific or cultural events for a short period.
• ELECTIVE RESIDENCE (National visa 91-365 days): If you wish to live in Italy and can demonstrate sufficient and substantial financial resources to maintain yourself while there. You are not allowed to work with this visa.
If the visa you are applying for is not listed above, please visit the visa portal of the Italian Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
VISA FEE (valid from October 1st to December 31st 2016)
- Schengen visa (short stay visa up to 90 days): $67.00 (*)
- Schengen visa (short stay visas up to 90 days for citizens
of Albania, Armenia, Azerbaigian, Bosnia-Herzegovina, Georgia,
Macedonia, Montenegro, Republic of Moldova, Russian Federation,
Serbia, Ukraine)**: $39.10 (*) (**)
- National visa (long stay visa, more than 90 days) $129.60 (*)
- National study visa (long stay visa, more than 90 days) $55.90 (*)
(*) As per the Consular Rate established for the IV quarter 2016 (from October 1st through December 31st) .
(**) Agreements with the European Community on streamlining visa processing.
If you do not live in the areas covered by the Italian Embassy, please visit the website of the consular office for your area.