Applying Schengen visa(Italy) from USA

By HorizonNerd - February 27, 2018

Never been to Europe yet? Plan your holidays and book tickets. But what about the visa? Nothing much to worry about here are the steps and process is super simple.

  • Copy and original of Passport and US Visa
  • Passport size photographs
  • Pay stubs - 3 Months
  • Bank statement - 3 months
  • Employment letter
  • Medical Insurance
  • Address proof of current address
  • Marriage certificate( if required)
  • Booking details( flight and hotel)
Apply on paper:-
Create a login and book appointment from consulate general website
Download visitor visa form fill for all relevant details
Visit Italy consulate general office in SF with an original passport(s) and all other documents
Fingerprints will be taken at the consulate
They will keep the form, photographs, copies of required documents, return mailing envelope and original passports.
Some pointers:-
  • Book your appointment 4-5 months in advance. I am not sure about other locations but consulate in SF is usually full.
  • In case you are not sure about the appointment date, it can be changed and canceled anytime. 10 days before you will get mail to confirm the appointment.
  • Medical insurance is mandatory for travel to any Schengen country.
  • They will check every booking of your itinerary including hotels, domestic flights, and trains, etc.
  • We reached 15 min prior to scheduled, the entire process took 15-20 min for us
  • The validity of the visa starts from the date of travel mentioned in form and duration of stay.
  • Time taken to figure out how to apply - 1 weekend
  • Time taken to fill the application - 3 evenings
  • Biometrics/In-person visa interview - ½ hr
  • End to end processing time after submitting passports - 2 weeks

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