BUSINESS The Consular administration has full authority to evaluate and request other documents in addition to those submitted by the applicant. The applicant is hereby informed that submitting the required documents does not guarantee issuance of the visa. Processing time for visa, according to Italian law, can vary to a maximum of 90 days depending on the applicant's nationality. Rush processing is not possible. ALL INCOMPLETE APPLICATIONS WILL BE RETURNED TO THE APPLICANT. APPLICATIONS WILL ONLY BE PROCESSED ONLY WHEN ALL REQUIRED DOCUMENTS ARE PRESENTED. All documents must be submitted in original and in photocopy. Schengen VISA: A Schengen Visa issued by a Consulate of the Schengen countries allows the holder to travel freely in those countries. • If you intend to visit only one Schengen country, you must apply at the Consulate of that specific country. • If you intend to visit several Schengen countries, you must apply at the Consulate of the country where you will be staying longer. • If you intend to visit several Schengen countries but do not have a main destination or will be staying the same amount of time in each of them, you must apply at the Consulate of the country you will enter first. • If you do not need a visa for the Schengen country which is your main destination, please note that a visa may be required for other Schengen countries. You should then apply for a visa at the Consulate of the country of first entry. A valid visa (if required) for the Country that you are visiting after a Schengen country is needed. Documents to apply: 1. One VISA APPLICATION FORM, duly filled and signed by the applicant in front of a Consular Officer at Chicago Consulate General of Italy; 2. Valid Passport. The passport or official travel document must be valid at least three months after the visa expiration date (plus copy). Please make sure the passport has a blank page to affix the visa; 3. For non US citizen, proof of permanent residence in the USA in the form of a green card or valid long term visa to the United States (except B1/B2), I-20 with the endorsement on the back, IAP66, advanced parole or any other pertinent document from the I.N.S. allowing reentry into the U.S.. (plus copy) 4. Proof of residence in the jurisdiction of this Consulate General in the form of a notarized copy of the applicant’s Drivers License or State I.D.; 5. One recent passport photograph – full face and front view; 6. Travel itinerary + detailed trip information within the Shengen territory (list of Shengen Countries that you will visit and duration of stay in each); 7. A round trip ticket is to be demonstrated at the pick-up of the passport in order for the visa to be issued; 8. Letter from the applicant’s US employer (on original letter head) guaranteeing the employment status of the applicant, the complete purpose of the trip, the intended period of travel in Italy, the full responsibility for expenses, lodging, overseas health insurance coverage and return to the United States; 9. Letter of invitation from the Italian Company, specifying the purpose of the trip, the applicant’s intended period of stay and its certificate of “visura camerale” (certificate of deed); 10. If you are a self-employed or the owner of a company, include copies of your corporation papers and tax return, letter from the sponsoring Italian company in original and its certificate of “visura camerale” (certificate of deed) plus 1 copy of each. 11. Return envelope: self-address and prepaid UNITED STATES POSTAL SERVICES “Express Mail” envelope, if the applicant will not collect the passport with the visa in person. Any other mail courier will not be accepted. 12. Visa Fee (NON REFUNDABLE) payable only by money order. The visa fee may vary from time to time, due to fluctuations in exchange rates. Please be advised that the Consular Office may request any additional documents as its discretion. Incomplete applications will be returned without processing.
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