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Visas

 

Visas

DO YOU WANT TO GO TO ITALY? YOU SHOULD NEED A VISA!

Find out the correct visa type according to your needs. Be informed on needed documents to be submitted when applying for a visa. Know how to correctly use Schengen and National visas, know your rights and your duties following information here below.

 

1. CHOOSE THE CORRECT VISA ACCORDING TO THE PURPOS OF YOUR INTENDED STAY AND CHECK WHICH DOCUMENTS YOU NEED IN ORDER TO APPLY. YOU INTEND TO TRAVEL TO ITALY FOR…

 

 

2. BIOMETRIC DATA COLLECTION (VISA INFORMATION SYSTEM)

As from 12 October 2015, all Schengen visa applicants are required to provide their biometric data (10 fingerprints and a photo) when applying for a Schengen visa. All applicants will have to apply in person when fingerprints have to be taken for the first time. Since biometric data information are stored for five years, in case of following visa applications it won’t be necessary to come again in person. It is a simple and quick procedure that only takes a few minutes.

Exemptions from the fingerprinting requirement are provided for a limited number of applicants, including children under the age of twelve and persons for whom the collection of fingerprints is physically impossible. Heads of State and members of the national government with members of their official delegation and spouses will also be exempted, if travelling for official purposes.
. For more information please read the Italian Ministry of Foreign Affairs webpage and the website of the European Commission.

Italy does not require fingerprint capture for national visas.

 

3. WHERE TO APPLY FOR A VISA IN CHINA

Visa applications can be submitted as follows:

a) At the Visa Office of the Embassy of Italy:

To schedule an appointment or to ask information, please write to visti.pechino@esteri.it.

For information only, we answer by phone Monday to Friday from 3 pm to 4.30 pm (Chinese time) by calling 0086.010.85327639 (languages: Chinese, English, Italian).

Visa Office is open from Monday to Friday, from 9 am to 5 pm. All appointments will be scheduled from 9 am to 11:30 pm, according to availability. Access is restricted to applicants who have an appointment confirmed by the Embassy or whose interview has been scheduled through the Visa Centre. Please, always remember to print and bring with you appointment confirmation received from the Embassy or from the Visa Centre. Proof of appointment will be asked both by guards at the main gate on the street and by security at the entrance of the Embassy.

Important notice: be aware that waiting time for an appointment at the Embassy usually is around ten working days. For all applicants not willing to wait, please be informed that you can go to the Italy Visa Application Center where no appointment is needed.

b) At the Italy Visa Application Centres:

All visa applicants can go to the Italy Visa Application Centre (click here for the website) without the need to previously schedule an appointment. Italy has a total of 15 visa application centre in China. Visa application centres related to the Embassy of Italy are located in: Beijing, Jinan, Shenyang, Wuhan, Xi’an.

Opening hours (Monday to Friday): submission of individual visa applications  8 am to 3 pm; submission of ADS visa applications 8 am to 11 am; passport pass-back and call centre 8 am to 5 pm.

Beijing:

Room no. 27-28, second floor, Yoo Lee Plaza, Building no. 21, Gongrentiyuchang Beilu, Chaoyang District, Beijing.

Phone  +86 10 58010520 / 58010521 ;  e-mail: infopek.italycn@vfshelpline.com (click here for the website)

Jinan:

5th Floor, CITIC Plaza, No. 150 Luoyuan Avenue, Lixia District, Jinan City, Shangdong Province, China (250000)

Phone  +86 53183180699;  e-mail: infotna.italycn@vfshelpline.com (click here for the website)

Shenyang:

No.3, Floor 4, Building A, Shenyang Fortune Plaza, No.61, Beizhan Road, Shenhe District, Shenyang City, Liaoning Province, China (110000)

Phone  + 86 24 82919311;  e-mail: infoshe.italycn@vfshelpline.com    (click here for the website)

Wuhan:

Room 1707-1710,Builiding C of Hanjie International Headquarters, NO. 171 of Zhongbei Road, Wuchang District, Wuhan City, Hubei Province, China (430000)

Phone  + 86 27 87271528;  e-mail:  infowuh.italycn@vfshelpline.com (click here for the website)

Xi’an:

Room 1801/1802, Building A, Mole Collection Centers, Cross Road of Keji 6th Road and Fenghui South Road, High-tech Zone, Xian City, Shanxi Province, China (710000)

Phone  + 86 29 89522092;  e-mail:  infosia.italycn@vfshelpline.com (click here for the website)

Visa applications can also be lodged at Italian Consulates in the following Chinese cities: Chongqing, Guangzhou, Shanghai; and at the Italy Visa Application Centres located in the following cities: Changsha, Chengdu, Chongqing, Fuzhou , Guangzhou, Hangzhou, Kunming , Nanjing, Shanghai, Shenzhen.

Important note: Italy allows Chinese citizens to apply at all Italian Consular Offices in China, independently from residence as indicated in the “hukou”.

Chinese citizens resident in Hong Kong or Macao shall submit visa application at the Consulate General of Italy in Hong Kong.

 

 

4. WHO CAN APPLY

All Chinese citizens resident in Mainland China.

All nationals of countries whose citizens are subject to visa obligation (please, check here the list) legally residing in China.

All nationals of countries whose citizens are subject to visa obligation who are legally present in China can present a justification for lodging an application in China rather than in their country of residence. The Embassy of Italy in Beijing has the right to evaluate the justification provided and to receive or not the visa applications. In case you are temporary present in China but not resident, we recommend to lodge the application directly at the Embassy (please, see above par. 3a and 4a).

 

ADS Tourism groups:

According to EU-China Memorandum of Understandings, ADS (Approved Status Destination) group tourism visa applications are submitted by accredited travel agencies. Appointments for fingerprints capture will be scheduled for the whole group of travellers. ADS visas are limited to a maximum of 30 days.

Travel agencies aiming to apply for accreditation (white badge) must follow procedures according to the Manual of Sanctions related to ADS (LINK). For further information please contact 010.65320783

Chinese Diplomatic, Service and Public Affairs passport holders:

According to Chinese regulation, all diplomatic, service and public affairs passport holders must submit visa applications through the Consular Department of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. Visa applications are submitted directly at the Embassy. Appointments for fingerprints capture are scheduled between the Embassy and the Chinese Ministry of Foreign Affairs, with a cap of 60 applicants per day and start at 2.30 pm.

EU/EEA citizens’ family members:

EU/EEA citizens family members benefit of a privileged treatment accorded by law (Directive 2004/38/CE and Italian Legislative Decree 30/2007).

EU/EEA family members, as indicated by EU Directive 2004/38/CE (link), can submit visa applications Monday to Friday from 11.30 am to 12 am without the need to schedule an appointment. In order to be granted access, please bring with you marriage (or) family (or) birth certificate to prove family relation.

EU/EEA citizens’ family members benefit from a reduced list of documents. Please find here the documents you must submit for tourism and here the documents for family reunion (note: EU/EEA family member reunion applicants will be issued a short term tourism visa, once in Italy please go to relevant police authorities to convert your visa into residence permit).

Please, check here below if according to your family relation with the EU/EEA citizen you do have the right to exemption from visa fee.

 

5. WHEN TO APPLY FOR A SCHENGEN VISA TO THE ITALIAN EMBASSY/VISA CENTRE?

Schengen visa applicants can apply to the Italian Embassy or the Italy Visa Application Centre if:

  1. Italy is the sole destination of the visit
  2. or, in case visit includes more than one Schengen country if Italy is the main destination in terms of the length or purpose of stay
  3. or, in case no main destination can be determined if Italy is the external border where the applicant intends to enter Schengen territory.

 

6. VISA FEES

National visas: 116 euros (856 CNY, starting from 01.01.2017)

National study visas: 50 euros (369 CNY, starting from 01.01.2017)

Schengen visas: 60 euros (443 CNY starting from 01.01.2017)

-      children from the age of 6 years and below the age of 12 years: 35 euros (259 CNY starting from 01.01.2017)

-      nationals of countries with which the EU has concluded Visa Facilitation Agreements shall pay a fee of 35 euros (259 CNY starting from 01.01.2017). Please consult the list on the European Commission website to know if your country is one of them

Visa fees are waived for applicants belonging to one of the following categories:

• children under 6 years

• school pupils, students, postgraduate students and accompanying teachers who undertake stays for the purpose of study or educational training

• researchers from third countries travelling for the purpose of carrying out scientific research as defined in Recommendation No 2005/761/EC of the European Parliament and of the Council of 28 September 2005 to facilitate the issue by the Member States of uniform short-stay visas for researchers from third countries travelling within the Community for the purpose of carrying out scientific research

• representatives of non-profit organisations aged 25 years or less participating in seminars, conferences, sports, cultural or educational events organised by non-profit organisations

• EU/EEA citizens family members, when accompanying or joining the EU/EEA relative, falling under Directive 2004/38/CE and Italian Legislative Decree 30/2007:

a) spouses;

b) partner (in case of bounding civil union, compared by hosting  Member State’s law to marriage and not in violation of hosting Member State law);

c) descendants under, including spouses’ and legal partners’ descendants;

d) direct ascendants, including spouses’ and legal partners’ ascendants

 • diplomatic passport holders

Applicants lodging the visa application at the Italy Visa Application Centre will also be asked to pay a service fee: 115 CNY for ADS visas and 180 CNY for all other visas.

7. VISA APPLICATION PROCESSING TIME

The Embassy of Italy processes individual tourism and business visa applications in two working days (36 hours) from passport delivery at the Embassy; in case controls cannot be done in 36 hours longer processing time might be needed. According to Schengen Visa Code all decisions must be given within 15 calendar days, eventually extendible to 30 days (see art. 23). For national visas processing requires up to 30 days for family reunion and salaried work, and up to 120 days for self-employment work.

We do recommend lodging visa applications well in advance (at least 15 days prior to departure date). Applications cannot be lodged earlier than three months before the start of the intended journey.

Citizens of some countries are subject to consultation procedure which might extend processing time. If you are not a Chinese or a Mongolian national, please check here if your country/passport needs consultation procedure.

 

8. ADDITIONAL NOTES:

Holding a valid visa does not automatically give the right of entry to Schengen area

Please, be aware that holding a short-stay visa does not automatically entitle to enter Schengen area. Once arrived at Schengen border control, or during other controls, travellers may be asked to provide information on means of support, on how long they intend to stay in the Schengen State, and why they are visiting the Schengen State.

It is therefore recommended to carry with you copies of the documents presented when you applied for the visa (e.g. letters of invitation, travel confirmations, other documents stating the purpose of stay). For more information, please read art. 5 of Schengen borders code (link).

What happens if visa is refused

Negative decisions on applications are notified to the applicant. In the refusal letter reasons on which refusal decision was taken are clearly stated. Visa applicants whose applications are refused can decide to apply again or to appeal. Appeals must be brought against refusal decisions directly at the T.A.R. of the Latium Region, through a lawyer acting on applicant behalf, within 60 days of the serving of the decision itself. The appeal will have to be notified, under penalty of nullity (as per art. 144 of C.P.C. and art. 11 of R.D. no. 1611 of 1933), to the relevant "Avvocatura dello Stato".

For family reunion visas only, appeals must be addressed to the ordinary court (“Tribunale ordinario”) of the place of residence of the family member living in Italy.

How to read a Schengen visa sticker and correctly use your Schengen visa

“Duration of stay … days” indicates the number of days you may stay in the Schengen area. The days should be counted from the date you enter the Schengen area (the entry stamp) to the date you exit the Schengen area (the exit stamp), i.e. both days included. The period of time between “From … until” is usually longer than the number of days printed in the “Duration of stay”. The difference in period is meant to give you flexibility to plan your entry into and exit from the Schengen area, but your stay in the Schengen area must never exceed the exact number of days in the “Duration of stay … days” filed. No matter how many days you have stayed in the Schengen area, you must leave no later than the date printed in the “Until” field.

Schengen visas entitle to one or two or multiple entries. Travelers who often need to go to Schengen area can apply for multi-entry visas up to 5 years. In case you are a multi-entry visa holder, please remember that for intended stays on the territory of the Member States duration of stay cannot be more than 90 days in any 180-day period, which entails considering the 180-day period preceding each day of stay. In order to avoid over-stay or to better know how many days you can still stay in Schengen territory, please check here the European Commission calculator.

How to correctly use your Italian national visa

All Italian national visa holders, once arrived in Italy must convert their visa into a residence permit (“permesso di soggiorno”) applying within 8 days from first entry in Italy. Applications must be submitted to relevant police authorities (“Questura”) of the Province of intended residence. Residence permit duration will be the same as indicated in the visa. Residence permits can be renovated or extended directly in Italy. To know the relevant police authority according to your destination, please check the following  website.

Further information

For any further information, please read the website of the Italian Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the website of the European Commission.


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