Italy is the third most visited Schengen country with over 1.8 million visa applications. Italy has one of the highest visa rejection rate of 6% in 2016. This post will help you in understanding Italy visa requirements for US green card holders and how you can make sure that you get your Schengen visa approved.
Do green card holders (US Permanent Residents) need visa for Italy ?
Sadly yes, you need to get an Italian Schengen visa if you would like to visit Italy with a permanent residence or green card. Only full US citizens who hold the US passport can visit Europe without a visa. But not to worry, simply follow our simple guide below to know how you can get Italy visa as an U.S Permanent Resident.
How to apply for an Italian Schengen visa ?
Before you can apply for Italy Schengen visa you need to determine which consulate of Italy in the United States has the jurisdiction to issue your Schengen visa . You can determine this by visiting the below link
At the end of this article, we have a section called where to apply for Italy Schengen visa in the US.
For this example we are considering Boston as our Italy visa processing centere .By clicking the blue link below “BOSTON”, you will be taken to the consulate’s website
You can change the language between Italian or English by selecting IT/EN at the top right corner of the page. Now select “Visas” from the menu. Before you apply for Italian Schengen visa, you need to get an appointment online. Your website may show different info than the one below but just follow the steps to get your appointment
Next, we will see how we can make an appointment for Italy Schengen visa in the US.
How to make an appointment for Italy Schengen visa in the US ?
You need to make an online appointment with the Italian embassy before you apply for Schengen visa since Italian embassy do not allow walk-ins.
You can make an appointment at your jurisdiction for Italy Schengen visa by clicking the link as shown below.
When you click on the book your appointment link, you will be taken to “pretona online” website where you can make your booking
You will need to create an account and log in with your details. Once you have logged in, you will see the below screen . Select “make your reservation” section to book your appointment. Follow the steps and select an available date for your appointment.
Click on confirm and you have made your appointment for Italy Schengen visa.
Italy visa requirements for us green card holders
Here is a summary of the documents you need to submit for Italy Schengen visa for green card holders.
- Permanent Residence Permit card
- Completed Schengen visa form
- Flight itinerary
- Hotel bookings
- Schengen visa insurance
- Proof of sustenence
- Cover letter
- Letter of employment(if employed)
- Company registration(if selfemployed)
- Letter from college (for students)
You need to submit a photocopy as well as an original of all the documents to the visa consulate.
Duly filled Schengen visa application form – Need help with filling the application form ? You can download our guide for step by step video instructions to fill your Schengen visa.
Passport with at least two blank pages and valid for at least three months after you return to United States of America.
Two photographs as per the spec mentioned by photo specification for visa application.
A valid U.S. permanent residence card (“green card”) or a valid US visa with valid I-94 / valid I-20 (+ ONE COPY) , or an Advance Parole document. Applicant must bring the original green card or US VISA together with photocopies of those documents too.
Students with an F1 visa must present the original and a copy of their I-20 properly endorsed for travel (a certification signature is only valid for one year). The validity of the travel endorsement must cover the intended trip in Schengen + 3 months.
A confirmed Flight itinerary or reservation for Schengen visa Flight itinerary is a safer way of submitting a visa application without buying an actual flight ticket which can prove to be expensive if your visa is refused.
Proof of accommodation such as hotel bookings We would not suggest you to make your hotel reservations before your visa is approved. We have seen many customers who make all the bookings thinking they can cancel them once they get their visa only for the visa process to be delayed resulting in huge cancellation fees.
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Proof of sustenance (either as bank statements travel cards, credit cards) to show that you can sustain yourself financially when you are in Europe
Proof of socio-professional status (if you are working) :
- letter of employment in the U.S confirming your salary, hire date, position and dates of vacation (business registration if self employed)
- and your last 2 payslips
- or letter from your school or university confirming your enrolment status, attendance and expected graduation date
A medical insurance with a minimum cover of €43,000 . See our article to get travel insurance for Schengen visa
Personal Covering letter or travel itinerary explaining in detail the purpose of the visit.This needs to explain in detail your entire travel plan and all the documents that you have submitted addressing the Embassy in your area. You can find the sample in our Schengen visa guide . Here is personal cover letter for Schengen visa.
That is it . Once you have accumulated all the documents, you can apply at the Schengen consulate of your main destination.
Where do I apply for an Italian Visa in U.S.?
Italian Embassy in Washingon DC
You can apply for a visa at the Consular Office within 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).
To set an appointment with the visa office of the Italian Embassy in Washington DC, click here.
Consulate General of Italy in Boston
You can apply for a visa at the Consulate General of Italy in Boston only if you live in: Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Rhode Island and Vermont.
Consulate General of Italy in Chicago
You can apply for a visa at the Consulate General of Italy in Chicago only if you live in: Colorado, Illinois, Iowa, Kansas, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, North Dakota, South Dakota, Wisconsin, Wyoming.
Consulate General of Italy in Detroit
You can apply for a visa at the Consulate General of Italy in Detroit only if you live in: Indiana, Kentucky, Michigan, Ohio and Tennessee.
Consulate General of Italy in Philadelphia
You can apply for a visa at the Consulate General of Italy in Philadelphia only if you live in: Pennsylvania, Delaware, North Carolina, West Virginia, New Jersey (only the following counties: Atlantic, Burlington, Camden, Cape May, Cumberland, Gloucester, Ocean and Salem. The remaining counties are under the jurisdiction of the Consulate General in New York), Maryland (except for the counties of Montgomery and Prince George which fall under the jurisdiction of the consular section of the Embassy) and Virginia (except for the counties of Arlington and Fairfax which are also under the jurisdiction of the Embassy).
Consulate General of Italy in Houston
You can apply for a visa at the Consulate General of Italy in Houston only if you live in: Arkansas, Louisiana, Oklahoma and Texas/
Consulate General of Italy in Los Angeles
You can apply for a visa at the Consulate General of Italy in Los Angeles only if you live in: Arizona, California (the following Counties: Imperial Valley, Kern, Los Angeles, Orange, Riverside, Santa Barbara, San Bernardino, San Diego, San Luis Obispo, Ventura), New Mexico, Nevada.
Consulate General of Italy in Miami
You can apply for a visa at the Consulate General of Italy in Miami only if you live in: Alabama, British Virgin Islands, Cayman Islands, Florida, Georgia, Island of Saba, Mississippi, Puerto Rico, St. Maarten, St. Eustatius, South Carolina, Turks and Caicos, U.S. Virgin Islands.
Consulate General of Italy in New York
You can apply for a visa at the Consulate General of Italy in New York only if you live in: New York, Connecticut, New Jersey (the following Counties: Bergen, Essex, Hudson, Hunterdon, Mercer, Middlesex, Monmouth, Morris, Passaic, Somerset, Sussex, Union, Warren) and the British Territories of Bermuda Islands.
Consulate General of Italy in San Francisco
You can apply for a visa at the Consulate General of Italy in San Francisco only if you live in: Alaska, California (except the following counties: Imperial Valley, Kern, Los Angeles, Orange, Riverside, San Diego, Santa Barbara, San Bernardino, San Luis Obispo and Ventura, which fall within the jurisdiction of the Consulate General in Los Angeles), Idaho, Montana, Oregon, Utah, Washington, Hawai’i. Also, the following American territories of: Guam, Northern Mariana Islands, Samoa, Wake Island, Midways Islands, Johnston Atoll.
How long does it take for your Schengen visa to be processed ?
Well to be honest, it depends on the country you are the citizen of . IF your citizenship is from one of the “good” countries, then your visa will be granted within a week. IF you are from a “naughty” country then your visa application can take 2 to 3 weeks. If you are holding a green card in America and applying for Schengen visa from one of the below countries, expect some delay :
If you are from India, China Russia etc then you will get your visa sooner. So account for delay when you are planning your visa.
Can you apply for Italy Schengen visa from America if you hold a B1 or B2 visa ?
No, if you are in the US with a B1 or B2 visa, then you need to apply for Italy Schengen visa in the country where you hold your full citizenship. You cannot apply for Schengen visa within the United States.