All Visa applications for short term visas (up to 90 days, aka “Shengen Visa”) and long term visas (beyond 90 days, aka “National Visa”) fall within the exclusive authority of the Consulate General of Italy in Los Angeles, California, and more specifically of its Visa Department which is the only entity that determines whether or not an application is complete, and furthermore and approved or rejected depending on individual circumstances.
All instructions regarding the different types of visas, their requirements (which change also based on the age of the applicant), applicable fees and forms are available to the public through the web site of the Consulate General of Italy in Los Angeles that you can also access by clicking this link: https://conslosangeles.esteri.it/consolato_losangeles/en/i_servizi/per_chi_si_reca_in_italia
We kindly invite you to read them in detail and follow them point-by-point. Please do not contact us requesting a legal consultation or specific guidance or on how to prepare a visa application because that type of service is beyond the scope of what this Italian Honorary Consulate in Arizona is authorized to do. If you need that type of service, please know that the Consulate General of Italy in Los Angeles has a section called “Assistance” under “Passports and Services” tab where you will find a list all the attorneys known to the Consulate:
Here’s what this Italian Honorary Consulate in Phoenix, Arizona can do for you: as a matter of facilitating the submission phase of a visa request for applicants who reside in Arizona, this Italian Honorary Consulate is available to receive visa applications for the purpose of identifying the applicant. This eliminates the need of making an appointment before the Consulate General of Italy in Los Angeles, California where, generally speaking, all visa applicants are required to appear in person in order to file a Visa application.
The type of visa that this Honorary Consulate is authorized to accept are:
(a) Shengen Visa:
These are Visas that authorize entry and stay in Italy (which is part of the Shengen area) when Italy is either your main destination or is the country where your first enter the Shengen area: either way, you intend to be there for up to 90 days.
Because all Shengen visas applications require fingerprints, this Honorary Consulate can accept them as long as the applicant has been fingerprinted in the past 3 years, and furthermore understands that, even if this prior condition is met, it is nonetheless always possible that the Visa Office may require his/her personal presence before its offices in Los Angeles.
(a) All types of National (D) Visas, especially Student Visas:
These are all long-term visa (beyond 90 days) and do not require fingerprints.
The procedure is as follows:
- Make an appointment before this Honorary Consulate in Phoenix, Arizona through the dedicated section of this web site. We are open by appointment only every Thursday afternoon, from 2:30 p.m. through 6:00 p.m.
- Bring your application form completed in all its part except for the date and signature (which you will affix before the Honorary Consul). Also needed at this time is:
Disclaimer signed and dated [PDF];
- Proof of residence in Arizona (AZ driver’s license or recent utility bill in your name);
- Disclaimer signed and dated [PDF];
- Valid U.S. passport in original;
- Appropriate consular fee (be careful because they change every 3 months) which you can pay by money order payable to the “Consulate General of Italy”. Make sure to indicate your full name and the type of visa requested on it, if you have room for it;
- All needed supporting documents as listed by the Consulate General of Italy in Los Angeles (please note: this Honorary Consulate will not review the merits of your application nor will determine whether the documents provided are sufficient because, again, that type of review would be beyond the scope of the service that it is authorized to perform);
- One exact copy of the entire application (for yourself, to be with you in your carry-on baggage at the time of your travel and entry at the Italian border)
- 2 USPS Priority Express envelopes (blue color): 1 addressed to the Consulate General of Italy in Los Angeles (see address below, 1 pre-stamped and self-addressed for the return of your US passport back to you. US Post Offices know how to handle this.)
Once you will sign this application before the Italian Honorary Consul in Arizona, it is your duty to mail your own application as soon as possible to the Consulate General of Italy in Los Angeles at this address:
Consulate General of Italy
1900 Avenue of the Stars, Suite # 1250
Los Angeles, CA 90067
Processing time may vary depending on how busy the Visa Office within the General Consulate of Italy in Los Angeles is; however, generally speaking, if your application is complete and approved, you should expect to receive an answer (and hopefully your Visa) in about 3 weeks from the time of submission.
If you are a foreign national as well as a permanent legal resident of the U.S. under a so-called valid “green card”, please make sure to read all the specific requirements on where to file your application directly on the Visa Section of the Consulate General of Italy in Los Angeles’ web site https://conslosangeles.esteri.it/consolato_losangeles/en/i_servizi/per_chi_si_reca_in_italia
To any other interested persons who intend to first of all verify whether or not they even need a visa to enter Italy and/or the Shengen area, we also recommend that they consult this web site prepared directly by the “Italian Ministero degli Esteri”: http://vistoperitalia.esteri.it/home/en
Above all, we thank you for choosing Italy as your destination and wish you a pleasant stay in Italy!