Italy Business VISA
To apply for the Italy Business VISA, you have to follow the easy steps below;
- Check if you need to apply: Before you apply for the Schengen business VISA, you have to confirm whether your country needs a VISA to travel to any Schengen countries or not. Some countries are Exempted from applying for a Schengen business VISA.
- Find out in which Embassy you have to submit your application: If you want to conduct business in only one country of the Schengen member states, then you will have to simply apply for a Schengen VISA for Business at the embassy of that Country in your Home Country. If you are planning to visit two or more countries during the same business trip, then you have to apply at the Embassy of the Country where you plan to spend more time. If you are planning to spend equal time in two or more countries, then you have to apply at the embassy of the country where you will be landing first.
- Collect the required documents: The required documents for Schengen business VISA are;
- A valid passport with at least two empty pages, issued within the last ten years. The passport must be valid for another three months beyond the intended stay in the Schengen Area.
- A VISA application form. Completely filled online, downloaded in two copies and signed at the end.
- Recent photography. No more than 6-months old, 35–40mm in width, close up of your head and top of your shoulders so that your face takes up 70–80% of the photograph. It should be taken in sharp focus and clear, of high quality and with no ink marks or creases.
- Schengen VISA travel insurance. Covering emergency medical, hospitalization and in case of death, repatriation. Minimum cover should be €30.000 and it must be valid for your entire duration of stay in the whole territory of the Schengen Area.
- Proof of paid Schengen VISA fee. Which costs EUR 80 for adults and EUR 40 for minors.
- Travel Itinerary – a booked flight reservation, hotel booking, etc, that shows in details when you plan to visit the country, where you will stay and what you will do.
- Letter of invitation. Issued by the host company in the Schengen area. The letter must be written on the company letterhead, and be signed by the authorized representative of the company. It must state the name of the participant, the dates and purpose of the visit and information regarding who will cover the travel expenses.
- No Objection Certificate. This is a letter from your employer or your school/university which states that you have contractual obligations in your home country and assures the embassy that you will return back to your homeland.
- Letter from your employer (if applicable). Which confirms that you are employed also stating salary and position, and shows the purpose of your travel. The letter must include information about the company and general information about the partnership with the invited party. It must also say who is going to cover the travel expenses.
Note: Have each of the documents in two copies. provide all the documents in A4 format. Don’t staple any of them. Have it in mind that the consul may require additional documents during your interview. Submit them all for the shortest period possible.
- Get the Italy Business VISA application form and fill it correctly: The application form contains questions for basic information such as your name, date of birth, country of birth, passport number and nationality. Complete the Business VISA application form online, print it twice and sign it at the end. You will also have to answer questions regarding your trip.
- Appoint an interview through the website of the embassy or consulate where you will be applying: Make sure you appoint an interview through the website of the consulate or embassy of the country you are planning to visit, in your country of residence. You can appoint an interview six months before the earliest and two weeks before the latest.
- On the day of the interview show up on time: Go to the appointment center on time. Remember they will cancel your appointment once you’re late. You will also have to get your fingerprints scanned at the consulate’s office if you have never before applied for a Schengen VISA. If you have, then you don’t have to do it again, since the consulate should be able to look it up.
Underage applicants must be accompanied by their parent or legal guardian. The application form information will be entered into the online system of the consulate or embassy and you will receive a printed copy of your application after the verification of your application. It takes about 10 to 15 minutes to process. Verify all the details are correct and sign the form after you get the form printed.
- Pay the Schengen VISA fee: After processing everything, proceed to pay your VISA fees.
Other Things To Note
- A multiple entry Business VISA gives the right to its holder to enter and leave the Schengen area multiple times. Single entry and double entry VISA holders will have to wait for the embassy or consulate they have applied to decide on its validity after processing all documentation. However, the validity of a Europe short stay Business VISA depends on its type. Sometimes they issue you a VISA for the amount of time you have sought for, and sometimes for a longer or shorter period.
- The Embassy not only appoints the number of days you can stay in the Schengen territory, but also the earliest date you can enter and the last date when you can leave. This is all indicated on the VISA sticker affixed in your passport.