If you want to legally stay and study in Italy for longer than three months, you also have to apply for an Italian residence permit. The Italy student VISA is only an entrance VISA.
This means it grants you the right to enter Italy. You will only have to apply for an Italian residence permit in Italy.
Italy Student VISA
The following documents will be needed during the application process.
- The Italy Student VISA Application Form.
- Recent passport-size photographs in line with Italian VISA picture requirements.
- 35mm x 45mm
- Light, preferably white, background
- Face must take up 70% – 80% of the picture
- Neutral facial expression
- Travel document that is valid for at least three more months after the expiry of your VISA and with at least two blank VISA pages.
- Photocopies of previous VISAs.
- Civil status documents, such as birth or marriage certificates.
- Proof of enrollment or pre-enrollment in an Italian university course.
- Police clearances from your home country.
- Proof of accommodation in Italy, such as apartment rental or student housing.
- Proof of sufficient financial means.
- Adequate health insurance for Italy which covers medical treatment and hospitalization.
- Certificates of prior education.
- Depending on the language the educational program is in: Proof of knowledge of English or Italian.
- Receipt of paid VISA fee.
Note: A minor Student should have a document consenting to the travel by both parents or legal guardians signed. Also, any Document that is not in Italian or English should be translated by an authorized translator.
Application for the Italy student VISA in your home Country’s Italian Embassy or Consulate. Where there’s no Italian embassy/consulate operation in your country, you have to apply to any authority that Italy has saddled with the responsibility to handle VISA submissions. This could be a VISA Application Center or the embassy/consulate of another Schengen Country.
Moreover, you must contact them to book an appointment first. Afterward, you gather all the required documents and submit them in person on your arranged date.
Be sure to carry the originals of all your documents and the photocopies with you, and make sure that you have everything.
You will also enter a VISA interview on the day you apply.
When you apply for your VISA, Keep the VISA processing time in mind. It takes around three weeks, sometimes more, for an application to be processed. So, you have to apply:
- At the latest: Two weeks before your planned trip
- At the earliest: Three months before your planned trip
If you have all the necessary documents, and the Italian Embassy decides you meet the conditions, you will receive your Italian student VISA.
The moment you do, you may enter Italy where you have to apply for an Italian residence permit.
How to get Your Italy Resident Permit for Italian Student VISA
You must approach your local post office to submit a residence permit (permesso di soggiorno) application, within eight days of entering Italy with a student VISA.
You will be given an application kit there, with the necessary forms.
You also need to submit the following documents:
- A copy of your passport, specifically the bio-data page and your VISA pages.
- A copy of your health insurance.
- A copy of your acceptance letter to your university.
Note: Your local Italian post office will give you a receipt confirming your residence permit request. Then, you also have to apply at the local Italian Questura (the police headquarters).
You have to submit a residence permit request for “Study – University”.
Work With An Italian Student VISA
You are only allowed to work part time with a Student VISA for Italy. Meaning, for a maximum of 20 hours per week and 1,040 hours per year.
Moreover, you can apply to convert your residence permit from a Student one, to a work permit once your studies are finished. You can only do this once the Italian immigration system for non-EU foreign workers, the “decreto flussi” is opened.
Italy Student VISA Validity
The Italian study VISA is available for a maximum of one year initially, with the possibility of renewal for the duration of your courses. But in order for you to renew a student VISA, you have to pass all your yearly exams at University.