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Italy - Visas

People in the U.S. and a few other eligible countries can enter Italy for up to 90 days without a visa. It creates room for tourists and businesspeople to enter and exit the country without going through extra precautions. Tourists and businesspeople must sign a declaration of presence within the country for a seamless entrance. Because borders are typically unguarded, one must request their declaration of presence and a stamp on their passport at one of the country’s official points of entry.

If you plan on living in Italy, however, a visa is required after a certain amount of time. Visitors need to go to Italian Immigration for any information on a visa. Italy offers quite a few visa cards as well, including the following.

Business Visas

Business visas are for business trips that will not exceed 90 days. Tradespeople, engineers, doctors, lawyers, and any other form of business person can receive a business visa. After 90 days, a business person must acquire a Schengen Treaty to freely do business within the country.

Family Reunion Visas

Family reunion visas bring together husbands, wives, children, and parents. This type of visa is significantly more strict than a business visa because the length of stay is longer than other types of visas. People with a family reunion visa are permitted to stay in Italy for up to 365 days. It is not for extended family. This type of visa requires proof of blood relation as well as proof of the closeness of relation, and the documentation must be approved by the Embassy of Italy.

Religion Visas

Acquiring a visa for religious purpose is used solely for priests, nuns, and ministers of a particular religious. It fulfills multiple motives, including the spread of particular beliefs, religious studies, and religious training. The religion must be recognized by the Italian Ministry of Interior, and applicants can stay in the country for up to 90 days.

Tourist Visas

This visa is for individuals staying in Italy for more than 90 days. Also known as the Schengen Treaty visa, it is for those who are unsure whether they want to apply for permanent residency, but who want to stay in the country for more than the given time. The Schengen Treaty or Tourist Visa’s purpose is for travel within Europe; it works for almost all European countries.

Acquiring a Visa for Italy

To acquire a visa in Italy, get in touch with an Italian embassy or consultant. The consultant will be able to walk you through the steps of acquiring a passport, and they will notify you of the 90 day period that you can stay in Italy. If you live in the United States, the United Kingdom, New Zealand, Australia, Canada, or South Africa, then you only need a passport to travel to Italy for the initial 90 day period. Countries in the Schengen Area, typically European countries, must acquire a tourist visa to enter Italy.

If you are a part of the Schengen Area, then you can acquire a tourist visa through the Schengen website. Once you fill in the application - which needs your name, address, date of birth, and other important information - you must submit your eligible passport and documentation to the Italian consultant. There may be a fee to pay along with the application.

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