Italy is a top destination for students from around the world. With several top-class courses in fashion, architecture, design, engineering, travel and tourism, and management courses, the country is a student hub. With the Italy student visa, you can now enter the country for taking part in academic courses, research, and other related activities.
The Italy study visa is an endorsement that lets you enter the country and engage in academic activities for a certain period. They can be classified as two types -
However, since both these permits allow you to travel through the Schengen area, they are both generally called Schengen Italy student visa and can be issued as single-entry, double-entry, or even multiple-entries.
The application for the Italy student visa from India can be done by filling the offline application form. You will have to submit the application at one of the Italian appointed visa application centres (VAC).
Your VACs must be under the embassy/consulate according to the below jurisdiction -
VACs under The Embassy of Italy, New Delhi covers states of Haryana, Rajasthan, Jammu-Kashmir, Himachal Pradesh, Punjab, Uttarakhand, Uttar Pradesh, Delhi, as well as Chandigarh.
VACs under The Consulate General of Italy, Mumbai covers Kerala, Karnataka, Andhra Pradesh, Tamil Nadu, Chhattisgarh, Madhya Pradesh, Goa, Gujarat, Maharashtra, as well as Daman, Diu, Dadra and Nagar Haveli, Lakshadweep and Pondicherry.
VACs under The Consulate General of Italy, Kolkata covers Assam, Arunachal Pradesh, Bihar, Jharkhand, Manipur, Meghalaya, Nagaland, Orissa, Mizoram, Tripura, Sikkim, West Bengal, as well as the Andaman and Nicobar Islands.
Note that in the case that you have already submitted your biometrics in the past 5 years, you do not have to submit them again.
Ensure that you submit the genuine documents and correct information. Any false information or fake documents can cause a visa rejection. A refusal of your permit is considered to affect your future travel.
To be able to apply for the Italy study visa, you must meet the following conditions -
As per the Italy student visa requirements, the following are the list of documents you will have to submit for a successful application -
The processing time for the student permit can depend on the duration of stay, the validity, the number of entries, the volume of applications at the embassy, as well as the previous travel history of the applicant. The student permits will normally be processed in about 15 working days. However, due to the uncertainty, you must apply well in advance to avoid any delays.
The total fees for the process depend on several factors such as the type of the student permit, express delivery charges, biometric charges, and so on. Since the fees can vary upon the foreign exchange rates as well, it is strongly advised to check the exact fees right before applying.
Once you have submitted the application and paid the fees, you will now have to wait to get your visa. As per your choice, you can either pick up the passport from VAC, or you may opt for it to be delivered to you via mail.
After you have successfully made the application, you can then track the status of your application to know the exact stage of processing it is in. For this, you can click here and enter your reference number and date of birth, or also contact your travel agency to have them track it for you.
Once you have the student permit, you must follow the below points to ensure that you have a pleasant stay -
A rejected permit can be an issue. However, this again exactly depends on the embassy, the reason for the rejection, as well as your new application. If you have been refused, you will receive a letter stating the reason for the rejection. If your reason for the rejection is minor technical errors such as insufficient funds, and so on, you can apply for it again as long as you have met the conditions. However, major issues such as a criminal conviction, fake documents, etc may lead you to be ineligible to apply again.
This depends on the exact type. For the national student visa, you will have a stay back period allowed. After this, you will have to return back to your country. However, the short term Schengen student permit does not allow you to stay back any longer after expiry.
The format for the covering letter is not set in stone. However, you must ensure that the letter is addressed to the Embassy of Italy. It should also contain all the details of the visit such as the course you are pursuing, the educational institution, the duration of the study, and so on.
Yes, you can visit other Schengen countries with an Italian student permit. Italy, being a part of the Schengen, has a visa-free travel agreement with other Schengen countries. However, keep in mind that if you are in a D category, you must not stay for more than 90 days in a 180-period in the country.