Know all about Italy StudentVisas
Students who are headed to Italy must remember the fact that visa will not be issued on the same day. From applying for a visa to finally getting it issued, it can take as many as 60 days or two months to complete the visa process. Hence, to ensure that you get your visa on time, it is important to submit your visa application, with all documents attached, as early as possible. Experts often suggest that to be on the safe side, students should start the visa process at least three months before their chosen program starts.
Students planning to study in Italy can either apply for the Type C (Schengen) Visa or Type D Visa, depending upon their duration of stay. The countries exempted from the visa requirements are European Union countries, Switzerland, Norway, Liechtenstein, and Iceland. But these countries will still require an Italy residence permit after 3 months.
Higher education institutions only confirm admission, when you have a student visa. Other visa types are not accepted. Hence, before you apply to an Italian college or university, visit the Italian embassy or consulate to make a pre-application. They have the competence to check and tell you if you fulfil the visa requirements or not.
A few things that go in your favour when you apply for an Italian student visa are:
- You already have a suitable place of accommodation in Italy.
- You have enough funds to support yourself in Italy, and bear the study and other expenses during that period.
- You have already bought a valid return ticket to come back to your country at the end of the study program or have enough money to purchase it.
- You are entitled to medical care in Italy or have a medical insurance policy already.
To apply for visa, one should contact the nearest Italian consulate with the following documents you would have received from the Italian institution where you have enrolled yourself:
- Letter of Acceptance
- Letter of Enrolment
- Insurance Letter and
- Course Schedule
Student visas are only issued for the duration of your study program.
Non-European citizens have to apply for a stay permit at the local police station (Questura) for studying within eight days of their arrival in the country. The applicant should visit the police station at the place where he is staying with the following documents:
- Valid passport with the study visa to Italy
- Proof of finances
- Medical insurance documents
If the candidate has to move to another Italian city, even for a temporary stay, they have to inform the police station about their change of address within 15 days.
If the students go out of Italy during their study duration, they will only be allowed to re-enter if they have a valid stay permit with them.
All international students in Italy who come from non-European countries have to be vigilant about the concurrency of their stay permits and study visas.
- At least 30 days or a month before your stay permit is about to expire, you will need to go the Questura or the police station to extend the permit for the whole year. For this, you should have proof of finances to support yourself, enrollment certificate issued by the higher education institution in Italy, and all the other documents related to the issue of the stay permit.
- Study visas and stay permits of international students are renewed only if they have passed at least one exam in the first year of their degree programs and at least two more exams in the following years. However, if a student has passed only one exam during the study visa period because of a serious reason such as very poor health, their stay permit may be renewed too. However, in no case will the stay permits be issued for more than three years beyond the duration of the study program you have opted for.
Working with a Student Visa
If you hold a student visa for Italy, you will be permitted to work only part-time, i.e for a maximum duration of 20 hours every week and 1,040 hours per year. Also, after completing your studies, you may get your residence permit converted from student one to a work permit. This can only be done once the Italian immigration system for non-EU foreign workers, the 'decreto flussi' is opened.