Applying Schengen visa(Italy) from USA

Never been to Europe yet? Plan your holidays and book tickets. But what about visa? Nothing

much to worry about here are the steps and process is super simple.


  • Copy and original of Passport and US Visa
  • Passport size photographs
  • Pay stubs – 3 Months
  • Bank statement – 3 months
  • Employment letter
  • Medical Insurance
  • Address proof of current address
  • Marriage certificate( if required)
  • Booking details( flight and hotel)

Apply on paper:-

  • Create login and book appointment from consulate general website
  • Download visitor visa form fill for all relevant details
  • Visit Italy consulate general office in SF with original passport(s) and all other documents
  • Fingerprints will be taken at the consulate
  • They will keep the form, photographs, copies of required documents, return mailing envelope and original passports.

Some pointers:-

  • Book your appointment 4-5 months in advance. I am not sure about other locations but consulate in SF is usually full.
  • In case you are not sure about appointment date it can be changed and cancelled anytime. 10 days before you will get mail to confirm appointment.
  • Medical insurance in mandatory for traveling to any Schengen country.
  • They will check every booking of your itinerary including hotels, domestic flights and trains etc.
  • We reached 15 min prior to scheduled, entire process took 15-20 min for us
  • Validity of visa starts from the date of travel mentioned in form and duration of stay.


Statistics :-


Time taken to figure out how to apply 1 weekend
Time taken to fill application 3 evenings
Biometrics/In-person visa interview ½ hr
End to end processing time after submitting passports. 2 weeks

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