How to Get a Visa

For those of us who are getting a visa for the first time, the process can be completely baffling. For other American’s who are as confused by this process as I was, here’s the steps that must be taken.

  1. Research Jurisdiction. Find out which consulate holds jurisdiction over your state and if there is a vice consulate nearer your home. For Kansan’s, the Consulate General of Italy in Chicago holds jurisdiction and awards visas. If you are not able to travel to Chicago, there is a vice consulate in Kansas City, MO. They do not award visas, but will approve your documents.
  2. Get a Packet Checklist. The website for the Consulate General of Italy looks like the work of an unpaid intern in 2008. To find your application, or packet, I suggest following this link. Get all these documents together a month or two in advance of your departure date.
  3. Make an Appointment. An appointment with the consulate or vice consulate is absolutely necessary. I would suggest doing this a few months before departure. All you need to do is bring in you packet and some patience. If you have any questions, this is the time to ask them!
  4. Final Steps. Send in your packet and include a paid and addressed envelope for the return of your passport. I paid for overnight shipping both sending and receiving.

All of this work is absolutely worth it! Once you have your visa, you’re ready to travel! Nothing can stop you!





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