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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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!
- 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!