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elective residence


elective residence


IMPORTANT INFORMATION: Within eight days of entry into Italy, the applicant must report to the local Police Authorities (QUESTURA) to obtain a Permit of Stay (PERMESSO DI SOGGIORNO). Please note that this type of visa does not allow any type of work in Italy.

FOR EX ITALIAN CITIZENS:  Before you apply for the visa, it is mandatory to submit to the Citizenship Office of this Consulate General the following documentation:

  • birth certificate
  • U.S. certificate of naturalization
  • Valid U.S. passport and driver’s license.

Documents check-list

  • Visa Application Form. Please notice that all the names appearing on the passport must appear on the application form (all data must match those on the passport). The form must be dated and signed in front of a Visa Officer. For minor applicants, please consult appropriate link on website.
  • Recent passport-size photograph (1.2”x1.5” or 3x4 cm), on white background, full face and front view, stapled/glued to the application form. Scanned or photocopied photos will NOT be accepted.
  • Valid passport plus 1 copy of the page with photograph and expiration date. The passport or travel document must be valid at least three months after the visa expiration date. Please make sure the passport has at least two blank pages to affix the visa;
  • Original plus 1 copy of Driver’s License or State ID as proof of residence in the jurisdiction of this Consulate General. If you recently moved and have not updated your ID, you must submit another proof of current address (e.g., utility bills, bank statements, etc.);
  • Proof of financial means: documented and detailed guarantee of substantial and steady economic resources deriving from private income (pension or annuity), properties, stable economic and commercial activities, or other sources. Please note that this visa does not allow any work activities in Italy. Therefore you cannot finance your residence in Italy through any type of work;
  • Proof of lodging: contract of purchase/lease of a house or an apartment in Italy for the entire period requested. Please note that the lease must be for one house/apartment only. Multiple bookings of houses/hotels cannot be accepted for this type of visa;
  • Marriage certificate for the spouse and birth certificates for the children (plus 1 copy of each certificate), when families apply;
  • Confirmed flight reservation;
  • Proof of overseas health insurance covering 100% of all medical expenses;
  • Visa fee (under Consular Fees on home page): (non refundable).This Consulate can only accept Money Order or Cashier's checks, payable to the Consulate General of Italy in Chicago, with applicant's name and address as the remitter. Cash or Personal checks will not be accepted;
  • Return envelope: required in the event that applicants cannot collect the visa in person. Please provide envelope of UNITED STATES POSTAL SERVICES EXPRESS MAIL or PRIORITY MAIL with a tracking number, pre-paid and self-addressed.
  • Consent to send by mail

Please note: This Consulate General reserves the right to request further documentation.

Updated February, 2015