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religious visa non catholic


religious visa non catholic

RELIGIOUS VISA (non-Catholic denominations)
MOTIVI RELIGIOSI  (denominazioni non cattoliche)

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;
  • 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;
  • For Non-US citizens: original and copy of Permanent Residence Card OR other US immigration document allowing re-entry into the United States (e.g., valid long-term US visa, Advanced Parole, etc.);
  • Original and copy of Driver’s License or State ID as proof of residence in the jurisdiction of this Consulate General. Full-time students may also use original and copy of Student ID. 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.);
  • Official documentation certifying that the applicant is an Ordained Minister of a church/religious institution.
  • Official letters of the Religious Institutions in the US and in Italy sponsoring the applicant. The letters must state the exact period of stay in Italy, full financial responsibility and complete medical/hospitalization coverage;
  • Copy of the Decree issued by the Italian Ministry of Interior by which the inviting Religious Institution has been officially recognized and authorized to operate in Italy;
  • Applicant’s declaration, as well as of any accompanying adult family members, stating that he/she will not engage in any employment/work activity during the entire stay in Italy;
  • Confirmed Flight itinerary;
  • Visa fee (under Consular Fees on home page): (non refundable) in the form of Money Order or cashier’s check, payable to the Consulate General of Italy in Chicago, with applicant’s name and address as the remitter;
  • Return envelope: required in the event that applicants cannot collect the passport with 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 March 2014