Select a visa category below to find the visa issuance fee, number of entries, and validity period for visas issued to applicants from this country*/area of authority.
Visa Classification: The type of nonimmigrant visa you are applying for.
Fee: The reciprocity fee, also known as the visa issuance fee, you must pay. This fee is in addition to the nonimmigrant visa application fee (MRV fee).
Number of Entries: The number of times you may seek entry into the United States with that visa. "M" means multiple times. If there is a number, such as "One", you may apply for entry one time with that visa.
Validity Period: This generally means the visa is valid, or can be used, from the date it is issued until the date it expires, for travel with that visa. If your Validity Period is 60 months, your visa will be valid for 60 months from the date it is issued.
Available. The Certificato (or Estratto) di Nascita is an extract of the report of birth that provides the date and place of birth. It can be obtained from the Office of Vital Statistics (Ufficio di Stato Civile) of the town where the applicant was born. Parents' names have not been included in Italian birth, marriage, citizenship, and family status certificates since 1955. To request a birth certificate including the parent's names, the applicant should apply to the Office of Vital Statistics, citing Article 3 of Presidential Decree of May 2, 1957 (No. 432) "...ai sensi dell'art. 3 Decreto Presidente della Republica 2 Maggio 1957."
The Atto Integrale di Nascita is a more complete document than the Certificato or Estratto di Nascita. In addition to the date of birth, it contains current information regarding the subject's civil status, such as the subsequent legitimation of a child, recognition by the natural parents, adoption, marriage, annulment of marriage, or death of a spouse. This document should ordinarily only be required to verify the legitimation of birth or adoption of a child. The Atto Integrale di Nascita can be obtained only after receipt of special authorization from the Procura Della Republica of the judicial district where the applicant was born.
Available. (Certificato di Morte) Issued by the Office of Vital Statistics (Ufficio di Stato Civile) of the town where the applicant was born or lived.
Available. (Certificato di Matrimonio) Issued by the Office of Vital Statistics (Ufficio di Stato Civile) of the town where the person was born or resides. For those born outside of Italy it is issued by the Office of Vital Statistics of either the town where the marriage was performed or the town where the foreign birth of the person was recorded.
Same-sex marriages are not recognized.
Available. A Divorce Decree (Decreto di Divorzio) is issued by the town where the divorce was registered. Prior to 1974 only annulments or legal separations were granted by the Republic of Italy. Divorce has been legal since that date. A notation of divorce may be included on a birth or marriage certificate.
Available. (Certificato di Stato Libero) This document certifies the single status of persons who are of legal age to marry (18 or over). It is available from the Office of Vital Statistics (Ufficio di Stato Civile) of the town where the applicant was born or resides.
Available. (Certificato di Vidovanza) Issued by the Office of Vital Statistics (Ufficio di Stato Civile) of the town where the applicant was born or resides.
Available. An Adoption Decree (Decreto di Adozione) may be obtained through the Juvenile Court (Tribunale dei Minorenni) of the district where the adoption took place.
Note: Because of wartime destruction of church and state archives, it is impossible to obtain pre-war documents. Substitutes for birth and marriage certificates are authorized by the Italian Civil Code in the form of affidavits (Atti di Notorieta) sworn by four witnesses before the Lower Court (Pretura) of the district in which the interested person resides or was born.
Individuals who emigrated to work abroad and those who emigrated to join the head of the family may receive the following documents without charge. (For others, there may be a fee.)
It is simpler for those who do not live in Italy to apply for the documents they need through a family member who resides in Italy, or through the mayor of the town in which they were born. Former residents who are not Italian nationals may apply through the nearest Italian consulate or through the consulate of their country.
Processing time for the above documents is approximately one month, exclusive of mailing time, which is erratic.
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Available. The Certificato Generale del Casellario Giudiziale is a certified national record of final court convictions and decisions regarding mental incompetency and bankruptcy or a statement that no such record exists (Nulla).The Certificato dei Carichi Pendenti is a certified record of pending criminal charges, or a statement that no such charges exist, from the office of the Procura della Repubblica in the applicant's place of residence. Both certificates are required from immigrant visa applicants residing in Italy.
Persons within Italy can obtain the Casellario Giudiziale by applying in person or by mail at any office of the Procura della Repubblica. The Carichi Pendenti must be obtained at the Procura della Repubblica in the area that the applicant resides. Such offices are located in all major cities and in many small cities and large towns. Those who apply in person must submit a written request, a photocopy of a photo ID and all fees; the certificates are usually provided the day of the request.
Persons outside of Italy can obtain the Casellario Giudiziale by writing to:
Ufficio del Casellario Giudiziale della Procura della Repubblica
00195 Rome (RM) Italia
Persons outside of Italy can obtain the Carichi Pendenti by writing to:
Procura della Repubblica presso il Tribunale di ROMA
00195 ROMA (RM) Italia
Those requesting the certificate by mail, whether from within or outside Italy, must submit a written request, a photocopy of a photo i.d., and all fees, along with a stamped, self-addressed envelope. Mail requests are normally processed within three working days. Information concerning fees and application procedures is available from any office of the Procura della Repubblica or online at http://www.giustizia.it.
Available. If the person has been arrested and tried, he/she and/or his/her representative may request a copy of the sentence in person or by mail from the court where the trial took place.
Not available except as incorporated in the police record.
Available. The Foglio Matricolare is the usual record of military service. It gives complete details regarding military service, including convictions before court martials. Officers are issued the Stato di Servizio that contains more complete information than the Congedo Illimitato that is merely a discharge certificate. Military records may not be available to those who have not reported to their military district after leaving Italy. There is an fee for this service.
Travel Document (Titre de Voyage) which has a gray cover is issued to refugees granted permanent asylum in Italy on the basis of the Geneva Convention of February 28, 1951. Travel document (Titre de Voyage) which has a green cover is a courtesy travel document issued to those other than refugees, usually stateless persons, who for any reason cannot obtain a passport from their government. Both documents are valid for one year and may be renewed annually if the bearer maintains the same status. Documents must contain an Italian reentry visa stamp whenever the bearer travels abroad. Both of these documents are considered to meet the passport requirements of the INA.
Italy began issuing machine-readable passports (MRP) in January of 1998. Only a limited amount of Italian embassies and consular offices issued the MRP the first year. The Italian Government is incrementally updating their posts to issue machine-readable passports. The old Italian passports were issued initially for a period of five years, and were able to be renewed for five more. Therefore, it will be at least ten years until the old-style passport ceases to exist in volume.
Available. (Stato di Famiglia) Contains the names, dates and places of birth, marital status, and sometimes the occupations of the immediate family.
Rome, Italy (Embassy) - Nonimmigrant Visas only
Unit 9500, Box 18
Via Veneto, 121 – 00187 ROMA
Tel: (24 hours):(39) 06-46741
Fax: (39) 06-4674-2722
Florence, Italy (Consulate General) - Nonimmigrant Visas only
Lungarno Vespucci, 38 - 50123 FIRENZE
Tel: (39) 055-266-951
Fax: (39) 055-215-550
Milan, Italy (Consulate General) -- Nonimmigrant Visas only
American Consulate General
Unit 5690 – Box 60
DPO AE 09624-0060
Via Principe Amedeo 2/10
Tel: (39) 02-290-351
Naples, Italy (Consulate General) -- Immigrant and Nonimmigrant Visas
Box 18 PSC 810
FPO AE 09613-5700
Piazza della Repubblica– 80122 NAPOLI
Tel: 8AM to 5PM - 39-081-583-8111 (Monday through Friday).
Fax: (39) (081) 583-8275
All immigrant visas for Italy and San Marino are issued by the American Consulate General in Naples. Post jurisdictions for nonimmigrant visa issuances are set forth below:
|Nuoro Oristano (Sardinia)||Rome|
|Pesaro e Urbino||Rome|
|San Marino, Republic of||Florence|
|Sardegna (Sardinia), Island of||Rome|
|Sicilia (Sicily),Island of||Naples|