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What are the visa & residency requirements in Italy?

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We asked people about the visa & residency requirements in Italy, they wrote...

"In order to obtain a visa for Italy, foreigners must contact the Italian Embassy or Consulate in their own country to obtain the appropriate visa form and find out the necessary document requirements, such as a valid passport, birth certificate, marriage certificate and proof of income. Applicants must then complete the form and make an appointment to submit the form and documentary evidence to the Embassy at the designated time. To apply for residency in Italy, applicants must first obtain a visa that is valid for at least 90 days and then register at their local police station. They must provide proof of where they will be living in Italy, proof of income and a valid passport with all relevant documents, such as a birth certificate or marriage certificate, to the police station. Upon receipt of the documents and proof of accommodation, the police station will issue the foreigner a residency permit that must be renewed every five years," explained one expat living in Italy.

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"I have 3 Italian lawyers in the family and they will be the first ones to tell you how difficult it is to deal with the government. The website says one thing; the checklist provided by the consulate says another, etc. And then ALL of it is subject to interpretation! My cousins tried to help my brother with his citizenship paperwork to no avail. Eventually he found a specialist in Bologna and he became a citizen 3 years ago. I am using her now and even with a lawyer I have found the same problems you have experienced: conflicting information, the attitude, etc. My interview (which I attended alone but was prepped by my lawyer via Skype) was very difficult. As soon as I left, I burst into tears. Now I'm waiting for the 'verdict.' They say it could take a year for a decision," said another expat in Palermo Sicily, Italy.

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