Any student (non- Eu citizen) who wants to study in Italy for more than 90 days up to 1 year must obtain an Italian student visa before entering Italy. To be sure that the visa is issued on time, you have to consider applying for it well in advance, at least 3 months before you start your chosen programme ( the procedure can even take up to 60 days and you must go personally to the embassy or consulate to inquire for and secure a student visa). If you decide to study Italian with our organization and in order to apply for a visa, you need Language Point registration certificate demonstrating your participation with us, through a formal stamp of approval by the embassy or consulate of your country of origin. You also need our school statement declaring the payment of your course of study.
For students enrolling in courses that last more than 3 months, Language Point offers free assistance for obtaining the ‘Permit of Stay'. For students enrolling with us for a period of less than 3 months who want to transfer to another Italian school, Language Point offers full assistance at a cost of 160.00 euros.
Procedures and requirements to get a Student Visa for Italy
What documents do you need to apply for a residence permit in Italy?
1. A visa application form (available on the web site www.esteri.it );
2. Two very recent passport size photographs (on a white background);
3. One application form duly completed and signed at the Italian Consulate in your own country ( if possible, we recommend our students to apply for a multiple-entry Schengen Visa );
4. Passport valid three months over planned stay in Italy;
5. A letter of acceptance from Language Point indicating place, duration of the course and dates of attendance; Language Point will provide a letter of registration after receiving confirmation of payment for the whole course as required by law;
6. A letter of enrolment from Language Point describing the course booked, the payment, the duration of the course and the accommodation address in Italy, (please take them two original copies of the Language Point certificate and ask for one back with the stamp of the Embassy; remember that the certificate is necessary to obtain the residence permit!); Each month we offer an 80hr course (please check one of our long term courses).
7. A letter addressed to this Italian Consulate in your own country , stating that you own private means of support. If you are a recipient of financial aid, please submit a statement;
8. A letter from your bank indicating your account number, financial status, and balance. The letter must be signed by a bank official; The disposure of enough financial means ( a minimum of 800.00€ per month of stay )to support yourself ;
9. Have a suitable accommodation in Italy. Language Point offers its students a very fast and efficient accommodation service including a hospitality declaration which states that a migrant non EU citizen is being hosted in someone’s home. This declaration is compulsory, when a house lease is signed the holder of the contract must give the declaration in together with a copy of hospitality report and a copy of the declarant’s ID.
10. Flight reservations (round trip).
11. Health Insurance Proof of Health Insurance must be shown to the competent local authorities in Italy (Questura) in order to obtain your residency permit (Permesso di Soggiorno). A Health Insurance Policy can be purchased on arrival in Italy at the Post Office, from Inassitalia, that is specially designed by the Italian Government for foreign students to cover all medical expenses without disbursing any money in case of illness.
Please, note that all documents must be officially translated into Italian and we can help you to do it. You also need to remember to make photocopies of the entire application process. This includes every single form that you fill and submit. At any point, if you need to send these documents by post then make sure they are notarized.
Again, the study visa will be issued only against demonstration that you:
1. Have a suitable accommodation in Italy.Within 8 days from arrival, all non-Eu citizens who hold a study visa for Italy must apply for a stay permit for study purposes.
2. May dispose of enough financial means to support yourself.
3. Are entitled to medical care in Italy.
4. Possess the amount of money necessary to travel back to your country, or have already purchased a valid return-ticket.
The stay permit is issued by the local police station (Questura - Ufficio Stranieri) of the applicant's place of residence in Italy against presentation of:
• a valid passport bearing a study visa for Italy.
• proof of enough financial means to support herself/himself.
• a document giving evidence of her/his right to medical care in Italy.