Applicants please be informed that Italian consulate would require a minimum of three (3) consecutive empty pages in your passport in order to issue a visa STICKER on your passport.
Please carefully read the requisite documents that you need to submit together with your visa application. Please make sure that you have all the documents indicated in the list, as lack of one or more documents can result in a visa denial.
In order to submit their application, applicants can simply walk in without any appointment to any one of our centers in Lagos or Abuja. Please note that the long stay applications are accepted at Lagos center only on every Thursday while short stay applications are accepted every working day. Abuja submission timings are 8a.m to 3p.m and Lagos submission timings are 8a.m to 1p.m
People seeking a family reunion visa must have the requested certificates duly
legalized by the Legalization Section of the Consulate General of Italy prior
to the visa application submission.
VERY IMPORTANT POINTS FOR APPLICANTS OF FAMILY REUNION VISA AND WORK PERMIT VISA
(Valid as from 1st November 2011)
- No application would be accepted by VFS if ALL the requisite documents are not submitted.
- All the documents pertaining to the applicant (birth certificate; attestation of age; marriage certificate; authorization to travel from Father or Mother; etc.) MUST be duly LEGALIZED by the Consular Section of this Consulate General. The validity of these documents is ONE YEAR only from the date of legalization.
- The certificates (STATO DI FAMIGLIA; CERTIFICATO DI RESIDENZA; etc, etc.) issued in Italy by the Italian Registrars (COMUNE) must be in original and they are valid for ONE YEAR only.
- Applicants for work permit visa, with a valid passport, MUST submit a photocopy of the passport used by the Italian employer to obtain the Nulla Osta. Moreover, if the old passport is reported lost/stolen, a photocopy of the passport should be accompanied by the Police Report pertaining to its loss/theft.
Types of Visa & Documents required
SCHENGEN VISA APPLICATION FORMS
The visa is issued to traders and businessmen/women or highly skilled
professionals (engineers, lawyers, medical doctors, and so on) who wish to go
to Italy for reasons related to their profession. It's a Schengen visa (type
"C") - Maximum stay: 90
The visa is issued to people who wish to visit Italy for tourist purposes.
It's a Schengen visa (type "C") - Maximum stay: 90 days per semester.
FAMILY REUNION VISAS (Foreign citizen with foreign citizen)
Please ensure the following documents are in place while submitting the
application for family Re-union or Work Permit visa.
Validity of passports should be 18 months from the day of application and this
is must other wise your application will not be accepted at VFS counter.
All originals should be legalized and having subsequent photocopies.
Without legalization, application will not be accepted.
This is applicable for all applicants applying under the categories of Family
Re-Union and Work permit, irrespective of citizen.
Family reunion visas are visas intended to reunite family members. It's a
National visa (IMMIGRANT VISA) type "D" and the Length of stay is between 91
and 365 days - Applicants who will be considered as family members are
the lawful spouse married under civil law (religious marriages, of any kind,
and polygamy are not recognized by the Italian laws),
the children under 21 years (or economically at charge). In case of adopted
children, they must have been lawfully adopted in accordance with the laws of
the mother and father.
There are two types of family reunion visas:
the first one concerns the family members wishing to join the
spouse/parents/children that are lawfully residing in Italy;
the second one concerns the family members who wish to settle in Italy at the
same time of their family member who is going to obtain an authorization to
work or study in Italy.
In both cases, the family reunion visas must be duly authorized through the
so-called "NULLA OSTA" (No objection certificate issued by the "Sportello
Unico per l'Immigrazione" - Immigration Office in Italy). In this
authorization are listed the family members who may apply for this visa. It has
to be noted that being listed in this authorization does not implies the visa
would be directly issued. In fact, the family members have to provide
documentary evidence about the family ties and they can submit their visa
application only after that their marriage certificate, birth certificates, and
others certificates have been duly verified and legalized by the
Legalization Section of the Consulate General of Italy, lagos.
E.U. CITIZENS' FAMILY MEMBERS VISAS
This visa is granted to:
the spouse of an Italian citizen;
the children of the spouse of the Italian citizen (under 21 or economically at
the mother and father of the spouse of an Italian citizen.
These provisions apply as well to the citizens of the European Union (E.U.) and
Economic European Space (SEE) lawfully residing in Italy. Other family members,
like brothers, sisters, nieces, nephews and cousins are not entitled to this
type of visa. It's a National visa (IMMIGRANT VISA) type "D" - and the length
of stay can be between 91 and 365 days
The visa for independent work is issued to people who wish to carry on a
professional and independent activity (as industrialist, trader or craftsman)
or to establish a company or take shares in a company.Applicants of this type
of visa have to obtain the authorization "NULLA OSTA" from the Italian Police
("Questura") as well as other specific authorizations in accordance with the
type of activity sought, and they have to provide proof of previous businesses
and of an income of at least 8.400 €uro during previous fiscal year. It is a
Schengen visa (type "C") for stays up to 90 day or national visa (type "D") for
stays from 91 to 365 days.
All work visas are subject to prior authorizations "NULLA OSTA" form the
Italian Immigration Office (Sportello Unico per l'Immigrazione) or
"Dichiarazione nominativa di assenso" issued by Italian National Olympic
Committee (C.O.N.I.) for athletes or the specific Employment Office (for
artists). It's a Schengen visa (type "C") for stays up to 90 day.
The visa is issued to patients who need to undergo specific medical
treatments in Italy (but not single medical consultations). It's a Schengen
visa (type "C"): maximum stay 90 days per semester
This visa is issued to priests, nuns, ministers of religion belonging to
denominational confessional or other confessions recognized by the Italian
Ministry of Interior. It's a Schengen visa (type "C") for stays up to 90 day.
People lawfully residing in Italy, having lost their residence permit and/or
passport in Nigeria, can apply for this visa enabling them to return to Italy.
All the applicants of this type of visa can be called for an interviewed at the
Consulate General after the submission of documents. Re-entry visa can be
issued ONLY after authorization from the competent "Questura" (Police
Headquarters) in Italy. It's a National visa (type D) - Single entry.
This visa can be issued to foreigners invited by Italian Public Agencies,
Institutions, Organizations (public or private but reputable and well-known) to
participate in a special public event (political, cultural or scientific
conferences). All the costs related to the stay will have to be born by the
inviting party. It's a Schengen visa (type "C") -Maximum length of stay: 90
The visa is issued to sportspeople (athletes and trainers) invited to
participate in sport competitions (both professionals and amateurs).The
issuance of this visa must be requested by the interested Italian Federation
and duly authorized by the Italian National Olympic Committee (C.O.N.I.). This
written authorization must be sent directly by C.O.N.I. to the Italian
This visa is issued for journeys of members of official delegations who - following an official invitation addressed to the Nigerian Government by the Italian Government, Governmental Agencies or State owned organizations - are to participate in meetings, consultations, negotiations or exchange programmes, as well as in specific events held in Italy.
Applicants applying for all Multiple Entry Schengen Visas, irrespective of the
validity, will also have to provide a written guarantee that they will cover
all successive trips with an International Health Insurance valid for the
intended period of travel. Please click on the hyperlink to download the form.
PER FAMILIARE AL SEGUITO
Students wishing to continue their studies at Italian Universities or to follow
other long-term studies (beyond high school) are kindly requested to write to
the following e-mail addresses:
It has to be noted that no visa can be granted to students wishing to learn the
Italian language, since the knowledge of the Italian language is one of the
requisite condition to be enrolled in Italian Universities and other academic