RULES ON VISAS
Applicants are requested to read the following information carefully
- Processing time: the new Schengen provisions have lengthened
the visa processing to 10 working days (Monday to Friday). The
processing time might take longer in particular cases or verification
- Forged passports submitted to the Consulate General of Italy
would be sized and handed over to the competent Nigerian Authorities.
- Any cases of forged documents produced by foreign nationals
for the purposes of obtaining an entry visa shall always been
reported to the Italian judicial authorities by the diplomatic
or consular mission (article 331 of the code of criminal procedure).
This applies both to the forgery of Italian documents and documents
of foreign origin that are in any way used in support of a visa
- In the event that the diplomatic/consular authorities are acquainted
with any fact, situation or condition that would have prevented
the grant of an entry visa that has already in granted, they must
issue a formal REVOCATION measure.
- As a rule, aliens do not have a "right" to be granted
a visa, but at most a "legitimate interest". Art.4,
paragraph 2 of Consolidated Text 286/1998, with latest legislative
amendments states that "visa denials do not have to be justified,
except when regarding visa applications for work, joining family
members, medical treatment and study. In the case of denial the
person concerned must be notified in a language understandable
to him/her or, in the absence of the same, in English, French,
Spanish or Arabic. To dispute a denial a claim must be filed with
the TAR del Lazio within 60 days of receiving notification. In
the case of denial of visa for joining or accompanying family
members only, eventual claims can be filed with the regular authorised
- An alien wishing to enter Italian territory or the Schengen
Area must have sufficient financial resources available to guarantee
maintenance throughout the planned visit. The availability of
means of subsistence is therefore an essential condition for the
entry of an alien into the Schengen Area (Common Consular Instruction).
- Foreign nationals have to demonstrate that they possess means
of subsistence by showing bank guarantees, insurance policy guarantees
or equivalent credit instruments, vouchers for prepaid services
or other documents demonstrating access to sources of income in
here to download the "Directive defining means of subsistence
for the admission and stay of aliens within Italian territory"
issued by the Italian Ministry of Home Affairs on 1st March 2000.
Except where otherwise provided by the instruments mentioned above,
the alien must indicate the existence of appropriate accommodation
within Italy and the availability of funds for repatriation, which
may also take the form of a prepaid return travel ticket.
The need to provide evidence of means of subsistence in the amount
required is not only a fundamental condition for the issue of
certain types of visas, but is also required at the moment the
alien enters Italian territory.
No visas can be issued in the event of failure to produce evidence
of means of subsistence or, in the event that such evidence cannot
be produced to the Border Police, the alien will be formally turned
away from the border.