Apply for a visa

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Step-by-step guide

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  • Identify visa type

    Choose the right visa for your trip

    The first step is to determine which visa type you need, and check whether you’re eligible to apply for it.

    You’ll also need to know the documents that you’ll have to submit along with your application, how long the application might take and fees you’ll have to pay.

    Each application must comply with the guidelines applicable for your visa category.

    If your documents are not in English, you may need to get translations prepared before applying.

  • Begin your application

    Get started with your visa application

    Applications shall be lodged no more than six months, and for seafarers in the performance of their duties no more than nine months, before the start of the intended visit, and, as a rule, no later than 15 calendar days before the start of the intended visit. In the justified individual cases of urgency, the consulate or the central authorities may allow the lodging of the applications later than 15 calendar days before the star of the intended visit.

    Once you are ready to apply, go to the Step 3- Book an Appointment.

    You can also download the visa application form, complete it, print the completed form, and bring it with you to the Visa Application Centre for submission. 

    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. To gather more information about the visa application process flow, click here. 

    You’ll need to provide the new bio-metric passport. 

    Note: All the applicants, irrespective of his/her intended duration of stay in Italy or the Schengen area are required to sign & submit a Declaration confirming that the information provided by them are true. 

    If you are applying for a Multiple Entry Schengen Visa, irrespective of the validity, you’ll also need to provide a written guarantee confirming that you will cover all successive trips with an International Health Insurance (valid for the intended period of travel).

    You’ll also need to provide an information sheet containing the following details:

    • Surname
    • Names
    • Date of birth
    • Passport number
    • Nationality
    • Personal phone number
    • Personal active e-mail address    
    • Travel dates
    • Airline used
    • Flight Route
  • Book an appointment

    Choose a Visa Application Centre and make an appointment

    IMPORTANT NOTIFICATION:

    • All applicants are required to book an appointment and pay VFS Global service fee online to submit their visa application at the Joint Schengen visa application center. Frequent travelers can walk-in without an appointment.

    • A mandatory VFS Global Service fee to be paid before booking an appointment. Visa fee to be paid upon submission at VFS.

    • APPLICANTS ARE REQUIRED TO CHOOSE THE CORRECT CATEGORY OF VISA WHEN BOOKING AN APPOINTMENT ONLINE.

    • APPLICATIONS WITH INCORRECT VISA CATEGORY WILL NOT BE ACCEPTED AT THE VISA APPLICATION CENTRE.

    • Visa application can be submitted up to 180 days in advance from the intended date of travel

    VISA CATEGORY:

    Tourism:

    Frequent Traveller: Are applicants who have at least 2 previous visas from Schengen and/or OECD Countries within the last 3 years.

    First time Travellers: Are applicants who are not Frequent Traveller.

    Business:

    Frequent Traveller: Are applicants who have at least 2 previous visas from Schengen and/or OECD Countries within the last 3 years.

    First time Traveller: Are applicants who are not Frequent Traveller.

    Study: Applicants who are travelling for educational purposes only.

    Re-entry: Applicants residing in Italy who have lost their residence permit.

    Family reunion: Applicants who wish to join their family members residing in Italy.

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    How to book an appointment?

    Kindly note appointments are made available for booking only up to 45 days from current date, In case you receive a message displaying No Slots Available, request you to try again in a few days’ time.

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    Please click here to schedule an appointment for VFS Italy Visa Application Centre.

    NOTE: Appointments come with no additional charge. Please refrain from agents charging you in the name of fake appointments.

    Please note it may take more than the prescribed time mentioned on your Appointment letter while submitting your Application at VFS Centre. Applicants will be issued with a token number at the Application Centre and will be entertained as per the token number assigned. It may take more time depending on the number of Applications submitted at the counter by an Individual.

  • Pay your fees

    Find out the amount you need to pay

    Once you have made your application, you will need to pay your visa application fee. If you are applying online for your visa, your payment will be made as part of this process. If you download the form to print and bring to the Visa Application Centre, payment can be made at the time of your appointment.

  • Visit a Visa Application Centre

    Attend your scheduled appointment

    You’ll have to submit your complete visa application form at the Visa Application Centre in person.

    Find out what happens at the Visa Application Centre.

    You can simply walk into one of the VFS Global Visa Application Centre in Abuja or Lagos to submit your visa application along with all the required documents.

  • Track your application

    Stay informed about the progress of your application

    You will receive an email update when your decision has been returned to the Visa Application Centre. If you can’t access email easily, or would like more detailed tracking information, you may also be able to get updates by SMS sent directly to your phone. Check whether this service is available at the Visa Application Centre you are visiting.

    You can also track your visa application status online.  Use the Reference Number present on the invoice/receipt issued by the Visa Application Centre along with your last name to access this service.

  • Collect your passport

    Receive your passport from the Visa Application Centre

    After a visa application decision has been made, you can pick up your documents from the Visa Application Centre or have your documents returned to you by courier for an additional fee. For some Visa Application Centres your documents will only be returned via courier.

    Collecting your documents in person: bring the receipt issued by the Visa Application Centre and a form of Government identification. If permitted you may be able to send a representative to collect your documents; they will need to present a letter of authorisation signed by you, bring the receipt issued to you by the Visa Application Centre and their Government identification. 

    Please check with the Visa Application Centre at time of your appointment for the options available to collect your documents.

    You can also visit the Visa Application Centre from Sunday to Thursday between 08:00 to 16:00 to collect your passport. Click here, to view the format of the authorization letter.

  • Additional Services

    We constantly strive to offer a range of high end services to enhance customer satisfaction.

    VFS Offers additional services as an option for applicant to choose the value added Services.

    SMS Service - track your application

    What does it offer?

    SMS news updates will be sent to you informing you of the status of your visa application. Once purchased you will receive several automated feedback messages to your mobile phone informing you what stage your application is within the process. The service supports the transfer of SMS text into the English language only and re-assures you that your visa application is progressing towards the final stages of the visa application process. At the end of the process you will receive an automated email message (in English only) to your registered email address, informing you that the Consulate General of Italy has made a decision on your visa application and your documents have been returned.

    You can buy this service for 400 naira only (VAT included), at the same time you submit your visa application form and supporting documents at the visa application centre.

    Note: This value added service is optional.

    Please read the SMS Service Disclaimer carefully before applying for this service.

    Premium Lounge Service

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    VFS premium service lounge facilities are available at the Visa Application Centers in Lekki, Lagos and Abuja.

    The premium service lounge offers:

    • Separate lounge with personalized service by dedicated staff
    • light refreshments
    • Faster submission of applications at the visa application centre

    Important: This service does not imply or guarantee in any way that applicants using the premium service will have a faster turnaround time at the Embassy/Consulate or be successful in their visa application. All visa applicants must meet the requirements of the Schengen immigration rules.

    What does it cost?

    The premium service lounge facilities are charged at 10,000 Naira- including taxes. This charge is in addition to the visa application fee.

    How do I book?

    Please ask for the service when you are at the Visa application center or send an email to info.itng@vfshelpline.com for enquires.

    Timings - The service is available from 08:00 till 14:00 in lekki, Lagos and 08:00 till 14:00 in Abuja.

    Note: This value added service is optional.

    Photocopying service

    There is a photocopying service(Both in coloured and Black and white) at the visa application centres to facilitate you to submit your application.

    Note: This value added service is optional.

    Photographer Service

    There is a photographer available at the Visa Application Centres to facilitate you to submit your application.

    Note: This value added service is optional.

    Courier Service

    This courier service is available at all the visa application centres for return of your passport at the address provided.

    Please click here for Courier request form

    please click here for courier rates.

    Kindly note the courier fee is per passport.

    This charge is in addition to the visa application fee.

    Note: This value added service is optional.

    Please read the Courier Service Disclaimer carefully before applying for this service.

Ready to apply?

Start your visa process and then come back to VFS Global with your reference number to take advantage of the services on offer.

Start your application

Start your visa process and then come back to VFS Global with your reference number to take advantage of the Premium Services on offer.

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