Consulate General of Italy
83/86 Farringdon Street
Telephone: VFS Helpline 0871 376 0023 (Monday-Friday 08:30-17:30)
Online: Embassy website
Do I need a visa to visit Italy?
Some countries have special relationships with other countries which enables their residents to travel freely between the two without a visa. Check if you definitely need a visa to travel by checking the Embassy website.
How can I apply?
You must apply through the VFS centre which is located at:
Italy Visa Application Centre
13a Cathedral Road
Cardiff CF11 9HA
To make an appointment you must apply through the VFS Website.
Please note: It may take you several weeks to get an appointment at an Embassy, especially before the Christmas, Easter and summer vacations. Therefore, you should be making your application at least 8-12 weeks before you intend to travel.
What documents do I need?
The University has a checklist to assist you in collecting the required documents, however for a full list of documentation required, you should check VFS website as requirements may change.
How do I get to the VFS Centre?
How long will it take?
The visa processing time is a minimum of 5 – 10 working days, depending on the nationality of the applicant, and provided that a complete visa application is submitted.
For applications accepted in Cardiff and Manchester, please allow an additional 2 – 3 days minimum for the processing of your application.
When you have had your documents checked at your appointment, the Embassy official will retain your passport (and the copies of your documents) for a decision to be made. Your passport will then be posted back to you. Most embassies aim to return your passport within a few days. This Embassy advises that you do not apply any later than 2 weeks before you intend to travel. To find out more, check the FAQs page.
How can the Immigration & International Student Advice team help me with my Schengen visa?
IISA does not offer a service whereby they make your Schengen visa application or appointment for you. This is because generally travelling outside of the UK during your studies is for your personal pleasure. They can however check through your documents before sending/your appointment.
If you would like an adviser to check your documents for you, you should email firstname.lastname@example.org stating which country you are applying to and the date of your appointment. Please note that this service is not guaranteed and is subject to staff availability and IISA commitments.
You should start making your Schengen visa application at least 8-12 weeks before your proposed travel date.