The US Embassy in Italy has published new E visa processing instructions for Mission Italy, and has announced that effective August 15, 2012 all E visa submissions must comply with the new procedures, which are briefly, as follows:
A. Renewal without an interview:
An interview is not required for applicants who meet the following qualifications:
- The applicant is a citizen or permanent resident of Italy, currently present in Italy;
- All ten fingerprints of the applicant were captured at a prior consular interview (not at the airport);
- The applicant’s previous visa is currently valid, or has expired within the last twelve months;
- The applicant is applying for the exact same type of visa as his or her current/previous visa; and,
- The applicant’s visa does not have Clearance Received annotated on it
Applicants who meet these qualifications must submit their E visa package to Mailboxes Etc. Once the visa is processed, the passport will be returned via Mailboxes Etc.
Note: The Consulate will not pay to return the package and passport, and the applicant must arrange with Mailboxes Etc for the return of his or her package and passport.
B. Renewal with an interview:
Applicants seeking renewal, who do not meet the above qualifications, require an interview and must schedule an appointment with the Call Center directly, and the required documentation must be hand carried to the interview by the applicant, along with his or her passport.
C. Additional Applicants To An Already Established E Visa Enterprise:
In the case of applicants who are applying for an E visa for the first time, but are applying on behalf of a company whose employees have been issued E visas within the past five years, the applicant’s company is considered an already established E visa enterprise. In such cases, the applicant must email the documentation as a PDF attachment to the appropriate e-mail address, and must schedule an interview with the Call Center directly, after having submitted the required documentation. The original receipt of the processing fee must be hand carried to the interview.
D. First Time Applicants:
New E-visa cases are scheduled directly by the Consulate and the E visa package must be submitted through one of the Mailboxes Etc offices. The original receipt of the processing fee must be enclosed. Upon receipt, the application will be reviewed for completeness and an appointment will be scheduled by the Rome Consular Section.
E. Other Instructions:
The Embassy has also announced that the maximum E visa packet size is 40 pages, and all documents submitted must be in English or Italian, and must be germane to the case. Review of applications will begin only upon receipt of a complete application, and applications that are not complete, including the original receipt of the processing fee, will be returned via Mailboxes Etc. The formal adjudication of the case will begin only after an in-person interview is complete, and if after the interview, the case requires additional documentation, the reviewing officer will provide an accurate list of required documentation to complete processing of the case and the applicants will have a maximum of 45 days to provide the missing documentation. Companies submitting applications for multiple employees have also advised to submit only one E visa packet for all applicants.