Going to School in Italy?

Do you need a student visa to attend school in Italy? Are you going to culinary school?

If so, here are some tips to help you on your journey.

Student Visas process

Applying for a student visa to attend a culinary school in Italy generally involves the following steps:

  1. Acceptance Letter: First, you must be accepted into a recognized culinary school in Italy. Once accepted, the school will provide you with an acceptance letter which is crucial for the visa application process.
  2. Visa Application: Apply for a student visa (Visa Type D, “D” for “Long Stay”) at the Italian embassy or consulate in your home country. It’s advisable to do this as soon as possible, as the process can take several weeks or even months.
  3. Documentation: Gather all the necessary documentation. This typically includes:
  • Your passport, which should be valid for at least three months beyond your planned stay in Italy.
  • The acceptance letter from the culinary school.
  • Proof of financial means to support yourself during your stay. This could be a bank statement, a scholarship letter, or a guarantor’s letter stating they will financially support you.
  • Health insurance coverage valid in Italy for the duration of your stay.
  • A completed application form for the student visa.
  • Passport-sized photos.
  • You may also need to provide proof of accommodation in Italy and a round trip ticket or itinerary.

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  1. Visa Fee: Pay the application fee. The amount can vary, so check with the embassy or consulate.
  2. Interview: Depending on the embassy or consulate, you may need to schedule and attend an interview as part of the application process.
  3. Awaiting Decision: After you have submitted all necessary documents and completed the interview, your application will be processed. Processing times can vary.
  4. Entry Into Italy: Once you receive your visa, you can enter Italy. Within eight days of your arrival, you must apply for a permit of stay (Permesso di Soggiorno) at the local police station (Questura). You’ll need your passport, visa, and proof of your Italian address for this.

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Remember that these are general guidelines and the exact process may vary depending on your country of residence and specific circumstances. Therefore, it is important to check with the Italian embassy or consulate in your home country for the most accurate and up-to-date information.

Also, keep in mind that the process can take several weeks or even months, so it’s advisable to start well in advance of your intended start date.

Be advised that we typically only help our existing clients with Student Visa issues.


Yes. Having a female in your lineage *may* change the process, but you may still be able to be recognized as an Italian citizen via a female lineage.

First, understand that every family’s case is different. The process of being recognized as an Italian citizen varies depending upon the specific details of your situation.

In order to protect you, we perform a thorough research process on your case as the first step in the process. This helps us understand the complexities of your case. Based on our research, we provide you with an accurate, guaranteed price for the process.

  1. We perform a full research process for your case.
  2. We present you with the research findings.
  3. We consult with you on the best path forward for your family.
  4. We complete the work on your behalf.
  5. You are an Italian citizen! 

As you trace your Italian ancestry back to the person born in Italy (e.g parents >>  grandparents >> great grandparents, etc.) is one of your ancestors a woman? If so, you should still be eligible to be recognized as an Italian Citizen, but you need to contact us to discuss the details of the process.

Prior to 1948, Italian women did not have the right to pass on citizenship to their children. There are special procedures that must be followed to have you recognized as an Italian citizen. Contact us for details.

The Italian Consulates in the U.S. are authorized to process citizenship applications. Typically there is around a 3 year wait to get your first appointment and plan on an additional couple of years for the Consulate to process your paperwork. So, expect the Consulate process to take 5-7 years.

Note that you can not process a 1948 case via the Consulate. These cases can only be processed via the Italian Court System in Italy.

There are better options than using the Consulate. Contact us to learn more.

No. If you have a 1948 Case, due to having a female Italian Ancestor in your direct line, you must litigate this via the Italian Court System. You must hire an Italian law firm, like ours, to litigate the case on your family’s behalf.

Contact us to learn more about how we can help you on your journey.

The length of time varies, but this will typically be a several year process. The process changed in July of 2022 to include local jurisdictions, which may speed up the process. Plan on the document acquisition phase taking about a year, then the court process taking an additional 1-3 years.

We are not able to speak for the Italian government, but we guarantee that we will not stop working on your case until you are successful. In addition, we perform careful research at the start of the process to ensure your success.

Yes. We have offices in the U.S. and in Italy. 

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