Monday, July 27, 2009

Visa, Round 2

After mailing my visa application and a bunch of other required documents to the Italian Consulate in Philadelphia, waiting for 23 days (last year they had it to me in a week), and leaving messages and emailing the consulate and receiving no response, I drove to Philadelphia the night before my flight to try to get the visa from them in person. When I signed in, the employee behind the window said she recognized me and that my application was still being processed. I explained that my flight was scheduled for later that day, and I was hoping to get my visa now. After waiting about 1.5 hours, the woman called me over and said that I didn't need a visa, because I'll be getting a permesso di soggiorno. You'd think it would have been pretty easy to tell me that three weeks earlier. I also think it would be helpful if something to that effect appeared in a logical place, like on their website, or in their directions for applying for a visa, or in the directions for applying for a permesso di soggiorno, or in the book we have about living and studying in Italy, or on the Italian embassy website (perhaps on the "do I need a visa?" page), or on the Italian immigration website.

We'll see what the questura says.

On an unrelated note, I swear the sun is hotter here.

6 comments:

BRV said...

Hi,
I am planning a 7 day trip to Rome and was ondering, if you knew what they want in terms of "Proof of Medical coverage upto 30,000 Euros". Will an U.S.A. based insurance card work as long as they cover international medical costs?

Kristen said...

If you're a U.S. citizen, and you're visiting Italy for less than 90 days, you shouldn't need to show proof of medical insurance, because you don't need a visa. All you need is a passport and maybe proof that you're going to leave Italy (a return flight ticket or train ticket to another country usually).

BRV said...

Thanks for replying. I am a citizen of U.S.A. but my wife is not so she does need a Visa. She does have a Greencard though and works here, so also is covered by her insurance.
I have tried emailing and calling the consulate, but to no avail :-(. Thanks again for your prompt reply.

Kristen said...

Oh, I see. I would think your existing insurance would be enough, but I don't know for sure, since I just bought the Italian insurance (from INA Assitalia) that was recommended in order to apply for a permesso di soggiorno. This site probably has the information you're looking for.

BRV said...

Ah, thanks, I"ll check it out. I was able to find some more information on the web and my insurance company will be sending me a "travel letter of coverage". Hopefully, that'll help ... and the embassy won't take much time in processing. sigh.

Kristen said...

I wish you the best of luck.