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General information

The Visa Office of the CONSULATE GENERAL OF ITALY is open to the public on Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday from 9:00 am to 12:30 pm


We can only accept Applications from residents of the following States: Texas, Oklahoma, Louisiana and Arkansas. Students studying full-time at a University located in our jurisdiction also meet the residence requirement.
Check if you need a VISA here:

If you do not reside in the aforementioned States of our jurisdiction, you can find your Consulate at this link:

Applications can be submitted up to 3 months before the date of entry in the Schengen territory.

The office answers the phone daily from 2 pm to 3 pm (+1.713.850.7520 ext 1116/1118). We kindly request that you read all the information before calling. Please check the status of your shipment by using the tracking number of the envelope that you have provided.

To find information regarding your specific travel purposes, please check the appropriate website section.

To request information not available on the website, please send an email to


We accept ONLY CASH or USPS MONEY ORDER. Please provide the exact change if paying in cash. We do not accept cards.

As VISA fees change quarterly, new VISA Fee for the quarter 10.01.23 – 12.31.23 are as follows:
• Schengen VISA (stay under 90 days): $ 87.20 – Minors (ages 6 -12 years old): $ 43.60
• Long term VISA (stay over 90 days): $ 126.50
• Long term Study VISA (special fee): $ 54.50

The VISA fee is NON-refundable.


Passport/Travel Document
Passports should be issued no more than 10 years ago and should contain at least two empty pages. The passport’s date of expiration has to be at least 3 months later than the end date of the VISA.

Us Legal Status
This Office can process visa requests ONLY from legal residents of the US. Holders of one of the following documents are eligible to apply for a visa: U.S. Passport; U.S. Permanent Resident Card (formerly Green Card); Foreign students holding valid visas and valid I-20; Exchange visitors holding valid visas and I-66; Long term US visas (Ex. L1, L2, H1, H2, R1 etc…); US Permit to reenter; US Refugee Travel Document (Document de Voyage de refugee’).


Each application is independent, therefore the Applicants are required to bring a complete set of documents (ex. a family of 4 people = 4 sets of documents). Multiple Applications with only one set of documents will not be accepted.

Affidavit of financial support form available here: AFFIDAVIT


Minor Applicants
in addition to the required visa documents Minors must provide the following:

Minors under 18 years of age —> Authorization to travel signed by both parents. Parents can either appear before the VISA Attaché’ or send a notarized consent. AFFIDAVIT FOR MINORS [custody]
Birth certificate, original or a notarized copy; (All foreign documents MUST be translated into English and the translations legalized by the competent Consulate); Notarized copies of a picture I.D. from both the parents.

Minors under 14 years of age —> In addition to the above mentioned letters, the applicant must travel with at least one parent.

Passports and VISAS can be collected during regular opening hours. No appointment is required.

SCHENGEN VISA Applications are typically processed within 15 days, which may be extended up to 45 days. Incomplete or incorrect packages will be returned unprocessed. Please be aware that it is not possible to expedite the process through an additional fee.