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US Embassy Rome: New E Visa Procedures

Italian Riviera, Riomaggiore medwt6019The US Embassy Rome has issued new procedures for E Visa applications in Italy, effective August 15, 2012. Some applicants require interviews, depending on the factors listed below.

New E Visa Procedures: US Embassy Rome, Italy

The US Embassy Rome will process E visa applicatons. E visa appointments fall into one of three categories:

  1. E visa renewals.
  2. Additional applicants for an already established E visa enterprise.
  3. First time E visa applications.

E Visa Renewals

E visa renewals at the US Embassy Rome may be with or without an interview.

1. No Interview Required in Some Cases

US Embassy Rome applicants who meet the following qualifications are not required to have an interview:

  • Citizen or permanent resident of Italy, and currently present in Italy.
  • All ten fingerprints have been captured at a prior consular interview (not at an airport).
  • Previous visa is currently valid, or has expired within the last 12 months.
  • Applicant is applying for the same type of visa as applicant’s current or previous visa.
  • Applicant’s visa does not have an annotation of “Clearance Received.”

E visa applicants who meet the above requirements should submit a package to Mailboxes Etc. at:

Mail Boxes, Etc.
Via Andrea Ripa, 14/16
00198 Roma
tel.: 06-8535-7298
Visa.roma@mbe.it

Once a visa is processed, the Embassy will return the applicant’s passport via Mailboxes Etc. Since the Consulate will not pay to return the visa package and passport, so the applicant must arrange with Mailboxes Etc. for their return.

2. E Visa Interview Required

If an applicant does not meet the requirements above, s/he requires an interview at the US Embassy Rome. To schedule an interview, the applicant should email the US Embassy Rome, and write “E VISA RENEWAL WITH INTERVIEW” in the email subject line. The Rome Consular Section will then contact the applicant to make an appointment. The applicant must then hand carry the required documentation to the interview, along with his or her passport.

Additional Applicants to an Established E Visa Enterprise

If this is the applicant’s first E1 or E2 visa application, but s/he is applying on behalf of a company whose employees have been issued E visas within the past 5 years, the Embassy will consider the company an established E-1 or E-2 enterprise. In that case, the applicant must email the required E visa documentation (visa forms, processing fee receipt; detailed resume; last 3 years of corporate tax returns) as a PDF attachment.

An applicant requires an interview at the US Embassy Rome, and the Rome Consular Section will contact the applicant only after s/he has submitted required documentation. Once the Rome Consular Section has contacted the applicant, s/he must hand carry the original receipt of the processing fee to the interview.

First Time E Visa Applicants

The US Consulate directly schedules all new E visa cases. Upon receipt, the Rome Consular Section reviews the application for completeness and schedules an interview appointment. E1 and E2 applications require a minimum processing time of 28 calendar days before an appointment will be scheduled. To ensure efficient processing, the Rome Consular Section directs applicants to the Instructions for Applying for E1/ E2 Nonimmigrant Visas. The applicant must submit the visa package through the designated Mailboxes Etc. offices, and must enclose the original receipt of the E visa processing fee with the package.

E Visa Review Process

E1 and E2 visa application review begins upon receipt of a complete application. The US Embassy Rome will return incomplete applications (the applicant must include an original receipt of the visa processing fee) via Mailboxes Etc. The Rome Consular Section will not pay to return a visa package. Applicants must submit all documents in English or Italian, and those documents must be relevant to the case. The maximum E1 or E2 visa packet size at the US Embassy Rome is 40 pages.

Formal visa adjudication will begin only after an in-person interview (including taking fingerprints) is complete. If, after the interview, the case requires additional documentation, the Consular Officer will place it in pending status. The reviewing officer will also provide an accurate list of required documentation to complete processing of the visa. Applicants have a maximum of 45 days to provide the missing documentation, as the US Embassy Rome will not hold cases longer than 45 days.

The US Embassy Rome advises companies submitting applications for multiple employees to submit only one visa packet for all applicants. Applicants must specify that the package contains E VISA APPLICATIONS, and as the first page of the package, the COMPANY NAME and APPLICANTS NAMES.

For general questions on visa processing or specific questions regarding cases submitted, please contact RomeEvisas@state.gov. Do not inquire about cases that have not exceeded the minimum processing time of 28 days from submission.

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