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Procedure for issuing a visa

The visa application shall be submitted, in writing, on the appropriate form in a single copy, filled in completely, signed by the foreign national and accompanied by a passport-size photograph.

As a general rule, foreign nationals applying for a visa shall contact the diplomatic-consular Representation personally, in order to be interviewed about the reasons for and circumstances of their stay and for fingerprints to be taken.

The foreign national shall attach to the application form a valid travel document to which the visa can be materially affixed and, where required, supporting documentation.

The foreign national is obliged to certify:

– the purpose of the journey;

– the means of transport and return;

– the means of support during the journey and the stay;

– the accommodation conditions.

Once the visa application has been assessed and deemed admissible on the basis of the documentation produced by the applicant and of what has been learnt during the interview which is usually direct and personal – the Representation shall carry out the required preventive security checks, by consulting the list of foreigners not admissible to the Schengen Area by computer or e-means via the World Visa Network.