The Refusal Of An Entry Visa And How To Avoid It

The refusal of an entry visa is a topic that concerns many foreign citizens who, for one reason or another, would like to enter Italy. This topic is very relevant because, in the event of a denial, the authorization to enter our country ceases to exist. What is a denial? What are the grounds on which the authorities can issue it? What to do in the event of a refusal? Before answering these questions, let us briefly go over what the visa application consists of, the documentation to be produced and the procedures to be followed. By doing so, it will be easier to understand what the causes of a refusal may be. Index

What Is An Entry Visa

An entry visa, like a residence permit, is a document issued by a host country to a non-EU citizen. Using these documents, the host Country requires all the necessary documentation to grant authorization for the non-EU citizen to stay temporarily on its territory. The documentation to which we refer varies according to the reason for the visa, but the common elements are:
  • Valid passport;
  • Return ticket;
  • Proof of means of subsistence;
  • Documents proving socio-professional status;
  • Health insurance in compliance with the regulations;
  • Proof of availability of accommodation.

What Is A Refusal

In simple terms, the refusal of an entry visa is a document stating that the Italian authorities have rejected the authorization to enter Italy. The denial is issued by the Italian Embassy or Consulate if these institutions find inconsistencies or deficiencies in the non-EU citizen’s documentation. There are several reasons for issuing a refusal, which also vary depending on the country of origin of the citizen applying for the visa. Thanks to Welcome Association Italy’s decades of experience in assisting foreigners, we have decided to briefly introduce the main reasons for refusal that affect our members.

Main Reasons For Visa Refusal: False And Expired Documents

Each Embassy and Consulate is responsible for checking the documentation issued by the non-EU citizen. The documentation varies according to the type of visa requested (study, work, tourism, reunification, etc.), but there are some common elements. One of the main causes of refusal is the presentation of forged or expired documents. It may seem trivial, but the presentation of a passport that is less than three months old after the expiration of the visa leads to its refusal. Another recurrent element in denial procedures is forgeries. Our trade union is often contacted by Embassies to cross-check our members. All these control procedures are due to the galaxy of false Entities that provide fictitious health coverages/passports/demonstrations of accommodation that culminate in a denial.

Immigration Risk

Right after false and/or expired documents, we find immigration risk as the primary cause of denial. By immigration risk, Embassies and Consulates indicate the possibility that the non-EU citizen remains in Italy beyond the period established by the visa. In this case, the Italian authorities examine “the purposes of the stay and the prerequisites from which the foreigner’s interest in returning to the country of origin can be verified in order to avert the so-called ‘immigration risk’” as stated in the Testo Unico sull’Immigrazione. This reason for denial is very common for citizens from certain areas of the world such as Sub-Saharan Africa, South East Asia, and Central America.

Lack Of Proof Of Means Of Subsistence

Refusal on the grounds of immigration risk is followed by another related and equally recurring reason. This is the demonstration of the means of subsistence for the return to the country of origin. Even in this case, the risk that the Italian authorities do not want to incur is the passive immigration risk. This is the lack of economic means such that the non-EU citizen, at the end of the visa, is economically unable to meet the expenses to return to his or her country. To remedy this, the Italian authorities may request proof of the purchase/booking of transport tickets for the return to the country of origin already at the visa application stage.

Other Cases Of Refusal

The cases of refusal dealt with so far are statistically the most recurrent, but this does not mean that there are no others. In order to provide an exhaustive guide for our members, we list the reasons for which Italian diplomatic corpses issue denials.
  • One visa per semester rule: a citizen may not apply for more than one visa every 180 days;
  • The alert to the SIS: if a citizen enters the Schengen Information System, the visa is automatically denied;
  • The case in which the citizen is considered a health and/or public security threat;
  • Inadequate medical coverage: the coverage submitted does not meet the legal requirements for medical emergencies.

What To Do In Case Of Visa Refusal?

We have broadly explored the main reasons why the Italian authorities deny entry visas to Italy. Once a refusal has been made, what can non-EU citizens do? First of all, it must be stated that the refusal must:
  • Report deadlines and procedures to context the refusal;
  • State the grounds on which it was issued;
  • Be communicated in a language that the applicant understands.
If the applicant wishes to contest the refusal, it is possible to appeal to the Regional Administrative Court (T.A.R.) of Lazio within and no later than 60 days from the issuance of the document. In addition, the appeal against the refusal can be issued only by Italian lawyers recognized by the Register of Lawyers.

Why Welcome Association Italy

For decades Welcome Association Italy has been assisting EU and non-EU citizens who decide to enter and/or live in Italy. Our services, instrumental in obtaining an entry visa and/or residence permit, enjoy an excellent reputation for many reasons
  • They are convenient to purchase;
  • They contain health coverage that amply satisfies the requirements of the Italian authorities;
  • They provide healthcare services;
  • They give access to conventions and to the Welcome Association Italy network.
In addition to these reasons, they provide qualified assistance and knowledge of the bureaucratic dynamics and barriers that foreign citizens encounter when applying for a visa. Thanks to this mix of factors, Welcome Association Italy today is a certainty for hundreds of thousands members who annually choose our trade union as a partner for their stay in Italy.

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