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There are 2 ways to schedule: (1) Call the expensive 32pesos per minute

hotline or (2) Walk-in to sign up for a schedule. If you apply during the low
season (not summer), you may even be able to submit the same moment.

STEP 2 – PREPARE THE


REQUIREMENTS
General Requirements for Schengen Visa Application. Or download
this check list
1. Valid Passport with no less than 3 months validity over the visa expiration;
2. COMPLETELY accomplished application form with one recent picture (2X2)
with white background
3. Original and photocopy of ALL documents required for each applicant (including
passport and previous visas).
4. Letter of introduction to the Embassy (SAMPLE LETTER)
5. If Employed: Certificate of employment & Approved Leave of Absence
6. If Self Employed: Business license/permits, registration and financial statement.
7. Declaration of annual income (ITR), and approved Leave of Absence
8. For Students: Certificate of enrolment and approved leave of absence
9. Proof of economic means: Bank certification for dollar and peso accounts
accompanied by their corresponding passbook, statements of account. If available,
international credit cards, properties, land titles, etc.
10.Birth certificate and Marriage Contract (NSO issued)
11.Itinerary (SAMPLE ITINERARY ), confirmed round trip flight booking and
hotel vouchers or hotel booking under the name of the traveler.
12.A letter of invitation addressed to the Embassy, (format of this letter), in case the
traveler will stay in a friend’s or relative’s residence. The invitation may be made
by an Italian national or a foreign resident legally staying in Italy. A document of
identity or permit of stay should accompany the letter of invitation.
13.For ALL minors: NSO birth certificate, affidavit of Support and Consent from
BOTH parents. In addition, a DSWD clearance for minors not traveling with
parents.
14.Travel insurance with a coverage of at least 30,000 euros (with 15 days allowance
beyond the travel period) obtained only from Schengen accredited insurance
companies in the Philippines.
15.If not Filipino citizen the applicant needs to show proof of permanent residency in
the Philippines (ACR).
16.Visa Processing Fee (P1,400) + Service Fee (P3,688)

STEP 3 – SUBMIT THE APPLICATION


FORM AND REQUIREMENT
VIA CENTRE MAKATI
3rd Floor, Allegro Center
2284 Chino Roces Extension
Barangay Magallanes, Makati City 1232
VIA CENTRE CEBU
Unit 1004-B 10th Floor Keppel Center,
Samar Loop corner Cardinal Rosales Ave.,
Cebu Business Park, Cebu City
+63-32-412-7447

PROS AND CONS WITH APPLY


SCHENGEN VISA AT ITALIAN
EMBASSY WITH VIA
NEGATIVE
 You have to pay a service fee of PHP1,400 on top of the Schengen Visa fee of 60
Euro (PHP3,700).
 Your application is not prioritized actually. So it takes longer than if you apply
directly at the embassy. It takes about 2 weeks to 1 month.

POSITIVE
 You don’t need to wait for 2 months to get a schedule.

 You can call the hotline or just walk in to sign up for appointment.

 You can normally get a schedule for the next day or the day after.

 There’s VIA center in Cebu for those in that area. But there is also a Norwegian
Consulate in Cebu if you wanna check that out.
 The VIA Center staff were super nice. There are 9 counters + 1 cashier and
everyone were friendly, courteous, and helpful. I was observing! Far cry from
many embassy workers who exercise terrorism on applicants to feed their
elephant egos.

 When you make a mistake in the application, they don’t send you to another
embassy, they help you correct it.

 You don’t have to deal with equally egocentric security guards.

 You can bring your mobile phone.

 There are enough chairs to seat.