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Pre-enrollment procedures and student visas for Academic year 2021/2022.

Pre-enrollment procedures and student visas for Academic year 2021/2022.

The Consulate General of Italy in Dubai informs that the Ministry of University and Research has published the provisions and calendars concerning the procedures for the entry, stay and enrollment of foreign students in higher education courses in Italy for the academic year 2021-2022 (
The procedures for issuing the visa must be completed by 30 November 2021, therefore the Consulate General will not accept any application after 11 November 2021.
Pre-enrollment requests must be submitted online through the UNIVERSITALY website. For any queries about the process you will have to contact the University.
After receiving the provisional admission letter confirming the pre-enrollment, the student can contact the Consulate General’s Visa Application Center (VFS Dubai) and schedule an appointment. Those who do not need the pre-enrollment can contact directly the Visa Application Center to schedule an appointment.
The day of the application submission, the student must be in possession of all the documents listed in the specific checklist. Failing to provide the required documents might result in the visa to be rejected.

In addition to the checklist, the Consulate General may at any time request additional documents, including the Declaration of Value even if the University doesn’t require it.

Depending on the school attended and the curriculum of studies, you can request the Declaration of Value to the Consulate or Embassy of the Country where the diploma is issued. As an alternative, you can verify with the university you chose if a “Statement of Comparability” released through the CIMEA and NARIC websites are accepted. The Consulate General of Italy in Dubai only issues DoV for schools following the UAE curriculum. As an example, a student with an IB Diploma obtained in Dubai, has to request the Declaration of Value to the Italian Embassy in Geneva or, as an alternative, might ask for a “Statement of comparability” through the CIMEA website. Similarly, a student who attended a school in Dubai following the Indian curriculum, should request the DoV to the Italian Embassy or Consulates in India.

Visa fees for “University/AFAM enrollment” study is € 50 (exchange rates can be verified here) and are non-refundable.

The decision on the issuance of a visa for study purposes is the exclusive jurisdiction of the Diplomatic/Consular Mission. The approval of a pre-enrolment request for a study course and the relative documentation produced by higher education institutions is to be considered a support for the evaluation of the visa request (DI 850/2011 art. 4 paragraph 2).

Any further updates will be published on the website of this Consulate