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The Visa Office handles the issuance of visas allowing applicants entrance into Italy or the EU. Office personnel are available to the public for consultation on what type of visa to apply for.


  VIS

Beginning 15 may 2014 the Visa Office of the Consulate General will start working with the VIS


For information related to this Consulate General's visas services, please, refer to the section below.


VISAS


The Visa Office is open Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays from 9:00 a.m. until 12:30 p.m.  
Related information can be requested:


  • by fax (617) 722.94.07  

    Applications are accepted by appointment only through our website: Book Now

    To obtain further information please visit the following website http://www.esteri.it/visti/index_eng.asp


    National Visas are issued for periods longer than 90 days (91 to 365) and cannot be issued for tourism or business purposes. Once you have been issued with a National visa, whithin 8 days of entering Italy, you need to apply for the permit of stay to the local Questura. Please visit this website for information: http://www.poliziadistato.it/articolo/10617/

VISA FEES FOR THE THIRD QUARTER 2014

Short stay Visa (up to 90 days)  76.45
(for nationals of the following countries: Ukraine, Russia, Macedonia, Bosnia-Erzegovina, Serbia, Montenegro, Albania, Republic of Moldova  and Georgia)  44.60
Long Stay Visa (more than 90 days) $147.75
Study Visa    No fee

Please note: we accept money order ONLY. Fees are not refundable.


For all forms, please, use the following links:

Application Schengen VISA (Short stay up to 90 days)
Application National Visa D (Long stay more than 90 days)
Affidavit - no current enrollment available (VISA)
Affidavit of Insurance (VISA)
Affidavit of Support (VISA)
Invitation letter (VISA)
Invitation letter for business
Richiesta visto per familiare (VISA) 


PRE-REQUIREMENT TO PRESENT A VISA APPLICATION

The Consulate General of Italy in Boston provides visas ONLY to permanent residents of Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Rhode Island and Vermont.

If the applicant is not an American citizen, beside a valid passport, one the following documents must be presented to apply, providing that they are valid at least three (3) months beyond the intended departure from the Schengen territory: U.S. Resident Card (Green Card), International student valid visa and endorsed I-20; Long Term U.S.visa; U.S. Re-entry Permit; U.S. Travel Document.

For students who are not permanent residents in one of the mentioned States, the application will be accepted only if a current academic enrollment is in place and for study purposes only.


In order to have your application accepted, please note that all the documentation must be presented in original plus one photocopy.  An incomplete application will not be accepted.
American citizens do not need a visa to travel to Italy or other Schengen countries for up to 90 days every six months for purposes of Tourism, Business, Study, Sport Events, Invitation. For all other purposes, a visa is required and must be obtained from the Italian Embassy or Consulates before entering Italy. All travelers must declare their presence by ensuring that their passports are duly stamped by the Border Authorities upon entry into the Schengen area. Applications presented earlier than 90 days from the starting date of the visa cannot be accepted; Average processing time for most nationalities of applicants and most categories of visas is two weeks.  According to Italian law, processing time for Long Term National Visas can vary depending on the applicant's nationality and the category of Visa. VISAS CANNOT BE ISSUED ON THE SAME DAY.   Incomplete applications will not be accepted. Rush processing is not applicable. Do not send any documents, either via fax or email, before your scheduled appointment.

Passport with visa can always be picked up at the Consulate General of Italy in Boston during regular business hours (Mon/Wed/Fri). No appointment is needed. If the applicant elects to have the passport returned by mail, a self-addressed pre-paid express mail or Fedex return envelope must be provided along with the visa application (regular mail will not be accepted).

All travellers to the Schengen States must provide proof of health insurance for their entire period of stay in the Schengen area. Please, be sure that the health insurance coverage is also valid in case of repatriation.

Important notice:  
  • The passport should have at least two blank pages to affix the visa. No visa can be issued on passports older than 10 years.
  • The travel document expiration date must be, at least, three months longer than the hypothetical visa expiration date
  • Applicants should be advised that, even if they fully satisfied the above requirements, the visa application does not necessarily ensure visa issuance.

GENERAL PROCEDURE TO BE FOLLOWED FOR MOST COMMON VISA ISSUANCE

TOURIST VISA

All documents must be presented in original and one photocopy.

Please note that the Consular Office has full authority to evaluate and request other documents in addition to those submitted by the applicant. 1. Visa application form (signed by the applicant in the presence of the Consular Officer)

2. One recent passport-style photo, (1.2"x1.5" OR 3x4 cm) on white background, full face and front view

3. Passport or travel document valid at least three months after visa expire date

4. Proof of permanent residence in the US. Permanent resident card or other US immigration document allowing re-entry into the United States (e.g., valid long-term US visa with I-94, Advanced Parole, etc.). The US Residence permit or visa should be valid at least three months beyond the intended departure from the Schengen territory. International students must submit original and copy of F-1 Visa and valid re-entry ("travel") signature on I-20. Please provide copy of old passport if Us visa is affixed there; Please note B1/B2 visas are not accepted.

5. Round-trip booking or ticket or proof of available means of personal transport. The reservations must reflect the applicant’s name and specify the exact border and date of entry into Italy. If you visit more than one Schengen country, you must provide means of transportation between countries.

6. Proof of lodging for the entire duration of the trip and for all the countries you intend to visit. Please submit one of the following: Confirmed hotel reservations with name and address of hotels, name and number of guests, duration of stay. For cruises or other organized trips, provide official itinerary or vouchers with places visited, number of days in each location, and type of accommodation; OR Host declaration duly filled out, dated and signed by the host and accompanied by copy of hosts’ ID and, when needed, copy of a valid Permesso di soggiorno (Residence Permit);

7. Proof of economic means of support, as per Ministry of Interior Directive 1.3.2000 (http://www.esteri.it/visti/sussistenza.html). Applicants must submit three most recent bank statemnets from a US banking institution. Dependents must submit relevant documentation of the family member sponsoring the trip with an Affidavit of Support. The financial requirements may also be satisfied by a Bank Guarantee (Fidejussione Bancaria) submitted in original plus 1 copy by the inviting person in Italy (find forms under "forms"). 

8. Documentation of socio-professional standing: most recent pay check pay stub, letter of employment. If self-employed: business income taxes form, certificate of incorporation, most recent business bank statement. If unemployed: employment information of husband or wife, plus a copy of the marriage certificate. Students: official verification of enrolment from the school and - if financially dependent on the parent’s - their financial information along with a notarized affidavit of financial support assuming full responsibility for any and all expenses the son/daughter may incur during the stay in Italy. Retired persons: proof of monthly pensions.

9. Health insurance policy with a minimum coverage of €30,000 for emergency hospital and repatriation expenses

For minors travelling by themselves, parents must provide birth certificate of the child and notarized letter granting permission to travel abroad.

Please note:

a) If you intend to visit several Schengen Countries, you have to apply at the Consulate where you will be staying longer. In the event that you spend the same number of days in more than one country, you have to apply at Schengen Country Consulate you will visit first.

b) You must provide most recent Schengen Visas copies present in your passport. In case the Schengen Area is not your last destination, you must also provide copies of all the visas needed for the current trip



STUDENT VISA

All documents must be presented in original and one photocopy.

Please note that the Consular Office has full authority to evaluate and request other documents in addition to those submitted by the applicant.

1. Visa application form (signed by the applicant in the presence of the Consular Officer)

2. One recent passport-style photo,(1.2"x1.5" OR 3x4 cm) on white background, full face and front view

3. Passport or travel document valid at least three months after visa expire date

4. Proof of permanent residence in the US (green card, valid US long term visa). Non-US students must have a valid F1visa with endorsed I-20. Exchange visitor must have a valid J1 visa with endorsed I-66. B1/B2 visas are not accepted

5. Proof of financial means of support for the stay in Italy of an amount not less than that established in Table A annexed to Ministry of Interior Directive 1.3.2000 (http://www.esteri.it/visti/sussistenza.html)or, as an alternative, by:

  • proof of personal or family resources (student financially dependent on his/her parents must provide a notarized affidavit of support from them stating that they will assume full financial responsibility for him/her son/daughter during the stay in Italy and a supporting bank statement from a US bank)
  •  A bank statement or a letter from a US banking institution, on the bank’s letterhead, signed by a bank official and with a recent date, indicating account balance (a minimum of $ 1000.00 per each month of stay in Italy is required). Students who receive financial aid must present an official letter from their University stating amount of aid and time of disbursement; or insurance warranty or equivalent credit document (bank letter of credit applicable in Italy) or traveller’s cheques or other documentation proving the availability of sources of income in Italy (by means of bank transfer or deposit from abroad)
6. Declaration of the availability in Italy of appropriate lodgings as well as the funds necessary for repatriation, possibly to be demonstrated in the form of a return airline ticket or - if entering Italy by other means - Eurorail tickets, car rental or ferry reservations. The reservations must reflect the applicant’s name and specify the exact border and date of entry into Italy.

7. Current enrollment letter stating that the applicant is fully enrolled for the current academic year, or already enrolled for the following semester, containing anticipated graduation date, major etc. If you are not currently affiliated with a University, please, fill out a notarized affidavit of no current enrollment. If you are applying for a master’s program, please, provide supporting documentation regarding your previous degree (diploma, bachelor degree, final transcript, etc.)

8. Letter of acceptance addressed to the Consulate from the host institution in Italy, or the Italian branch of the US academic institution, indicating the name of the student, the dates and the program denomination and if the University will provide full health insurance conforming to the Italian standards.

9. Letter of acceptance from the US Branch of the Study Abroad Program if the student goes abroad on another provider’s educational program.

10. If the letter of acceptance mentioned at the above #8 does not state that the University will provide full health insurance, insurance coverage for medical treatment and/or hospitalizations must be demonstrated by means of foreign insurance policy or one underwritten with Italian bodies or firms that must not include limitations or exception to the fees established for emergency hospitalization.


BUSINESS VISA

All documents must be presented in original and one photocopy.

Please note that the Consular Office has full authority to evaluate and request other documents in addition to those submitted by the applicant.

1. Visa application form (signed by the applicant in the presence of the Consular Officer)

2. One recent passport-style photo,(1.2"x1.5" OR 3x4 cm) on white background, full face and front view
 
3. Passport or travel document valid at least three months after visa expire date

4. Proof of permanent residence in the US. Please note B1/B2 visas are not accepted.

5. Round-trip booking or ticket or proof of available means of personal transport. The reservations must reflect the applicant’s name and specify the exact border and date of entry into Italy

6. Proof of available lodging in Italy: tourist vouchers, hotel booking, offer of hospitality

7. Original letters from the applicant’s company and from the Italian company (or branch of the US Company) specifying the reasons the applicant is expected in Italy, dates of the trip and duration of stay as well as a declaration of financial responsibility. If self-employed, you must provide certificate of incorporation, most recent business income tax return, most recent business bank statements.

8. Applicant must provide the Italian company registration filed at the Chamber of Commerce in Italy (visura camerale)

9. Health insurance policy with a minimum coverage of €30,000 for emergency hospital and repatriation expenses

WORK/LAVORO  SUBORDINATO

The requirements for this type of visa are slightly different according to the typology of work. Please read carefully the specific instructions and then go to the Documents Check-List below. 1. Domestic workers, home-care givers, seasonal labourers, highly skilled professionals, managers, university lecturers and professors, researchers, translators, interpreters, personnel in training, nurses, maritime workers, entertainment industry personnel. This visa is to be issued pending the “Nulla Osta” (entry clearance), to be requested by the Employer at the competent Italian Authority: "Sportello Unico per l’Immigrazione" (SUI - Unified Immigration Desk).  When the Nulla Osta is granted, the Consulate will be notified by the SUI. The applicant must present a copy of the Nulla Osta at the visa interview. 2. Personnel employed in supplementary maritime services boarding Italian cruise ships and employed by foreign subcontractors. The applicant must provide the following:
  • contract between foreign company and Italian ship owner;
  • enrollment of ship in International Register;
  • enlistment contract.
3. Journalists and correspondents officially accredited in Italy and employed by foreign press or TV and radio broadcasters The applicant must submit an online application to request a preliminary accreditation necessary to receive the Nulla Osta for the issuance of the visa. In particular the applicant must:
  • fill out a form available at www.esteri.it, under "Area Giornalisti" and obtain the identification number (ID) which will appear at the end of the registration;
  • electronically attach to the form a letter from the Director of the press organization addressed to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs – Servizio Stampa e Informazione – Ufficio Accreditamento – stating that the applicant is appointed as press correspondent in Italy and indicating his/her qualification (journalist, photographer, operator, etc.) and the duration of the stay;
  • contact the American Embassy in Italy with the ID number and asking to submit the Note Verbale online to request the accreditation.

Please consult the Foreign Press Handbook for further information. Documents check-list for all the above categories:
  • Completed Long stay Visa Application. All names appearing on the passport must  appear on the application form (all data must match those on the passport). The form must be dated and signed in front of a Visa Officer;
  • Recent passport-size photograph (1.2”x1.5” or 3x4 cm), on white background, full face and front view, stapled/glued to the application form. Scanned or photocopied photos will NOT be accepted;
  • Valid passport plus 1 copy of the page with photograph and expiration date. The passport or travel document must be valid at least three months after the visa expiration date. Please make sure the passport has at least two blank pages to affix the visa;
  • Original and copy of Permanent Residence Card OR other US immigration document allowing re-entry into the United States (e.g., valid long-term US visa, Advanced Parole, etc.);
  • Original and copy of Driver’s License or State ID as proof of residence in the jurisdiction of this Consulate General. If you recently moved and have not updated your ID, you must submit another proof of current address (e.g., utility bills, bank statements, etc.);
  • Copy of the Nulla Osta from Italy;
  • Confirmed flight reservation;
  • Visa fee (non refundable) in the form of Money Order or cashier’s check, payable to the Consulate General of Italy in Boston, with applicant’s name and address as the remitter;
  • Return envelope: required in the event that applicants cannot collect the passport with the visa in person. Please provide envelope of UNITED STATES POSTAL SERVICES EXPRESS MAIL or PRIORITY MAIL with a tracking number, pre-paid and self-addressed.

Please note: This Consulate General reserves the right to request further documentation.

SELF-EMPLOYMENT/LAVORO AUTONOMO

The requirements for this type of visa are slightly different according to the typology of self-employment. Documents check-list for all the categories listed below
  • Completed Long stay Visa Application. Please notice that all the names appearing on the passport must  appear on the application form (all data must match those on the passport). The form must be dated and signed in front of a Visa Officer;
  • Recent passport-size photograph (1.2”x1.5” or 3x4 cm), on white background, full face and front view, stapled/glued to the application form. Scanned or photocopied photos will NOT be accepted;
  • Valid passport plus 1 copy of the page with photograph and expiration date. The passport or travel document must be valid at least three months after the visa expiration date. Please make sure the passport has at least two blank pages to affix the visa;
  • Original and copy of Permanent Residence Card OR other US immigration document allowing re-entry into the United States (e.g., valid long-term US visa, Advanced Parole, etc.);
  • Original and copy of Driver’s License or State ID as proof of residence in the jurisdiction of this Consulate General. If you recently moved and have not updated your ID, you must submit another proof of current address (e.g., utility bills, bank statements, etc.);
  • Copy of the Nulla Osta from Italy to be obtained by the competent Authority (see below the different visa tipologies for the documentation needed);  
  • Confirmed flight reservation;
  • Visa fee (non refundable) in the form of Money Order or cashier’s check, payable to the Consulate General of Italy in Boston, with applicant’s name and address as the remitter;
  • Return envelope: required in the event that applicants cannot collect the passport with the visa in person. Please provide envelope of UNITED STATES POSTAL SERVICES EXPRESS MAIL or PRIORITY MAIL with a tracking number, pre-paid and self-addressed.

VISA Categories

Professionals:
  • declaration by the office authorized to issue needed certifications, licenses and authorisations, or to receive notices of registration of business activity, or by the Institution authorized to oversee professional associations;
  • availability of suitable lodgings to be proven according to one of the following means:
    • rental lease or ownership deed;
    • declaration by an Italian or foreign citizen legally residing in Italy stating that he/she has made available suitable lodgings that fulfill the minimum requirements foreseen by regional legislation for public housing;
  • copy of the tax return for the previous year showing an income in the country of residence higher than the minimum level foreseen by the law for exemption from participation in health services contributions (€8,400);
  • “nulla osta” (entry clearance) issued within the previous 90 days by the competent Italian Questura in the city where the applicant will reside (Main Police Station).
Business people, entrepreneurs, artisans:
  • statement describing the parameters of the economic resources required to carry out the said business, commercial or artisan activity, issued by the Chamber of Commerce of the area in which the activity is to be carried out. These resources must not be less than three times the amount of the annual unemployment subsidy (about € 14,000);
  • financial means in Italy sufficient to satisfy the requirements in the above declaration;
  • availability of suitable lodgings to be proven according to one of the following means:
    • rental lease or ownership deed;
    • declaration by an Italian or foreign citizen legally residing in Italy stating that he/she has made available suitable lodgings that fulfill the minimum requirements foreseen by regional legislation for public housing;
  • copy of the tax return for the previous year showing an income in the country of residence higher than the minimum level foreseen by the law for exemption from participation in health services contributions (€8,400);
  • “nulla osta” (entry clearance) issued within the previous 6 months by the competent Italian Questura in the city where the applicant will reside (Main Police Station).
Sport persons and athletes:
  • Declaration of consent by CONI (Italian National Olympic Committee) on behalf of the applicant issued to the competent Italian Diplomatic/Consular Representation, indicating the athlete’s personal data, sport practiced, and the name and address of the Italian Sport Association. This statement must be accompanied by the “nulla osta” (entry clearance) of the Italian Questura (main Police Station) issued within the previous 90 days.
Partners and consultants in Italian firms:
  • Certification of enrollment in the Business Registry of the firm, which must have been operating for at least three years;
  • statement from the legal representative of the firm ensuring compensation above the minimum level established by law for exemption from healthcare expenses (€8,400);
  • copy of the budget deposited at the Business Registry for Ltd Companies, or copy of the latest tax return for firms constituted by individual persons, from which it can be ascertained that earnings or income are sufficient to guarantee compensation of the applicant;
  • copy of the declaration of responsibility already sent by the Italian contract provider (or by the legal representative thereof) to the competent “Direzione Provinciale del Lavoro – Servizio Ispezione del Lavoro”  indicating that, in virtue of the contract stipulated, the applicant will not be employed as an employed worker;
  • availability of suitable lodgings to be proven according to one of the following means:
    • rental lease or ownership deed;
    • declaration by an Italian or foreign citizen legally residing in Italy stating that he/she has made available suitable lodgings that fulfill the minimum requirements foreseen by regional legislation for public housing;
  • “nulla osta” (entry clearance) issued within the previous 90 days by the competent Italian Questura in the city where the applicant will reside (Main Police Station).
Entertainment industry personnel:
  • Contract with the original signature of the holder of the license to operate, or impresario or legal representative thereof, ensuring the self-employed person compensation higher then the minimum level foreseen by the law for exemption from participation in health services contributions (€8,400);
  • appropriate professional documentation, issued by competent Authorities and validated by the Italian Consulate, certifying the legal right of said Authority to issue said documentation;
  • certification of the firm's enrollment in the Business Registry;
  • copy of the budget deposited at the Business Registry for Ltd Companies, or copy of the latest tax return for firms constituted by individual persons, from which it can be ascertained that earnings or income are sufficient to guarantee compensation of the applicant;
  • availability of suitable lodgings to be proven according to one of the following means:
    • rental lease or ownership deed;
    • declaration by an Italian or foreign citizen legally residing in Italy stating that he/she has made available suitable lodgings that fulfill the minimum requirements foreseen by regional legislation for public housing;
  • copy of the declaration of responsibility already sent by the Italian contract provider (or by the legal representative thereof) to the competent “Direzione Provinciale del Lavoro – Servizio Ispezione del Lavoro”  indicating that, in virtue of the contract stipulated, the applicant will not be employed as an employed worker;
  • “nulla osta” (entry clearance) issued within the previous 90 days by the competent Italian Questura in the city where the applicant will reside (Main Police Station).
Managers or highly qualified employees of companies based in Italy or with branches in Italy, or of branch offices of foreign companies headquartered in a member country of the World Trade Organization, or managers of main offices in Italy of Italian firms or firms of another EU member:
  • Certification issued by the competent “Direzione Provinciale del Lavoro – Servizio Politiche del Lavoro”  that the contract does not constitute subordinate employment;
  • availability of suitable lodgings to be proven according to one of the following means:
    • rental lease or ownership deed;
    • declaration by an Italian or foreign citizen legally residing in Italy stating that he/she has made available suitable lodgings that fulfill the minimum requirements foreseen by regional legislation for public housing;
  • “nulla osta” (entry clearance) issued within the previous 120 days by the competent Italian Questura (main Police Station).
University language lecturers, university professors and researchers intending to teach or carry out paid research activities in Italian universities or educational or research Institutes, translators and interpreters:
  • Certification issued by the competent “Direzione Provinciale del Lavoro – Servizio Politiche del Lavoro” that the contract does not constitute subordinate employment;
  • availability of suitable lodgings to be proven according to one of the following means:
    • rental lease or ownership deed;
    • declaration by an Italian or foreign citizen legally residing in Italy stating that he/she has made available suitable lodgings that fulfill the minimum requirements foreseen by regional legislation for public housing;
  • “nulla osta” (entry clearance) issued within the previous 120 days by the competent Italian Questura (main Police Station).


ELECTIVE RESIDENCE

All documents must be presented in original and one photocopy.

Please note that the Consular Office has full authority to evaluate and request other documents in addition to those submitted by the applicant.

IMPORTANT INFORMATION: Within eight days of entry into Italy, the applicant must report to the local Police Authorities (QUESTURA) to obtain a Permit of Stay (PERMESSO DI SOGGIORNO).
FOR EX ITALIAN CITIZENS:  Before you apply for the visa, it is mandatory to submit to the Citizenship Office of this Consulate General the following documentation:
  • birth certificate
  • U.S. certificate of naturalization
  • Valid U.S. passport and driver’s license.


1. Visa application form (signed by the applicant in the presence of the Consular Officer)

2. One recent passport-size photo (1.2”x1.5” or 3x4 cm), on white background, full face and front view, stapled/glued to the application form. Scanned or photocopied photos will NOT be accepted.

3. Passport or travel document valid at least three months after visa expire date

4. Documented and detailed guarantee of substantial and steady economic resources deriving from private income (pensions or annuities), properties, stable economic and commercial activities or other sources. (Please note that this visa does not allow any work activities in Italy)

5. Availability of adequate lodgings in Italy

6. Flight reservation

7. If applicable, originals of marriage certificate for the spouse and birth certificates for the children (plus one copy of each certificate)

8. Proof of overseas health insurance covering 100% of all medical expenses;

9. Visa fee (non refundable) in the form of Money Order or cashier's check, payable to the Consulate General of Italy in Boston, with applicant’s name and address as the remitter;

MINOR APPLICANTS (under 18 years of age) In addition to the requirements specified for each type of visa (Tourism, Study, Elective Residence etc.), for applicants under 18 years of age the following is needed:
1. The visa application form must be signed by both biological parents (as it appears on the applicant's birth certificate) in front of the Visa Officer at this Consulate General. If one of them cannot be present, please contact this Visa Office;

2. Original and copy of picture IDs of both parents. In the event that the mother's last name differs from what appears on the applicant's birth certificate, please provide copy of parents' marriage certificate;
3. Applicant's birth certificate in original and copy, or only a notarized copy. All foreign documents MUST be translated into English and the translations legalized in the US by the Consular Authorities of the country that issued the document;
4. Authorization to travel for minors signed by both parents;  


VISA DENIALS

It should be kept in mind that an alien cannot be considered as having a “right” to a visa but rather a simple “legitimate interest”. Denials must be justified and communicated to the person in question in a language understandable to that person or, short of that, in English.

The Consulate is not obligated to provide a reason for the denial (unless in the cases in which the visa application is filed according to the Articles 22, 24, 26, 27, 28, 29, 36 and 39 of the Law. no. 286/98)

Persons denied visas may lodge a claim with the Tribunale Amministrativo Regionale (T.A.R. - Regional Administrative Court) of Lazio within 60 days of receipt of notification of denial.

In the case of visas denied for joining or accompanying family members only eventual claims can be made to the authorized regular court.

The Avvocatura di Stato (Government Legal Service) must be notified of eventual claims.

Since 5 April 2010, Regulation (EC) No. 810/2009 of the European Parliament and of the Council of 13 July 2009 establishing a Community Code on Visas (Visa Code) forms the statutory basis under European law in all Schengen states for the issuing of visas for transit through the Schengen area or for short-term stays in the Schengen area not exceeding 90 days in any six-month period.
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