The Italian Consulate in London has outsourced its main consular visa operation to third party operator VFS Golbal. VFS facilitate visa application collection on behalf of the London based Italian Embassy. Italy has as yet not enforced the Biometric data enrollment (fingerprints and digital photograph) for the new VIS Schengen visas currently being imposed on applicants for French schengen visas.
Italian Schengen Visa applications are to be submitted via the visa centre. It is not possible for the general public to file applications directly at the Italian Embassy. Diplomatic passport-holders however must arrange for appointments at the Embassy directly.