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I'm a citizen of Nigeria but am living in Italy as an immigrant.

Recently I got the Italian carta d'identita (11 year residence permit).

Can I use this to travel to the US? How do I apply and what else is required?

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    The Italian residence permit might help to get an US visa, since you are less likely to be perceived as an illegal immigrant. You still have to get the visa. – o.m. Jun 11 '16 at 5:54
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    Aren't Italian residence permits usually known as "permesso di soggiorno"? "Carta d'identita" sounds more like an ID card than a permit. – Henning Makholm Jun 11 '16 at 8:52
  • @HenningMakholm I doubt you can get a permesso di soggiorno valid 10+ years. Even a carta d'identita' is only valid 10 years. However, in either case, none of them are going to get you into the USA – Berwyn Jun 11 '16 at 16:26
  • I'm assuming that he's had Italian residency for 11 years. – mkennedy Jun 12 '16 at 2:33
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No. Even Italians can't use a carta d'identita' to visit the US. You need a passport.

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    And since you are a citizen of Nigeria, you also need a visa. Again, having Italian residency doesn't exempt you from this. – Nate Eldredge Jun 11 '16 at 4:59
  • @NateEldredge I am pretty sure that even if you are an italian citizen the passport is not enough, and you need a visa anyhow – Ant Jun 11 '16 at 9:52
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    @Ant Ever heard about the Visa Waiver Program? – fkraiem Jun 11 '16 at 9:58
  • @fkraiem Oh, of course.. For some reason I thought it was about moving there.. Thanks for the clarification :) – Ant Jun 11 '16 at 10:31
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The Italian Carta d'Identita for immigrants is different from the one they issue for the Italian citizens; on the cover of the carta d'identita for the immigrants/ foreigners it's written "Non valida per l’Espatrio" which in English means 'not valid for traveling abroad' here's a sample picture

The Italian citizens can use the Carta d'Identita within the EU travels, but traveling to the US they do need a passport as well!

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