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Wednesday, 01 July, 2020, 17 : 30 PM [IST]

VFS Global to reopen limited operations for 11 countries at select VACs in India

VFS Global is re-opening some Visa Application Centres (VACs) in limited cities, with the approval of respective Embassies/Consulates in India, and with strict health and safety guidelines in place.

After specific Embassies/Consulates, as well as local authorities have given their approval, VFS Global’s centres will accept visa applications for select countries and visa categories in specific cities. Customers will have to mandatorily schedule an appointment online, through the website www.vfsglobal.com, prior to visiting the Visa Application Centre, The list of countries that will resume acceptance of applications are as below: 

Country

Visa Categories

Cities

Restart Date

United Kingdom

All visa categories/ passport collection

11 cities: Mumbai, Pune, Ahmedabad, Bangalore, Chennai, Cochin & Hyderabad, New Delhi, Jalandhar, Chandigarh, Kolkata

6 July 2020

 

Ireland

Student and long-stay categories

10 cities (same as above for UK)

6 July 2020

Italy

Re-Entry Visa Only

New Delhi

3 July 2020

Belarus

All visa categories

New Delhi

1 July 2020

Denmark

Residence permit, Employment, Dependents, Approval cases

New Delhi

 

29 June 2020

 

Norway

Residence permit

New Delhi

29 June 2020

Portugal

E6 for holders of expired Portuguese residence card, D6 for holders of expired Family Reunification D6 visas

New Delhi

29 June 2020

South Korea

Long term applications only

New Delhi

29 June 2020

Dominican Republic

Work/Resident/Business visa

New Delhi

29 June 2020

UAE (DVPC – eVisas for Emirates passengers, only for travel from July 7)

 

All visa categories

Online

25 June 2020

 

Turkey

All visa categories

New Delhi

22 June 2020



VFS Global has established standardised protective measures to be followed across centres, including specific physical distancing and sanitation mandates.

All customers may be required to undergo body temperature checks at the entrance of the centre. Customers exhibiting COVID-19 symptoms, including high fever, cough and difficulty in breathing will not be permitted to enter the centre. They will be requested to reschedule their appointment and return once their health improves. Additionally, all customers and VFS Global employees are required to wear a facemask and observe physical distancing within the centre.


Additional information on UK visa:

UK visa services to resume in limited locations in South Asia, including 11 cities in India

Travellers from 11 cities  in India, can submit their visa applications at the UK Visa Application Centres from July 6, 2020
From July 6, 2020, UK visa services to also resume in Sri Lanka (Colombo).
Optional Priority Visa, Super Priority Visa, and Walk-in services will not be offered initially

From July 6 2020, UK Visas and Immigration is beginning a phased resumption of services at select VACs in 10 cities in India, namely: Ahmedabad, Bengaluru (Global Tech Park only), Chandigarh, Chennai (subject to local lockdown regulations), Jalandhar, Kochi, Hyderabad, Kolkata, Mumbai (Mahalaxmi only), New Delhi (Shivaji Metro Stadium only), and Pune.


Centres that will remain closed: 
All other Visa Application Centres in South Asia remain closed until further notice. VFS Global will contact customers who had previously booked appointments at these centres to arrange for them to complete their application at a different location. 

Centres in the following cities in India remain closed: Lucknow, Goa, Jaipur, Bandra-Kurla Complex Centre in Mumbai, Guragaon in Delhi, Electronic City and Whitefield centres in Bengaluru. Customers in these locations can book new appointments at the nearest available locations. 

Passport collection: If a decision has been made on a visa application, VFS Global staff will contact customers to arrange for the delivery of the passport.

Existing customers: Customers who were unable to attend an earlier appointment will be able to log into their account to book a fresh appointment. Customers who completed their application on GOV.UK, but did not previously book an appointment at a Centre, can also do so for 06 July 2020 onwards.

Optional services: Some optional, premium services will currently not be offered, including: Super Priority Visa, Priority Visa (for visit visas), Priority Visa for settlement visas, Flexi Time Service, and Walk-in Service. The available premium services will be listed on the website for customers during their online customer journey, before visiting the Centre. 

Health measures at the UK border
There are new rules in place for entering the UK because of the ongoing COVID-19 situation. 

For customers whose 30-day visa to work, study or join family has expired:
Customers whose 30-day visa to travel to the UK for work, study or to join family has expired, or is about to expire, can request a replacement visa with revised validity dates free of charge until the end of this year. 

Overseas British Passport Applications 
For British nationals who wish to renew or apply for a British passport from India, please visit https://www.gov.uk/overseas-passports for details on how to do this.

 
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