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Events

Inaugurating the UK & Ireland Visa Application Centre in Bangalore, India

Mr Dominic McAllister, British Deputy High Commissioner - Bengaluru and Ms Sarah Williamson, Regional Operations Manager, South India and Sri Lanka, UKVI, inaugurating the UK & Ireland Visa Application Centre in Bangalore on 28 March 2017.

Visit at the Joint Visa Application Centre in Amman, Jordan

(From left) Mr Nael Sadaqa, Operation Manager, VFS Global; Mr Tarek Boukarroum, Country Manager, Lebanon and Jordan, VFS Global; HE Mr Hendrik Van De Velde, Ambassador of Belgium in Jordan; Mr Patrick Eeckhout, Consul; during a visit to the Joint Visa Application Centre in Amman, Jordan, on 15 February 2017.

Inaugurating the Malaysia Visa Application Centre in Makati, Philippines

(From left) Mr Kamal Mohd Nor, Implementation Manager, UKSB SDN BND; Ms Jasneet Gupta, Senior Manager, VFS Global; Mr Akmal Che Mustafa, Deputy Chief of Mission from the Embassy of Malaysia in Manila; Ms Wong Li Kheen, Second Secretary, Malaysian Embassy Manila; Mr Jesal Anada, General Manager, VFS Global, inaugurating the Malaysia Visa Application Centre in Makati, Philippines, on 10 March 2017.

Visit to the Austria Mission in Tokyo

(From left) Mr Andreas Bischofreiter, Intern of Consular of Austria Embassy Tokyo; Mr Johannes Korherr, 2nd Secretary (Administrative Affairs) and Consul of Austria Embassy Tokyo; Ms Masumi Watanabe, Country Head for Japan/ Deputy Manager – Operations, VFS Global; Mr Sriram Narayan, Chief Operating Officer, Australasia, VFS Global; Mr Shingo Koretsune, Visa desk officer of Austria Embassy Tokyo, during a meeting at the Austria Mission in Tokyo, Japan, on 22 February 2017.

Inaugurating the Czech Republic Visa Application Centre in Kochi, India

(From left) H.E. Mr Milan Hovorka, Ambassador of the Czech Republic in India, Hon Ms Soumini Jain, Mayor of Municipal Corporation of Kochi and Mr Martin Smolek, Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Czech Republic, inaugurating the Czech Republic Visa Application Centre in Kochi on 03 March 2017.

Inaugurating the Czech Republic Visa Application Centre in Jaipur, India

(From left) Mr Pranav Sinha, Head of Operations - South Asia, VFS Global, Mr Martin Smolek, Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Czech Republic, H.E. Mr Milan Hovorka, Ambassador of the Czech Republic in India and Mr Prabuddha Sen, Regional Head - VFS Global, inaugurating the Czech Republic Visa Application Centre in Jaipur on 02 March 2017.

Inaugurating the South Africa Visa Application Centre in Dubai

H.E. Mr. MK Lekgoro, Ambassador of the Republic of South Africa to the United Arab Emirates (second from left), Ms. Shabnam Karachi – Consul – Immigration and Civic Services of the South African Consulate General in Dubai, UAE (centre), Mr. Vinay Malhotra, COO – Middle East & South Asia, VFS Global, (third from left), Mr Melvin Dsouza – Head Of Operations - UAE, VFS Global (extreme left), and Ms Yummi Talwar – Regional Head – Middle East, VFS Global (extreme right), inaugurating the South Africa Visa Application Centre in Dubai on 28 February 2017.

Inauguration of the France Visa Application Centre in Pune, India

Mr Yves Perrin, Consul General of France in Mumbai, inaugurating the newly relocated France Visa Application Centre in Pune, India on 27 February 2017

Inauguration of the ‘Chinese Visa Application Service Center’ and the signing of the MoU to promote ‘China in Luxury’ travel experiences

(From left) Mr Wei Xiaodong, Vice Director-General, Service Bureau for the Foreign Ministry And Its Overseas Missions of the People’s Republic of China, and Mr Zubin Karkaria, Chief Executive Officer, VFS Global Group, at the inauguration of the ‘Chinese Visa Application Service Center’ and the signing of the MoU to promote ‘China in Luxury’ travel experiences, in New Delhi, on 24 February 2017

Inauguration of the Japan Visa Application Centre in Colombo, Sri Lanka

H.E. Mr Kenichi Suganuma, Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of Japan to Sri Lanka, inaugurating the Japan Visa Application Centre in Colombo on 17 February 2017

Visit at the Malaysia Visa Application Centre in New Delhi

(From second left) Delegates from the Malaysian Tourism Ministry, Ms Aireen Omar, Board Member, Tourism Malaysia; Dato’ Zainol Abidin Omar, Deputy Chairman, Tourism Malaysia; Datuk Rashidi Hasbullah, Deputy Sec. Gen. Ministry of Tourism and Culture, Malaysia; Mr Mohd Fardhi Ahmad, Director Visa, Immigration Department of Malaysia; Datuk Musa Yusof, Senior Director, MOTAC, (fifth from right) Dato’ Sri Mustafar Ali, Director General of Immigration, Malaysia, (fourth from right) Hon Dato’ Seri Mohamed Nazri bin Aziz, Minister of Tourism and Culture, Malaysia (second from right) Siti Zulaikha Abdul Wahab, Immigration Attache, New Delhi; at the Malaysia Visa Application Centre in New Delhi, on 16 February 2017.

Inaugurating the Belgium Visa Application Centre in Manila

HE Mr Roland Van Remoortele Ambassador of Belgium to the Philippines (right) and Mr Loren D’Souza, Regional Head– South East Asia & Pacific Rim, VFS Global (left), inaugurating the Belgium Visa Application Centre in Manila on 17 February 2017

Inaugurating the South Africa Visa Application Centre in Manila

HE Mr M N Slabber Ambassador of South Africa to the Philippines (left) and Mr Jesal Anada, General Manager – Operations, VFS Global (right), inaugurating the South Africa Visa Application Centre in Manila on 17 February 2017.

Visit to UK VAC in Bogota during the Customer Service Excellence (CSE) Standard renewal assessment of UKVI Bogota (for Central and South America)

(From right) Mr Tony Atkins, UKVI Entry Clearance Manager, Bogota; Ms Sonia Fernandez, UKVI Customer Service Excellence (CSE) Manager, UK; Mr Dan O’Donoghue, UKVI Regional Business Manager for the Americas, Mr Hugh Keachie, Customer Service Excellence Standard Assessor at Centre For Assessment (CFA) in Manchester, UK, alongwith VFS staff members at the UK Visa Application Centre in Bogota, Colombia on 15 February 2017.

Inaugurating the Denmark Visa Application Centre in Dubai

HE Ms Merete Juhl Ambassador of Denmark to the United Arab Emirates and Qatar (second from left), Mr Joachim Arup Fischer, Deputy Head Of Mission of the Royal Danish Consulate General in Dubai (second from right), Mr Vinay Malhotra, COO – Middle East & South Asia, VFS Global (centre), Mr Melvin Dsouza – Head Of Operations - UAE, VFS Global (extreme left), and Ms Yummi Talwar – Regional Head – Middle East, VFS Global (extreme right), inaugurating the Denmark Visa Application Centre in Dubai on 15 February 2017.

Inauguration of Premium Application Centre in Houston

The Honorable British Consul General in Houston, Karen Bell (second from left), alongwith Carol Doughty– Regional Director, Americas, UK Visas & Immigration (second from right), Daniel ODonoghue – Regional Business Manager, Americas, UK Visa & Immigration (extreme right) and Edward Palmer - Deputy Regional Head - North America & Caribbean, VFS Global (extreme left), inaugurating the VFS Global Premium Application Centre in Houston on 03 February 2017.

Inauguration of Russia Visa Application Centre in Dubai

Mr Gocha Buachidze Consul General of the Russian Federation in Dubai and Northern Emirates (centre-right) and Ms Yummi Talwar, Regional Head – Middle East, VFS Global (centre-left), inaugurating the new Russia Visa Application Centre in Dubai on 22 January, 2017.

Inauguration of Ireland Visa Application Centre in Kuwait

HE Mr Patrick Hennessy, Ambassador of Ireland to Kuwait (centre) and Ms Marita Bachhav, Head of Operations - GCC, Lebanon & Jordan, VFS Global (left), inaugurating the Ireland Visa Application Centre in Kuwait, on 19 January 2017.

Inauguration of Czech Visa Application Centre in Ahmedabad, India

HE Mr Milan Hovorka, Ambassador of the Czech Republic to India and Ms Monaz Billimoria, Head of Operations – West India, South India & Sri Lanka, VFS Global, inaugurating the Czech Republic Visa Application Centre in Ahmedabad, India, at a ceremony held on 9 January 2017.

President of France François Hollande bestows the prestigious National Order of Merit on VFS Global CEO Zubin Karkaria

HE Mr Alexandre Ziegler, Ambassador of France to India, confers on Mr. Zubin Karkaria, CEO, VFS Global, the Chevalier de l’Ordre National du Merite (Knight of the National Order of Merit) on behalf of the President of the French Republic François Hollande, on 2 December 2016.

Visit at the Denmark Visa Application Centre in Beijing, P.R. China

Mr. Kim Christiansen (Special Adviser of Consular Department of Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Denmark) and Jens Oluf Petersen visited Denmark Visa Application Centre in Beijing,P.R. China, on 21 November 2016.

Inauguration of the Joint Visa Application Centre in Colombo, Sri Lanka

Mr Bryce Hutchesson (Australian High Commissioner to Sri Lanka) and Mr James Dauris (British High Commissioner to Sri Lanka and Maldives) inaugurating the Joint Visa Application Centre in Colombo, Sri Lanka, on 17 November 2016.

Inauguration of the Czech Republic Visa Application Centre in Kolkata, India

HE Milan Hovorka (Ambassador of Czech Republic in India) inaugurated the Czech Republic Visa Application Centre in Kolkata, India, on 16 November 2016.

Inauguration of France Visa Application Centre in Muscat, Oman

HE Roland Dubertrand (Ambassador of France to the Sultanate of Oman)and Ms Yummi Talwar (Regional Head – Middle East, VFS Global) inaugurated the France Visa Application Centre in Muscat, Oman, on 9 November 2016.

Visit at the Ireland Visa Application Centre in Beijing, P.R. China

Delegates from the Irish Naturalisation and Immigration Service (INIS), including Mr Gerry McDonagh (Principal Officer, Visa Division); Mr Tony Flynn (Assistant Principal Officer, Visa Division) accompanied by Mr Ian Murphy (Visa Officer, Embassy of Ireland, Beijing) visited the Ireland Visa Application Centre in Beijing, P.R. China, on 9 November 2016.

Visit at the Croatia Visa Application Centre in Beijing, P.R. China

Mr Kresimir Jurinec (Consul, Embassy of the Republic of Croatia in the People's Republic of China) accompanied by delegates from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Croatia visited the Croatia Visa Application Centre in Beijing, P.R. China, on 8 November 2016.

Inauguration of Turkey Visa Application Centre in Doha, Qatar

HE Mr Ahmet Demirok (Ambassador of Republic of Turkey to the State of Qatar); and Ms Marita Bachhav (Head of Operations – GCC, Lebanon, Jordan, VFS Global) inaugurated the Turkey Visa Application Centre is Doha, Qatar, on 3 November 2016.

Inauguration of the UK Premium Application Centre in Miami, USA

Ms Carol Doughty (Regional Director Americas, Home Office - UKVI) inaugurated the UK Premium Application Centre in Miami, USA, on 2 November 2016.

Inauguration of the Poland Visa Application Centre in Lutsk, Ukraine

Mr Krzysztof Sawicki (Consul) and Mr Amit Kumar Sharma (Head Of Operations – CIS (Ukraine, Belarus, Kazakhstan and Uzbekistan), VFS Global) inaugurated the Poland Visa Application Centre in Lutsk, Ukraine, on 31 October 2016.

Visit at the Joint Visa Application Centre in New Delhi, India

HE Sir Archil Dzuliashvili (Georgia Ambassador to India); Mr David Pipinashvili (Deputy Chief of Mission of Georgia to India) visited the Joint Visa Application New Delhi, India, on 20 October 2016.

Zubin Karkaria honoured with TAAI’s ‘Award of Distinction’

Zubin Karkaria, CEO, VFS Global Group, was presented TAAI’s ‘Award of Distinction’ for his long-standing contribution to the Indian travel & tourism industry through VFS Global which has played a strong role in facilitating travel by significantly easing the visa application process. The award also recognises Mr Karkaria’s pioneering and entrepreneurial spirit, and his role as an inspirer and mentor of the industry. The award was presented to Mr Karkaria on 14 October 2016 at the 63rd TAAI Convention held in Abu Dhabi, UAE.

Visit at the Joint Visa Application Centre in Santiago, Chile

A delegation from the Royal Norwegian Embassy, Chile, including, Mr Henrik Askk, (Consul) and Ms Tina Kyster (Permits Consular Assistant) visited the Joint Visa Application Centre in Santiago, Chile, on 14 October 2016.

Inauguration of the Australia Visa Application Centre in Istanbul, Turkey

HE Mr James Larsen (Ambassador of Australia to Turkey), Mr Steve Rank (Consul-General and Trade Commissioner, Australian Consulate General, Istanbul), and Mr Matthew Morgan (First Secretary (Immigration) / Principal Migration Officer, Department of Immigration and Border Protection (DIBP), Australian Embassy, Ankara) inaugurated the Australia Visa Application Centre in Istanbul, Turkey, on 14 October 2016.

Inauguration of the UK Visa Application Centre in Xi’an, P.R. China

HE Dame Barbara Woodward (British Ambassador to P.R. China); Mr Shangguan Jiqing (Mayor of Xi’an); Ms Dominique Hardy (UKVI Regional Director- Asia Pacific) and Mr Bernard Vijaykumar (Regional Head – North Asia, VFS Global) inaugurating the UK Visa Application Centre in Xi’an, P.R. China, on 12 October 2016

Visit at the Joint Visa Application Centre in Moscow, Russia

Ms Marije Lamaker (Senior Attache – Consular section (Regional Support Office (Eastern Europe) of the Kingdom of the Netherlands); Mr Ben Suurd (Consultant, Information Security) and Mr Arthur van Marrewijk (Information Manager) from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Kingdom of the Netherlands; and Mr Harm van Stenis (Head of the Visa Section and First Secretary, Embassy of the Kingdom of the Netherlands in Moscow), visited the Joint Visa Application Centre in Moscow, Russia, on 6 October 2016.

Inauguration of the Joint Visa Application Centre in Doha, Qatar

Mr Mario Radic (Consular Officer of the Embassy of the Republic of Croatia); Ms Ester Borrás (DCM and Head - Consular Section of the Embassy of Spain); and Mr Thomas Fischer (Consul, First Secretary of the Embassy of Switzerland) inaugurated the Joint Visa Application Centre in Doha, Qatar, on 6 October 2016.

Visit to the Joint Visa Application Centre in Singapore

HE Ms Dorte Bech Vizard (Ambassador of Denmark to Singapore) and Mr Henning Nielsen (Deputy Head of Mission) from the Royal Danish Embassy, Singapore, visited the Joint Visa Application Centre in Singapore, on 9 September 2016.

Inauguration of the Austria Visa Application Centre in Astana, Kazakhstan

HE Dr Gerhard Sailler (Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary to Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan and Turkmenistan) and Mr Amit Kumar Sharma (Head of Operations – CIS (Ukraine, Belarus, Kazakhstan & Uzbekistan), VFS Global) inaugurating the Austria Visa Application Centre in Astana, Kazakhstan on 1 September 2016.

Inauguration of the Netherlands Visa Application Centre in Pretoria, South Africa

Ms Bethany Madden (Charge d’ Affaires of the New Zealand High Commission in Pretoria)(extreme right) ; Mr Craig Pontifex (Operations Manager, Immigration New Zealand); and Mr Hariprasad Viswanathan (Regional Head – South/Central and East Africa, VFS Global )inaugurating the New Zealand Visa Application Centre in Pretoria on 29 August 2016.

Visit to the Austria Visa Application Centre in Abu Dhabi, UAE

Ms Sandra Mahmoud (Division IV.2 – Travel and Border traffic), Mr Nikolai Herold (Deputy Head of Mission) and Ms Susanne Khan (Consular Affairs) from the Embassy of Austria in Abu Dhabi, visited the Austria Visa Application Centre in Abu Dhabi, UAE, on 24 August 2016.

Visit to the France Visa Application Centre in Kolkata, India

HE Mr Alexandre Ziegler (Ambassador of France to India) (centre) and Mr Jean-Marc Fenet (Minister-Counsellor for Economic Affairs) (third from right) from the Embassy of France in New Delhi, accompanied by dignitaries from the Consulate General of France in Kolkata including Mr Damien Syed (Consul General of France in Kolkata) (fourth from right), Mr Olivier Cassin (Deputy Consul) (second from right), and Mr Marc Salesse (Head of the Visa Section) (third from left), visited the France Visa Application Centre in Kolkata, India, on 18 August 2016.

Visit at the Finland Visa Application Centre in Kolkata, India

Ms Pirkko Kaikkonen (Head of Immigration Affairs, Embassy of Finland, New Delhi) visited the Finland Visa Application Center in Kolkata, India, on 11 August 2016.

Visit at Canada Visa Application Centre in Beijing, P.R. China

Mr John McCallum (Minister of Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada; Mr Robert Orr (Assistant Deputy Minister (Ops) of Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada); Mr Geng Tan (Member of Parliament for Don Valley North); and Ms Roswitha Diehl-MacLean (Deputy Immigration Program Manager) and Ms Nicole Girard (Immigration Program Manager) from the Embassy of Canada in Beijing visiting the Canada Visa Application Centre in Beijing, P.R. China on 8 August 2016.

Visit to the UK, Schengen and India Visa Application Centre in Sydney, Australia

Ms Ming-Chun Wu (Assistant General Manager- Immigration New Zealand) and Ms Brigitte Bialy (Senior Advisor, Commercial Relationships Visa Services- Immigration New Zealand) visited the UK, Schengen and India Visa Application Centre in Sydney, Australia, on 2 August 2016.

Inauguration of the Vignette Management service at the Premium Application Centre in Miami, USA

Mr Simon Hayes (International Director, Home Office – UKVI ) affixes the first vignette while inaugurating Vignette Management service at the Premium Application Centre in Miami, USA, on 28 July 2016.

Visit at the UK Visa Application Centre in Bogotá, Colombia

Delegates from Home Office- UKVI including Mr Simon Hayes (International Director), Ms Kathryn Foster (Regional Manager) and Mr James Bennett (Regional Operations Manager) visited the UK Visa Application Centre in Bogotá, Colombia, on 26 July 2016.

HE Mr Patrick Herman (Ambassador of Belgium in Indonesia) (left), HE Mr Rob Swartbol (Ambassador of the Kingdom of the Netherlands in Jakarta) (centre); and Mr Loren D’Souza (Regional Head – South East Asia & Pacific Rim, VFS Global) (right) inaugurating the Netherlands Visa Application Centre in Jakarta

Visit at the Joint Visa Application Centre in Lagos, Nigeria

HE Mr Stephane De Loecker (Ambassador of Belgium to Nigeria, Benin, Togo, and Permanent Representative of Belgium to ECOWAS) visited the Joint Visa Application Centre in Lagos, Nigeria, on 22 July 2016.

Inauguration of the Czech Republic Visa Application Centre in Chennai, India

HE Mr Milan Hovorka (Ambassador of the Czech Republic to India) inaugurated the Czech Republic Visa Application Centre in Chennai, India, on 15 July 2016.

Inauguration of Joint Visa Application Centre in Bangkok, Thailand

Ms Margaret Tongue (Deputy Ambassador to the British Embassy in Bangkok) and Ms Octavia Borthwick (Minister and Deputy Head of Mission of the Austrian Embassy in Bangkok) inaugurating the Joint Visa Application Centre in Bangkok, Thailand, on 11 July 2016

Inauguration of Turkey Visa Application Centre in Mumbai, India

Mr Erdal Sabri Ergen (Turkish Consul General in Mumbai) inaugurated the Turkey Visa Application Centre in Mumbai, India, on 1 July 2016.

Visit at the France Visa Application Centre in Ahmedabad, India

Mr André Ruche (Deputy Consul, Head of Chancery, from the Consulate General of France in Mumbai) visited the France Visa Application Centre Ahmedabad, India, on 27 June 2016.

Visit at the UK Visa Application Centre in Seoul, Republic of Korea

Mr Simon Morris (Spoke Liaison Officer – South Korea, Japan and Taiwan, Home Office - UK Visas and Immigration) visited the UK Visa Application Centre in Seoul, Republic of Korea, on 22 June 2016.

Visit at the Finland Visa Application Centre in Mumbai, India

Ms Pirkko Kaikkonen (Head of Immigration Affairs, Embassy of Finland in New Delhi) visited the Finland Visa Application Centre in Mumbai, India, on 15 June 2016.

Inauguration of Joint Visa Application Centre in Thimphu, Bhutan

HE Ms Harinder Sidhu (Ambassador of Australia to Bhutan) and Mr Michael Rutland (British Honorary Consul to Bhutan) inaugurated the Joint Visa Application Centre offering visa services to Australia and United Kingdom in Thimphu, Bhutan, on 19 May 2016.

Inauguration of the UK visa application services in Lucknow, India

HE Sir Dominic Asquith (British High Commissioner to India); Shri Madhukar Jetley (Member of Legislative Council (UP); Former Advisor NRI Department & Externally Aided Projects Department, Government of Uttar Pradesh, Ranked Minister of State); Mr Nick Crouch (Regional Director - South & Southeast Asia, Home Office - UK Visas & Immigration); and Ms Chhavi Maheshwari (General Manager - UK Operations, South Asia, VFS Global) launched the United Kingdom visa application services in Lucknow, India, on 17 May 2016.

Visit at Sweden Visa Application Centre in Dhaka, Bangladesh

Mr Morgan Johansson (Honourable Minister of Justice and Migration, Ministry of Justice of Sweden), HE Mr Johan Frisell (Ambassador of Sweden to Bangladesh), and Ms Anneli Peltoniemi Sandkull (Second Secretary - Migration, Embassy of Sweden ) visited the Sweden Visa Application Centre in Dhaka, Bangladesh, on 11 May 2016.

Visit at the Joint Visa Application Centre in Istanbul, Turkey

Visa Section Chiefs from the Consulate General of Spain in Istanbul including Ms Leonor Álvarez Macías, Ms Praxedes Garcia Vazquez, Ms Inés Iglesias Freire and Mr Alejandro Rafael Ramos visited the Joint Visa Application Centre in Istanbul, Turkey, on 4 May 2016.

Inauguration of Joint Visa Application Centre in Tunis, Tunisia

HE Mr Carmelo Inguanez (Ambassador of Malta to Tunisia); HE Dr Gerhard Weinberger (Ambassador of Austria to Tunisia); HE Mr Christian Walter Much (Ambassador of the Federal Republic of Germany to Libya); HE Mr Hans van Vloten Dissevelt (Ambassador of the Kingdom Netherlands to Tunisia ); Ms Bibian Zamora (Consul of Spain to Tunisia); Sir Antonio Zavala (Consul of Spain to Libya); Ms Petra Dachtler (Deputy Head of Mission at the Embassy of the Federal Republic of Germany to Tunisia ); Mr Mohan Mathew, (COO – Al Etimad)and Mr Mohamed Slimane (Regional Head – North Africa, VFS Global) inaugurated the Joint Visa Application Centre in Tunis, Tunisia, on 29 April 2016.

Visit at the Netherlands Visa Application Centre Istanbul, Turkey

Ms Marije Lamaker (Coordination Consular Section back office Russia and Turkey, Regional Service Organisation Eastern Europe for Embassy of the Kingdom of the Netherlands) visited the Netherlands Visa Application Centrein Istanbul, Turkey, on 29 April 2016.

Inauguration of the Netherlands Visa Application Centre in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

HE Mr Harry Molenaar (Ambassador of the Netherlands to Malaysia) and Mr Sriram Narayanan (COO – Australasia, VFS Global) inaugurated the Netherlands Visa Application Centre in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, on 27 April 2016

Visit at the Finland Visa Application Centre in Ankara, Turkey

Ms Paivi Blinnikka (Director – Passport and Visa Unit, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Finland) and Ms Liisa Uschanov-Eskelinen (Consul, Embassy of Finland in Ankara) visited the Finland Visa Application Centre in Ankara, Turkey, on 22 April 2016.

Inauguration of Turkey Visa Application Centre in Hyderabad, India

Mr Serkin Tasik (Vice Consul, Turkish Consulate in Hyderabad) inaugurated the Turkey Visa Application Centre in Hyderabad, India, on 15 April 2016.

Visit at the UK Visa Application Centre in Sylhet, Bangladesh

Mr Matthew Matsumoto- Prouten M B E (First Secretary, Consular Regional Operations Manager for Bangladesh, Srilanka and the Maldives) from the British High Commission, Dhaka, visited the UK Visa Application Centre in Sylhet, Bangladesh, on 12 April 2016.

Inauguration of Norway Visa Application Centre in Lilongwe, Malawi

Mr Bjarne Garden (Deputy Head of Mission, Royal Embassy of Norway in Lilongwe) inaugurated the Norway Visa Application Centre in Lilongwe, Malawi, on 8 April 2016.

Inauguration of the Netherlands Visa Application Centre in Kuwait

Inauguration of the Netherlands Visa Application Centre in Kuwait

HE Mr Mr Frans Potuyt (Ambassador to Kingdom of the Netherlands to the State of Kuwait); Ms Jeannette Verkerk (Attaché (Consular Affairs), Regional Support Office –Middle East); Ms Zumreta Jahic (Head of the Economic section, Embassy of the Netherlands in Kuwait) and Mr Srinarayan Sankaran (COO – Middle East, VFS Global) inaugurated of the Netherlands Visa Application Centre in Kuwait, on 8 April 2016.

Inauguration of Denmark Visa Application Centre in Abidjan, Republic of Côte d'Ivoire

Mr Jacob Kahl Jepsen (Commercial Attaché, Embassy of Denmark, Accra) and Ms Elise Akoissi Koffi (Assistant to the Honorary Consul of Denmark in Abidjan) inaugurated the Denmark Visa Application Centre in Abidjan, Republic of Côte d'Ivoire, on 7 April 2016.

Inauguration of Cyprus Visa Application Centre in Abu Dhabi, UAE

HE Mr Vasilis Polemitis (Ambassador of the Republic of Cyprus to the United Arab Emirates) inaugurated the Cyprus Visa Application Centre in Abu Dhabi, UAE, on 6 April 2016.

Inauguration of Estonia Visa Application Centre in Minsk, Belarus

HE Mr Mait Martinson (Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the Republic of Estonia to the Republic of Belarus) and Mr Prabuddha Sen (Regional Head – Russia & CIS, VFS Global) inaugurated the Estonia Visa Application Centre in Minsk, Belarus, on 4 April 2016.

Visit at the Slovenia Visa Application Centre in Ankara, Turkey

Mr Anton Pirih (Head of Visa Division, Republic of Slovenia Ministry of Foreign Affairs) and Ms Tatjana Ikic (Attaché, Embassy of the Republic of Slovenia in Ankara) visited the Slovenia Visa Application Centre in Ankara, Turkey, on 4 April 2016.

Visit at the France Visa Application Centre in Kyiv, Ukraine

HE Ms Isabelle Dumont (Ambassador of France in Ukraine) together with Ms Marie-Hélène Teylouni, (Consul of France in Ukraine) visited France Visa Application Centre in Kyiv, Ukraine, on 31 March 2016.

Visit at the Thailand Visa Application Centre in Dhaka, Bangladesh

Delegates from the Visa and travel documents division of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Kingdom of Thailand, including Mr Mungkorn Pratoomkaew (Director), Ms Phanchita Rommayanont (First Secretary) and Ms Wirattinee Vatanyootaweewat (Attaché) accompanied by representatives from the Royal Thai Embassy including Mr Phasit Chudabuddhi (Chargé d’ Affaires a.i.) and Ms Chompunut Phasuphan (Second Secretary) visited the Thailand Visa Application Centre in Dhaka, Bangladesh, on 22 March 2016.

Visit at the Poland Visa Application Centre in Minsk, Belarus

MrWitold Waszczykowski (Honourable Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Poland); HE Mr Konrad Pawlik (Ambassador of the Republic of Poland to the Republic of Belarus); and Mr Marek Pędzich (Consul General of the Republic of Poland in Minsk) visited the Poland Visa Application Centre in Minsk, Belarus, on 22 March 2016.

Inauguration of Spain Visa Application Centre in Moscow, Russia

Mr Miguel Bauzá More (Consul General of Spain in Moscow) and Mr Prabuddha Sen (Regional Head – Russia and CIS, VFS Global) inaugurated the Spain Visa Application Centre in Moscow, Russia, on 17 March 2016.

Inauguration of Hungary Visa Application Centre in Manama, Bahrain

HE Mr Fernec Csillag (Ambassador of Hungary to Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, Kingdom of Bahrain & the Sultanate of Oman) and Dr Dhafer Ahmed Alumran (Assistant Undersecretary for GCC and Western Countries, Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Kingdom of Bahrain) inaugurated the Hungary Visa Application Centre in Manama, Bahrain, on 16 March 2016.

Visit at the Thailand Visa Application Centre in Dhaka, Bangladesh

Mr Phasit Chudabuddhi (Charge d' Affaires a.i). & Ms Chompunut Phasuphan (Second Secretary) from the Royal Thai Embassy in Dhaka visited the Thailand Visa Application Centre in Dhaka, Bangladesh on 15 March 2016.

Visit at the Joint Visa Application Centre in Kyiv, Ukraine

Mr Andrius Pulokas (Director, Consular Department), Mr Dainius Sriubsa (Head of Schengen Division), and Mr Mindaugas Vyskupaitis (Second Secretary, Schengen division) from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Lithuania, and representatives from the Consular sections from Belarus, Moldova and Ukraine visited Joint Visa Application Centre in Kyiv, Ukraine, on 17 March 2016.

Visit at the New Zealand Visa Application Centre in Shanghai, P.R. China

Mr David Smol (Chief Executive of the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment, Government of New Zealand) accompanied by Mr Jock Gilray (Consul (Immigration), New Zealand Consulate General in Shanghai) visited the New Zealand Visa Application Centre in Shanghai, P.R China, on 10 March 2016.

Visit at the South Africa Visa Application Centre in Abuja, Nigeria

Mr Malusi Gigaba (Honourable Minister of Home Affairs of South Africa) visited the South Africa Visa Application Centre in Abuja, Nigeria, on 7 March 2016.

Visit at the UK Visa Application Centre in Colombo, Sri Lanka

HE Mr James Dauris (British High Commissioner for Sri Lanka & Maldives) accompanied by Mr Edward Megarry (Second Secretary-Migration, Immigration Liaison Manager) visited the UK Visa Application Center in Colombo on 4 March 2016.

Inauguration of the France Visa Application Centre in Abidjan, Republic of Côte d'Ivoire

Mr Abdallah Albert Toikeose Mabri (Honourable Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Côte d'Ivoire), HE Mr George Serre (Ambassador of France in the Republic of Côte d'Ivoire) and Mr Philippe Truquet (Consul General of France in the Republic of Côte d'Ivoire) at the inauguration of the France Visa Application Centre in Abidjan, Republic of Côte d'Ivoire, on 1 March 2016.

Visit at the Joint Visa Application Centre in New Delhi, India

Mr Jose del Palacio Tamarit (Consul from the Embassy of Spain) visited the Joint Visa Application Centre in New Delhi, India on 29 February 2016.

Visit at the UK and Ireland Visa Application Centre, New Delhi, India

Rt Hon Mr James Brokenshire MP (Minister for Immigration, United Kingdom), addressed the media and travel fraternity at the UK and Ireland Visa Application Centre in New Delhi, India, on 16 February 2016. He was accompanied by HE Dr Alexander Evans (Acting High Commissioner of United Kingdom to India); Mr Nick Crouch (Regional Director South & Southeast Asia, Home Office – UKVI); and Ms Natasha Woollcombe (Regional Communications Manager South and Southeast Asia Home Office – UKVI)

Visit at the Italy Visa Application Centre in Dhaka, Bangladesh

Mr Gabriele Luca Fava (Counsellor – Visa Centre, Direction General for Italians Abroad and Migration Policies, Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Italy) and Ms Patrizia Cacciatory (Head of visa section, Embassy of Italy, Bangladesh) visited the Italy Visa Application Centre in Dhaka, Bangladesh on 15 February 2016

Visit at the Joint Visa Application Centre in Ankara, Turkey

Ms Maria Opelova (Minister- Counsellor, Head of the Consular Section, Embassy of the Czech Republic in Ankara) visited the Joint Visa Application Centre in Ankara, Turkey on 15 February 2016

Inauguration of the UK Visa Application Centre in Hyderabad, India

Mr Andrew McAllister (British Deputy High commissioner) inaugurated the UK Visa Application Centre in Hyderabad, India on 16 February 2016.

Visit at the Netherlands Visa Application Centre in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

Ms Joyce Nijjsen (First Secretary/ Deputy Head) and Mr Peter Verheijen (Senior Consular Officer) from the Regional Support Office (Asia) of the Kingdom of the Netherlands along with representatives from the Embassy of the Kingdom of the Netherlands including Mr Ton Mandemaker (Deputy Head of Mission) and Ms Carol Peters (Senior Officer Administrative and Consular & Affairs) visited the Netherlands Visa Application Centre in Kuala Lumpur on 5 February 2016.

Inauguration of the Hungary Visa Application Centre in Kuwait

HE Mr Mihály Bayer (Ambassador of Hungary to the State of Kuwait); Mr László Szabó (Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs); HE Dr Hamad Burhamah (Ambassador of the State of Kuwait t0 Hungary) and Mr Khalifa M Hamada (Undersecretary of the Ministry of Finance of Kuwait) inaugurated the Hungary Visa Application Centre in Kuwait, on 29 January 2016

Visit at the Joint visa Application Centre in Harbiye, Turkey

Mr Jeff Hakko (Honorary Consul General of Finland in Istanbul) visited the Joint Visa Application Centre in Harbiye, Turkey on 28 January 2016.

Visit at the Joint Visa Application Centre in Istanbul, Turkey

Ms Hege Østerud (Senior Advisor, Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Norway) and Ms Veslemøy Talgø (Attaché (Immigration), Norwegian Embassy in Ankara) visited the Joint Visa Application Centre in Istanbul, Turkey on 27 January 2016.

Inauguration of the Premium Application Centre for UK visa applicants in New York, USA

Ms Carol Doughty (Regional Director Americas, Home Office - UKVI) and Mr Chris Dix (COO – Europe & Americas) inaugurated the Premium Application Centre in New York, USA on 21 January 2016.

Inauguration of the France Visa Application Centre in Abuja, Nigeria

HE Mr Denys Gauer (Ambassador of France in Abuja, Nigeria) inaugurated the France Visa Application Centre in Abuja, Nigeria, on 21 January 2016.

Launch of the Platinum Lounge and On Demand Mobile Biometrics services at the Joint Visa Application Centre in Dubai, UAE

HE Mr Rashid Mattar Al Siri Al Qamzi (Deputy Director of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Dubai); Mr Paul Fox (HM Consul General, British Embassy, Dubai); and Mr Srinarayan Sankaran (COO – Middle East, VFS Global) inaugurated the Platinum Lounge as well as the On Demand Mobile Biometrics services in Dubai, UAE, on 20 January 2016, for UK visa applicants.

Visit at the Joint Visa Application Centre in New Delhi, India

Ms Laura Paletta Crespo (Secretary- Chief of Consular Section) from the Embassy of Brazil, New Delhi, visited the Joint Visa Application Centre in New Delhi, India on 20 January 2016.

Inauguration of Temporary Visa Application Centre for UK visa applicants in Surabaya, Indonesia

HE Mr Moazzam Malik (British Ambassador to Indonesia) and Mr Nurwiyatno (Interim Mayor of Surabaya) inaugurated the Temporary Visa Application Centre in Surabaya, Indonesia on 1 4 January 2016.

Visit at the Joint Visa Application Centre in New Delhi, India

French Senator, Mr M Olivier Cadic accompanied by Mr Siva Predibane (Consular-Assembly for the French Citizen Abroad), and delegates from the Embassy of France, including Mr M Thierry Morkel (Second Secretary) and Ms Francoise Gruson (Chief of Visa Section) visited the Joint Visa Application Centre, in New Delhi, India on 5 January 2016.

Visit at the Australia Visa Application Centre in Mumbai, India

Mr Liang Zeng (Consul of Australia in Mumbai) and Mr James Goodsell (Counsellor (Immigration), Australian High Commission, New Delhi) visited the Australia Visa Application Centre in Mumbai, India on 17 December 2015.

Immigration New Zealand renews visa services contract, three new countries signed

VFS Global is privileged to have renewed its contract for visa services with client government New Zealand. Along with contract renewal for the company’s services in 9 countries, globally, services are also to be expanded into three additional countries. The contract was signed by Mr David Smol (Chief Executive, Ministry of Business, Innovation, and Employment) and Mr Sriram Narayan (COO – Australasia, VFS Global) on 16 December 2015.

Inauguration of the Czech Republic Visa Application Centre in Pretoria, South Africa

HE Dr Michal Král (Ambassador of the Czech Republic in South Africa) along with Mr Jiten Vyas (COO – Africa, VFS Global) inaugurated the Czech Republic Visa Application Centre in Pretoria, South Africa, on 7 December 2015.

Visit at the UK Visa Application Centre in Abu Dhabi

A delegation from the Home Office –UKVI including Mr Gareth Elks (Regional Manager – Middle East, and Mr Jon Drew and Mr Lee Edwards (Customer team)visited the UK Visa Application Centre in Abu Dhabi, Dubai on 7 December 2015.

Inauguration of the Joint Visa Application Centre in New Delhi, India

Dr Mahesh Sharma (Honourable Union Minister of Tourism and Culture, Government of India) along with senior dignitaries from different client governments, and Mr Vinay Malhotra (COO – South Asia and DVPC) from VFS Global, inaugurated the Joint Visa Application Centre in New Delhi, India on 2 December 2015.

Visit at the Joint Visa Application Centre in Abu Dhabi, UAE

Sophie Boucher (Head of Visa Section) from the French Embassy in Abu Dhabi visited the Joint Visa Application Centre in Abu Dhabi, UAE on 26 November 2015.

Visit at the Schegen Visa Application Centre in Kyiv, Ukraine

Mr Aivar Tsarski (Consulate General in Kyiv); Mr Avo Roots (Estonian Police and Border Guard Board); Mr Lauri Hein (Border Guard Officer); and Mr Jaanus Breivel (Liason Officer of Migration in Kyiv ) visited Schengen Visa Application Centre in Kyiv, Ukraine on 20 November 2015.

Inauguration of the Ireland and UK Visa Application Centre in New Delhi, India

Sir James Bevan (British High Commissioner to India); Mr Gerry Kelly (Chargé d´Affaires, Embassy of Ireland); and Vinay Malhotra ( Chief Operating Officer – South Asia & DVPC, VFS Global) inaugurating the Ireland and UK Visa Application Centre in New Delhi, India on 18 November 2015.

Inauguration of Canada and New Zealand Visa Application Centres in Hong Kong

Ms Gabrielle Rush (Consul General of New Zealand in Hong Kong), Mr Ian Burchett (Consul General of Canada in Hong Kong) and Mr Bernard Vijaykumar (Regional Head – North Asia, VFS Global) inaugurating the Canada and New Zealand Visa Application Centre in Hong Kong on 17 November 2015.

Visit at the Joint Visa Application Centre in Harbiye, Turkey

Mr Angel Angelov (Consul General of Bulgaria in Istanbul) (second from left) visited the Joint Visa Application in Harbiye, Turkey on 17 November 2015.

Visit at the Lithuania Visa Application Centre in Kyiv, Ukraine

Mr Antanas Satas (Head of Visa Section in Kyiv), Mr Renatas Požėla (General) and Mr Antanas Sermontis (Major) from the State Border Guard Service, Lithuania, visited Schengen Visa Application Centre in Kyiv, Ukraine on 13 November 2015.

Visit at the Joint Visa Application Centre in Harbiye, Turkey

Delegates from the Danish Agency for International Recruitment and Integration including Ms Annetorte Pederson (Head of Work Division) and Ms Nanna Rytter Larsen (Head of Student Division) visited the Joint Visa Application Centre in Harbiye, Turkey on 12 November 2015.

Visit at the Joint Visa Application Centre in Istanbul, Turkey

Dr Nora Jurkovičová (Consul General of the Czech Republic, Head of Visa and Consular Section) the visited the Joint Visa Application Centre in Istanbul, Turkey on 11 November 2015.

Visit at the Canada Visa Application Centre in Ankara, Turkey

Ms Carolyn Wallace (First Secretary, Immigration, Embassy of Canada, Ankara) and Ms Monica Moritz – CBSA Liaison Officer visited the Canada Visa Application Centre in Ankara, Turkey, on 10 November 2015.

Visit at the Joint Visa Application Centre in Nairobi, Kenya

Representatives from VFS Global’s Schengen client governments including Mr Franco Massimo (Head Visa Section, Embassy of Italy), Ms Anne Christina Östman (Consular Officer, Embassy of Denmark), Ms Ksenia Baranóva Sheykina (Visa Section Officer, Embassy of Spain), Ms Barbro Ekvall, (First Secretary, Head of Migration/Visa Section, Embassy of Sweden) and Mr Ben Leeds (Visa & Immigration, Royal Norwegian Embassy) visited the Joint Visa Application Centre in Nairobi, Kenya on 6 November 2015.

Inauguration of the Czech Republic Visa Application Centre in Abu Dhabi, UAE

HE Alexandr Sporys (Ambassador of the Czech Republic to the United Arab Emirates); Mr Eduard Muricky (Deputy Minister of the Ministry of Trade and Industry of the Czech Republic) and Mr Ajit Alexander (Former Regional CEO – Middle East & Africa, VFS Global) inaugurating the Czech Republic Visa Application Centre in Abu Dhabi, UAE on 4 November 2015.

Visit at the Joint Visa Application Centre in Izmir, Turkey

Ms Zeliha Toprak (Consul of France in Izmir) visited the Joint Visa Application Centre in Izmir, Turkey, on 4 November 2015

Visit at the Malta Visa Application Centre in Izmir, Turkey

Mr Franklin Aquilina (Consul General for Malta in Istanbul) and Dr Ahmet Calik (Honorary Consul for Malta in Izmir) visited the Malta Visa Application Centre in Izmir, Turkey on 23 October 2015.

Opening of the China Visa Application Centre in Nairobi, Kenya

Delegates from Qian Dai Fu (QDF) including Mr Dai Yining, Mr Sun Hao, Ms Li Li and Mr Wang Wei during the opening of the China Visa Application Centre in Nairobi, Kenya on 15 October 2015.

Visit at the Joint Visa Application Centre in Istanbul, Turkey

Mr Nicolay Panayotov (Second Secretary, Consular and Legal Affairs - EU and Schengen Unit, Consular Relations Department, Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Bulgaria), Ms Neli Simeonova (Head of Consular Section, Consulate General of the Republic of Bulgaria in Istanbul) and Mr Jordan Ivanov (Third Secretary, Consulate General of the Republic of Bulgaria in Istanbul) visited the Joint Visa Application Centre in Istanbul, Turkey on 13 October 2015.

Visit at the Joint Visa Application Centre in Ankara, Turkey

Delegates from the European Union Commision including Mr Guido Schwarz, Ms Hana Flanderová, MrRon Bronsteijn, Mr Frans Koning and Mr Anton Pirih visited the Joint Visa Application Centre in Ankara, Turkey on 12 October 2015.

Visit at the Czech Republic Visa Application Centre in Harbiye, Turkey

Ms Nora Jurkovičová (Consul, Head of Visa and Consular Section) from the Consulate General of the Czech Republic in Istanbul visited the Czech Republic Visa Application Centre in Harbiye, Turkey on 29 September 2015.

Visit at the Joint Visa Application Centre in Dhaka, Bangladesh

HE Mr Ioannis E Raptakis (Ambassador of Greece in Bangladesh, India, the Maldives, Nepal and Sri Lanka) visited the Joint Visa Application Centre in Dhaka, Bangladesh on 29 September 2015.

Visit at the Joint Visa Application Centre in Istanbul, Turkey

Mr Piotr Drzewiecki - Head of Visa Section (New) Mr Witold Lesniak (Head of Visa Section (outgoing))and Mr Wiktor Wnukowski (Vice Consul ) from the Consulate General of the Republic of Poland visited the Joint Visa Applcation Centre in Istanbul, Turkey on 28 September 2015.

Inauguration of Greece and Lithuania Visa Application Centres in Yerevan, Armenia

HE Mr Erikas Petrikas (Ambassador of the Republic of Lithuania to the Republic of Armenia), HE Mr Ioannis Taghis (Ambassador of the Hellenic Republic to the Republic of Armenia), Ms Jūratė Raguckienė (Chancellor of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Lithuania) and Mr Prabuddha Sen (Regional Head – Russia and CIS, VFS Global) in Yerevan, Armenia on 24 September.

Visit at the Joint Visa Application Centre in Lagos, Nigeria

Mr Laurent Polonceaux (Consul General of France in Lagos, Nigeria) and Ms Marie-Chantal Dumont (Deputy Consul, Visa Section Head) from the Consulate General of France visited the Joint Visa Application Centre in Lagos, Nigeria on the 18 September 2015.

Visit at the Joint Visa Application Centre in Istanbul, Turkey

Dignitaries from the Conulate General of France in Istanbul including Ms Isabelle Menut (Deputy Consul – Head of Visa Section), Aurelien Maıllet (Deputy Consul General), and Mr Abdeslam Kannibou (Vice Consul, Visa Section), visited the Joint Visa Application Centre in Istanbul, Turkey on 17 September 2015.

Visit at the Joint Visa Application Centre in Mumbai, India

Dignitaries from the Consulate General of Belgium in Mumbai including Mr Peter Huyghebaert (Consul General); Mr Bernard Jacxsens, Consul (Consular and Administrative Affairs) and Ms Pascale Smeyers (Vice-Consul), visited the Joint Visa Application Centre in Mumbai, India on 14 September 2015.

Inauguration of the Czech Republic Visa Application Centre in New Delhi, India

HE Mr Milan Hovorka, Ambassador of the Czech Republic in India, accompanied by Mr Roman Masařík (Head of mission, Chargé d'affaires a.i. of the Czech Republic) and Ms Monika Dobiášová (Head of Consular Section, Second Secretary) from the Embassy of the Czech Republic in New Delhi and Mr Vinay Malhotra (COO – South Asia and DVPC, VFS Global) inaugurating the Czech Republic Visa Application Centre in New Delhi India on 11 September 2015.

Visit at the Joint Visa Application Centre in Istanbul, Turkey

Ms Anna-Liisa Pozantı (Honorary Consul General of Finland in Istanbul) and Ms Liisa Uschanov-Eskelinen (Consul, Embassy of Finland in Ankara) visited the Joint Visa Application Centre in Istanbul, Turkey, on 10 September 2015.

Visit at the Joint Visa Application Centre in Kolkata, India

Mr Damien Syed (Consul General of France in Kolkata) and Mr Marc Salesse (Head of Visa Section, Consulate General of France in Kolkata) visited the Joint Visa Application Centre in Kolkata, India on 9 September 2015.

Inauguration of Vietnam Visa Application Centre in Bengaluru, India

Mr Tran Quang Tuyen (Minister – Deputy Chief of Mission, Embassy of the Socialist Republic of Vietnam to India) inaugurating Vietnam Visa Application Centre in Bengaluru, India on 7 September 2015.

Visit at the Joint Visa Application Centre in Bengaluru, India

Mr François Gautier (Consul General of France in India) visited the Joint Visa Application Centre in Bengaluru, India on 3 September 2015.

Inauguration of Joint Visa Application Centre in Shanghai

Mr Zubin Karkaria (CEO), Mr Bernard Martyris (CHRO) and Mr Bernard Vijaykumar (Regional Head – North Asia) from VFS Global; and Mr Peiheng Zhou (VFS Global Shanghai Partner) inaugurating the Joint Visa Application Centre in Shanghai on 26 August 2015.

Head of Department of Services for Foreign Ministry Home and Overseas Offices of the P.R. China meets VFS Global’s CEO

Mr Qu Laipu (Director-General of Department of Services for Foreign Ministry Home and Overseas Offices of the People’s Republic of China) met Mr Zubin Karkaria (CEO, VFS Global) on 25 August 2015, at The Olive Hall in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Beijing, China, to discuss business development and future cooperation.

Head of Department of Services for Foreign Ministry Home and Overseas Offices of the People’s Republic of China meets VFS Global’s CEO

Mr Qu Laipu (Director-General of Department of Services for Foreign Ministry Home and Overseas Offices of the People’s Republic of China) met Mr Zubin Karkaria (CEO, VFS Global) on 25 August 2015, at The Olive Hall in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Beijing, China, to discuss business development and future cooperation.

Visit at the Joint Visa Application Centre in Istanbul, Turkey

Mr Henk Gebuis (Visa Consul), Ms Lidy Westerhof (Head of Internal and Consular Affairs) and Ms Monique Regeer (Cosular Affairs) from the Consulate General of the Netherlands visited the Joint Visa Application Centre in Istanbul, Turkey on 20 August 2015.

Visit at Schengen Visa Application Centre in Colombo, Sri Lanka

HE Mr Ioannis E Raptakis (Ambassador of Greece in Bangladesh, India, Maldives, Nepal and Sri Lanka) visited the Schengen Visa Application Centre in Colombo, Sri Lanka on 19 August 2015.

Inauguration of Joint Visa Application Centre in Chennai, India

HE Mr Ioannis E Raptakis (Ambassador of Greece in Bangladesh, India, Maldives, Nepal and Sri Lanka), Mr Bart Degroof (Consul General of Belgium in Chennai), Mr Achim Fabig (Consul General of the Federal Republic of Germany in Chennai), Ms Helene Charoin (Deputy Consul General of France in Puducherry) and Mr Vinay Malhotra (COO – South Asia & DVPC, VFS Global) inaugurating the Joint Visa Application Centre in Chennai, India on 18 August 2015.

Visit at UK Visa Application Centre in Abu Dhabi, UAE

Ms Sarah Rapson (Director General) & Mr Gareth Elks (Regional Manager) from Home Office-UKVI visited the UK Visa Application Centre in Abu Dhabi, UAE on 3 August 2015. The guests were received by Mr Zubin Karkaria (CEO) and Mr Ajit Alexander (COO – Middle East and Africa) from VFS Global.

Inauguration of South Africa Visa Application Centre in London, UK

Mr Malusi Gigaba (Minister of Home Affairs of South Africa) along with Mr Obed Mlaba (South African High Commissioner to the UK) inaugurating the South Africa Visa Application Centre in London, UK on 31 July 2015.

Visit at the UK Visa Application Centre in Beijing, P.R. China

Mr Martin Roper (Minister and Deputy Head of Mission at British Embassy, Beijing), the Rt Hon Oliver Letwin MP (The Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster) and Ms Dominique Hardy (‎Home Office Regional Director - Asia Pacific) visited the UK Visa Application Centre in Beijing, P.R. China on 30 July 2015.

Visit at Joint Visa Application Centre in New Delhi, India

Mr Anton Schwab (Consul & Second Secretary (Future Head of Visa Section) who was accompanied by Ms Valerie Miles Fridez (Vice-Consul), Mr Daniel Berset (Attaché) and Ms Gabriela Wuethrich (Consular Trainee) from the Embassy of Switzerland in India, visited the Joint Visa Application Centre in New Delhi, India on 23 July 2015.

Inauguration of Cyprus Visa Application Centre in New Delhi, India

Mr Demetrios Theophylactou (High Commissioner of the Republic of Cyprus to India), Mr Michalis Hadjikyrou (Charge d'affairs, High Commission of the Republic of Cyprus ) and Mr Vinay Malhotra (COO – South Asia and DVPC, VFS Global) inaugurating the Cyprus Visa Application Centre in New Delhi, India on 21 July 2015.

Inauguration of Spain Visa Application Centre in Accra, Ghana

Mr Rodrigo Reyero Pita (Charge d'Affaires a.i., The Embassy of Spain in Accra) inaugurating the Spain Visa Application Centre in Accra, Ghana on 7 July 2015.

Inauguration of Russia Visa Application Centre in Singapore

HE Mr Andrey Tatarinov (Ambassador of Russia to Singapore) and Mr Loren D’Souza (Regional Head – Southeast Asia & Pacific Rim, VFS Global) inaugurating the Russia Visa Application Centre in Singapore on 3 July 2015.

Inauguration of Norway Visa Application Centre in New Delhi, India

Ms Kjerstin Haugen (Counsellor, Royal Norwegian Embassy in New Delhi) and Mr Vinay Malhotra (COO – South Asia and DVPC, VFS Global) inaugurating the Norway Visa Application Centre in New Delhi, India on 2 July 2015.

Inauguration of Estonia Visa Application Centre in Kyiv, Ukraine

HE Mr Sulev Kannike (Ambassador of Embassy of Estonia in Ukraine) accompanied by Mr Aivar Tsarski (Director of the Consular Section) from the Estonian Embassy in Kyiv, and Mr Prabuddha Sen (Regional Head – Russia & CIS) from VFS Global, inaugurating the Estonia Visa Application Centre in Kyiv, Ukraine on 25 June 2015.

Visit at the UK Visa Application Centre in Guangzhou, P.R. China

Mr Matthew Rous (British Consul General in Guangzhou) along with dignitaries from the Consulate General of Belgium in Guangzhou including Mr Christian de Lannoy (Consul General) and Mr Mark Neel (Consul) visited the UK Visa Application Centre in Guangzhou, P.R. China on 19 June 2015.

Inauguration of Canada Visa Application Centre in Abuja, Nigeria

Mr Perry John Calderwood (High Commissioner of Canada in the Federal Republic of Nigeria) inaugurating the Canada Visa Application Centre in Abuja, Nigeria on 16 June 2015.

Visit at the Canada Visa Application Centre in Shanghai, P.R. China

Ms Dawn Edlund (Associate Assistant Deputy Minister, Operations, Department of Citizenship and Immigration), Ms Michelle P Mann (Senior Counsel, Legal Services, Citizenship and Immigration Canada) and Mr Allan Frankenberger (Consul and Immigration Program Manager from the Consulate General of Canada in Shanghai) visited the Canada Visa Application Centre in Shanghai, P.R. China on 16 June 2015.

Inauguration of the Netherlands Visa Application Centre in Al Khobar, the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia

HE Mr Laurens Westhoff (Ambassador of the Kingdom of the Netherlands to Saudi Arabia), inaugurating the Netherlands Visa Application Centre with Al Etimad Modern Business Solutions and VFS Global in Al Khobar, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia on 16 June 2015.

Visit at the Joint Visa Application Centre in Baku, Azerbaijan

Ms Vita Freimane (Second Secretary - Consul) and Ms Leva Majore (Chargé d'affaires a.i) from the Embassy of the Republic of Latvia in the Republic of Azerbaijan visited the Joint Visa Application Centre in Baku, Azerbaijan on 8 June 2015.

Inauguration of the Netherlands Visa Application Centre in Dubai, the UAE

Mr Robert De Leeuw (Consul General of the Kingdom of Netherlands in Dubai) and Mr Ajit Alexander (COO – Middle East and Africa, VFS Global) inaugurating the Netherlands Visa Application Centre in Dubai, the UAE on 10 June 2015.

Visit at the Joint Visa Application Centre in Istanbul, Turkey

Ms Päivi Laivola Donin de Rosière (Director, Unit for EU Enlargement and Western Balkans) Ms Laura Kamras (Counsellor at the Ministry for Foreign Affairs of Finland) and Ms Anna – Lüsa Posantı (Honorary Consulate General of Finland, Istanbul) visited the Joint Visa Application Centre in Istanbul, Turkey on 4 June 2015.

Inauguration of Croatia Visa Application Centre in New Delhi, India

HE Mr Amir Muharemi (Ambassador of Croatia in India) and Mr Vinay Malhotra (COO – South Asia and DVPC, VFS Global) inaugurating the Croatia Visa Application Centre in New Delhi, India on 5 June 2015.

Inauguration of South Africa Visa Application Centre in Kampala, Uganda

Ms Wendy Swartz (Counsellor, Political Affairs at the South African High Commission in Uganda), Ms T A Masoga (First Secretary (Immigration & Civic Affairs, South Africa High Commission in the Republic of Uganda) and Mr Jiten Vyas (COO – Africa, VFS Global) inaugurating the South Africa Visa Application Centre in Kampala, Uganda on 2 June 2015.

Inauguration of Norway Visa Application Centre in Kampala, Uganda

HE Mr Thorbjorn Gaustadsaether (Ambassador of Norway in Uganda) and Mr Mohamed Shafi (Head of Visa and Immigration Section, Royal Norwegian Embassy in Kampala) inaugurating the Norway Visa Application Centre in Kampala, Uganda on 1 June 2015.

Inauguration of Norway Visa Application Centre in Amman, Jordan

HE Ms Sissel Breie (Ambassador of Norway to Jordan) and Ms Yummi Talwar (Regional Head – Middle East, VFS Global) inaugurating the Norway Visa Application Centre in Amman, Jordan on 1 June 2015.

VFS Global wins award at International Business Excellence Awards 2015

In recognition of its continuing success VFS Global, a trusted partner and leader in the industry of visa processing, was awarded top honours in International Business Excellence Awards 2015 (IBX Awards) held in Dubai on 20 May 2015 and 21 May 2015. Competing against the region’s most prominent companies from diverse industries, VFS Global won an award in the Towards 2020 category. The award was presented by Ms Helen Nellis (Lord Lieutenant of Bedfordshire), which was received by Mr Srinarayan Sankaran (COO – Business Development) on behalf of VFS Global).

Towards 2020, a category that measures innovation, entrepreneurship and opportunism, VFS Global won the Opportunity Award for its innovative solution LIDProTM* (Location Independent Document Processing) that was developed in partnership with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Finland.

*Patent pending. Copyright 2012. All rights reserved by VFS Global Services Pvt Ltd

Inauguration of Department of Home Affairs (DHA) Premium Visa and Permit Centre in Johannesburg, South Africa

The Department of Home Affairs (DHA) Premium Visa and Permit Centre was inaugurated of at Sandton, Johannesburg, by the Honourable Minister of Home Affairs of the Republic of South Africa, Mr Malusi Gigaba on 22 May 2015.

This premium centre is the result of a partnership between Gauteng Provincial Government’s Gauteng Growth and Development Agency (GGDA) and VFS Global to support the effort to offer a ‘one stop shop’ to prospective investor and exporters and improve ease of doing business in Gauteng.

Visit at the Thailand Visa Application Centre in Kolkata, India

Mr Preecha Kaensa (Consul General of Thailand) visited the Thailand Visa Application Centre in Kolkata, India on 15 May 2015.

Inauguration of Canada Visa Application Centre in Medellin, Colombia

HE Ms Carmen Sylvain (Ambassador of Canada in Colombia) and Mr Alok Singhal (Regional Head- Latin America) inaugurating the Canada Visa Application Centre in Medellin, Colombia on 13 May 2015.

Visit at the Norway Visa Application Centre in Cebu, Philippines

Mr Kjetil Bjørnstad (First Secretary Royal Norwegian Embassy, Manila) visited the Norway Visa Application Centre in Cebu, Philippines on 11 May 2015.

Inauguration of Portugal Visa Application Centre in Jeddah, the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia

HE Mr Manuel Carvalho (Ambassador of Portugal to the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia), HRH Prince Faisal Abdullah Al-Faisal (President of Al-Etimad Modern Business Solutions Company) and  Mr Ajit Alexander (COO – Middle East & Africa, VFS Global) inaugurating the Portugal Visa Application Centre in Jeddah, the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia on 3 May 2015.

Inauguration of Vietnam Visa Application Centre in Hyderabad, India

HE Mr Ton Sinh Thanh (Ambassador of Vietnam in India) and Mr Vinay Malhotra (COO – South Asia and DVPC, VFS Global) inaugurating the Vietnam Visa Application Centre in Hyderabad, India on 27 April 2015.

Visit at the India Visa and Consular Application Centre in Bradford, the UK

Dr Virander Paul (Deputy High Commissioner of India in the UK), Mr Pritam Lal (First Secretary (Coordination), High Commission of India, London and Ms Geeta Upadhayaya (Artistic Director, Kala Sangam, Bradford) visited the India Visa and Consular Application Centre, in Bradford, the UK on 24 April 2015.

Visit at the Joint Visa Application Centre, in Beirut, Lebanon

HE Ms Michelle Cameron (Ambassador of Canada to Lebanon) visited the Joint Visa Application Centre in Beirut, Lebanon, on 17 April 2015.

Inauguration of Schengen Visa Application Centre in Kyiv, Ukraine

HE Mr Vassilis Papadopoulos, Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of Hellenic Republic in Kyiv, Mr Thomas Bronder (Consul, Royal Norwegian Embassy in Kyiv),Ms Minna Kuronen, (Head of Visa Section, Embassy of Finland in Kyiv), Mr Jean De Lannoy (Deputy Head of Mission, Embassy of Belgium in Kyiv), Mr Guidas Kerushauskas (Charge d’affaires, Embassy of the Republic of Lithuania in Kyiv), Mr Rafał Wolski, (Consul General, Head of the Consular Section, Embassy of the Republic of Poland in Kyiv), Ms Carina Mylin (Head of Visa Section, Royal Danish Embassy in Kyiv), Ms Karin Eriksby (Consul, Embassy of Sweden in Kyiv), Mr Janos Kollar (Head of Consular Section, Embassy of Hungary in Kyiv), Mr Georg Erlsbacher (Consul, Embassy of Austria in Kyiv), Mr Pavel Pesek (Consul, Embassy of Czech Republic in Kyiv) and Mr Victor Murcia Garzon (Consul, Embassy of Spain in Kyiv) inaugurating the Schengen Visa Application Centre in Kyiv, Ukraine on 16 April 2015.

Inauguration of Norway Visa Application Centre in Dakar, Senegal

Ms Synnøve Stavdal (Head of Administration, Royal Norwegian Embassy in Accra) inaugurated the Norway Visa Application Centre in Dakar, Senegal on 10 April 2015.

Inauguration of Joint Visa Application Centre in London, United Kingdom

Representatives of Schengen client governments inaugurating the new Joint Visa Application Centre in London, United Kingdom, on 27 March 2015.

Inauguration of Sweden Visa Application Centre in Pskov, Russia

Mr Ivan N Tsetsersky (Head of the Pskov City) and Mr Erik Hammarskjöld (Consul General of Sweden in St. Petersburg) inaugurating the Sweden Visa Application Centre in Pskov, Russia on 23 March 2015.

Visit at the Joint Visa Application Centre in Mumbai, India

Mr Yves Perrin (Consul General) and Mr Andre Ruche (Consul) from the Consulate General of France in Mumbai visited the Joint Schengen Visa Application Centre in Mumbai on 23 March 2015.

Visit at the Australia Visa Application Centre in Hong Kong, P.R. China

Mr Jim Williams (First Assistant Secretary, Visa and Citizenship Management, Department of Immigration and Border Protection) and Ms Erica Biddle (Consul (Immigration), Australian Consulate General in Hong Kong, P.R. China) visited the Australia Visa Application Centre in Hong Kong, P.R.China on 20 March 2015.

Visit at the UK Visa Application Centre in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia

HE Mr Simon Paul Collis CMG (Her Majesty’s Ambassador to the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia) accompanied by Mr Mohammad Shaukat (Consul General of UK in Jeddah) visited the UK Visa Application Centre in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia on 17 March 2015.

Visit at the Joint Visa Application Centre in Mumbai, India

Dignitaries from the Consulate General of Belgium in Mumbai, including Mr Karl van den Bossche (Consul General), Mr Bernard Jacxsens (Consul (Consular and Administrative Affairs) and Ms Joséphine Nirwonagize (Visa Officer), and Ms Mia Van Lil (Consul) from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Brussels, visited the Joint Visa Application Centre in Mumbai, India on 17 March 2015.

Inauguration of the Thailand Visa Application Centre in Kolkata, India

Inauguration of the Thailand Visa Application Centre in Kolkata, India

Ms Pattira Chiempricha (Acting Consul-General, The Royal Thai Consulate-General in Kolkata) inaugurated the Thailand Visa Application Centre in Kolkata, India, on 17 March 2015.

Visit at the Thailand Visa Application Centre in Bengaluru, India

Visit at the Thailand Visa Application Centre in Bengaluru, India

Ms Chantana Seelsorn Lao (Head of Passport and Visa Section from the Royal Thai Consulate General, Chennai) visited the Thailand Visa Application Centre in Bengaluru, India on 16 March 2015.

Inauguration of Norway Visa Application Centre in Accra, Ghana

Inauguration of Norway Visa Application Centre in Accra, Ghana

Ms Synnøve Stavdal (Head of administration, Royal Norwegian Embassy in Accra) inaugurated the Norway Visa Application Centre in Accra, Ghana, on 10 March 2015.

Visit at the Canada Visa Application Centre in Bengaluru, India

Visit at the Canada Visa Application Centre in Bengaluru, India

Mr Daniel Vaughn (Regional Director for Canada, South Asia) and Ms Sarah Finall (Consul and Immigration Program Manager , Consulate General of Canada) visited the Canada Visa Application Centre in Bengaluru, India on 3 March 2015.

Inauguration of Cyprus Visa Application Centre in Beirut, Lebanon

Inauguration of Cyprus Visa Application Centre in Beirut, Lebanon

HE Homer A Mavrommatis (Ambassador of Cyprus in Lebanon) and Zaher Saab (Regional Operations Manager, Mawared House) together with Mr Ajit Alexander (COO – Middle East and Africa, VFS Global), inaugurated the Cyprus Visa Application Centre in Beirut, Lebanon on 2 March 2015.

Visit at the Australia Visa Application Centre in Bengaluru, India

Visit at the Australia Visa Application Centre in Bengaluru, India

Ms Deborah Shalla (Second Secretary (Immigration)) and Ms Prerna Megha Pandarwani (Team Leader, Australian High Commission, New Delhi) visited the Australia Visa Application Centre in Bengaluru, India on 27 February 2015.

Inauguration of Joint Visa Application Centre in Makati City, Philippines

Inauguration of Joint Visa Application Centre in Makati City, Philippines

Ms Pia Heide Salman (Consul, Royal Danish Embassy in Manila) and Mr Kjetil Bjornstad (First Secretary, Royal Norwegian Embassy) inaugurated the Joint Visa Application Centre in Makati City, Philippines on 20 February 2015.

Inauguration of India Visa Application Centre in Seoul, South Korea

Inauguration of India Visa Application Centre in Seoul, South Korea

H E Mr Vishnu Prakash (Ambassador of India to South Korea) accompanied by Mr Ved Pal Singh, (First Secretary, Embassy of India, Seoul) inaugurating the India Visa Application Centre in Seoul, South Korea on 3 February 2015.

Inauguration of Germany Visa Application Centre in St. Petersburg, Russia

Inauguration of Germany Visa Application Centre in St. Petersburg, Russia

Dr Heike Peitsch (Consul General of the Federal Republic of Germany in St. Petersburg) and Mr Srinarayan Sankaran, (COO – Russia & CIS, VFS Global), inaugurated the Germany Visa Application Centre in St. Petersburg, Russia, on 30 January 2015.

Visit at the Denmark Visa Application Centre in Makati City, Philippines

Visit at the Denmark Visa Application Centre in Makati City, Philippines

Ms Maya Åkerlund Petersen (Head of Section, Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Denmark) visited the Denmark Visa Application Centre in Makati City, Philippines on 30 January 2015.

Inauguration of the Netherlands Visa Application Centre in Durban, South Africa

Inauguration of the Netherlands Visa Application Centre in Durban, South Africa

Mr Robert-Jan Siegert (Deputy Head of Mission, Embassy of the Kingdom of the Netherlands) and Mr Jiten Vyas (COO - Africa, VFS Global) inaugurating the Netherlands Visa Application Centre in Durban, South Africa on 30 January 2015.

Visit at the New Zealand Visa Application Centre in Guangzhou, P.R. China

Visit at the New Zealand Visa Application Centre in Guangzhou, P.R. China

HE Mr John McKinnon (Ambassador of New Zealand to P.R. China), Mr Craig Foss (Associate Minister of Immigration) and Mr Nigel Bickle (Head of Immigration New Zealand) visited the New Zealand Visa Application Centre in Guangzhou, P.R. China on 28 January 2015.

Inauguration of Italy Visa Application Centre in Kathmandu, Nepal

Inauguration of Italy Visa Application Centre in Kathmandu, Nepal

Mr Cesare Bieller (Consul General of Italy in Kolkata) & Mr Atul Marwah (Head of Operations – North & East India, VFS Global) inaugurating the Italy Visa Application Centre in Kathmandu, Nepal on 21 January 2015.

Inauguration of the Netherlands Visa Application Centre in Cape Town, South Africa

Inauguration of the Netherlands Visa Application Centre in Cape Town, South Africa

Ms Bonnie P E Horbach (Consul General of the Kingdom of the Netherlands) inaugurating the Netherlands Visa Application Centre in Cape Town, South Africa on 16 January 2015.

Inauguration of Sweden Visa Application Centre in Dubai, the UAE

Inauguration of Sweden Visa Application Centre in Dubai, the UAE

HE Mr Jan Thesleff, (Ambassador of Sweden to the UAE) and Mr Ajit Alexander (Chief Operating Officer – Middle East & Africa, VFS Global) inaugurating for Sweden Visa Application Centre in Dubai, the UAE on 15 January 2015.

Visit at the France Visa Application Centre in Ahmedabad, India

Visit at the France Visa Application Centre in Ahmedabad, India

Mr Jean- Marc Sere-Charlet (Minister Counsellor and Deputy Head of Mission at the Embassy of France in India)

Visit at the Joint Visa Application Centre in Mumbai, India

Visit at the Joint Visa Application Centre in Mumbai, India

HE Mr Jürg Burri (Ambassador and Director General of the Consular Directorate of the Federal Department of Foreign Affairs of Switzerland) and Mr Ulrich Haug (Head of Visa Section, Consulate General of Switzerland in Mumbai) visited the Joint Visa Application Centre in Mumbai, India on 12 December 2014.

Inauguration of a new Citizen Services Centre in Bhubaneshwar, India

Inauguration of a new Citizen Services Centre in Bhubaneshwar, India

Mr Gokul Chandra Pati (Chief Secretary, Odisha), Shri (Dr) Krishan Kumar (Vice Chairman, BDA and Commissioner Bhubaneswar Municipal Corporation), Mr Ananta Narayan Jena (Mayor), Shri Pushpendra Singh Deo (Honorable Minister Housing and Urban Development, Odisha), Shri G Mathivathanan (Secretary, Housing and Urban Development department, Odisha) and Mr Anil Katoch (COO – Front Office Service, VFS Global) at the inauguration of a new Citizen Service Centre in Bhubaneshwar on 12 December 2014.

Shri Pushpendra Singh Deo, Minister H and UD, Odisha, officially inaugurated the new Citizen Services Centre of Bhubaneshwar Development Authority (BDA) for building plan approvals and occupancy certificates. This centre is located in Samantha Vihar and shall receive applications for processing at BDA. BDA will effectively manage the core function of adjudication from main office and the sanction letters will be handed back to the applicants via BDA Citizen Service Centres operated by VFS Global. The BDA has appointed VFS Global to operate two new Citizen Service Centres on its behalf in the city.

Visit at the Canada Visa Application Centre in Sao Paolo, Brazil

Visit at the Canada Visa Application Centre in Sao Paolo, Brazil

Mr Mark Giralt (Minister-Counsellor for Immigration, Embassy of Canada) and Mr Bernard Leclerc (CIC Immigration Program Manager, Sao Paolo) visited the Canada Visa Application Centre in Sao Paolo, Brazil on 8 December 2014.

Visit at the Joint Visa Application Centre in Mumbai, India

Visit at the Joint Visa Application Centre in Mumbai, India

Ms Françoise Le Bouter, (Attachée, Consulate General of France in Mumbai) and Mr Philippe Righini (Foreign Affairs Adviser in charge of the mission for Visa Policy, Ministry of Visa Policy) visited the Joint Visa Application Centre in Mumbai, India on 5 December 2014.

Visit at the Joint Visa Application Centre in Mumbai, India

Visit at the Joint Visa Application Centre in Mumbai, India

Ms Silvia Costantini (First Counsellor – Political Affairs, Delegation of the European Union to India) and Mr Giorgio Imparato (Head – Visa Department, Consulate General of Italy in Mumbai) visited the Joint Visa Application Centre in Mumbai, India on 14 November 2014.

Visit at the Joint Visa Application Centre in Mumbai, India

Visit at the Joint Visa Application Centre in Mumbai, India

Mr Martin Bienz (Consul General, Consulate General of Switzerland in Mumbai) visited the Joint Visa Application Centre in Mumbai, India on 13 November 2014.

Visit at the Denmark Visa Application Centre in Ottawa, Canada

Visit at the Denmark Visa Application Centre in Ottawa, Canada

Dignitaries from the Royal Danish Embassy in Ottawa, including HE Mr Niels Boel Abrahamsen (Ambassador of Denmark to Canada) accompanied by Ms Pia Bach Pape Stenholt (Vice consul), and Mr Søren Vøhtz (Head of Division), Ms Iben Rasmussen (Head of Section) and Mr Kim Christiansen (Special Advisor) from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Denmark visited the Denmark Visa Application Centre in Ottawa, Canada on 10 November 2014.

Visit at the Canada Visa Application Centre in Seoul, South Korea

Visit at the Canada Visa Application Centre in Seoul, South Korea

Mr Simon Varricchio (Immigration Officer, Economic Class Permanent Resident Unit, Government of Canada, Manila) visited the Canada Visa Application Centre in Seoul, South Korea on 10 November 2014.

Inauguration of the Czech Republic Visa Application Centre in Kyiv, Ukraine

Inauguration of the Czech Republic Visa Application Centre in Kyiv, Ukraine

HE Mr Ivan Počuch (Ambassador of Czech Republic to Ukraine) and Mr Pavel Pešek (Consul, Head of the Consular Section, Embassy of Czech Republic in Kyiv, Ukraine ) inaugurating the Czech Republic Visa Application Centre in Kyiv, Ukraine on 3 November 2014.

Visit at the Visa and Permit Facilitation Centre in Pretoria South Africa

Visit at the Visa and Permit Facilitation Centre in Pretoria South Africa

Dignitaries from the Ghana Immigration Service, Accra, Ghana, including Mr Kojo Oppong Yeboah, (Comptroller and Head of Visa/Permit Section) Mr Louis Francis Aikens, (Assistant Director) and Mr Jack Monedi, (Chief Director- Permits, Department of Home Affairs, South Africa) visited the Visa and Permit Facilitation Centre in Pretoria South Africa on 28 October 2014.

Visit at the Joint Visa Application Centre in Kolkata, India

Visit at the Joint Visa Application Centre in Kolkata, India

Dignitaries from the Royal Thai Consulate General in Kolkata including Mr Phakkawat Chantrangsri (Consul), Ms Montakan Hengsuwan (Vice Consul) (second from right) and Ms Pattira Chiempricha (Consul) visited the Joint Visa Application Centre in Kolkata, India on 24 October 2014.

Visit at the Joint Visa Application Centre in Mumbai, India

Visit at the Joint Visa Application Centre in Mumbai, India

A delegation from the Consulate General of Italy in Mumbai led by Mr Giorgio Imparato (Head – Visa Department, Consulate General of Italy in Mumbai) visited the Joint Visa Application Centre in Mumbai, India on 17 October 2014.

Visit at the Joint Visa Application Centre in Sydney, Australia

Visit at the Joint Visa Application Centre in Sydney, Australia

Dignitaries from the Royal Norwegian Embassy including Ms Gry Evenrud (First Secretary) and Ms Kaja Erichsen Glomm (First Secretary) visited the Joint Visa Application Centre in Sydney, Australia on 14 October 2014.

Visit at the Joint Visa Application Centre in Dakar, Senegal

Visit at the Joint Visa Application Centre in Dakar, Senegal

Ms Francesca Oldelli (Vice-Consul,Embassy of Switzerland in Dakar, Senegal), Ms Norma Schenker (Consul & Second Secretary, Embassy of Switzerland in Dakar, Senegal), Mr Bruno Dubois (Head of the Visa Section, Consulate General of France in Dakar), Mr Martin Stein (Head of the Visa Section, Embassy of Germany in Dakar, Senegal), Mr Gerco Broekstra (Head of Administrative and Consular Affairs, the Netherlands Embassy in Dakar, Senegal, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the Netherlands), Ms Karolina Stasiak (Political advisor, Political section – Press and Information, Delegation of the European Union in the Republic of Senegal), Ms Martine Ozanne (First Secretary, Embassy of the Netherlands in Dakar, Senegal), Mr Günther Zimmer (First Secretary, Embassy of Austria in Dakar, Senegal) and Ms Simina Filip (Consular Agent, Embassy of Romania) visited the Joint Visa Application Centre in Dakar, Senegal on 8 October 2014.

Visit at the Joint Visa Application Centre in Dakar Senegal

Visit at the Joint Visa Application Centre in Dakar Senegal

Ms Monique Diebold–Pacetti (Vice Head of Political Mission of the Foreign Ministry of France, Paris, France), Mr Phillippe Truquet (Consul, Consulate General of France in Abidjan, Cote d’Ivoire), and Mr Alain Jouret (Consul) and Ms Marie Christine (Vice consul) from the Consulate General of France in Dakar, Senegal visited the Joint Visa Application Centre in Dakar Senegal on 7 October 2014.

Visit at the Joint Visa Application Centre in Mumbai, India

Visit at the Joint Visa Application Centre in Mumbai, India

Dignitaries from the Ministry of External Affairs of France, including Mr Nicolas Warnery, Mr Christian Reigneaud, Mr Marc Abensour and Mr Xavier Driencourt along with Mr Jean-Raphael Peytregnet (Consul General) and Mr André Ruche (Vice Consul) from the Consulate General of France in Mumbai visited the Joint Visa Application Centre in Mumbai, India, on 25 September 2014.

Visit at the Joint Visa Application Centre in Johannesburg, South Africa

Visit at the Joint Visa Application Centre in Johannesburg, South Africa

Mr Jose Cesario (Secretary of State of Portuguese Communities Abroad) and Dr Luisa Fragoso (Consul General of Portugal in Johannesburg, South Africa) visited the Joint Visa Application Centre in Johannesburg, South Africa on 26 August 2014.

Visit at the SchengenVisa Application Centre in Bangkok, Thailand

Visit at the SchengenVisa Application Centre in Bangkok, Thailand

Ms Cecilia Stal (Consul, Embassy of Sweden in Bangkok), Ms Monica Wendelby (Director of Division for European and international co-operation) Ms Agneta Kundoori (Team Leader - Division for European and International Cooperation, Migrationsverket) and Mr Milan Bobic, (Expert/coordinator, Swedish Migration Board) from the Swedish Ministry visited the SchengenVisa Application Centre in Bangkok, Thailand on 21 August 2014.

Visit at the Joint Schengen Visa Application Centre in Mumbai, India

Visit at the Joint Schengen Visa Application Centre in Mumbai, India

HE Mr Ioannis E Raptakis, Ambassador of Greece to India visited the Joint Schengen Visa Application Centre in Mumbai, India, on 13 August 2014.

Visit at the UK Visa Application Centre Visa Application Centre in Beijing, P.R. China

Visit at the UK Visa Application Centre Visa Application Centre in Beijing, P.R. China

Mr James Brokenshire (Immigration and Security Minister - Home Office – UK Visas & Immigration and Member of the British Parliament) along with Mr Simon Peachey, (Regional Director – Asia Pacific, UKVI) visited the UK Visa Application Centre in Beijing, P.R.China, on 28 July 2014.

VFS Global supports the Green Circle Project cause in Nepal

VFS Global supports the Green Circle Project cause in Nepal

At the launch of the Green Circle Project, a WEPCO (Women’s Environment Preservation Committee) initiative, VFS Global was presented with a membership into the environmental initiative on 22 July 2014. The event was conducted at Hotel Yak and Yeti, Nepal. Through this endeavour, VFS Global shall now strive to delve deeper in the adoption of environment-friendly office practices. This particular project commenced to encourage a ‘reduce-reuse-recycle’ approach to paper usage within organisations in Nepal. As a member-organisation, VFS Global shall direct waste papers generated within the organisation, to Green Circle, of which they would craft paper products.

The membership presentation was done by Dr Krishna Chandra Paudel, Secretary, Ministry of Science, Technology and Environment, Nepal, in the presence of Ms Bishnu Thakali, President of WEPCO.

Visit at the Immigration New Zealand (INZ) Visa Application Centre in Seoul, South Korea

Visit at the Immigration New Zealand (INZ) Visa Application Centre in Seoul, South Korea

Mr Jock Gilray (Consul – Immigration, New Zealand Immigration Service, Shanghai) and Ms Catherine Beach (Immigration Manager, Immigration New Zealand, Shanghai) visited the Immigration New Zealand (INZ) Visa Application Centre in Seoul, Republic of Korea on 16 July 2014.

Inauguration of  Visa and Permit Facilitation Centre in Johannesburg, South Africa

Inauguration of Visa and Permit Facilitation Centre in Johannesburg, South Africa

Mr Malusi Gigaba, (Minister of Home Affairs - Republic of South Africa), officially inaugurated the Visa and Permit Facilitation Centre in Johannesburg, South Africa, on 14 July 2014. Mr Mkuseli Apleni, (Director General of Home Affairs), Mr Zubin Karkaria (CEO - VFS Global Group) and Mr Alan Smith (Chairperson-Immigration Advisory Board) also graced the occasion with their august presence.

Visit at the Canada Visa Application Centre, New Delhi, India

Visit at the Canada Visa Application Centre, New Delhi, India

Mr Sidney Frank, (Minister and Immigration Program Manager, High Commission of Canada, New Delhi) Mr Christopher Alexander (Minister of Citizenship & Immigration, Government of Canada), Ms Sarah Hayward, Manager (Temporary Resident Unit - High Commission of Canada, New Delhi) visited the Canada Visa Application Centre in New Delhi, India on 8 July 2014.

Visit at the Joint Visa Application Centre (JVAC) Bogotá, Colombia

Visit at the Joint Visa Application Centre (JVAC) Bogotá, Colombia

HE Mr Joao de Almeida (Ambassador of Portugal to Colombia) Mr Joao Cotrim Figueiredo, (President of Turismo de Portugal), Sra Sandra Magalhaes, Consul General of Portugal to Colombia , Mr Adolfo Mesquita Nunes (Vice Minister of tourism) visited the Joint Visa Application Centre in Bogota, Colombia on 3 July 2014.

Visit at the Joint Schengen Visa Application Centre in Mumbai, India

Visit at the Joint Schengen Visa Application Centre in Mumbai, India

Mr Bernard Jacxsens (Consul-Consular and Administrative Affairs) along with a delegation from the Consulate General of Belgium, Mumbai, including Ms Josephine Nirwonagize (Vice Consul), Ms Pinkey Ahluwalia (Vice Consul), and Ms Hélène Jillemont (Trainee Visa Officer), visited the Joint Schengen Visa Application Centre in Mumbai, India, on 1 July 2014.

Inauguration of Schengen Visa Application Centre in Dhaka, Bangladesh

Inauguration of Schengen Visa Application Centre in Dhaka, Bangladesh

HE Mr Luis Tejada (Ambassador of Spain to Bangladesh), HE Ms Anneli Lindahl Kenny (Ambassador of Sweden to Bangladesh), Mr Vishal Jairath (Regional Head - South Asia, VFS Global) and Mr Subhadip Sikdar (Country Manager-Bangladesh, VFS Global), inaugurating the new Schengen Visa Application Centre in Dhaka, Bangladesh, on 3 June 2014.

Inauguration of Switzerland Visa Application Centre in Manama, Bahrain

Inauguration of Switzerland Visa Application Centre in Manama, Bahrain

HE Etienne Thévoz (Ambassador of Switzerland to the State of Kuwait and the Kingdom of Bahrain), Ambassador Dr Dhafer A Alumran ( Director of Bilateral Relations - Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Kingdom of Bahrain), Mr Paul John Maliekkal (Regional CEO - Africa, Americas, Australasia, Europe and Middle East, VFS Global), Mr Uve Haueter (First Secretary and Deputy Chief of Mission, the Embassy of Switzerland to Kuwait and Bahrain) and Mr Mohan Mathew (COO - Al Etimad), at the inauguration of Switzerland Visa Application Centre in Bahrain, on 1 June 2014.

Visit at the Joint Schengen Visa Application Centre in Mumbai

Visit at the Joint Schengen Visa Application Centre in Mumbai, India

Mr Jean-Raphaël Peytregnet (Consul General of France in Mumbai) and Mr Marc-Antoine Hureau (Vice Consul, Head of Chancery) from the Consulate General of France in Mumbai, visited the Joint Schengen Visa Application Centre in Mumbai, India on 15 May 2014.

Inauguration of UK Visa Application Centre in Hong Kong, China

Inauguration of UK Visa Application Centre in Hong Kong, China

Kevin McLaven (Deputy Director - British Council, Hong Kong), Tony Moore (Regional Manager - East Asia, Australasia and Mongolia, UK Visas and Immigration, Home Office), Ms Caroline Wilson (British Consul General to Hong Kong and Macao) and Mr Mark Simmonds (Parliamentary Under Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs MP) along with representatives from VFS Global at the inauguration of the UK Visa Application Centre in Hong Kong, China on 5 May 2014.

Visit at the China Visa Application Service Centre in Kolkata, India

Visit at the China Visa Application Service Centre in Kolkata, India

Mr Dou Zhenjiang (Consul, the Consulate General of the People’s Republic of China in Kolkata), Mr Maoyi Zhou (Deputy Consul General, the Consulate General of the People’s Republic of China in Kolkata) and Mr Shan Xuejia (Consul, the Consulate General of the People’s Republic of China in Kolkata) visited Chinese Visa Application Service Centre in Kolkata, India on 25 April 2014.

Visit at Austria Visa Application Centre in Shanghai, China

Visit at Austria Visa Application Centre in Shanghai, China

Dignitaries from the Consulate General of Austria in Shanghai including Ms Silvia Neureiter (Consul General), Mr Ralph Kindl (Attaché) and Ms. Nicole Prikoszovich (Attaché) visited the Austria Visa Application Centre in Shanghai, China on 3 April 2014.

Visit at New Zealand Visa Application Centre in Shanghai, China

Visit at New Zealand Visa Application Centre in Shanghai, China

A delegation from the Immigration New Zealand including Mr Nigel Bickle (Deputy Chief Executive), Mr Peter Thomas (Deputy Chief Executive), Mr Peter Holbert (Manager in Finance), Mr Dean Wightman (Business Analyst) and Mr Dominic Forde (Market Manager) visited the New Zealand Visa Application Centre in Shanghai, China on 31 March 2014.

Inauguration of Submission Counters for German-Russian Chamber of Commerce (AHK) at Germany Visa Application Centre in Moscow, Russia

Inauguration of Submission Counters for German-Russian Chamber of Commerce (AHK) at Germany Visa Application Centre in Moscow, Russia

Dr Georg Birgelen (Deputy Ambassador, The Federal Republic of Germany in Moscow, Russia), Mr Michael Harms (Executive Director, AHK) and Mr Prabuddha Sen (Head of Operations, Russia) inaugurating the submission counters for the German-Russian Chamber of Commerce located at the Germany Visa Application Centre in Moscow, Russia on 21 March 2014.

Inauguration of UK Visa Application Centre in Mumbai, India

Inauguration of UK Visa Application Centre in Mumbai, India

HE Sir James Bevan KCMG (British High Commissioner to India) and Mr Anil Katoch (Head-South Asia, VFS Global) inaugurated the UK Visa Application Centre in Mumbai, India on 12 March 2014.

Visit at Thailand Visa Application Centre, New Delhi, India

Visit at Thailand Visa Application Centre, New Delhi, India

HE Mr Chalit Manityakul (Ambassador of Thailand to India) along with delegation from Ministry of Thailand including Mr Soonthorn Chaiyindeepum (Minister), Ms Chittraporn Lerttaweewit (Second Secretary), Mrs Watchra Maneeprakron (Delegation), Mrs Busba Bunnag (Delegation), Mr Sawanit Kongsiri (Delegation), Mr Jesada Chavarnbhark (Delegation) and Mr Preecha Vajrabhaya (Delegation) visited the Thailand Visa Application Centre in New Delhi, India on 03 March 2014.

Inauguration of Spain Visa Application Centre in Gaza City, Palestinian Territories

Inauguration of Spain Visa Application Centre in Gaza City, Palestinian Territories

Mr Javier Parrondo (Spanish Deputy Consul General in Jerusalem) inaugurated the Spain Visa Application Centre in Gaza City, Palestinian Territories on 17 February 2014.

Inauguration of Germany Visa Application Centre in Mumbai, India

Inauguration of Germany Visa Application Centre in Mumbai, India

Mr Michael Siebert (Consul General of the Federal Republic of Germany in Mumbai) and Mr Anil Katoch (Head-South Asia, VFS Global) inaugurated the Germany Visa Application Centre in Mumbai, India on 16 January 2014.

Visit at UK Visa Application Centre in Manila, Philippines

Visit at UK Visa Application Centre in Manila, Philippines

HE Mr Asif Ahmad (British Ambassador to the Philippines) and Mr Stephen Thompson (Operations Manager, Visa Section, British Embassy, Manila) visited the UK Visa Application Centre in Manila, Philippines on 14 January 2014.

Inauguration of Austria Visa Application Centre in Erbil, Iraq

Inauguration of Austria Visa Application Centre in Erbil, Iraq

Mr Anton Pirih (Head of Visa Section, Slovenian Ministry), Mr Zubin Karkaria (Chief Executive Officer, VFS Global Group), General Nazar R Aziz (General Director of Passport & Nationality in Kurdistan Region), Mr Karl-August LUX (Senior Expert for Visa Matters - Austrian Ministry of Foreign Affairs), Dr Mustafa Ramadan (Representative of the Kurdish Government in Austria) and Mr Sagvan Barwary (General Manager, Director of Khazir Company) at the inauguration of the Austria Visa Application Centre in Erbil, Iraq on 13 January 2014.

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