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Please click on each year below to view the news highlights of that year.



Residents with registered wills to receive free verification services - DIFC Wills & Probate Registry signs partnership with VFS Global

Gulf News, November 2017

Russia has presented a new FAN ID design for the 2018 FIFA World Cup

MultiVu, November 2017

Dubai Economy signs partnership with VFS Global to provide business registration services worldwide

MENA Herald, October 2017

VFS Edu Support Services partners with Oxademy to launch World’s first ‘AI-based’ online learning programs for students

Business World Education, July 2017

Czech Republic envoy inaugurates visa application centre

Daily News & Analysis, July 2017

Germany Visa Application Centre opened in Bengaluru

The Hindu Business Line, June 2017

Confed Cup: Entry into Russia is made easier

Sport Bild, May 2017

Netherlands visa centre opens in Abu Dhabi

Gulf News, May 2017

Summer travel rush to spur rise in visa applications in UAE

Gulf News, May 2017

VFS Global opens Czech Republic's 13th visa application centre

Business Standard, May 2017

Gulf Air, VFS Global ink partnership agreement

Bahrain News Gazette, April 2017

Global Talent Mobility Considerations in a VUCA Economy: Thoughts from VFS Global

HR IN ASIA, April 2017

New UK Visa Application Centre formally inaugurated in Pune today

Nri News, March 2017

UK visa application centre inaugurated in Ahmedabad

Gov.UK, March 2017

Czech Republic’s visa centre inaugurated

Sakal Times, March 2017

British Deputy High Commissioner opens new VFS Global Visa Application Centre in Ahmedabad

DeshGujarat, March 2017

Czech Republic opens visa centre in Jaipur

The Times of India, March 2017

New joint visa application centre opened in Pune

Business Standard, February 2017

China launches new visa application service centre in New Delhi

The Economic Times, February 2017

Japan Visa Application Centre opened in Colombo

The Island, February 2017

New South African visa application centres to make life easier for Aucklanders

Stuff, February 2017

VFS Global is expanding the network of Russian visa centers in 14 countries

Rata News, February 2017

VFS Global wins contract to manage India visas in Spain

Europa press, February 2017

Russia Visa Application Centre launched in Dubai

Khaleej Times, January 2017

Apply for visas to Belgium in Abu Dhabi

The Gulf Today, January 2017

Czech Republic embassy opens visa centre in Ahmedabad

Indian Express, January 2017

The HR trends of 2017

Mint, January 2017


Dedicated Indian visa office launched in Johannesburg

Business Standard, November 2016

Australia, UK High Commissions open new Visa Application Centre in Colombo

Lanka Business Online, November 2016

New application centre for Turkey visa opens in Doha, Qatar

Gulf Times, November 2016

VFS Global introduces mobile app for UAE visas

Travel Trends Today, November 2016

What Nigerians should know about visas issuance – VFS

Vanguard, November 2016

French embassy to get visa applications via VFS Global

Muscat Daily, November 2016

Award of distinction honours Zubin Karkaria CEO of VFS Global by TAAI

USPA News, October 2016

Two more passport attestation centres

The Hindu, October 2016

Home Affairs warns over visa, permits scams, October 2016

VFS Global and applications for Schengen visas to Norway

Royal Norwegian Embassy, Riyadh, October 2016

Swiss, Croatia joint visa application centre moves to new location

Gulf Times, October 2016

Turkey to outsource visa processing

The Peninsula, October 2016

VFS to continue to process Schengen visa for Spain

Tourism Breaking News, October 2016

Turkish ministry woos Indian tourists promising safety and security

New Indian Express, October 2016

Passport to Success

Business Standard, October 2016

Operation of Cyprus Visa Application Centre in Tehran

Famagusta Gazette, September 2016

Qatar announces easier entry for Cruise passengers as 32 ships head to Doha port

ITCM, September 2016

Why business needs to focus on disabled, pregnant women and senior citizens

Money Life, September 2016

Macau committed to becoming world class destination

The Jakarta Post, September 2016

Closing date for visas extended

news24, September 2016

VFS Global launches Cyprus visa service in Amman

Trade Arabia, September 2016

Qatar partners VFS Global to launch improved visa processes

TTG Asia, September 2016

Russians, Chinese and Indians to get visas on arrival in Qatar

Gulf Times, August 2016

Italy Visa Application Centre moves to more central location in Amman for added convenience to applicants

Zawya, August 2016

UK visa application centre to extend opening hours

The Brunei Times, July 2016

Turkey Visa Application Centre inaugurated in Mumbai, India

TNH Global, July 2016

Azerbaijani citizens can get visas to Latvia, Lithuania and other countries in Baku visa center

Trend News Agency, July 2016

Lesotho: Home Affairs Extends Closing Date of Applications for Lesotho Special Permits

AllAfrica, June 2016

Czech Republic visa application centre launched in B'luru

Business Standard, June 2016

VFS inaugurates UK visa application centre in Northern Thailand

12GO Asia, June 2016

Visa Application Centers Speeding Up Process for Travel to UK

Travel Pulse, June 2016

Two Greek Visa Centers in Moscow, Russia to stay open during weekends

Tornos News, June 2016

Czech Republic opens five new visa centers in China

Global Times, June 2016

VFS Global appoints Peter Brun as Chief Communications Officer

Travel Biz Monitor, May 2016

First Latvian visa application center in China opened in Beijing

Baltic-course, May 2016

New Australian and UK Visa Application Centre opens in Thimphu

Business Standard, May 2016

Minister Gigaba urges Lesotho nationals in SA to apply for special permit to stay on legally

Times Live, May 2016

Breaking Travel News interview: Zubin Karkaria, chief executive, Kuoni Group & VFS Global

Breaking Travel News, May 2016

Lithuania opens five new VFS Lithuania Visa Application Centres in China

Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Lithuania, April 2016

Visa processing will continue to be growth driver for VFS Global

Khaleej Times, April 2016

New Visa Application Center in Nanjing

Consulate General of Sweden, Shanghai, April 2016

Want a visa? New VFS Global service provides chauffeur facility & form-filling assistance for customers!

The Economic Times, April 2016

UK visa application centre to open in Thimphu

Kuensel, April 2016

VFS Global launches visa application services for Latvia in three cities in the United Kingdom

TravPR, April 2016

Cyprus visa application centre launched in Abu Dhabi

Trade Arabia, April 2016

Now, get a UK visa from home

The Times of India, April 2016

New visa application centre launched for the Netherlands in Kuwait City

Gulf News 24/7, April 2016

Visa applications - VFS Global

Embassy of Sweden in Abuja, April 2016

New centre for visa application to China presented

ANGOP, April 2016

Latvian embassy in UK launches cooperation with VFS Global

The Baltic Course, April 2016

Turkey pitches for increase in frequency of flights

PTI News, March 2016

It is easy to become legal‚ Lesotho citizens told

Times Live, March 2016

VFS Global opens Hungary Visa Application Centre in Manama, Bahrain

Gulf News, March 2016

Indian consular teams for 3 cities

Saudi Gazette, March 2016

More Polish visa application centers in Belarus

BelTa News – News from Belarus, March 2016

Indian consular teams for Abha, Jazan

Saudi Gazette, March 2016

Stanbic IBTC Offers Nigerians in Diaspora more Access to BVN Registration

Nigeria Communications Week, March 2016

Saudis Enjoy UK Visa on the Go

Travel Trade Weekly, March 2016

Finland targets Chinese visitors with 13 new visa centres

Travel Daily Asia, March 2016

Indian consular teams to visit Yanbu

Saudi Gazette, March 2016

Four Polish visa centers to open in Belarus by 1 March

BelTA – News from Belarus, February 2016

VFS Global opens Hungary Visa Application Centres in KSA

Travel Daily Media, February 2016

Maharashtra govt approves electronics policy

Business Standard, February 2016

VFS Global offers On Demand Mobile Biometrics for UK visas in Qatar

BQ Magazine, February 2016

VFS Rendezvous in Delhi

Voyager’s world, February 2016

Hungary Visa Application Centre Opens in Kuwait

Travel News India, January 2016

South African Tourism targets 1 lakh Indian tourists in 2016

TravelBix, January 2016

South Africa – New Extended Visitor Visa and Postal Applications

Relocate Global, January 2016

Britain joins the Dubai 'bling swing' with 'platinum' visa service

The Telegraph, January 2016

Sit back, relax and get your UK visa

Khaleej Times, January 2016

New British Visa Application Center Opens in Surabaya, Indonesia

Jakarta Globe, January 2016


Czech Republic to open consulate in Oman next year

Times of Oman, December 2015

Czech Republic opens visa application centre in Muscat, Oman

Muscat Daily, December 2015

Getting your Bank Verification Number (BVN) Outside Nigeria

NgEX, December 2015

Biometric requirement for Schengen visas come into force

Travel Daily, December 2015

VFS' new centre to boost India outbound

TTG Asia, December 2015

French visa center opens as more Filipinos travel to France

Manila Bulletin, December 2015

VFS Global launches Visa Application Centre for the Czech Republic in Bahrain

Zawya, December 2015

VFS Global inaugurates its largest Visa Application Centre in Asia at Connaught Place, New Delhi

Travel Trade Journal, December 2015

VFS Global will launch Visa Applications for Czech Embassy in Pretoria and Cape Town from 1 December 2015

Embassy of Czech Republic in Pretoria, November 2015

Goan to head Kuoni Group HR

Times of India, November 2015

South Africa: Zimbabwe Special Permit Programme Near Conclusion

AllAfrica, November 2015

Dhiren Savla Appointed As Group CIO Of Kuoni Group

CXO Today, November 2015

VFS Global starts BVN enrolment for Nigerians in UK

News Telegraph, November 2015

VFS Global launches Visa Application Centre for the Czech Republic in Kuwait

Zawya, November 2015

Lithuania opens visa center in Beijing

The Baltic Course, November 2015

Canada has launched new visa application centre in Poland

Visa Reporter, November 2015

1.2 lakh Indians issued French Visa this year: Ambassador

Business Today, November 2015

Zubin Karkaria appointed global CEO of Kuoni

Business Standard, November 2015

VFS Global launches visa application centres for Czech Republic in the UAE

Gulf News, November 2015

VFS Global rolls out biometric enrolment for Schengen visas in India

Express TravelWorld, November 2015

SA to set visa Centre at Harare

Chronicle, November 2015

Chinese Embassy In Kenya Outsource Visa Application Services

Coast Week, October 2015

UK home visa service by December in the UAE

Gulf News, October 2015

UK launches new visa services in UAE

Gulf News, October 2015

A retail hub at Shivaji Stadium in New Delhi, India

Times of India, October 2015

Czech Republic witnesses 20% growth in tourist footfall from India

Express TravelWorld, October 2015

Veridos and VFS Global Announce Strategic Partnership

The Jakarta Post, October 2015

Two-week lifeline for Zims in SA

The Zimbabwean, October 2015

Schengen-North India Joint Visa Application Centre now in Connaught Place

Tourism Breaking News, October 2015

Schengen visa applicants will need to submit biometric data

The Hindu, September 2015

Czech Republic opens its 1st Visa Application Centre in India in Mumbai with VFS Global

TravelBiz monitor, September 2015

UK records 15% hike in issuing visas to Indians during Jan-June this year

TravelBiz monitor, September 2015

Now, you can get Vietnam visa in Bengaluru

Times of India, September 2015

VFS Global starts receiving single entry visa applications for Croatia from Azerbaijani citizens

Azeri-Press Agency (APA), September 2015

VFS Global Opens New South Africa Visa Application Centres in UK

PR Newswire, September 2015

VFS Global bags Express Intelligent Enterprise Award

Financial Express, August 2015

Vietnam visa centre could open in India

Travel Daily Media, August 2015

British visa process set to change

The Royal Gazette, August 2015

How Kuoni India's Zubin Karkaria turned a small Indian operation into a global money-spinner

Economic Times, August 2015

All applications to the Royal Norwegian Embassy in Baku must be submitted via VFS Global's Baku Office

The Royal Norwegian Embassy in the Republic of Azerbaijan, August 2015

VFS Global wins Today’s Traveller Award 2015

Chennai Patrika, August 2015

Consular services made easy for Spanish expats

Yahoo News, August 2015

VFS Global launches new visa service for Spain

Trade Arabia, August 2015

‘Leadership is trusting your staff’

Hindustan Times, July 2015

Portugal joins VFS Global Schengen Visa Application Centres in United Arab Emirates

Zawya, July 2015

British embassy outsources to VFS

TTR Weekly, July 2015

1OO Million applications & Going Strong

Curiosity Middle East, July 2015

Cape Town pegged to get one-stop visa centre

Traveller 24, July 2015

Wike Inaugurates South African Visa Application Centre in Port Harcorrt

This Day Live, June 2015

VFS Global starts special service timings for UK Visa applicants in Dubai, UAE

Zawya, June 2015

Netherlands joins VFS Global Schengen Visa Application Centre in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia

Zawya, June 2015

VFS Global to launch mobile apps for iOS & Android users

TravelBiz monitor, June 2015

Middle East solution provider for globetrotters

Gulf Today, June 2015

VFS Global opens Canada Visa Application Centre Abuja

Fly Naija, June 2015

KSA is our second home, says Portuguese envoy

Arab News, June 2015

New visa application centre to open in Rangoon, June 2015

Netherlands joins VFS Global Schengen Visa Application Centre in Dubai

Gulf News 24/7, June 2015

Norway and VFS Global (VFS) extend visa service delivery to Jordan

Royal Norwegian Embassy in Amman, June 2015

VFS Global marks its 100 millionth application

Trade Arabia, June 2015

From 1 June 2015, the Royal Norwegian Embassy in Amman is handing over the reception of visa applications and permits to VFS Global

The Royal Norwegian Embassy in Jordan, May 2015

Home affairs launches premium visa centre in Sandton

Traveller 24, May 2015

VFS Global wins award at International Business Excellence Awards 2015

Zawya, May 2015

VFS Global’s Dubai Visa Processing Centre introduces new range of visa services

Financial Express, May 2015

India proving to be efficient for Passport and Visa Applications

Asian Voice, May 2015

Macau looks to attract business and leisure tourists from India

Financial Express, May 2015

New Nordic visa application centre in Cebu, May 2015

Greece and VFS Global extend visa service delivery to Armenia

Public Radio of Armenia, May 2015

Czech Republic and VFS Global extend visa service delivery to Georgia

News Day, May 2015

Portugal launched second Portugal Visa Application Centre with VFS Global in Kingdom of Saudi Arabia

Zawya, May 2015

BMC gets Housing Plan approval Power

Indian Express, April 2015

Now, a visa to Vietnam is only three days away

The Hindu, April 2015

Strengthening connections

Millennium Post, April 2015

VFS Global Vietnam Visa Application Centre opens in Hyderabad

Business Standard, April 2015

The Royal Norwegian Embassy has outsourced the receipt of visa and residence applications

Royal Norwegian Embassy in Accra, April 2015

VFS Global Holds Blood Donation Camp At Wafi Mall in Dubai

Eye of Arabia, April 2015

Czech Republic facilitates visa issuance for Azerbaijan

News.Az, April 2015

VFS Global in Dakar to process applications from Senegal, Gambia and Guinea

Royal Norwegian Embassy in Accra, April 2015

Queuing up for visa may be a thing of past

The Economic Times, April 2015

VFS Global Inaugurates New Premises in London

PR Newswire, April 2015

New Canada Visa Application Centre for Residents of UAE opens in Dubai

Zawya, April 2015

Portugal joins VFS Global Schengen Visa Application Centres in Saudi Arabia

eTN Global Travel Industry News, April 2015

VFS Global launches Vietnam Visa Application Centres in Chennai & Hyderabad

Travel Biz Monitor, March 2015

South Africa: Minister Gigaba Satisfied With Zim Permit Process

AllAfrica, March 2015

UAE streamlines visa services

Travel News Weekly, March 2015

Thailand outsources Visa Application Services to VFS Global in Kolkata

Economic Times, March 2015

South Africa gives visa application waiver

Times of India, March 2015

VFS Global contracted to process applications for visas and residents permits

Royal Norwegian Embassy in Accra, March 2015

SA opens new visa centres in India

News24, March 2015

New Visa Application Centers

Royal Norwegian Embassy in Ankara, March 2015

VFS Global inaugurate Visa Application Centre for the Republic of Cyprus, March 2015

VFS Global extends South African Visa facility to new locations in India

India Blooms, March 2015

Indian visa office set to open in Belfast city centre

Belfast Telegraph, March 2015

Indian High Commission to outsource some consular services

The Hindu, February 2015

UK embassy cuts visa processing time to 3 to 5 days - or even 24 hours

Interaksyon, February 2015

Planning to visit Ireland and Britain? Now you can do so on a single visa

DNA India, February 2015

VFS Global team joins “Walk for Education 2015”

Curiosity Middle East, February 2015

Sunjay Sudhir briefs community on Visa services by VFS in Sydney and Adelaide

The Indian Down Under, February 2015

IMC, VFS Global and Forvol Travel hosts the 5th edition of Heritage Walk

Financial Express, February 2015

MGTO rolls out Macau promotions during India’s main travel show

Travel and Tour World, January 2015

VFS Global inaugurates a new Italy Visa Application Centre in Kathmandu

Nepali Headlines, January 2015

MGTO appoints new representative office in India

Travel Daily News, January 2015

Two Sweden visa facilitation centres open in Abu Dhabi, Dubai

The Gulf Today, January 2015

Norwegian Embassy Outsources Receipt of Visa Applications

Royal Norwegian Embassy in Manila, January 2015


Indian mission to soon open 3 new passport centres in Jeddah

The Economic Times, December 2014

Canadian embassy outsources visa applications

Gulf Times, November 2014

VFS Global Group: The one-stop visa shop

Khaleej Times, October 2014

Norway makes it even easier for Barents Russians to apply for visa

Barents Observer, October 2014

VFS Global wins HP Innovation Award for major IT Transformation

India Infoline News, July 2014

VFS Global Receives Recognition from Al-Nasr Sports Club for Commendable Service

eGlobal Travel Media, June 2014

Swedish Embassy outsources visa services in Vietnam through VFS Global

Thanh Nien News, June 2014

Aus, VFS Global extend visa service delivery in India, Nepal

Business Standard, June 2014

South Africa: Visa Made Easier

All Africa, June 2014

VFS Global opens Switzerland Visa Application Centre in Manama, Bahrain

Zawya, June 2014

VFS Global opens Switzerland Visa Application Centre in Kuwait City

Zawya, June 2014

New Schengen visa center opens

Arab News, May 2014

VFS Global inaugurates Joint Application Centre for Italy & France Visa in Kolkata

Travelbizmonitor, May 2014

UK unveils new Visa Application Centre in Jakarta to support growth

GOV.UK, May 2014

UK opens new visa application centre in Bangkok, May 2014

UK Offers an Improved Visa Application Service in Vietnam

GOV.UK, May 2014

The British Embassy announced to substantially increase the frequency of its visa application services in Lao PDR

GOV.UK, May 2014

New UK visa center for Beijing

China News Service, April 2014

Norwegian Visa Application Centres in Beijing, Guangzhou and Shanghai

Norway in China (official website), April 2014

Hungarian visa centre to open in Kiev

Kiev, April 2014

UK opens two visa application centres

The Indian Express, March 2014

Germany & VFS Global open 10 Visa Application Centres in India, 1 in Bhutan

Travel Biz Monitor, January 2014

Austria opens visa application centre in Iraq

TradeArabia, January 2014


Zubin Karkaria conferred Travel Entrepreneur of the Decade Award at ETAA Convention in Dubai

Travel Biz Monitor, December 2013

New visa center promises streamlined service to Pinoys bound for UK, 3 other countries

GMA NEWS, December 2013

France opens new visa center in Al-Khobar

Saudi Gazette, November 2013

Asia's Travel Business: VFS Global, The One-Stop Visa Shop

Forbes, October 2013

Immigration New Zealand and VFS Global launch new visa services in UAE

Travel Daily News, September 2013

Belgium and VFS Global open visa application centre in Pune

Express Travel World, September 2013

Denmark opens visa application centre in HCM City

VietnamPlus, September 2013

Embassy of Denmark to handle visa application to Finland, Iceland, Norway and Sweden

ScandAsia, August 2013

VFS Global wins Denmark and the Netherlands global contracts

Travel Biz Monitor, August 2013

VFS Global wins Dubai Quality Appreciation Award

Travel Biz Monitor, May 2013

Belgium, VFS Global extend visa service delivery to six locations across India

Travel Biz Monitor, April 2013

Where Government Processes Drive Business

The Economic Times, April 2013

Zubin Karkaria becomes first Asian to be appointed on the Executive Board of Kuoni Group

Travel Biz Monitor, April 2013

VFS Global successfully holds Mobile Biometric Clinic in Goa

Travel Biz Monitor, April 2013

Zubin Karkaria appointed on Executive Board of Kuoni Group, March 2013

Saudi Arabia outsources visa processing in UAE

Emirates 24/7, March 2013

First of its kind Visa Application Centre for Five Countries Conference (5CC) launched in Singapore

e Travel Blackboard, March 2013

VFS not responsible for verification of documents’ authenticity – Vijayakumar

Vanguard, February 2013

VFS speeds up process for acquisition of entry visas

Arab News, February 2013

Southerners facilitated to go to UK

Tuoitre News, February 2013

Heritage walk for expats

The Times of India, February 2013

New Visa-centre for Sweden, Denmark and Norway inaugurated, January 2013

Another accolade for VFS Global as it continues to expand its global footprint

Travel Biz Monitor, January 2013

Visa Centre of Norway in Murmansk

Barentsnova, January 2013


HCM City to house European visa application centre

Vietnamnet Bridge, December 2012

China opens Visa Application Service Center in Kolkata, November 2012

Slovenia appoints VFS Global to manage visa application services in 6 Indian cities, October 2012

British ambassador visits Cebu, opens new visa application center

Sun.Star, October 2012

Finnish visa centre opened in Murmansk

Barentsnova, October 2012

Dhiren Savla, VFS Global wins CIO 100 Award

CIO.IN, September 2012

VFS Global wins Saudi Arabia government visa service

Travel Daily Media, August 2012

UK Immigration to open biometric clinic in Kazakhstan, August 2012

New UK visa application centre inaugurated

The Himalayan Times, July 2012

DVPC introduces new online service for Indian travel agents

Express Travel World, July 2012

UK offers premium visa services

The New Straits Times, July 2012

Spain visa application center opens in Riyadh and Jeddah

arab, May 2012

Get UK visa at new centre

The Times of India, May 2012

Netherlands sets up visa centre in Chennai

The Economic Times, April 2012

VFS Global opens Thailand visa application centre in Bangalore, April 2012

VFS Bangalore centre to accept visa forms for France, Switzerland

Hindu Business Line, April 2012

Japan Visa application Centre opens in New Delhi, April 2012

Passport services for Indian nationals outsourced

The Economic Times, April 2012

Two new India visa application centres open in Singapore, April 2012

New visa center in EP boosts Austrian ties

arab, March 2012

Swiss visa centres in ten more cities, March 2012

Switzerland partners with VFS Global to open 10 regional visa application centres across India, March 2012

Swiss visa application centres in ten more cities

The Economic Times, March 2012

VFS Global honoured

The Economic Times, March 2012

VFS Global receives 'Capgemini Leadership Award, February 2012

VFS Global Awarded the ‘Capgemini Leadership Award for Innovation 2012’ at the NASSCOM Global Leadership Awards

The Telegraph, February 2012

VFS Global collaborates with Embassy of Hungary for visa

The Economic Times, January 2012

VFS Global collaborates with Embassy of Hungary for visa, January 2012





Indian High Commission to outsource visa applications

Economic Times, London, May 2008

European visa process to get easier

Gulf News, Dubai, May 2008

Towards new global economic architecture

The Hindu, Mumbai, January 2008

China-India relations are on an upswing

The Economic Times, January 2008

New Indian Visa Centre in Beijing

The Hindu, Beijing, January 2008

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