Over 40 Countries Resumed Visa Application Processes At VFS Global: Details Here

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VFS Global, the visa outsourcing company on Thursday has issued an update on restarting visa application services in India since June 2020 – after an almost complete shutdown during the nationwide coronavirus lockdown.

The VFS Global in an official statement said that currently, the visa application process (in various categories) for over 40 governments has resumed at select visa application centres across India.

“Our Visa Application Centres across India remain open as of April 7, 2021, though timings and days of working may vary, according to pandemic-related regulations. Please check vfsglobal.com for details. Real-time updates are also posted on our social media channels and the Covid-19 Customer Advisories page,” VFS Global said in an official release.

Following is the information on visa operations as of March 31, 2021:

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CountryVisa CategoriesCitiesRestart Date
AustriaCategory D and pre-approved C visa applicationsMumbai, Kochi, Chennai, Hyderabad, Bengaluru, New Delhi and KolkataJuly – September 2020
BelarusAll Visa CategoriesMumbai and New DelhiJuly – September 2020
BelgiumCategory D and pre-approved C typeMumbai, Chennai, Bengaluru, Kochi, Hyderabad, New Delhi and KolkataJuly – August 2020
CanadaFamily, Permits, StudentsMumbai, Chennai, Ahmedabad, Pune, Bengaluru, Hyderabad, New Delhi, Jalandhar, Chandigarh and KolkataNovember – December 2020
ChinaBusiness CategoryNew DelhiJuly-20
CroatiaCategory DMumbai, Chennai, Hyderabad, Bengaluru, New Delhi and KolkataJuly – September 2020
CyprusC visa categories (Pre-approved from High Commission)Mumbai, Chennai, Bengaluru, Kochi, Hyderabad and New DelhiOctober – November 2020
Czech RepublicCzech and EU family members, Entry in the interest of the Czech Republic, International Transport workers, Diplomats and Officials of International organizations, Seasonal workers, For employment in health and social services only, in urgent emergencies, for employment – food production workers only, for employment – qualified workers only (if the conditions of these Programs “The High qualified worker” and “The Key and scientific workers” are met)Mumbai, Chennai, Bengaluru, Kochi and HyderabadSeptember-20 –
February-21
DenmarkResidence permit, Employment, Dependent, Approval cases, Category D, specific purpose (business, etc.)Mumbai, Chennai, Hyderabad, Bengaluru, Kochi, New Delhi and KolkataJune – September  2020
Dominican RepublicBusiness, Work and Resident visaNew Delhi, MumbaiJune 2020
EstoniaCategory C and DMumbai, Kochi, Chennai, Hyderabad, Bengaluru, New Delhi and KolkataJuly – August 2020
FinlandResident Permits, Visas (Pre-approved from Embassy)New DelhiNovember 2020
FranceCategory C and DMumbai, Chennai, Kochi, Bengaluru, Hyderabad, New Delhi and KolkataAugust-20
GeorgiaLong Term Visa for Business and Family visit (post approval from Ministry) and student visabe acceptedMumbai, Chennai, Bengaluru, Hyderabad, Kochi, New Delhi and KolkataOctober-20
GermanyCategory C (with prior approval) and D visa (seafarers, transit, employment and student, Blue Card, PhD) after approval of submission and D-visa stampingMumbai, Chennai, Hyderabad, Kochi, Bengaluru, New Delhi and KolkataJuly – August 2020
HungaryPre-approved cases from embassyNew DelhiNovember 2020
ItalyRe-Entry Visa, Category D, Short term Students, Seafarer, Transit, Visit to family (immediate family member), Business (With prior approval)Mumbai, Chennai, Hyderabad, Kochi, Bengaluru, New Delhi and KolkataJuly-20
IrelandStudent, Long – stay categoriesMumbai, Pune, Ahmedabad, Bengaluru, Chennai, Kochi, Hyderabad, New Delhi, Jalandhar, Chandigarh, KolkataJuly-20
JapanLong term and Business visaMumbai, Chennai, Bengaluru, Hyderabad, Kochi, and New DelhiSeptember – October 2020
LatviaCategory DMumbai, Kochi, Bengaluru, Hyderabad, Chennai and New DelhiAugust 2020
LebanonAll Visa Categories (BAU)Mumbai, Chennai, Bengaluru, Hyderabad, New Delhi and KolkataDecember-20
LithuaniaCategory DMumbai, Kochi, Chennai, Hyderabad, Bengaluru, New Delhi and KolkataAugust 2020
LuxembourgCategory DMumbai, Chennai, Hyderabad, Bengaluru, Kochi, New Delhi and KolkataJuly – September 2020
MaltaPre-approved case for Medical Staff, Humanitarian case and High skilled professionalsMumbai, Chennai, Kochi, HyderabadFebruary 2021 – March 2021
MalaysiaSingle Entry VisasMumbai, Chennai, Bengaluru, Hyderabad and New DelhiJuly – September 2020
MEAAttestation and Apostille of personal and educational documentsMumbai, Chennai, Bengaluru, HyderabadSeptember-October 2020
MoroccoAll Visa Categories except tourist visasMumbai, Chennai, Bengaluru, New Delhi and KolkataJanuary 2021
New ZealandLong-stay and other categories (postal applications only)New DelhiAugust 2020
NigeriaAll visa categoriesMumbaiSeptember-20
NorwayResidence permit and pre-approved Category CMumbai, Chennai, Hyderabad, Bengaluru, Kochi, New Delhi and KolkataJune – September  2020
PolandCategory DMumbai, Bengaluru, Hyderabad, Chennai, New Delhi and KolkataJuly 2020
PortugalE6 for holders of expired Portuguese residence card, D6 for holders of expired Family Reunification D6 visas, Category D and pre-approved Category CMumbai, Chennai, Bengaluru, Hyderabad, New Delhi and KolkataJune – September  2020
South AfricaAll visa categoriesMumbai, Bengaluru, New Delhi and KolkataSeptember – October 2020
South KoreaSeamen Short term, Work Permit (C4) and Long-term applicationsNew Delhi, KolkataJune 2020 – March 2021
SwedenAs per Embassy’s ApprovalMumbai, Chennai, Bengaluru, Hyderabad, New Delhi and KolkataOctober-November 2020
SwitzerlandCategory D and pre-approved Category CMumbai, Chennai, Hyderabad, Bengaluru, Kochi, New Delhi and KolkataJuly – August 2020
ThailandAll visa categoriesMumbai, Chennai, Bengaluru, Kochi and HyderabadDecember 2020 – January 2021
The NetherlandsSeaman, LDR, Re-entry visa, Orange carpet/ Business (With prior approval)Mumbai,  Hyderabad, Chennai, New Delhi and KolkataJuly – September 2020
TurkeyAll visa categoriesMumbai, Hyderabad, Kochi, Chennai, Bengaluru and New DelhiJune – September  2020
UAE – DVPCAll visa categories (online); 30 day and 90 day tourist visas (in- VAC)Online application in Hyderabad, Chennai, Bengaluru and KochiJune – August 2020
United KingdomAll Visa categories / passport collectionMumbai, Pune, Ahmedabad, Bengaluru, Chennai, Kochi, Hyderabad, New Delhi, Jalandhar, Chandigarh, Kolkata, and Goa (once a month only)July-20
UkraineAll visas except touristMumbai, Chennai, Hyderabad, Bengaluru, New Delhi and Kolkata,August 2020 / September 2020
USAAll visa categoriesAll IndiaAugust 2020 – February 2021

Note: Air travel on all routes is subject to government advisories and permissions for air travel may be independent of the visa process.

VFS Global has established standardized protective measures to be followed across centres, including physical distancing and sanitisation, body temperature checks, use of masks and sanitisers, disinfecting high-contact surfaces. Customers with Covid-19 symptoms, including high fever, cough, and difficulty in breathing will not be permitted to enter the centre.

Visit the country-specific website on vfsglobal.com for the most updated information.


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