VFS Global Issues Country-Wise Update On Restart of Visa Application Process In India

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VFS Global, the visa outsourcing and technology company has issued an update on restarting Visa Application Process and said that it would continue to resume its services in several countries in a phased mode.

In its latest update, VFS Global has announced the latest list of visa application categories opened for various countries across its centres in India by the end of 2021, as of November 30, 2021.

The company in a statement said, “VFS Global continues to resume services in a phased manner for its client governments. Reopened Visa Application Centres (VACs) are operating in keeping with health and safety guidelines, local government directives and mission requirements.”

Moreover, the visa outsourcing company also requested visa applicants to apply for their respective visas well in time due to the high rush.

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“We are witnessing very high demand for visa applications to some countries, resulting in longer processing timelines than usual. New visa customers are requested to apply as early as possible,” it said.

Impact of Omicron Variant On Travel

Commenting on the impact of the new Omicron variant of Covid-19 on travel plans and visa applications, VFS Global said that it is too early to see an impact on travel behaviours as the pandemic remains volatile in the light of new variants.

The VFS Global further said that air travel on all international routes is subject to government advisories and permissions for air travel may be independent of the visa process.

VFS Global Country-Wise Update

CountryVisa CategoriesCities
AustriaAll visa categories
Ahmedabad: -Preapproved D & C Visa category (For Fully Vaccinated travellers)
Mumbai, Chennai, Hyderabad, Bangalore, New Delhi, Kolkata, Cochin, Ahmedabad
AustraliaTemporarily closed –
BelarusAll Visa CategoriesMumbai, New Delhi
BelgiumAll Visa categories (fully vaccinated)

Application to be lodged online on the IRCC website.
Mumbai, Chennai, Hyderabad, Bangalore, New Delhi, Kolkata, Cochin, Pune, Pondicherry, Ahmedabad
CanadaBiometric enrolment at VFS Global VACs open for ALL categories by prior appointmentNew Delhi, Jalandhar, Chandigarh, Mumbai, Kolkata, Bangalore, Ahmedabad, Hyderabad, Pune, Chennai
ChinaTemporarily closed –
CroatiaAll Visa Categories (Except Tourist & Private Visit)Mumbai, Chennai, Hyderabad, Bangalore, New Delhi, Kolkata
CyprusOnly Pre-approved cases from EmbassyMumbai, Chennai, Hyderabad, Bangalore, New Delhi, Kolkata, Cochin
Czech RepublicAll visa categories (fully vaccinated)Delhi
DenmarkAll Visa categories -As per the embassy if applicants fall under worthy purpose can apply for a visaMumbai, Chennai, Hyderabad, Bangalore, New Delhi, Cochin, Kolkata
Dominican RepublicAll Visa CategoriesMumbai, Delhi
EstoniaFamily members of Estonian citizens and Indian citizens with Estonian resident permits.

Participating high-level meetings and events (with Estonian Government/Public authority invitation).

experts whose travel is required for technical reasons (invitation from the Estonian authority/company).
Hyderabad, Bangalore, Cochin, New Delhi, Chennai, Mumbai, Kolkata
FinlandResidence Permit (appointments are given by the Embassy)Delhi
FranceAll visa categoriesNew Delhi, Mumbai, Pune, Cochin, Kolkata, Ahmedabad, Chennai, Bangalore, Hyderabad, Pondicherry
GeorgiaAll Visa CategoriesNew Delhi, Cochin, Mumbai, Bangalore, Chennai, Hyderabad, Kolkata
GermanyAll visa categories

Ahmedabad, Pune: – All short-stay visa categories & D visa stamping

Pondicherry-All C type
Mumbai, Chennai, Hyderabad, Bangalore, New Delhi, Kolkata, Cochin, Ahmedabad, Pondicherry, Pune
HungaryAll short term -Business, Conference, Cultural, Sports, Tourists, Visiting Family and FriendsNew Delhi, Kolkata, Ahmedabad, Chennai, Mumbai, Hyderabad, Cochin, Bangalore, Pune
IcelandAll C type & D Stamping VisasNew Delhi, Mumbai, Kolkata, Chennai, Bangalore, Kochi, Hyderabad, Ahmedabad, Pune
ItalyMumbai, Chennai, Hyderabad, Bangalore, New Delhi, Kolkata, Cochin –
IrelandAll Visa CategoriesPune, Ahmedabad, Mumbai, Chennai, Bangalore, New Delhi, Kolkata, Hyderabad, Chandigarh, Jalandhar, Cochin
JapanLong Term Stay with Certificate of Eligibility (COE) and Business Applications onlyMumbai, Cochin, Bangalore, Chennai, Hyderabad, New Delhi
LatviaAll Short-term categories with Embassy approval & Few Long terms with embassy approvalMumbai, Chennai, Hyderabad, Bangalore, New Delhi, Cochin, Kolkata
LebanonAll Visa Categories (BAU)New Delhi, Mumbai, Kolkata, Chennai, Bangalore & Hyderabad
Lithuania– Family members of EU and Lithuania citizens (C visa)
– RP Cases
– Foreigners travelling for other essential purposes (eligibility confirmed by the Embassy) (C and D visa)
– Student Visa
– Long term application- work permit, most in-demand job
Mumbai, Chennai, Hyderabad, Bangalore, New Delhi, Kolkata
LuxembourgAll D visa applications & C visas only with mission approvalsHyderabad, Mumbai, Chennai, Bangalore, New Delhi, Kolkata, Cochin, Ahmedabad
MaltaOnly work Permit categories with Limited slotsMumbai, Chennai, Bangalore, Hyderabad, New Delhi and Kolkata, Ahmedabad, Pune, Cochin
MalaysiaVDR Visas OnlyMumbai, Chennai, Bangalore, Hyderabad, Ahmedabad, Pune
MEA (Attestation services)Attestation and apostille of personal and educational documentsMumbai, Chennai, Bangalore, and Hyderabad
MoroccoTemporarily closed 
New ZealandLong-stay and other categories (postal applications only)New Delhi
NigeriaAll Visa categoriesMumbai
NorwayAll Visa categories (C & D)New Delhi, Mumbai, Bangalore, Cochin, Kolkata, Chennai, Hyderabad, Ahmedabad, Pune
PolandAll National Visa

Schengen Visa- Business only
Mumbai, Bangalore, New Delhi, Kolkata, Hyderabad, Chennai, Ahmedabad
PortugalAll Visa Categories (Except tourism)Mumbai, Chennai, Bangalore, New Delhi, Kolkata, Ahmedabad
South AfricaAll visa categories (BAU)Mumbai, New Delhi, Bangalore, Ahmedabad, Pune, Kolkata
South KoreaShort term- Seafarer, Long term applications onlyNew Delhi and Kolkata
SwedenAll Visa categories with a declarationMumbai, Chennai, Hyderabad, Bangalore, New Delhi, Kolkata
SwitzerlandAll Visa categories (C & D type)Mumbai, Chennai, Hyderabad, Bangalore, New Delhi, Kolkata, Cochin, Pune
ThailandAll Visa CategoriesMumbai, Chennai, Bangalore, Kolkata, Cochin, Hyderabad, Pune, New Delhi, Ahmedabad
The NetherlandsAll Short Stay Visa Categories (For fully vaccinated travellers)Kolkata, Mumbai, Bangalore, New Delhi, Chennai, Hyderabad
TurkeyAll visa categoriesAhmedabad, Mumbai, Bangalore, Cochin, Chennai, Hyderabad, New Delhi, Kolkata, Pune
UAE – DVPCAll categoriesNew Delhi, Pune, Kolkata, Mumbai, Cochin, Bangalore, Chennai, Hyderabad, Ahmedabad
United KingdomAll visa categories/ passport collection12 cities – Mumbai, Pune, Ahmedabad, Bangalore, Hyderabad, New Delhi, Jalandhar, Chandigarh, Kolkata, Chennai, Cochin, Goa
UkraineAll Visa Categories (Except Tourist)New Delhi, Mumbai, Chennai, Hyderabad, Kolkata, Bangalore
USAC1/D, F1, F11, F2, H1B, H4, IR5, J1, J2, K1, L1, L1B, L2B, M-1, O1Mumbai, Ahmedabad, Pune, Bengaluru, Chennai, Hyderabad, Delhi, Jalandhar, Chandigarh, Kolkata, Kochi

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