VFS Global to Continue Providing Visa Services for Sweden in 37 Countries

VFS Global has secured a major global tender from the Swedish Ministry of Justice. This milestone extends their visa services to 37 countries worldwide, reinforcing their role as Sweden's trusted representative in key regions.

VFS Global, a leading visa and passport outsourcing specialist, has clinched a significant global tender from the Swedish Ministry of Justice, solidifying its position as a pivotal player in the visa services industry.

The new agreement spans 37 countries across the globe, reaffirming VFS Global’s role as the trusted representative of the Government of Sweden in key regions.

Global Reach: VFS Global’s Expanded Role

Under this groundbreaking agreement, VFS Global will continue to serve as the Government of Sweden’s representative in eight vital regions, including South Asia, the Americas, Southeast Asia, China, the Middle East and North Africa, Africa, Europe, and Russia.

This strategic partnership underscores Sweden’s commitment to streamlining visa application processes and ensuring the highest quality of service for applicants.


Benefits for Applicants

The new agreement between VFS Global and the Swedish Ministry of Justice is expected to provide a number of benefits for Swedish visa applicants, including:

  • A more convenient and efficient visa application process, with applicants able to submit their applications at VFS Global VACs in 37 countries around the world.
  • Increased access to visa application support services, such as document submission assistance and visa status check services.
  • Enhanced communication and transparency throughout the visa application process.

Smoother Visa Application Process in India

In India, Sweden visa applications have been seamlessly processed through eight VFS Global Visa Application Centers (VAC) located in major cities, including Ahmedabad, Bengaluru, Chennai, Hyderabad, Kolkata, Mumbai, New Delhi, and Pune.

Since 2019, VFS Global has successfully processed approximately 500,000 visa applications for the Government of Sweden, contributing to a hassle-free application experience for Indian travellers.

Mutual Commitment to Excellence

The Swedish Ministry of Justice expressed its eagerness to continue its fruitful Schengen visa cooperation with VFS Global for years to come.


This commitment extends beyond visa services and encompasses various collaborative initiatives, including quality enhancement measures, regionalization efforts, and technological advancements.

This partnership emphasizes the ongoing success of coordination and cooperation, with both parties dedicated to continually improving the visa application process.

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A Decade-Long Partnership

VFS Global has been a trusted partner of the Government of Sweden since 2014. Under the terms of the new contract, VFS Global will oversee Schengen visa services for short-term C visas, complete with biometric registration, in a total of 37 countries.


These countries encompass a diverse range of nations, including;

  1. Bangladesh
  2. Bolivia
  3. Cambodia
  4. Canada
  5. Chile
  6. China
  7. Colombia
  8. Ecuador
  9. Egypt
  10. Ethiopia
  11. India
  12. Indonesia
  13. Jordan
  14. Kenya
  15. Kosovo
  16. Lebanon
  17. Mongolia
  18. Morocco
  19. Myanmar
  20. Nepal
  21. Nigeria
  22. Pakistan
  23. Palestine
  24. Philippines
  25. Russia
  26. Saudi Arabia
  27. Singapore
  28. South Africa
  29. Tanzania
  30. Thailand
  31. Turkey
  32. United Arab Emirates
  33. United Kingdom
  34. USA
  35. Vietnam
  36. Zambia, and
  37. Zimbabwe.

Enhanced Accessibility for Bangladeshi Applicants

Notably, applicants from Bangladesh can submit their visa applications to Sweden at the VFS Global visa application centre in Dhaka from Sunday to Thursday, between 9 a.m. and 2 p.m.

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A Shared Vision for the Future

Chris Dix, Head of Business Development at VFS Global, expressed his satisfaction in retaining VFS Global as the exclusive service provider for the Government of Sweden.


He highlighted the enduring partnership between VFS Global, the Swedish Migration Agency, and the Ministry of Justice, spanning nearly a decade.

Furthermore, Chris emphasized VFS Global’s unwavering commitment to delivering top-notch visa solutions and ensuring a seamless application process across the eight regions it serves worldwide.

This partnership not only streamlines visa services but also fosters collaboration and innovation, ultimately benefiting applicants seeking entry into Sweden. As both parties look to the future, their shared vision is to continually enhance and simplify the visa application process for travellers worldwide.

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Manish Khandelwal
Manish Khandelwal

Manish Khandelwal, a travel-tech enthusiast with over a decade of experience in the travel industry. Founder and Editor-in-Chief of Travelobiz.com, he's passionate about writing.

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