Home Visa Update VFS Global has resumed visa applications for around 25 countries in India

VFS Global has resumed visa applications for around 25 countries in India

Over the last few weeks, VFS Global’s Visa Application Centres (VACs) have resumed operations, with a few countries opening up the application process for limited categories. Since then, visa applications for around 25 countries have resumed at select Centres across India.

Information in the below table is as of 23 September 2020. As this information is fluid and being updated regularly, please visit the country-specific website on www.vfsglobal.com for the most current information pertaining to the city of application.

COUNTRYVISA CATEGORIESCITIESRESTART DATE
FranceCategory DMumbai, Delhi, Cochin, Bangalore, Hyderabad, Kolkata and ChennaiAugust 2020
USAEmergency Cases, IW Allocation for Student visa classes, H&L visa classes and all visa classesAll IndiaAugust / September 2020    
LuxembourgCategory DNew Delhi, Mumbai, Chennai, Hyderabad, Bangalore, Kochi, KolkataAugust / September 2020
LatviaCategory DNew Delhi, Mumbai, Kochi, Bangalore, Hyderabad, ChennaiAugust 2020
UkraineBusiness Visa, Family Reunion with Ukrainian citizen, Student VisaNew Delhi, Mumbai, Chennai, BangaloreAugust / September 2020
The Netherlands  Category DNew Delhi, Kolkata, Chennai, Hyderabad, MumbaiAugust / September 2020
GermanyCategory C and D Visa after approval of submission and prolonging of VisaNew Delhi, Chennai, Hyderabad, Kochi, Bangalore, Mumbai, KolkataJuly / August 2020
BelgiumCategory DNew Delhi, Mumbai, Kochi, Bangalore, Kolkata, Chennai, HyderabadJuly / August 2020  
CroatiaCategory DNew Delhi, Mumbai, Chennai, Hyderabad, Bangalore, KolkataJuly-September 2020
EstoniaCategory C&DNew Delhi, Mumbai, Kochi, Chennai, Hyderabad, Bangalore, KolkataJuly / August 2020
AustriaCategory DNew Delhi, Mumbai, Kochi, Chennai, Hyderabad, Bangalore, KolkataJuly – September 2020
LithuaniaCategory DNew Delhi, Kochi, Chennai, Hyderabad, Bangalore, KolkataJuly – September 2020
PolandCategory DNew Delhi, Mumbai, Kolkata, Bangalore, Hyderabad, ChennaiJuly / August 2020
BelarusAll Visa categoriesNew Delhi, MumbaiJuly – September 2020
SwitzerlandCategory DNew Delhi, Mumbai, Chennai, Hyderabad, Bangalore, Kochi, KolkataJuly 2020
PortugalE6 for holders of expired Portuguese residence card, D6 for holders of expired Family Reunification D6 visas, Category DNew Delhi, Chennai, Hyderabad, Bangalore, Kolkata, MumbaiJune – September 2020
South Korea  Long term applications onlyNew DelhiJune 2020
Dominican RepublicAll visa categoriesNew DelhiJune 2020
UAE – DVPCAll visa categories (online); 30-day and 90-day tourist visas (in-VAC)Online and in Hyderabad, Chennai, Bangalore and CochinJune 2020
TurkeyAll visa categoriesNew Delhi, Mumbai, Hyderabad, Kochi, Chennai, BangaloreJune 2020
United KingdomAll visa categories/passport collectionMumbai, Pune, Ahmedabad, Bangalore, Chennai, Cochin, Hyderabad, New Delhi, Jalandhar, Chandigarh, KolkataJuly 2020
IrelandStudent, long-stay categoriesJuly 2020
ItalyRe-Entry Visa, Category DNew Delhi, Mumbai, Chennai, Hyderabad, Kochi, Bangalore, KolkataJuly 2020
DenmarkResidence permit, Employment, Dependent, Approval cases, Category DNew Delhi, Mumbai, Chennai, Hyderabad, Bangalore, Kochi, KolkataJune – July 2020
NorwayResidence permitJune – August 2020

Visa application processes for students

While student visa applications have reopened for most countries, applications may be accepted only on some of the cities mentioned above. Customers are advised to check if applications for this category are being accepted in their city by visiting www.vfsglobal.com.

To aid students who have already started their foreign education or will be starting soon, but have not been able to reach their schools yet, UK has recently introduced flexibility in their student visa rules.  These updated rules allow students to apply for visas when they are able to travel to the UK, rather than at the start of their studies, as was the mandate earlier. Additionally, students completing their courses online will still be eligible to apply for the Graduate Route, provided they are in the UK by 06 April 2021. View the press release on this here.

Restart of other visa application processes

Please note that VFS Global Visa Application Centres can open only when the concerned Embassy / Consulate provides approval and directs it to do so. It does not decide on re-opening of any Centre on its own.

Some countries may have limited slots opened for appointments at present and only in certain cities. All appointments can be booked free of charge. Customers are advised not to fall prey to touts or fraudsters who offer false promises of appointments / visas / job / immigration in exchange for payment.

Health and safety precautions at the Centres

As an extra layer of caution to ensure the health and safety of customers and employees alike, VFS Global has established standardised protective measures to be followed across centres, including physical distancing and sanitisation, body temperature checks, use of masks and sanitizers, disinfecting high-contact surfaces, etc. Customers exhibiting COVID-19 symptoms, including high fever, cough and difficulty in breathing will not be permitted to enter the centre.

Appointment booking service for COVID-19 testing

Anticipating customer needs further, VFS Global introduced online booking of COVID-testing facilities at the beginning of September. Being ahead of the curve with their operational excellence, the company has ensured the utmost comfort to customers by allowing them to avail this facility at their doorstep as well. This service has been rolled out in Mumbai, Delhi, Bengaluru, Hyderabad, Kolkata, Ahmedabad, Chandigarh, Jalandhar, Chennai, Pune and Kochi.

‘Visa At Your Doorstep’ service

As an optional service to customers wanting to complete their entire visa application submission process from the comfort of their home or office, VFS Global continues to provide the “Visa At Your Doorstep” whereby a customer can submit the application, enrol biometrics, and get the passport couriered back to their his/her location of choice.

Courier service

As a precautionary measure, customers may also opt for their courier services to get their passports delivered to their preferred address, after adjudication by the concerned diplomatic mission. This service may also be made mandatory by certain countries.