VFS Global has recently opened a Joint Visa Application Centre (VAC) in Kolkata for accepting visa application forms for Italy and France from residents of the city and the neighbouring states. The new VAC is conveniently located and offers greater space, improved infrastructure and security facilities, as per a release. It offers an increased number of application counters and extended service hours, and includes a dedicated website for easy access to information, and professional and responsive staff to handle the visa application process with local language capability. The new Centre in Kolkata will be open from 0900hrs to 1500hrs on week days.
VFS Global has been associated with both these governments and their diplomatic missions in South Asia since 2004. VFS Global operates a total of 14 Italy VACs and seven France VACs in South Asia. With the introduction of this new VAC, VFS Global introduces a bigger facility with special attention to increased seating facilities, disabled-friendly counters, Internet kiosks, a premium lounge and soon to be introduced, biometric counters.
Speaking on the occasion of this VAC inauguration, Fabrice Etienne, Consul General of France in Kolkata, said “This strategic move by VFS Global will offer new services and facilities to cater to the growing demand of travellers from the city, and we know this will help boost both tourism and trade, making the bilateral ties between our countries and India stronger. For us, VFS Global is the trusted partner to the French government for visa processing in India, and we are certain that they will meet our expectations through such enhanced and efficient service centers to make this experience for travellers an even smoother one.”
Cesare Bieller, Consul General of Italy in Kolkata, said, “The Italian Missions in India have been working closely with VFS Global for the last ten years and this has led to a significant increase in the flux between Italy and India, in particular of tourists and businessmen from Eastern and North Eastern regions. Italy is one of the favourite destinations in Europe for Indian nationals and I am confident that, with the enhanced services offered by the new joint VAC, we will witness yet a further increase of visa applications in the coming months”.
“We are honoured to be associated with the governments of France and Italy and delighted to offer applicants from Kolkata a new Joint VAC with state-of-the-art facilities. We support these governments in their effort to make the visa application service an efficient and well managed experience with enhanced facilities and comfortable and conveniently located Centres,” said Atul Marwah, Head of Operations - India, VFS Global.