VFS Global’s Visa Application Centres (VACs) resumes operations

The last quarter has been an active one for the international travel community. With borders gradually opening, countries around the world starting to accept slowly foreign travellers again, the future of travel has definitely started to show some promise.

VFS Global’s Visa Application Centres (VACs) resumes operations, with a few countries opening up the application process for limited categories. Since then, visa applications for around 25 countries have resumed at selected 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. Below is a consolidation of all the important updates since June 2020.   

COUNTRY

VISA CATEGORIES

CITIES

RESTART DATE

France

Category D

Mumbai, Delhi, Cochin, Bangalore, Hyderabad, Kolkata and Chennai

August 2020

USA

Emergency Cases, 

IW Allocation for Student visa classes, H&L visa classes and all visa classes

All India

August / September 2020



Luxembourg

Category D

New Delhi, Mumbai, Chennai, Hyderabad, Bangalore, Kochi, Kolkata

August / September 2020

Latvia

Category D

New Delhi, Mumbai, Kochi, Bangalore, Hyderabad, Chennai

August 2020

Ukraine

Business Visa, Family Reunion with Ukrainian citizen, Student Visa

New Delhi, Mumbai, Chennai, Bangalore

August / September 2020

The Netherlands


Category D

New Delhi, Kolkata, Chennai, Hyderabad, Mumbai

August / September 2020

Germany

Category C and D Visa after approval of submission and prolonging of Visa 

New Delhi, Chennai, Hyderabad, Kochi, Bangalore, Mumbai, Kolkata

July / August 2020

Belgium

Category D

New Delhi, Mumbai, Kochi, Bangalore, Kolkata, Chennai, Hyderabad

July / August 2020


Croatia

Category D

New Delhi, Mumbai, Chennai, Hyderabad, Bangalore, Kolkata

July-September 2020

Estonia

Category C&D 

New Delhi, Mumbai, Kochi, Chennai, Hyderabad, Bangalore, Kolkata

July / August 2020

Austria

Category D

New Delhi, Mumbai, Kochi, Chennai, Hyderabad, Bangalore, Kolkata

July – September 2020

Lithuania

Category D

New Delhi, Kochi, Chennai, Hyderabad, Bangalore, Kolkata

July – September 2020

Poland

Category D

New Delhi, Mumbai, Kolkata, Bangalore, Hyderabad, Chennai

July / August 2020

Belarus

All Visa categories 

New Delhi, Mumbai

July – September 2020

Switzerland

Category D

New Delhi, Mumbai, Chennai, Hyderabad, Bangalore, Kochi, Kolkata

July 2020

Portugal

E6 for holders of expired Portuguese residence card, D6 for holders of expired Family Reunification D6 visas, Category D

New Delhi, Chennai, Hyderabad, Bangalore, Kolkata, Mumbai

June – September 2020

South Korea


Long term applications only

New Delhi

June 2020

Dominican

Republic

All visa categories

New Delhi

June 2020

UAE - DVPC 

All visa categories (online);

30-day and 90-day tourist visas (in-VAC)

Online and in Hyderabad, Chennai, Bangalore and Cochin

June 2020

Turkey

All visa categories

New Delhi, Mumbai, Hyderabad, Kochi, Chennai, Bangalore

June 2020

United Kingdom

All visa categories/passport collection

Mumbai, Pune, Ahmedabad, Bangalore, Chennai, Cochin, Hyderabad, New Delhi, Jalandhar, Chandigarh, Kolkata 

July 2020

Ireland

Student, long-stay categories

July 2020

Italy

Re-Entry Visa, Category D

New Delhi, Mumbai, Chennai, Hyderabad, Kochi, Bangalore, Kolkata

July 2020

Denmark

Residence permit, Employment, Dependent, Approval cases, Category D

New Delhi, Mumbai, Chennai, Hyderabad, Bangalore, Kochi, Kolkata

June – July 2020

Norway

Residence permit

June – 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 our 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.


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