Last week, the UK government highlighted the opening of new Visa Application Centre’s (VAC’s) in Mumbai and Kolkata, which they hope signal their intentions to improve visa services provided to Indians wishing to come to the UK. Reports show that the new visa centres offer upgraded services with “state of the art facilities”. In respect of the visa centre in Kolkata, the British Deputy High Commissioner to eastern India, Scott Furssedonn-Wood, commented that there was a need for improved services due to the fact that applications for UK visas had increased. This is in line with a recent announcement from the UK government that there will be various changes to visa centres in Australia, South Africa, Hong Kong, Italy and Finland.
Indian Visa Centres Opened to Improve Customer Services for Indian Migrants to UK
The Mumbai VACs, are located at Bandra-Kurla Complex and Nariman Point and intend to provide an “enhanced experience” for visa applicants in Mumbai. The UK’s partnership with VFS Global has now been extended until 2019 and the government hopes that the contract will forsee major refurbishment of all VACs. Mentoring processing speed, convenience of application process and a ‘fair’ price are being marketed as some of the advantages the UK government hopes to provide showing that the UK is ‘open for business, visitors and students.’
Sir James Bevan: India at the ‘Forefront of New Services and Improvements’
Opening the new VAC in Bandra-Kurla Complex, Sir James Bevan, the British High Commissioner to India said:
“The UK already provides an excellent service to visa applicants in India. Our 13 VACs and numerous additional offerings, including our same day visa service, underline that the UK is open for business. This new contract will allow us to further improve our service here and continues to show that India is always at the forefront of new services and improvements in our offer to visa applicants. I am particularly pleased to be launching this partnership by opening the new Visa Application Centre here. Mumbai is a world class city and the new VACs demonstrate our commitment to providing a world class service.”
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