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Outsourcing of Visa, OCI, Passport and selected consular services to VFS from 01 March 2015

Press Release

The High Commission of India, London is pleased to announce the Outsourcing of Visa, OCI, Passport and select consular services to VFS effective 1stMarch 2015.

VFS will be opening 14 application centres across UK for the convenience of applicants for Visa, OCI, Passport and other consular services. 10 offices will be operational from 2nd March 2015 and remaining 4 offices will be operational from 14th March 2015.

VFSwill introduce Online Appointment System for all services for the convenience of the applicants across the UK. All applicants will be required to book an appointment online to submit their applications at the respective India application centres, as per the jurisdictions below.  No applications via post will be accepted at High Commission of India, and its respective consulates in Birmingham and Edinburgh or at the Applications Centres managed by VFS across UK from 14th March 2015.

Jurisdiction information

Applicants wish to submit their applications at any of the 3 offices in London (Goswell Road, Hounslow, Paddington), Bristol, Cardiff and Belfast must select UK- London as Jurisdiction, while filling the application form Online for Visa, OCI and Indian Passport Services.

Applicants wish to submit their applications at offices inBirmingham, Leicester, Manchester, Liverpool, Bradford and Newcastlemust select UK- Birmingham as Jurisdiction, while filling the application form Online for Visa, OCI and Indian Passport Services.

Applicants residing in Scotland wish to submit their applications in Edinburgh or Glasgowmust select UK-Edinburgh as Jurisdiction, while filling the application form Online for Visa, OCI and Indian Passport Services.

ServicesAvailable at Application Centres:
Multilingual Staffs, waiting Lounge, Photo Booth, Photo Copy, and Passport return by secured courier, Information helpdesk, and Internet Kiosk facilities.

Opening hours of the application centres:
08:30 -15:30 Hours (Monday to Friday, excluding Consular holidays)
For further details please visit VFS Websitehttp://in.vfsglobal.co.uk/. The detailed information on the website about all services will be available from 23rd February 2015 onwards.

List of Application Centres – United Kingdom

 

City

Address of the offices

Opening Date

1

London - Goswell Road

142-148 Goswell Road, London EC1V 7DU

2nd March 2015

2

London - Hounslow

The Vista CentreFirst Floor – Part A Block50 Salisbury RoadHounslowTW4 6JQ

2nd March 2015

3

London- Paddington

Battleship Building, 179 Harrow Road, London W2 6NB

14th March 2015

4

Birmingham

5 -14 South Road, Smethwick, Birmingham, B67 7BN

2nd March 2015

5

Edinburgh

1 Rennie’s Isle, Leith, Edinburgh  EH6 6QT

2nd March 2015

6

Manchester

1st Floor, 18-22 Mosley Street,Manchester, M2 3AG, United Kingdom

2nd March 2015

7

Belfast

55-59 Adelaide St Belfast BT2 8FE

2nd March 2015

8

Bristol

Suite 102A, QC30 Queen Charlotte Street, Bristol   BS1 4HJ

14th March 2015

9

Bradford

Skipton Chamber 16-18 North Parade, Bradford, BD13HT

14th March 2015

10

Newcastle

Gunner House, Neville Street, Newcastle Upon Tyne NE1 5DF

14th March 2015

11

Cardiff

Temple Court - 13a Cathedral Road, Cardiff CF11 9HA

2nd March 2015

12

Liverpool

The Corn Exchange, Fenwick, Liverpool , L2 7QL                     

2nd March 2015

13

Leicester

Peepul's Centre, Leicester

2nd March 2015

14

Glasgow

2nd Floor, 134 Berkeley Street, Glasgow, G3 7HY

2nd March 2015

Consular Services for which applications are required to be submitted at VFS Centres

  1. Attestation of Documents (Birth/Death/Marriage/Educational Certificates etc.)
  2. Attestation of Commercial Documents/ Company Documents
  3. Attestation of Documents for Making Application for Allotment of Director Identification Number (DIN)
  4. Attestation of Documents for Making Application for Allotment of Permanent Account Number (PAN) in respect of UK  Based Companies or Individuals
  5. Police Clearance Certificate (PCC)
  6. NRI Certificate/NRI Parity Certificate
  7. Attestation of Copy of Indian Passport or any Other Miscellaneous Certificate (s) based on Indian Passport
  8. Attestation of Sponsorship Letter for Visit of a Person from India to the UK
  9. Certificate for Transporting Human Ashes/ Human Remains to India.

Consular Services for which applications are required to be submitted in person at the Consular Section of the High Commission of India, London or CGI, Edinburgh or CGI Birmingham

  1. Attestation of Power of Attorney (PoA)/Affidavit (s) relating to Civil Matters
  2. Attestation of Power of Attorney (PoA)/Affidavit (s) relating to Property/ Financial Matters
  3. Execution of Will/ Gift Deed
  4. Life Certificate for Pension Purpose or for any Other Purpose
  5. Certificate for Transporting Dead Bodies to India
  6. Sworn Affidavit for Issuance of Passport to a Minor Child Residing in India
  7. Birth registration of Children eligible for Indian nationality
  8. Solemnization/Registration of Marriage under the Foreign Marriage Act, 1969

Press Release
Outsourcing of Indian Visa Services

Taking into account the feedback received on outsourcing of Indian visa services, a list of FAQs pertaining to visa applications has been prepared to further assist the visa applicants.

Q1: Have visa services been outsourced to the service provider?
A1: The process of collection of visa applications and disbursal of processed passports has been outsourced to VF Worldwide Holdings Ltd. (VFW), with effect from March 1, 2015. VFW operates 14 visa application centres in the UK. A list of all visa application centres and the process of applying for visa services is available on the VFW website http://in.vfsglobal.co.uk.
Q2: Is biometric data collection mandatory while applying for a visa?
A2: Biometric data collection has not been introduced.
Q3: Do I need to visit a VFW application centre in person for submitting a visa application?
A3: Personal presence of an applicant for submitting a visa application is not mandatory. A family member or a nominee is entitled to submit a visa application on behalf of the applicant, provided he/she is able to produce a letter of authorisation signed by the applicant.
Q4: Do I need to book a prior appointment before visiting a VFW application centre for submitting a visa application?
A4: Yes. All applicants/authorised nominees, except in emergency cases (medical/dealth) are required to book a prior online appointment to submit visa applications at the VFW centre to ensure faster and reliable service.
Q5: How can I book a prior appointment before visiting a VFW application centre for submitting a visa application?
A5: Prior appointments with VFW can be booked online by following the instruction for "Appointment & Online Payment" link on the website of the service provider (http://in.vfsglobal.co.uk/how_to_apply.html). Please be advised that while booking an appointment, you would need to provide the GBR number located on your filled-in online visa application form and your passport number.
Q6: Can I submit a visa application through post/courier?
A6: Yes. However, applications received through post/courier would need additional processing time of at least two weeks. It is further clarified that incomplete/incorrect applications would be returned. To avoid such inconvenience, it is preferable to submit applications with prior online appointment in person or through authorised nominee.

March 20, 2015

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