VFS global offers visa for 28 countries in Abu Dhabi

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Ryan Lim/ Khaleej Times

VFS Global, an outsourcing firm, launched its 24,000 square foot visa application center in Abu Dhabi on October 13, Sunday.

The center accepts visa applications to Australia, Austria, Belarus, Belgium, Bulgaria, Canada, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Ireland, Italy, Latvia, Malaysia, Malta, Norway, Portugal, Slovakia, Sweden, Switzerland, the Netherlands, Turkey, UK, and Ukraine.

VFS is located at The Mall, World Trade Centre, on Khalifa Bin Zayed the First Street, commonly known as the Airport Road.

The firm offers door to door delivery of passports, provision to apply visa from home, setting pick –up and drop-off points, personalized assistance, automated processing, and mobile biometric services.

On the other hand, the center offers a premium lounge service with 24 counters. Respectively, Visa for Norway and Canada are served in the premium lounge ranging between Dh250 to Dh315 per application.

Furthermore, VFS offers exclusive platinum lounge service, where in a chauffeur service to and from the center, and a personalized assistant that will guide the customer in completing the application.

The service fee for the platinum lounge ranges from Dh600 to Dh650 for Schengen Visa, and Dh1, 200 for the UK.

Meanwhile, Vinay Malhotra, chief operating officer for Middle East, South Asia, and China, clarifies that the center at Shining Tower in Al Khalidiya is no longer operating.

“We have moved all operations here. There are 72 application submission counters. And the center can take more than 1,500 applicants a day, almost 100,000 a year,” Malhotra said.

The newly integrated center is considered to be one of the firm’s flagship center around the world.