Friday 19 October 2018

VFS opens India visa centre in Jubail, Saudi Arabia

JUBAIL, October 15, 2017

The Embassy of India in Riyadh, along with the Consulate General of India in Jeddah and VFS Global, has opened a new India passport and visa application centre in Jubail, Saudi Arabia.

The new initiative is aimed at offering enhanced services, facilities and benefits to residents of Jubail and Indian citizens residing in and around the city.

The centre was inaugurated today (October 15) by Ahmed Javed, Ambassador of India to Saudi Arabia, at a ceremony held on 15 October 2017.

The new centre is centrally located at Al Khater Business Centre 2, situated in the main commercial district of the port city of Jubail.

At the new centre, travellers to India can submit their visa applications, and the Indian community can experience proficient passport application and renewal services. Professionally managed attestation services for legalisation of certificates and documents are also available at the centre for added convenience to Indian citizens availing passport services.

The new centre, managed by well-trained VFS Global staff, will operate from Saturdays to Wednesdays to accommodate applicants who may find it a challenge to visit the centre on a working day.

Speaking at the launch, Javed said: “With more than 3.2 million Indian diaspora in the kingdom, we have the distinction of serving the largest number of the diaspora in the whole world. It has been the constant endeavour of the Embassy to provide services to the diaspora as near as possible to their doorsteps. We have taken several steps to improve services. The opening of the India Passport and Visa Application Centre in Jubail today is another step in this direction. In view of the growing demand in Jubail and adjoining areas, passport, visa and other consular services have also been launched through this centre. We now have seven such centres in the jurisdiction of Riyadh and overall 11 centres all around the kingdom. Besides this, Embassy officers undertake regular tours to organise consular camps at far flung places in Saudi Arabia with the motto of ‘Service at the Doorstep’, a step that has been well received by the diaspora.”
The launch of the centre in Jubail marks the 11th VFS Global centre in Saudi Arabia from where travellers to India can apply for a visa and enrol their biometrics. For passport application services, the launch marks the seventh VFS Global centre from where Indian citizens in Saudi Arabia can submit applications for new passports or renewals and avail attestation services.

Also commenting on the launch, Vinay Malhotra, COO – Middle East & South Asia, VFS Global, said: “It is an honour to extend passport and visa application services, on behalf of the Government of India, to the Indian community in Jubail and to the residents of Saudi Arabia. With the provision of passport application services from this new centre, Indians will significantly benefit from the easy access to passport application, renewal, and attestation services. Travellers to India from Jubail can also submit their visa applications at the new centre and save on time and money from not having to travel out of the city. We are privileged to be a part of this initiative in partnership with our esteemed client government.”

VFS Global has been present in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia since 2005 and currently provides visa application processing services on behalf of 21 client governments across 9 cities in the country. For the Government of India, VFS Global currently provides visa application processing services from 11 Visa Application Centres in 9 cities in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.  

Key features and services:
• Convenient and central location
• Application submission for new passports and passport renewals
• Attestation services for legalisation of certificates and documents
• Visa application submission and biometric enrolment
• Range of value added services
• Dedicated website for easy access to information including requirements, documents checklists, applicable fees, application status updates and appointment bookings
• Dedicated helpline and email support to answer queries. - TradeArabia News Service

Tags: Saudi | India | Visa | service | Jubail | global | Application | Arabia | VFS |

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