iConnect 2018 Shaping the next generation of Visa Services
Slovakia signs on as 62nd client government
Chinese Visa Application Center launched in Senegal VFS Global brings Belgium visa services to Jordan
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New Contracts & Visa Application Centres
About VFS Global
VFS Global strengthens its Board of Directors and its Executive Board
iConnect 2018 Shaping the next generation of Visa Services
New solutions showcase
What our Guests had to say
VFS Global signs visa service contracts with eight European Governments VFS Global wins contract to provide Germany visa services in 14 countries in Asia Paciﬁc
Slovakia becomes VFS Global’s 62nd client government
Laos visa services contract awarded to VFS Global
Lebanon visa services now offered in ﬁve cities across India
New Chinese Visa Application Centers launched in Senegal and Gambia
VFS Global brings Belgium visa services to Jordan
New Thailand Visa Application Centres inaugurated in Taiwan
Canada visa services across India move to new facilities
Three cities in South Africa get Switzerland Visa Application Centres
First ever Georgia Visa Application Centre in Sri Lanka opens in Colombo
Switzerland visa services now available in Ho Chi Minh, Vietnam
Putting the customer at the centre of digital transformation at VFS Global
Corporate Social Responsibility
VFS Globalâ€™s corporate website is now in an all-new design
Doorstep visa services offered to Rugby Associations in the UK
Dubai Travel Shops open in Saudi Arabia
Awards & Events
The Shoe That Grows
World War II monument restoration
Team India gives back on Independence Day
Awards & Events
VFS Global participates in India-UK FutureTech Festival
Thailand celebrates its National Day in Dubai
French National Day celebrations in Bengaluru, India
Travel agents experience the new Premium Lounge in South Mumbai, India
British Deputy High Commission in Chennai, India, conducts refresher training
South African Airlines & VFS Global join hands for an initiative in the UK
VFS Global celebrates P.R China National Day in Dubai
VFS Global showcases services in a series of roadshows in the Middle East
Guests Who Visited Us
In November we signed on our 62nd client government â€“ the Ministry of Foreign and European Affairs of Slovakia, and are pleased to be mandated to provide visa services on their behalf in 10 countries worldwide.
Dear readers, The year 2018 has been another excellent year for VFS Global – a year in which we have further strengthened our service relationships with our existing client
governments and forged relationships with new client governments. It gives me great pleasure to share the latest developments and achievements with you through this last Connect issue of the year.
We recently concluded the fifth annual edition of iConnect, the innovation workshop for client governments. iConnect 2018 focused on discussing developing trends, especially technology driven trends, requirements of
governments and solutions of the future for visaand consular services under the over-arching theme of “Shaping the next generation of Visa Services”. With
record participation and invigorating discussions on various topics it was another inspiring iConnect, and I would once again like to thank all participants for their very active engagement and contribution. Highlights of the event have been detailed in this issue of Connect.
In November we signed on our 62nd client government – the Ministry of Foreign and European Affairs of Slovakia, and are pleased to be mandated to provide visa services on their behalf in 10 countries worldwide.
We were also honoured with eight European governments reaffirming their trust in VFS Global by renewing their service contracts with us in recent months.
Among them is Germany, who has awarded VFS Global the regional contract to extend its Germany visa services to 14 countries in Asia Pacific.
Earlier in the year, VFS Global was also contracted by the Embassy of Lao
People’s Democratic Republic in New Delhi, to provide Laos visa services in seven countries.
It also gives me great pleasure to inform you that we have redesigned our
corporate website to be more user-friendly, and in keeping with the changing
landscape of online consumer consumption. I trust our Leader Speak featuring the Head of our Digital and e Commerce division, Ben Boesch, will give you a glimpse at what’s to come.
Details of all these developments, and much more, are featured in this edition of Connect. I hope you enjoy reading it.
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On behalf of all of us at VFS Global I send you our best wishes for the end-of-year festive season, and wish you an inspiring start to 2019!
CEO - VFS Global Group
Germany visa services extended to 14 APAC countries
Slovakia becomes 62nd client government
Dubai Travel Shop opens in Saudi Arabia
Belgium visa services introduced in Jordan
Sri Lanka gets its ďŹ rst Georgia Visa Application Centre
Switzerland Visa Application Centres rolled out across South Africa
Doorstep Visa services offered to UK Rugby Associations
Contracts renewed with 8 European governments
3 New Contracts and VISA Application Centres 3.1
VFS Global signs visa service contracts with eight European Governments Plans to launch 97 Visa Application Centres by 2019
“VFS Global is grateful for the trust and goodwill the European member states have placed in us over the years. With the recent renewal / extension of our relationship with eight European governments across multiple regions, we are pleased to offer our high quality visa services to many more visa applicants.” - Zubin Karkaria, Chief Executive Officer, VFS Global Group
In August and September 2018, VFS Global signed eight contracts with existing client governments, to extend their visa service network. As per t he new contracts, VFS Global will now provide visa services for Belgium in Rwanda; Estonia in China, India, Belarus,Turkey, and Russia; Germany in China and 13 other countries in South East Asia; Hungary in India, Belarus, Kazakhstan; Italy in Bahrain and Ecuador; Lithuania in Ukraine; Slovenia in 13 countries (Australia, Bosnia & Herzegovina, Canada, Iran, Kosovo, Mexico, New Zealand, Serbia, South Korea, Taiwan, UAE, UK, USA); and The Czech Republic in Vietnam, Mongolia and Uzbekistan.
VFS Global plans to open an additional 97 Visa Application Centres to meet the requirements of the new contracts and offers applicants a convenient and easy visa application process in these additional countries. The rollout of all new operations is expected to be completed by mid-2019. Chris Dix, Head – Business Development, VFS Global, said, “This has been a great quarter for VFS Global. Today, VFS Global is the trusted partner of 62 client governments, in large part due to our un-compromising approach to using technology as a key business driver, and constantly innovating so that visa applicants continue to enjoy streamlined and convenient visa services the world over.
VFS Global wins contract to provide Germany VISA services in14 countries in Asia Paciﬁc VFS Global has served Government of Germany for 13 years, since 2005
VFS Global has been awarded the Regional Contract to provide Germany visa services in the Asia Paciﬁc region, by the Government of Germany’s Federal Foreign Ofﬁce. VFS Global will now operate Germany Visa Application Centres in 36 new locations across 14 countries. Residents of Brunei, Cambodia, Fiji, Indonesia, Laos, Malaysia, Mongolia, Myanmar, Papua New Guinea, Philippines, P.R. China, Singapore, Thailand and Vietnam will soon be able to apply for Germany visas through VFS Global. VFS Global is expected to start operations in the new Visa Application Centres during the ﬁrst quarter of 2019. The People’s Republic of China alone will see the addition of centres in 15 cities, further strengthening access to Germany’s visa services across the country. VFS Global will also offer a Mobile Biometric Service in 24 locations throughout the region. The Mobile Biometric Service enables applicants to submit their documents and biometric information from a location of their choice, eliminating the need to visit a Visa Application Centre.
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“VFS Global currently operates 59 Germany Visa Application Centres across 16 countries – this new contract will take the total number of countries which have centres operated by VFS Global to 30. We are confident that applicants in the new countries of operation will appreciate the better accessibility and convenience of the visa services offered.” - Chris Dix, Head – Business Development, VFS Global
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