VFS Global, which is the major visa outsourcing and technology services company on Tuesday issued an update on visa application centres offering student visa services in India.
“As lockdowns and restrictions across India slowly lift and international borders start to reopen, VFS Global is resuming services in a phased manner for its client governments. Reopened visa application centres are operating in keeping with health and safety guidelines, local government directives and mission requirements.”Said VFS Global in an official release.
The below table is indicative of student visa categories currently being catered to at VFS Global centres in India. The Information about visa application centres is as of July 28, 2021.
|Austria||Embassy approved cases||Mumbai, Chennai, Hyderabad, Bengaluru, Delhi, Kolkata, Kochi|
|Belarus||All Visa Categories||Mumbai, New Delhi|
|Belgium||Long Term- Work permit, RP & Student||Mumbai, Chennai, Hyderabad, Bengaluru, Delhi, Kolkata, Kochi|
|Canada||Application to be lodged online on IRCC website· Biometric enrolment at VFS Global VACs open for ALL categories by prior appointment||Mumbai, Ahmedabad, Pune, Bengaluru, Chennai, Hyderabad, Delhi, Jalandhar, Chandigarh, Kolkata|
|Denmark||All categories for long and short term basis embassy approval, if customer falls under worthy purpose of travel||Mumbai, Chennai, Hyderabad, Bengaluru, Delhi, Kochi, Kolkata|
|Dominican Republic||Residence, Work and Business visas· All visa categories in Delhi||Mumbai, Delhi|
|Estonia||Embassy approved cases||Hyderabad, Bengaluru, Kochi, Delhi, Chennai|
|France||Long term Student||All categories accepted in Delhi, Mumbai, Pune and Ahmedabad, by prior appointment only. Limited categories accepted in Chennai, Hyderabad, Bengaluru, Kolkata, Kochi.|
|Germany||D- Stamping, , Student visa, , Re-entry visa· All short stay visa categories ( in East, West & South India)||Mumbai, Chennai, Hyderabad, Bengaluru, Delhi, Kolkata, Kochi|
|Hungary||Embassy approved cases||New Delhi|
|Iceland||All C Type Visas||New Delhi, Mumbai, Kolkata, Chennai, Bengaluru, Kochi, Hyderabad|
|Italy||East India – Students, Family Reunion· West, South India – Student||Mumbai, Chennai, Hyderabad, Bengaluru, Kolkata, Kochi|
|Ireland||Long-stay visas: student||Mumbai, Pune, Ahmedabad, Bengaluru, Chennai,Kochi, Hyderabad, Kolkata, Jalandhar,Chandigarh and Delhi|
|Latvia||Embassy approved cases and D-visa||Mumbai, Chennai, Hyderabad, Bengaluru, Delhi, Kochi|
|Lebanon||All Visa Categories (BAU)||Mumbai, Chennai, Bengaluru, Hyderabad, New Delhi and Kolkata|
|Lithuania||Family members of EU and Lithuania citizens (C visa)· RP Cases· Foreigners travelling for other essential purpose (eligibility confirmed by the Embassy) (C and D visa)||Mumbai, Chennai, Hyderabad, Bengaluru, Delhi, Kolkata|
|Luxembourg||Long Term and Embassy approved cases||Hyderabad, Mumbai, Chennai, Bengaluru, Delhi, Kolkata, Kochi|
|MEA (Attestation services)||Attestation and apostille of personal and educational documents||Mumbai, Chennai, Bengaluru and Hyderabad|
|Morocco||Except Tourist all Visa Categories accepted||Mumbai, Chennai, Bengaluru, Delhi, Kolkata|
|New Zealand||Long-stay and other categories (postal applications only)||New Delhi|
|Norway||All Visa categories (C & D)||New Delhi, Mumbai, Bengaluru, Kochi, Kolkata, Chennai, Hyderabad|
|Poland||National Visa||Mumbai, Bengaluru, Chennai, New Delhi and Kolkata|
|Portugal||Embassy approved cases and Family reunion and attestation||Mumbai, Chennai, Bengaluru, Delhi, Kolkata|
|South Africa||All visa categories||Mumbai, BengaluruNew Delhi, Kolkata|
|South Korea||Long Term Only||New Delhi and Kolkata|
|Switzerland||All Visa categories (C & D type)||Mumbai, Chennai, Hyderabad, Bengaluru, Delhi, Kolkata, Kochi|
|Thailand||Visa TR, STV and long stay non- OA,||Mumbai, Chennai, Bengaluru, Kochi and Hyderabad|
|Turkey||All visa categories||Mumbai, Hyderabad, Kochi, Chennai,Bengaluru and New Delhi|
|UAE – DVPC||All categories||Kolkata, Hyderabad, Chennai, Bengaluru,Delhi and Mumbai|
|United Kingdom||All Categories(Visitor category can apply however the application will be on hold until India is on the Red List)||New Delhi, Jalandhar, Kolkata, Mumbai, Pune,Ahmedabad, BengaluruChennai, Kochi, Hyderabad and Chandigarh|
|Ukraine||Study Visa||Mumbai, Chennai, Hyderabad, Bengaluru, New Delhi and Kolkata|
|USA||C1/D, F1, F11, F2, H1B, H4, IR5, J1, J2, K1, L1, L1B, L2B, M-1, O1||Mumbai, Ahmedabad, Pune, Bengaluru, Chennai, Hyderabad, Delhi, Jalandhar, Chandigarh, Kolkata, Kochi|
As this information is fluid and is being updated regularly, the company recommends visiting the country-specific websites on vfsglobal.com for the latest up to date information.
VFS Global has also established standardized protective measures to be followed across the visa centres across the country, including social distancing and sanitization, body temperature checks, ensuring use of masks and sanitizers, disinfecting high-contact surfaces and so on.
Customers with Covid-19 symptoms, including high fever, cough and difficulty in breathing will not be permitted to enter any of the VFS centers across the country.