VFS Global has been awarded a regional contract by Germany’s Federal Foreign Office to provide Germany’s visa services in the Asia-Pacific region.
Under the terms of a new contract, VFS Global will operate visa application centres in 36 new locations across 14 countries – Brunei, Fiji, Cambodia, Laos, Malaysia, Mongolia, Myanmar, Papua New Guinea, Singapore, Vietnam, Indonesia, Philippines, China and Thailand. China alone will see the addition of centres in 15 cities.
VFS Global is expected to start operations in the new application centres during 1Q2019. The visa outsourcing application company has worked with the German government for the past 13 years since 2005 but on a smaller scale.
In addition to these facilities, VFS Global will also offer a mobile biometric service in 24 locations throughout the region, enabling applicants to submit their documents and biometric information from a location of their choice, e.g. from their home or office, eliminating the need to visit a visa application centre.
Chris Dix, head – business development, VFS Global, remarked: “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.”