Visa company, VFS Global issued an update on restarting visa application services in India. As services are completely stopped last year during the period of Lockdown last year.

Officials of VFS Global in statement said that, visa application process for 40 countries has restarted at visa centers across India.

VFS Global in official release, "Our Visa Application Centres across India remain open as of April 7, 2021, though timings and days of working may vary, according to pandemic-related regulations. Please check vfsglobal.com for details. Real-time updates are also posted on our social media channels and the Covid-19 Customer Advisories page,"

Below are the information on Visa Process by VFS as on March 31, 2021


Following is the information on visa operations as of March 31, 2021:

CountryVisa CategoriesCitiesRestart Date
AustriaCategory D and pre-approved C visa applicationsMumbai, Kochi, Chennai, Hyderabad, Bengaluru, New Delhi and KolkataJuly – September 2020
BelarusAll Visa CategoriesMumbai and New DelhiJuly – September 2020
BelgiumCategory D and pre-approved C typeMumbai, Chennai, Bengaluru, Kochi, Hyderabad, New Delhi and KolkataJuly – August 2020
CanadaFamily, Permits, StudentsMumbai, Chennai, Ahmedabad, Pune, Bengaluru, Hyderabad, New Delhi, Jalandhar, Chandigarh and KolkataNovember – December 2020
ChinaBusiness CategoryNew DelhiJuly-20
CroatiaCategory DMumbai, Chennai, Hyderabad, Bengaluru, New Delhi and KolkataJuly – September 2020
CyprusC visa categories (Pre-approved from High Commission)Mumbai, Chennai, Bengaluru, Kochi, Hyderabad and New DelhiOctober – November 2020
Czech RepublicCzech and EU family members, Entry in the interest of the Czech Republic, International Transport workers, Diplomats and Officials of International organizations, Seasonal workers, For employment in health and social services only, in urgent emergencies, for employment – food production workers only, for employment – qualified workers only (if the conditions of these Programs “The High qualified worker” and “The Key and scientific workers” are met)Mumbai, Chennai, Bengaluru, Kochi and HyderabadSeptember-20 –
February-21
DenmarkResidence permit, Employment, Dependent, Approval cases, Category D, specific purpose (business, etc.)Mumbai, Chennai, Hyderabad, Bengaluru, Kochi, New Delhi and KolkataJune – September 2020
Dominican RepublicBusiness, Work and Resident visaNew Delhi, MumbaiJune 2020
EstoniaCategory C and DMumbai, Kochi, Chennai, Hyderabad, Bengaluru, New Delhi and KolkataJuly – August 2020
FinlandResident Permits, Visas (Pre-approved from Embassy)New DelhiNovember 2020
FranceCategory C and DMumbai, Chennai, Kochi, Bengaluru, Hyderabad, New Delhi and KolkataAugust-20
GeorgiaLong Term Visa for Business and Family visit (post approval from Ministry) and student visabe acceptedMumbai, Chennai, Bengaluru, Hyderabad, Kochi, New Delhi and KolkataOctober-20
GermanyCategory C (with prior approval) and D visa (seafarers, transit, employment and student, Blue Card, PhD) after approval of submission and D-visa stampingMumbai, Chennai, Hyderabad, Kochi, Bengaluru, New Delhi and KolkataJuly – August 2020
HungaryPre-approved cases from embassyNew DelhiNovember 2020
ItalyRe-Entry Visa, Category D, Short term Students, Seafarer, Transit, Visit to family (immediate family member), Business (With prior approval)Mumbai, Chennai, Hyderabad, Kochi, Bengaluru, New Delhi and KolkataJuly-20
IrelandStudent, Long – stay categoriesMumbai, Pune, Ahmedabad, Bengaluru, Chennai, Kochi, Hyderabad, New Delhi, Jalandhar, Chandigarh, KolkataJuly-20
JapanLong term and Business visaMumbai, Chennai, Bengaluru, Hyderabad, Kochi, and New DelhiSeptember – October 2020
LatviaCategory DMumbai, Kochi, Bengaluru, Hyderabad, Chennai and New DelhiAugust 2020
LebanonAll Visa Categories (BAU)Mumbai, Chennai, Bengaluru, Hyderabad, New Delhi and KolkataDecember-20
LithuaniaCategory DMumbai, Kochi, Chennai, Hyderabad, Bengaluru, New Delhi and KolkataAugust 2020
LuxembourgCategory DMumbai, Chennai, Hyderabad, Bengaluru, Kochi, New Delhi and KolkataJuly – September 2020
MaltaPre-approved case for Medical Staff, Humanitarian case and High skilled professionalsMumbai, Chennai, Kochi, HyderabadFebruary 2021 – March 2021
MalaysiaSingle Entry VisasMumbai, Chennai, Bengaluru, Hyderabad and New DelhiJuly – September 2020
MEAAttestation and Apostille of personal and educational documentsMumbai, Chennai, Bengaluru, HyderabadSeptember-October 2020
MoroccoAll Visa Categories except tourist visasMumbai, Chennai, Bengaluru, New Delhi and KolkataJanuary 2021
New ZealandLong-stay and other categories (postal applications only)New DelhiAugust 2020
NigeriaAll visa categoriesMumbaiSeptember-20
NorwayResidence permit and pre-approved Category CMumbai, Chennai, Hyderabad, Bengaluru, Kochi, New Delhi and KolkataJune – September 2020
PolandCategory DMumbai, Bengaluru, Hyderabad, Chennai, New Delhi and KolkataJuly 2020
PortugalE6 for holders of expired Portuguese residence card, D6 for holders of expired Family Reunification D6 visas, Category D and pre-approved Category CMumbai, Chennai, Bengaluru, Hyderabad, New Delhi and KolkataJune – September 2020
South AfricaAll visa categoriesMumbai, Bengaluru, New Delhi and KolkataSeptember – October 2020
South KoreaSeamen Short term, Work Permit (C4) and Long-term applicationsNew Delhi, KolkataJune 2020 – March 2021
SwedenAs per Embassy’s ApprovalMumbai, Chennai, Bengaluru, Hyderabad, New Delhi and KolkataOctober-November 2020
SwitzerlandCategory D and pre-approved Category CMumbai, Chennai, Hyderabad, Bengaluru, Kochi, New Delhi and KolkataJuly – August 2020
ThailandAll visa categoriesMumbai, Chennai, Bengaluru, Kochi and HyderabadDecember 2020 – January 2021
The NetherlandsSeaman, LDR, Re-entry visa, Orange carpet/ Business (With prior approval)Mumbai, Hyderabad, Chennai, New Delhi and KolkataJuly – September 2020
TurkeyAll visa categoriesMumbai, Hyderabad, Kochi, Chennai, Bengaluru and New DelhiJune – September 2020
UAE – DVPCAll visa categories (online); 30 day and 90 day tourist visas (in- VAC)Online application in Hyderabad, Chennai, Bengaluru and KochiJune – August 2020
United KingdomAll Visa categories / passport collectionMumbai, Pune, Ahmedabad, Bengaluru, Chennai, Kochi, Hyderabad, New Delhi, Jalandhar, Chandigarh, Kolkata, and Goa (once a month only)July-20
UkraineAll visas except touristMumbai, Chennai, Hyderabad, Bengaluru, New Delhi and Kolkata,August 2020 / September 2020
USAAll visa categoriesAll IndiaAugust 2020 – February 2021

VFS has maintain some protocals for their customers to be followed in all centres that include wearing a mask, maintain social distancing, body temperature checks.The one who are with Covid-19 symptoms and have difficulty on breating will not be allowed to centre.

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