Indian Excessive Commissioner to the UK Vikram Doraiswami took to Twitter on Wednesday to put out the steps being taken to ramp up capability and handle the issue in getting an Indian visa by travellers from Britain. There was a mounting backlog for Indian visas in latest months, as candidates complain of a scarcity of appointments obtainable and prolonged processing occasions.
Doraswami revealed plans for a brand new visa centre in Scotland by subsequent week and one in central London by the top of the month, with the purpose of doubling the capability of visas dealt with by the outsourced VFS centres monthly. “At first, we perceive that there was issue in getting these appointments, we’re doing our greatest to ameliorate the state of affairs,” he stated in his video message from India Home in London.
“The essence of this effort is to make sure that we go as much as about 40,000 visa functions monthly, which is a doubling of our capability,” he stated. “We additionally hear your considerations with regard to the convenience of with the ability to submit functions. We’re engaged on options for this with our service supplier and can have an replace on that. Our purpose is that it’s best to be capable to journey simply, with much less issue, with much less effort in getting your paperwork carried out for the vacation season,” he added.
The diplomat, who took cost in London on the finish of final month, stated his crew is making certain extra bookings are being launched on its on-line service and that these appointments aren’t being misused, which he stated has been the case till just lately.
“We’re ramping up capability in partnership with our service supplier VFS; this consists of the next steps: opening a brand new visa software centre in Glasgow by early subsequent week. We might be opening a brand new one in central London, hopefully by the top of the month work is underway on that one. And, we’re growing capability at our present centres, together with to deal with and obtain functions on Saturdays and afternoons and weekdays as nicely,” he stated.
This comes amid stories of cancelled Indian holidays within the wake of visa appointments crunch because of hovering demand, with many travellers renewing their journey plans delayed by the Covid lockdowns. Final week, the Excessive Fee had issued a press release to say it’s investigating stories of unauthorised brokers illegally charging charges to get visas processed for travellers to India.
“It has come to our discover that unauthorised brokers and people are illegally charging charges and accumulating India visa functions for submission at VFS Centres, deceptive candidates and misrepresenting the companies that they will legally present,” the assertion stated.
It additionally reiterated that there had been no change within the visa software course of for particular person visa candidates. The UK is at the moment not included within the over 150 nations that may entry the web vacationer e-visa choice when travelling to India, which has additionally brought about appreciable pressure for vacationers who’re going through lengthy waits on the outsourced VFS centres for his or her functions to be processed.