VFS Global has won a global bid from the Swedish Ministry of Justice to provide visa services in 37 countries around the world. Under the new agreement, VFS Global will maintain the role of representative of the Swedish government in eight regions of the world, including South Asia, Americas, Southeast Asia, China, Middle East and North Africa, Africa, Europe and Russia.
As reported by Business Traveler, Swedish visa applications to India are processed by eight VFS Global Visa Application Centers (VACs) located in major cities including Ahmedabad, Bengaluru, Chennai, Hyderabad, Kolkata, Mumbai, New Delhi and Pune.
Since 2019, VFS Global has processed approximately 500,000 visa applications for the Swedish government.
“We are looking forward to a continued, smooth, and professional Schengen visa cooperation with VFS Global for many years to come,” the Ministry of Justice pointed out.
The ministry also emphasized that it is collaborating with VFS Global on various initiatives, including quality improvement measures, regionalization and technical development.
According to the agency, coordination and cooperation with VFS Global continues to yield results with a shared commitment to further improve the visa application process.
VFS Global has been cooperating with the Swedish government since 2014. Under the terms of the new contract, VFS Global will manage Schengen visa services for short-term C visas, including biometric registration, in total 37 countries.
These countries include Bangladesh, Bolivia, Cambodia, Canada, Chile, China, Colombia, Ecuador, Egypt, Ethiopia, India, Indonesia, Jordan, Kenya, Kosovo, Lebanon, Mongolia, Morocco, Myanmar, Nepal, Nigeria, Pakistan, Palestine and the Philippines. , Russia, Saudi Arabia, Singapore, South Africa, Tanzania, Thailand, Turkey, United Arab Emirates, United Kingdom, United States, Vietnam, Zambia and Zimbabwe. For Bangladesh, applicants can apply for a Sweden visa at the VFS Global Visa Application Center in Dhaka from Sunday to Thursday, 9am to 2pm.
Business Development Director at VFS Global, Chris Dix, expressed satisfaction that VFS remains the exclusive service provider to the Swedish government.
He also mentioned the strong partnership that VFS Global has had with the Swedish Migration Agency and the Ministry of Justice for nearly a decade. Furthermore, Chris added that VFS Global is committed to providing Swedish visa applicants with excellent visa solutions and ensuring a smooth application process in eight regions around the world.