The Embassy of Japan in India introduced the processing of visa applications through external service provider in North India by formally inaugurating the Japan Visa Application Centre (JVAC), located at International Trade Tower, Nehru Place, New Delhi.
Operational since 2 April 2012, this new facility is managed by VFS Global, the global outsourcing and technology services specialist for diplomatic missions and governments worldwide.
Similarly, VFS Global also operates satellite acceptance centres for collection of Japanese visa applications in the northern cities of Chandigarh and Jalandhar, and collection centres in Agra, Amritsar, Dehradun, Guwahati, Jaipur and Ludhiana.
VFS Global will be responsible for accepting and processing applications for Japan visas from applicants residing in India. All applications will continue to be assessed by The Embassy of Japan in New Delhi. The key features of the centre are longer operating hours, dedicated website for easy access, visa information including visa types, applicable fees and application status, professional and responsive staff dedicated to handle visa queries, dedicated call centre unit along-with a dedicated Japanese speaking helpline, email support and door-step delivery of passports.
The service would attract a nominal service fee of INR 405, payable at the JVAC and collection centres at the time of submitting the application. The JVAC and collection centres will remain open from 08:30 to 17:30 hrs (Monday - Friday) and 08:30 to 12:30 hrs on Saturday, keeping in mind the convenience of the applicants. Indian travellers travelling to the East Asian island nation can now benefit from this facility when applying for Japanese visa either at the JVAC in New Delhi, or the satellite centres or acceptance centres in the nearest city. VFS Global also provides similar services for the Japanese Embassy in Thailand.
H E Mr Akitaka Saiki, Ambassador of Japan to India conveyed his message on the occasion - “It is my great pleasure to announce the opening of the Japanese Visa Application Centre (JVAC) by VFS Global. It is my sincere hope that with the JVAC, it will become more convenient for all travellers from India to visit Japan. In the year 2012, Japan and India celebrate the 60th anniversary of the establishment of their bilateral ties. It is an opportune time to announce the opening of the visa centre in this commemorative year, since the visa centre will facilitate more Indian tourists, business travellers and others to visit Japan.
Japan is proud of its long history. Japan’s rich culture, beautiful scenic cities, and delicious food and beverages are enjoyed by tourists from all over the world. But above all, the warm hospitality of the Japanese people will be the most memorable experience during your visit to Japan. Today, 15 million people in India travel overseas, and it is expected that the number will grow up to 50 million by the year 2020. Japan truly hopes more Indian people visit the country. The Japanese government has designated India as one of the focal countries in its ‘Visit Japan Campaign’. With the opening of JVAC by VFS Global, I sincerely hope that your trip to Japan will be more convenient and accessible. I hope that more people from India visit Japan, thereby, facilitating mutual exchanges and understanding between the two countries.”
Upbeat about this association, Vishal Jairath, Regional Head - South Asia, VFS Global said, “It is our privilege to partner and provide services to the Embassy of Japan in India and facilitate visa application process for Indian residents. We are committed to providing highly efficient and convenient services to all visa applicants applying for Japan visas in the country. VFS Global has been privileged to be associated with the Embassy of Japan in Thailand since 2010, and provides similar services in Bangkok and parts of Thailand. This extension of our association with the Government of Japan reflects their faith in our abilities, and we are sure this will go a long way in forging a longstanding partnership between Japanese Government and VFS Global”.