Saudi Arabia changes visa application process for Nigeria
from OKORO CHINEDU in Lagos, Nigeria
LAGOS – SAUDI Arabia’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs, has mandated VFS TasHeel International with managing and administrating the Saudi Arabian visa application process from Nigeria.
This will also combine mandatory enrolment process of fingerprint collection and photo capture for all applicants.
VFS TasHeel said it would begin processing Saudi visas of various categories except for Hajj and Umrah. However, pilgrims who have applied for Saudi visas are required to do biometric enrollment at the VFS TasHeel centre.
Chargee D’affairs of the Embassy of Saudi Arabia to Nigeria, Sa’ad Abdallah Alnofeai, said the newly inaugurated Visa Services Centers in Nigeria would serve people who desired to visit Saudi Arabia in addition to providing them with vital information about the Kingdom.
“The new Visa Services Centers is packed with convenience and comes with dedicated service counters and a reception area, all to enhance the experience and add value to the process of visa application,” said Madhan Gopalakrishnan, CEO, VFS TASHEEL International.
“We are pleased to be fulfilling the role assigned to us by the Saudi MoFA, which is to facilitate a smooth, streamlined visa application process for travelers to the kingdom. We at VFS TasHeel seek to provide these services through our efficient, customer-friendly approach, acting as a trusted mediator between visa applicants and the Saudi mission.”
Visa Services Centre in Nigeria is now operational and located in Abuja, Lagos and Kano.
Services include the dissemination of visa information, application guidance, application processing, biometric enrollment and passport delivery.
– CAJ News
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