IMPACT – MEDIUM
What is the change? The Indian government and VFS Global have opened visa application centers in Johannesburg, Cape Town and Durban.
What does the change mean? South African residents can now apply in person for Indian visas and permits at the new applications centers.
Background: VFS Global operates 43 visa application centers in 10 countries on behalf of the Indian government, but the South African centers will be the first in Africa. They will be located in:
VFS Global said in a statement that India “has become a popular destination amongst residents of South Africa, not just for commonly sought categories like business, tourism, and education, but also for medical treatment, journalism or research.”
BAL Analysis: South African residents should take note of the new application centers, which are accepting applications on behalf of the Indian government in Johannesburg, Cape Town and Durban. The visa application centers should ease processing of Indian visas and permits.
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