Post offices to provide visa services

September 2nd, 2011 - 3:53 pm ICT by IANS  

New Delhi, Sep 2 (IANS) Visa related services will soon be available in post offices — in remote areas.

India Post Friday said it has signed an agreement with VFS Global to provide the services. VFS Global is a leading outsourcing firm providing administrative functions for diplomatic missions across the world.

The agreement was signed Aug 8.

Under the pact, post office counters will be used for fee collection, sell visa application forms, provide information and other services.

India Post and VFS Global are also planning to cooperate in utilizing India Post?s courier service, Speed Post for moving passports to VFS offices and embassies, and their delivery back to the applicants.

Currently people from smaller cities and rural areas travel long distances to avail passport and visa services.

Lack of information is a major area of concern as this allows unscrupulous elements to cheat unsuspecting people.

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