VFS Global wins contracts to provide Italy visa services in three new countries; re-awarded contracts for six
8 May 2019 : Italy awards VFS Global contract to provide visa services in three new countries – Ethiopia, Iraq and South Africa
Re-awarded contracts to provide Italy visa services in six countries – India, Ivory Coast, Nepal, Saudi Arabia, Thailand and the United Kingdom
VFS Global has been offering Italy visa services worldwide since 2004
VFS Global has been awarded the contracts to provide Italy visa services in nine countries worldwide – Ethiopia, India, Iraq, Ivory Coast, Nepal, Saudi Arabia, South Africa, Thailand and the United Kingdom.
Under these new contracts, VFS Global will continue to operate the Italy Visa Application Centres in India, Ivory Coast, Nepal, Saudi Arabia and the United Kingdom, and also roll out new centres in Baghdad and Basra, Iraq; Addis Ababa, Ethiopia; and Johannesburg, Durban, Pretoria, Bloemfontein and Polokwane, South Africa; and Gaborone, Botswana.
Mr Chris Dix, Head – Business Development, VFS Global said, “VFS Global has had a long-standing relationship with the Italian Embassies and Consulates across the globe, one that keeps strengthening each year. We are pleased to be re-awarded our contracts with them in some of our strongest markets, and even more so to be given the opportunity to serve them in new regions. Italy is a popular destination for travellers from around the world, and we look forward to providing best-in-class services to these travellers.”
VFS Global won its first contract to provide Italy visa services in India in 2004, and commenced operations on behalf of the Italian Embassy in New Delhi with six Italy Visa Application Centres. In the last 15 years, the count has grown to 70 Visa Application Centres across 29 countries. In 2018 alone, VFS Global processed 875,000 Italy visa applications globally.
The addition of the new centres will further strengthen VFS Global’s Italy visa service operations.
About VFS Global
VFS Global is the world’s largest outsourcing and technology services specialist for governments and diplomatic missions worldwide. VFS Global has Swiss parentage and is a portfolio company of EQT, a leading global private equity firm headquartered in Stockholm, Sweden.
With 3034 Application Centres, operations in 146 countries across five continents and over 196 million applications processed as on 31 March 2019, VFS Global is the trusted partner of 63 client governments.