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* India opens Visa Application Centre in Jaffna of Northern Sri Lanka
Wed, May 5, 2010, 09:26 pm SL Time, ColomboPage News Desk, Sri Lanka.

May 05, Jaffna: Indian High Commissioner of India to Sri Lanka Ashok K. Kantha today ceremoniously opened a visa application center in Jaffna of northern Sri Lanka for the benefit of the residents in Jaffna and the adjacent war-battered northern region.

The new center will facilitate the visa applicants in the North to submit their visa applications in Jaffna without having to travel to Colombo and to take delivery of the passports from the IVAC, Jaffna, the High Commission said in a press release.

Full text of press release:

The High Commissioner of India to Sri Lanka H.E. Ashok K. Kantha inaugurated the India Visa Application Centre (IVAC) of the High Commission of India, Sri Lankain Jaffna today. This will be operated by the VFS Global who have been successfully running the India Visa Application Centre in Colombo since February 2008.

Speaking on this occasion, the High Commissioner of India hoped that this would benefit the people of Jaffna and neighbouring areas as they would not have to travel all the way to Colombo to submit their India visa applications. This initiative on the part of the High Commission of India will facilitate the visa applicants to submit their visa applications in Jaffna and to take delivery of the passports from the India Visa Application Centre, Jaffna.

The High Commissioner hoped that the opening of the India Visa Application Centre, Jaffna would encourage many more people to obtain visas to India from this region and travel more frequently to India. This would promote the traditional close ties between the people of Jaffna and India. The High Commissioner also reiterated the commitment of the Government of India to promote closer ties between the people of India and Sri Lanka and conveyed that India was looking forward to opening a Consulate in Jaffna in the near future. The Government of India also favoured an early resumption of the ferry service between Talaimannar and Rameshwaram as also between Colombo and Tuticorin.

The India Visa Application Centre is well located at No.89, Brown Road, Jaffna. The IVAC will function from 0800 hours to 1700 hours from Monday to Friday. Visa applicants can log on to www.vfs-in-lk.com for guidance about visa instructions. They can send e-mails to info.inlk@vfshelpline.com for visa queries. The IVAC helpline number is 011 4505588. The facilities to the visa applicants include longer operational hours; dedicated Call Centre Unit and e-mail support; information desk at the IVAC; flexibility of submission and collection timings and convenient procedure for submitting visa applications. The processing time for each visa application will normally take about three working days. The decision to grant or refuse visa will be the sole prerogative of the High Commission of India, Colombo.



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