: A new state-of-the-art joint visa application centre to serve 13 of the 26 Schengen countries, including France, was inaugurated here Monday following a rise in demand for visa service.
The centre was set up by outsourcing and technology service provider VFS Global, a press release from the company said.
On the number of visa applications processed from Puducherry between January and September, Kochi saw a 51 per cent rise, followed by Chennai at 39 per cent and Puducherry at 34 per cent, the release said.
"Historically, Puducherry shares deep ties with France seeing a continuous, strong demand for visa service to European destinations," regional group Chief Operating Officer of VFS Global (Middle-East, South Asia and China) Vinay Malhotra said.
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