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New visa centre for 13 Schengen countries opened in Pondy

Press Trust of India  |  Puducherry 

: 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 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.

The centre was opened recently by of Puducherry

"Given the rise in to and with respect to business, tourist and educational purpose, I am happy to be at the inaugural function," the release quoted Suard as saying.

"Historically, Puducherry shares deep ties with seeing a continuous, strong demand for visa service to European destinations," regional group Chief Operating Officer of (Middle-East, and China) Vinay Malhotra said.

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First Published: Mon, November 05 2018. 20:10 IST