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US Embassy opens visa centre in Jalandhar

The American Embassy opened a visa application collection centre in collaboration with a private Indian firm.

india Updated: May 04, 2006 22:42 IST

To make things easier for immigrant visa seekers, the American Embassy on Thursday opened a visa application collection centre in collaboration with a private Indian firm.

"Apart from Jalandhar, US Embassy along with the firm, VFS, will open such centres at Chandigarh and New Delhi too so that instead of standing in queue in front of the Embassy, visa seekers could just submit their duly-filled applications to these centres from where it will be couriered to us," Karen P Schinnerer, Visa Officer of the Mission, said.

"Under the new system, all immigrant visa applicants scheduled for interview on or after May 1, should submit their completed packet-4 (information for immigrant visa applicants) documents at their nearest VFS office for which it will give a receipt," she said adding, for its services, the firm would charge a fee of Rs 337 from each applicant.

Asked about the reason for opening such centres, Schinnerer said the number of applications has swelled by 30 per cent in last two years and this system would be convenient for the people as well as the Embassy.