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German Embassy Opens New Visa Application Center in Qatar

The German embassy yesterday inaugurated its new Visa Application Centre in Qatar which will be operated by VFS Global, a leading outsourcing and technology services specialist for diplomatic missions worldwide.


In a statement, the German embassy and VFS Global said the new visa centre will bring, due to the broad opening hours, enhanced convenience in visa processing services and biometric enrolment formalities to residents of Qatar applying for Schengen visa to Germany as well as to Austria, Finland, Norway and Slovenia. 

These countries are represented by Germany regarding the issuance of Schengen visa. The processing time for Schengen visa is maximum 15 days; visa can be applied for up to three months before the planned date of travel.
The VFS Global German Visa Application Centre in Doha is located at Level 1, Abdul Jaleel Business Center, Airport Road, Al Matar Street,

Doha. Visa applicants can direct their queries and appointment requests to the call centre number +97444069001 or communicate with the centre at info.

Commenting on the new visa application centre, German ambassador Hans-Udo Muzel said: “Germany is a great business and tourist travel destination for Qatari nationals and foreign residents of Qatar. The new centre will help enhance travel preparation to Germany as well as to Austria, Finland, Norway and Slovenia for residents in Qatar, and in general will complement the excellent bilateral relations between the two countries. We encourage applying early for visa to avoid any delays during the peak 
season beginning May.”

In the Middle East region, VFS Global will be handling for Germany annually approximately 200,000 visa applications including collecting biometric data across 10 countries under the terms of the contract valid up to 2023. Apart from the Middle East, the company already operates Visa Application Centers for Germany in nine countries across the globe.

Vinay Malhotra, chief operating officer, Middle East, VFS Global, said, “The opening of the Qatar Visa Application Centre is based on a contract awarded to VFS Global by the Federal Foreign Office to operate Visa Application Centres in 10 countries across the Middle East and North Africa. VFS Global receives the applications whereas the decision about the applications is taken by diplomatic staff of the

German embassy. The new German Visa Application Centre will be run by well trained professionals. We make sure that the application process in our centre takes maximum 40 minutes and we are confident that Qatari and non-Qatari travellers will be delighted at the convenience, efficiency and ease of access VFS Global offers to its customers.”

The VFS Global Visa Application Centre for Germany will provide secure and time-efficient processing of entry permit requirements in a friendly ambience.

Source: gulf

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