November 26, 2014 -
Saudi Arabia’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs department has contracted VFS TasHeel International to manage and administrate the Saudi Arabian visa application process from Nigeria.
The process will also combine mandatory enrolment process of fingerprint collection and photo capture for all applicants.
VFS TasHeel, a joint venture between the global visa processing firm VFS Global and Saudi Arabia-based TasHeel, said it will start processing Saudi visas of all categories with the exception of Hajj and Umrah.
However, it is mandatory for all pilgrims who have applied for Saudi visas to perform biometric enrollment at the VFS TasHeel centre.
“The newly inaugurated Visa Services Centersin Nigeria will serve people who desire to visit the KSA in addition to providing them with vital information about the Kingdom,” said Sa’ad Abdallah Alnofeai, Chargee D’affairs of the Embassy of the kingdom of Saudi Arabia to Nigeria.
Services include the dissemination of visa information, application guidance, application processing, biometric enrollment and passport delivery.
The Visa Services Centre will be open for extended hours during peak season to expedite the visa application process.
“The new Visa Services Centers is packed with convenience and comes with dedicated service counters and a reception area, all to enhance the experience and add value to the process of visa application,” said VFS TasHeel International CEO Madhan Gopalakrishnan. “We are pleased to be fulfilling the role assigned to us by the Saudi MoFA, which is to facilitate a smooth, streamlined visa application process for travelers to the kingdom. We at VFS TasHeel seek to provide these services through our efficient, customer-friendly approach, acting as a trusted mediator between visa applicants and the Saudi mission.”
There are currently three Visa Services Centre in Nigeria that are fully operational, including Abuja Saudi Arabia Visa Service Centre, Lagos Saudi Arabia Visa Service Centre, and Saudi Arabia Visa Service Centre.