On May 20th, the head of the Consular and Diplomatic Facilities Directorate at the Latvian Foreign Ministry Mihails Popkovs and the Ambassador of Latvia to China Maris Selga, inaugurated the first Latvian visa application center in Beijing, established in cooperation with an outsourcing services company, VFS Global, LETA was informed by the Foreign Ministry.
In the near future, visa centers will begin receiving visa applications not only in Beijing, but also in Shanghai, Guangzhou and Chengdu.
Latvian visa centers are to be opened in another 11 Chinese cities by the end of the year. The visa centers will make it easier for foreigners in various provinces across China to apply for Latvian visas and submit documents closer to their place of residence.
Cooperation with VFS Global envisages that visa applicants will be able to submit their application at the visa centers, having booked appointments at the time of their convenience. The documents will be forwarded to the Embassy of Latvia in Beijing for review. The visa centers will also offer other services, including consultation on the documents required, filling in the visa application form electronically, copying, taking photographs, drawing up insurance, and delivery of the passport to the applicant’s place of residence, thereby rendering easier the process of issuing a visa, the ministry points out.
Last year, the Latvian Foreign Ministry signed a contract with VF Worldwide Holdings Ltd., better known as VFS Global, on the reception of visa applications from visa applicants in the UK, India, China, Turkey, Georgia, Azerbaijan, Uzbekistan, Lebanon, and South Korea, for subsequent forwarding to Latvian embassies.
Source: Baltic Course