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News And Notices

News 1

09 November 2017 

Launch of French Government “France-Visas” website. Visit this website for comprehensive information on visas and on how to apply: STEP 1: check whether you need a visa and prepare your application; STEP 2: check who can examine your application; STEP 3: fill your visa application form and, if required: STEP 4: book an appointment to submit your application in VFS GLOBAL visa application centre.

Additional Services

Courier Service

There is a courier service available at all the visa application centres for return of your passport at the address provided

Please click here for Courier Form.

Please click here for courier rates.

The courier fee is charged per passport.

This value added service is optional

Please read the Courier Service Disclaimer carefully before applying for this service ().

Photo Booth Facility

There is a photographer available at the Visa Application Centres to facilitate you to submit your application.

This value added service is optional.
Photograph service charged at 1500 Naira for 8 copies.

Photocopy Service

There is a photocopying service at the visa application Centre to facilitate you to submit your application.

Note: This value added service is optional. Photocopying service charged at 30 Naira per copy for Black and White and 100 Naira per copy for Colour.

Premium Lounge Service

VFS premium service lounge facilities are available at the Visa Application Centers in Abuja and Lagos.

The premium service lounge offers:

  • Separate lounge with personalized service by dedicated staff
  • light refreshments
  • Faster submission of applications at the visa application centre

This value added service is optional.

This service does not imply or guarantee in any way that applicants using the premium service will have a faster turnaround time at the Embassy/Consulate or be successful in their visa application. All visa applicants must meet the requirements of the Schengen immigration rules.

What does it cost?

The premium service lounge facilities are charged at 10,000 Naira- including taxes. This charge is in addition to the visa application fee.

How do I book?

Please ask for the service when you are at the Visa application center:

Timings - The service is available from 08:00 till 14:00

SMS Service

What does it offer?

SMS news updates will be sent to you informing you of the status of your visa application. Once purchased you will receive several automated feedback messages to your mobile phone informing you what stage your application is within the process. The service supports the transfer of SMS text into the English language only and re-assures you that your visa application is progressing towards the final stages of the visa application process. At the end of the process you will receive an automated email message (in English only) to your registered email address, informing you that the Consulate General of France has taken a decision on your visa application and your documents have been returned.

You can buy this service for 400 only (VAT included), at the same time you submit your visa application form and supporting documents at the visa application centre.

This value added service is optional.

Helpline

Disclaimer

Disclaimer


France Visa Application Centre is a service provided by VF Global Services Nigeria Ltd. (“VF”) provides logistic services to visa applicants seeking a France Visa and is only responsible for the following:

To receive from an applicant his/her passport, completed visa form, supporting documentation (collectively, the "Documents") and the applicable fees such as visa fee, service fee and bank charges.

  • To submit the Documents to the Consulate General of France, on behalf of the applicant.
  • To collect the Passport back from the Consulate General of France, after completion of all formalities, and return the Passport back to the applicant.
  • To schedule the appointment to the Consulate General of France for interview and biometric

Other Conditions:

  • Notwithstanding anything else to the contrary, The Consulate General of France reserves the right to ask for further documentation and to refuse the visa application.
  • In certain cases, instead of the aforesaid procedure, The Consulate of France will hand over the relevant passport to the Applicants directly. In such cases, VF shall not be responsible for any loss or damage to the Passport, in any manner whatsoever.
  • It must be noted that the grant or refusal of the France visa is at the sole discretion of The Consulate General of France and VF is neither involved in the process nor is liable or responsible in any manner whatsoever for any delay in processing or grant or rejection of the visa application of any applicant by The Consulate General of France.

    VF Global Services Nigeria Ltd will not be responsible for any decision/passport delays from the French Embassy.

    Also if the applicant does not collect the processed passports from VF Global visa application centers within 90 days from the date they are received from the French Embassy, the passports would be returned back to the French Embassy.

    Kindly note that VF Global Services Nigeria Ltd would not be held responsible for applicant not picking up their passports after they are processed by the Embassy and ready for collection at VFS.

  • VF takes every reasonable precaution while handling the Documents of the applicants. However, VF shall not be responsible in any manner whatsoever to the applicant for any Documents which are lost in transit by accident, theft, natural calamities (act of god) or any other reason outside the control of, or not arising out of a willful default of, VF.
  • Negotiable Instruments wherever applicable are subject to realization. The service charges once received by VFS from the applicant will not be refundable or transferable under any circumstances, irrespective of whether or not the desired visa is granted by The Consulate General of France to the applicant.
  • The applicant agrees and accepts that VF neither controls The Consulate of France nor does it control or operate the services provided by them. Hence, VF will not be liable or responsible in any manner whatsoever for the loss or damage of applicant's documents due to any default on the part of The Consulate General of France.
  • VF is only responsible for scheduling an appointment for applicants who will visit the Consulate General of France for interview and biometric. VF do not hold any liability after the appointment is been scheduled. The decision to take interview and biometric is entirely up to The Consulate of General of France.

    Please click here for SMS Service Disclaimer

VF, in its sole discretion, may change, amend, cancel or withdraw any or all of the terms and conditions mentioned herein at any time without any prior notice. No employee of VF has any authority whatsoever to change / amend / amplify or withdraw any or all of the terms and conditions mentioned herein without the prior written approval of VF.

These terms and conditions shall be governed and construed in accordance with the laws of Federal Republic of Nigeria. Any claims or disputes arising in relation to the services provided by VF to the applicant shall be subject to the exclusive jurisdiction of the courts in Abuja.

The applicant hereby accepts and confirms that the applicant and/or his/her representative, prior to submitting the visa application, has read, understood and agreed to be bound by, without limitation or qualification, all of the terms, conditions and details provided herein.

Corporate Office: VF Global Services Nigeria Ltd. Manor Hall, Plot 110, Admiral Ayinla Way, Opp. Treasure Garden Estate, 3rd Roundabout, Lekki Phase I - Lagos, Nigeria

Beware of fraudulent job offers


Fraudulent Recruitment / Employment Offers

It has come to VFS Global’s attention that, individuals misrepresenting themselves as VFS Global’ agents or representatives have approached people to offer fraudulent/fictitious employment opportunities, with the intent to steal personal information or solicit money from people. We encourage you to exercise caution and common sense when receiving any such employment offer, which requires payment of any fees/money, or promises a work visa in exchange for money. The said offers are completely fake and not valid. VFS Global is not a recruitment agency and does not offer recruitment services. Scammers operate primarily via the internet, email, phone, etc. We warn people to beware of such scams.

Please be advised that, VFS Global is a visa processing company and we work only with government and diplomatic missions to fulfil their administrative requirements of visa application processing. Neither VFS Global nor its representatives will ask for money from individuals under any circumstances to lure them with employment opportunities either in VFS Global or outside. If you receive any offer that purports to be from VFS Global, which ask for money, these types of offers are fraudulent.

Warning signs of recruitment fraud

The following are some examples of recruitment fraud which are in violation of VFS Global’s processes and ethical practices:

  • The email is not sent from an official VFS Global e-mail address but from a free e-mail service such as: Hotmail, Gmail, Outlook, Yahoo, etc. It is also possible that, the email is sent from a fake email address.
  • You are asked to disclose private or confidential information.
  • You are asked to be interviewed over the phone or via an instant-messenger type program.
  • You are requested to pay fees/money.
  • You are requested to complete bogus recruitment documentations such as an application or employment visa forms, (the VFS Global name and logo could be forged/fabricated and featured on the documentation without authority).
  • Insistence on urgency.
  • Money will be requested for processing Work Permits, Visa applications or the like.

Such actions are presumably intended to defraud or obtain personal information from the victims.

The activities of these individuals involve criminal and civil liabilities. While VFS Global takes such matter seriously and reserves its right to contact competent law enforcement agencies to investigate and prosecute such illegal activities, it is often difficult to locate and prosecute these individuals.

Therefore, if you receive a request, either in writing or verbally, for an interview or a job offer that you believe is or might be fraudulent or suspicious, please disregard them. You may also verify the same with VFS Global at communications@vfsglobal.com

If you come to know that a fraud is being perpetrated, we encourage to forthwith contact your local police and/or any competent authorities and also to keep us informed by reporting the fraud at acco@vfsglobal.com

Under no circumstances will VFS Global be liable or responsible for any loss, damages, expenses or inconvenience resulting from these unauthorized persons and/or activities.

Privacy Notice.

Introduction.

At VF Worldwide Holdings Ltd, we’re committed to protecting and respecting your privacy.

This Privacy Notice (“Notice”) explains how VF Worldwide Holdings Ltd. and its worldwide companies and subsidiaries (“VFS Global,” “we,” or “us”) handle personal information. This Notice applies to any VFS Global website, product, software, or service that links to it (collectively, our “Services”). Occasionally, a Service will link to a different Privacy Notice that will outline the particular privacy practices of that Service.

We may change this Notice from time to time so please check this page occasionally to ensure that you’re happy with any changes.

This Notice was last updated on 28 February 2018.

By using our services, you’re agreeing to be bound by this Notice.

If you have any questions regarding this Privacy Notice and our privacy practices please contact our Data Protection Officer or by writing to:

VF Global Services Nigeria Ltd
The Manor,
Plot 110, Admiral Ayinla Way,
Opposite Treasure Garden Estate,
3rd Roundabout, Lekki Phase 1,
Lekki, Lagos
Nigeria

Who are we?

VFS Global is the world's largest outsourcing and technology services specialist for governments and diplomatic missions worldwide. We are authorized to receive applications for various categories of visa, permit and travel document and to perform administrative and non-judgmental tasks related to those applications and citizen services for our client governments enabling them to focus entirely on the critical task of assessment. By virtue of providing the service of processing applications, VFS Global acts as a Data Processor and the respective diplomatic missions are the Data Controllers.

The diplomatic mission of Consulate General of France (The Data Controller) is:

Consulate General of France, 1 Oyinkan Abayomi Dr, Ikoyi, Lagos

VFS Global is headquartered in Dubai, UAE, and is a wholly-owned subsidiary of the Kuoni Group, headquartered in Zurich, Switzerland, whose principal owner is EQT, a leading global investment firm, headquartered in Stockholm, Sweden. Our registered address is VFS Global Limited, Level 7, 32nd Floor, Jumeirah Business Centre, 1 Tower, Cluster G, Jumeirah Lakes Towers, P.O. Box 114100, Dubai, UAE.

How do we collect information about you?

We obtain information about you when you use our website or use our services, for example, when you apply for a visa or use our visa application services. Also, we may obtain information from secondary sources, for example; in the verification of a document as part of the visa application process, if the client government has requested that we do that. Then we may contact, for example, credit rating agencies, fraud detection agencies, educational establishments, previous employers, and other entities, in order to obtain additional information.

What type of information is collected from you?

We only collect the information that is required by the client government in order to submit the visa application or provide a requested service. The personal information we collect is dependent on what visa you are applying for, this is because the information we collect is determined by the government that grants the visa.

Examples of the types of data collected:

Personal data: Such as, name, national identity number, nationality, gender, details of your travel document (e.g. passport or ID), email address, telephone number and postal address, place & date of birth.

Sensitive Personal data: Religion, marital status, health related information, Biometric data, such as Fingerprints, Photographs & DNA swabs.

Third persons: Children, parents name, spouse name, employers’ details, someone who gives a personal reference, address you are staying at your destination.

Communication data: Contact details, emails, mobile phone number.

Payments data: Payment card details, bank account details.

Electronic media data: CCTV images, video & audio recordings, website cookies (see below).

This list is not exhaustive and varies depending on the client government’s requirements and the services you request from us.

If you want to know exactly what personal information will be collected for your visa or travel document application, please contact our Data Protection Officer or contact the diplomatic mission concerned at the address above.

How is your information used?

VFS Global will only use your personal information for the specific visa application process or to provide to you an addition service that you have requested, such as, courier delivery of your visa to your home.

We may use your information to:

  • Book an appointment with one of our visa submissions officers at a Visa Application Centre (VAC);
  • To assist you in your Visa or other travel document application;
  • To validate who you say you are;
  • To enable you to track the progress of your application;
  • To provide you with additional services that you request;
  • To perform our obligations under our mandate from our client governments;
  • For the purposes of carrying out verification procedures in relation to your visa or travel document application;
  • To prevent crime;
  • To seek your views or comments on the services we provide;
  • With your permission, to send you communications which you have requested and that may be of interest to you.

How long do we hold on to your data for?

We review our retention periods for personal information on a regular basis. We are legally required to hold some types of information to fulfil our statutory obligations (for example; Taxation legislation). We will hold your personal information on our systems only for as long as is necessary for the relevant activity as mandated by our client government, or as long as is set out in any relevant contract you hold with us.

Who has access to your information?

We will not share your information with third parties for marketing purposes unless you have explicitly consented. You can withdraw this consent at any time by updating your account preferences on-line where applicable or contacting our Customer Centre whose details you will be given when you make an application.

Your personal information will not be disclosed to third parties without your explicit consent. We may share your personal information with companies belonging to VFS Global where it is necessary for the processing of your requests or to deliver an additional service you have requested, for example; if you asked us to deliver your travel document to your home or office, or to carry verification procedures or in the prevention of crime.

Authorities:

By applying for a visa or other type of travel document your personal information will be sent to the foreign diplomatic mission that represents the country you are applying to visit. This diplomatic mission may share your personal information with an applicable governmental, regulatory, or enforcement authorities for the prevention of crime or terrorism.

Third Parties for legal reasons:

We will share personal information when we believe it is required, such as:

To comply with legal obligations and respond to requests from government agencies, including law enforcement and other public authorities, which may include such authorities outside your country of residence.

In the event of a merger, sale, restructure, acquisition, joint venture, assignment, transfer, or other disposition of all or any portion of our business, assets, or stock (including in connection with any bankruptcy or similar proceedings)

To protect our rights, users, systems, and Services.

Third Party Service Providers working on our behalf:

We may pass your information to our third-party service providers, agents subcontractors and other associated organisations for the purposes of completing tasks and providing services to you on our behalf (for example to process payments or deliver your visa to you by courier). However, when we use third party service providers, we disclose only the personal information that is necessary to deliver the service and we have a contract in place that requires them to keep your information secure and not to use it for their own direct marketing purposes. Please be reassured that we will not release your information to third parties beyond the VFS Global network for them to use for their own direct marketing purposes, unless you have given us permission to do so.

Third Party Product Providers we work in association with:

We work closely with a small number of third-party product providers to bring you a range of quality and reliable services designed to bring you the best travel experience. For example, when you pay for your visa application we will need to have way to process payments. The relevant third-party provider will use your details to process your payments and carry out their obligations arising from any applicable laws. In some cases, they will be acting as a Data Controller of your information and therefore we advise you to read their Privacy Notice. These third-party product providers will share your information with us which we will use in accordance with this Privacy Notice.

Transferring your information off-shore:

As part of the services offered to you through this website, or in a Visa Application Centre, the information which you provide to us will, in most circumstances, be transferred to off-shore countries. This is because by applying for a visa or other type of travel document your personal information will be sent via the diplomatic mission to the country you are applying to visit. These countries may not have similar information protection laws to your country.

We may transfer your personal information to one of our data centres in the UK, Canada, Germany, India or Russia depending on which country you are applying to travel to.

As part of the visa application process we will seek your consent to transfer your personal information “off-shore” even though it is a necessary part of the application process we are obliged to ask your permission to transfer your personal information.

Please contact our Data Protection Officer if you would like specific details.

Your choices.

You have the right to withdraw your consent that you gave us previously for processing your data. However, if you do, we cannot continue to process your visa application.

We will not contact you for marketing purposes by email, phone or text message unless you have given us your prior permission for us to do so. You can change your mind at any time and not receive and further marketing information by contacting our Customer Centre or updating your account preferences on-line, where appropriate

Your rights.

You have certain rights under the law with regards to how your personal information is processed. These rights are:

  1. The right to be informed how your personal information is being used.
  2. The right of access to your personal information.
  3. The right to rectification if your personal information is incorrect.
  4. The right to erasure your personal information. (Where the law permits this)
  5. The right to restrict processing of your personal information
  6. The right to data portability.
  7. The right to object to how your personal information is used.
  8. Rights in relation to automated decision making and profiling.
  9. The right to withdraw your consent.

If you feel that your personal information has been handled incorrectly or you have a complaint about how your personal information is processed you have the right to complain.

You can complain to our Data Protection Officer, or directly to the diplomatic mission concerned, or the Data Protection Authority in your country, outlining how you think your rights may have been impacted by the data processing performed by VFS Global.

How you can access and update your information?

You have the right to ask for a copy of the information VFS Global holds about you. If you request access to your personal information, we will gladly comply, subject to any relevant legal requirements and exemptions, including identity verification procedures. Before providing data to you, we will ask for proof of identity and sufficient information about your interaction with us so that we can locate any relevant data. We may also charge you a fee for providing you with a copy of your data (except where this is not permissible under local law).

The accuracy of your information is important to us. In some jurisdictions, you have the right to correct or amend your personal information if it is inaccurate or requires updating. You may also have the right to request deletion of your personal information; however, this is not always possible due to legal requirements and other obligations and factors.

We’re working on ways to make it easier for you to review and correct the information that we hold about you. In the meantime, if you want a copy of the information we hold about you, or if you change email address, or any of the other information we hold is inaccurate or out of date, please contact our Customer Centre, write to us at our local office shown at the beginning of this privacy notice, or email our Data Protection Officer.

Security precautions in place to protect the loss, misuse or alteration of your information.

When you give us personal information, we take steps to ensure that it’s treated securely. Any sensitive information (such as credit or debit card details) is encrypted and protected. On our websites when you are on a secure page, a lock icon will appear on the in the address bar of most web browsers.

Non-sensitive details (your email address etc.) are transmitted normally over the Internet, and this can never be guaranteed to be 100% secure. As a result, while we strive to protect your personal information, we cannot guarantee the security of any information you transmit to us, and you do so at your own risk. Once we receive your information, we make our best effort to ensure its security on our systems. The password you have chosen when setting up your account, say for example when you book an appoint at a Visa application centre, you are responsible for keeping this password confidential. We ask you not to share your password with anyone.

Profiling.

Profiling is any form of automated processing of personal information in order to analyse or predict behaviour. We don’t do that.

Use of 'cookies'

Like many other websites, the VFS Global website uses cookies. 'Cookies' are small pieces of information sent by an organisation to your computer and stored on your hard drive to allow that website to recognise you when you visit. They collect statistical information about your browsing actions and patterns and do not identify you as an individual. For example, we use cookies to store your preferred language. This helps us to improve our website and deliver a better more personalised service.

It is possible to switch off cookies by setting your browser preferences. For more information on how to switch off cookies on your computer, visit our full Cookies Notice. Turning cookies off may result in a loss of functionality when using our website.

Links to other websites.

Our website may contain links to other websites run by other organisations. This privacy Notice applies only to our website‚ so we encourage you to read the privacy statements on the other websites you visit. We cannot be responsible for the privacy policies and practices of other sites even if you access them using links from our website.

In addition, if you linked to our website from a third-party site, we cannot be responsible for the privacy policies and practices of the owners and operators of that third-party site and recommend that you check the Notice of that third-party site.

Social networks.

Some of our Services may include social networking features, such as the Facebook® “Like” button and widgets, “Share” buttons, and interactive mini-programs. These services may collect information such as the web pages you visited and IP addresses, and may set cookies to enable features to function properly. We are not responsible for the security or privacy of any information collected by these third parties. You should review the privacy statements or policies applicable to the third-party services you connect to, use, or access. If you do not want your personal information shared with your social media account provider or other users of the social media service, please do not connect your social media account with your account for the Services and do not participate in social sharing on the Services.

Contact us:

We understand that you may have questions about this Statement or our privacy practices. Please feel free to contact us in one of the following ways:

VFS Global Data Protection Officer:
Email:
DPO@vfsglobal.com

Address:
Attn: Data Protection Officer
VF Worldwide Holdings Ltd,
Unit 3205, 32nd Floor,
Jumeirah Business Centre,
1 Tower, Cluster G,
Jumeirah Lakes Towers,
P.O. Box 114100,
Dubai, UAE.