• While an upcoming trip out of the country can be a ‘mixed bag’ of emotions, there are a few handy tips you can use to smartly submit your visas and ensure seamless application experience. Here are a few of them that ensure you have a pleasant experience in getting your visa processing done - in time!

    • Apply early

      Just like you apply in advance to watch the latest blockbuster movie at the cinemas (PS: Avengers Endgame is the greatest film ever!), you can do the same with your visa applications as well. Did you know that most countries accept visa applications up to 90 days before the date of travel? So why wait till the last minute when you can apply as early as possible keeping in mind the average processing times and the intended date of travel. This will ensure that relaxation is the only thing on your mind when you submit your applications on time.

    • Know the turnaround times

      A major worry that usually plays on your mind once you submit the documents is “What is happening to my visa application?”, especially when the travel date is nearing.VFS Global ensures that your official documents are passed on to the concerned consulate/embassy within 24 hours of submission. But it is important to bear in mind that each country has a different timeline for its visa processing. You can check these timelines with a host of other important information on their websites, thereby helping you to plan for your visa application well in advance. Another factor to consider is that during peak travel season, visa processing can take longer than anticipated due to the large amounts of applications submitted.

    • Check off the documents list

      Did you know that you can access a comprehensive checklist of the documentation required for visa applications for each country served by VFS Global on our website (www.vfsglobal.com)? To ensure a smooth submission process, be sure to carry all the requisite documentation to submit along with the duly filled application form. It always helps to check your passport’s validity on regular basis as many countries require a valid passport six months beyond your return date.

    • Be on time for your appointment

      ‘Better late than never’ was a phrase not meant for your visa application appointment! Some of the countries you plan to apply a visa for require you to schedule an appointment with the Visa Application Centre to submit an application. Once you have scheduled the appointment, we highly recommend being at the centre 15 minutes prior to the appointed time to avoid missing your slot. If you need to travel urgently, or have missed your pre-booked appointment, you also have the option of using the Prime Time Appointment service that allows you to book an appointment outside the normal working hours in select centres. Please check with the Visa Application Centre if this service is suitable for your visa application.

    • Track your visa application

      Once your application is submitted, you can track the progress through VFS Global’s online tracking service. The status will be updated when your passport is ready for collection/delivery. Please also note that once the application is submitted, VFS Global cannot track the status while it is at the embassy/consulate, nor does it have any influence on the application’s progress.

    • Bonus tip!

      Optional services

      In today’s fast-paced world, where almost everything you seek is at your convenience and comfort, why should applying for a visa be any different? VFS Global has the perfect solution for all its customers with its host of innovative and pioneering optional Value-Added Services. From applying for a visa at a location of choice with the Visa At Your Doorstep service to enjoying personalised assistance while submitting applications in the comforts of a luxurious lounge with the Premium Lounge service or even Walk-In Without an Appointment or avail Form Filling support; a seamless experience awaits you at our centres with theses optional Value-Added services provided that is customised as per the individual’s visa requirement.

      Please note that these services are optional in nature and customers are not compelled to subscribe to them. We recommend you read the Disclaimer section as well before opting for these services. So, what are you waiting for?