This post was originally published on 27 March 2019.
The first Qatar Visa Centre (QVC) in India was opened on Wednesday in the capital, New Delhi, in the presence of officials from both Qatar and India, the Ministry of Interior (MoI) tweeted.
Six more centres will be opened in India in the coming days in the cities of Mumbai, Kolkata, Lucknow, Hyderabad, Chennai and Kochi. Previously, QVCs were opened in Sri Lanka, Bangladesh and Pakistan.
The QVCs will simplify and accelerate work visa procedures for expatriates coming from these countries and enable them to complete fingerprint and biometric data processing, medical checkup and employment contract signing in their home countries, the MoI said.
The move to get work visa applicants to complete the most essential and critical part of their visa processes in the country of origin (India in this case) is aimed at guaranteeing prospective employees their rights in a manner consistent with the best international standards.
The visa centre is in sync with international standards guaranteeing greater transparency, traceability and improved anti-fraud measures and security screening mechanisms for the visa applicants.
The center will operate between 08:30 am to 04:30 pm from Monday to Friday.
Qatar Visa Center maintains robust multi-lingual information services for the benefit of visa applicants across multiple touchpoints. Information on appointment scheduling, requirements and steps at the visa centre can be found in English, Hindi, Marathi, Telugu, Bengali, Tamil and Malayalam through a dedicated website (http://www.qatarvisacenter.com), call centre helpline (+91 44 6133 1333) and walk-in at the reception.