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Embassy of Ireland opens its first visa application centre in Dubai

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Visa applicants henceforth need not visit the Embassy of Ireland to submit visa applications and are required to submit visa applications at the VFS Global centres in Dubai and Abu Dhabi

The Embassy of Ireland, Abu Dhabi today announced the opening of a Visa Application Centre in Dubai, UAE in partnership with VFS Global, the world’s largest outsourcing and technology services specialist for diplomatic missions worldwide.

Earlier this year in June, the Embassy had opened its first-ever Visa Application Centre in Abu Dhabi.

The Dubai centre, the fourth outsourced processing centre for Ireland visas in the GCC, has started accepting visa applications from non-UAE Nationals who are based in the UAE and who require a visa in order to enter Ireland. In addition they will no longer need to visit the Embassy and instead they should submit their visa applications only at the VFS Global centres in the UAE.

Opening the Visa Application Centre in Dubai, Minister Mary Mitchell O’Connor, TD Ireland and accompanied by HE Ambassador Aidan Cronin, Embassy of Ireland, Abu Dhabi said she very much welcomed the opening of the centre and that the new external Visa Application Centre located in downtown Dubai and operated by VFS Global will provide an excellent streamlined service for non-UAE nationals who are based in Dubai and who require a visa in order to enter Ireland.

Ambassador Cronin also welcomed the opening of the centre and added that this is the second Visa Application Centre in the UAE and the fourth outsourced processing centre for Ireland visas in the GCC.  He also said that VFS Global provide a whole range of services for the customer.

Commenting on the new centre, Mr. Vinay Malhotra, Regional Group COO for Middle East, South Asia & China, VFS Global, said: “VFS Global operates Ireland visa application centres across 15 countries. We are committed to  providing an enhanced experience in visa application services to our  customers  who will be delighted with the convenience the new centre offers.  UAE has a large number of travelers to Ireland for leisure and business,  and this new centre will bring visa application services to their close proximity.”

Professionals who manage the centre are trained to provide secure and time-efficient processing of Visa Applications requirements in a friendly ambiance. Applicants can also opt for the comfort of a Visa @ Door step service or the Platinum Lounge for even more personalised service.

Some of the key features of the centre include convenience in terms of location, appointment system, automated queue governance for smooth flow of applicants and a dedicated website for easy access to information including visa categories, requirements, check-list and applicable fees. Apart from these, VFS Global staff is well trained in secure handling of passports, documents and personal information. Door-step delivery of passport is  yet another service VFS Global offers.