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French visa work outsourced

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PUDUCHERRY: VFS Global has started collecting visa applications for France, Consul General of France in Puducherry, Pierre Fournier, said here on Friday. The agency, functioning at No. 32, Eswaran Kovil Street, would receive applications and deliver visas by courier, he told reporters.

The Consul decided to outsource the job to ensure speedy delivery of visas as the agency has dedicated staff for the job.

However, the decision to grant a visa or not would continue to remain with the Consulate. The private agency, which is one of the largest Consular Services Company, would collect a fee of Rs. 600 to Rs. 700 for processing the application.

Dismissing reports suggesting difficulty in obtaining French visa, he said only 8 to 10 per cent applications are normally rejected, which when compared to other European countries, is much less. Applications are rejected for want of sufficient documents or on grounds of false claims, he said.

It was in the interest of applicants that such applications are rejected because, if such persons somehow manage to obtain application without proper documents and false claims, it would invite deportation.

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