Italy in India unveiled start Mobile bio-metrics visa service

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This ‘doorstep’ service can be delivered to individuals and groups living in all cities in India. A team of trained VFS Global staff will visit the customer at the location of their choice to collect their visa application and enrol biometric data. They will also be available to assist with any visa application queries, ensuring the application process is fast, convenient and stress-free.

The mobile biometrics service is optional and applicants will have to pay an additional fee. The service has been introduced in view of the rise in travel to Italy from India. According to the Embassy of Italy in India, around 555,000 travellers from India visited Italy in 2019, an increase of 15% over the previous year.

Vincenzo de Luca, the Ambassador of Italy to India said: “The launch of this new service completes the rich offer of Visa services for the Indian public. It will allow companies and individuals to submit their visa applications for Italy literally ‘in house’.”

Vinay Malhotra, regional group chief operating officer of South Asia, Middle East, North Africa and Americas at VFS Global said: “Apart from Italy, we offer the mobile biometrics service for 17 other governments in India, namely: Austria, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, Germany, Hungary, France, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Portugal, Latvia, Slovakia, Slovenia, Switzerland, and the UK.”