Malaysia outsources Indian visa processing

From yesterday, Grandlotus Travel Agencies tookover the task from the Indian High Commission.

Applications are now being submitted at the new andmore comfortable Indian Visa Centre in Jalan Ampang in the capital city, TheStar reported.

The agency also operates such centres in Johor and Penang. 

“There is also assistance provided to help themfill the forms, and a place for snacks and drinks,” the Indian HighCommissioner to Malaysia Ashok K. Kantha was quoted saying.

The centres will operate between 9am and 5pm,unlike the noon cut-off time at the High Commission. A RM8 (US$2.30)service charge will be collected for each application. 

Grandlotus was picked from a list of 23companies. It will submit the applications to the High Commission forvetting and visas would be issued the following day. 

Grandlotus would also arrange for interviews forvisa applicants at the High Commission, if required.

The High Commissioner said over 82,000 visaapplications were received last year, adding that an eight to 10% increase wasexpected this year. 

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