The recently-introduced online visa application system by the Home Ministry was welcomed by the Tourism Minister Dr K Chiranjeevi who said it would go a long way in boosting tourism in the country.
“The progress in the standardisation of visa application forms and the integrated online application system in 120 Indian Missions abroad is yet another milestone towards making the Indian visa application process tourist-friendly and a boost to Indian tourism,” Chiranjeevi said.
The facility of the Integrated Online Visa Application System under the Immigration Visa and Foreigners Registration and Tracking (IVFRT) is now operational at 120 Indian Missions abroad. The system is operational at Indian embassies of Brazil, Ireland, South Africa, Sri Lanka the Philippines, Ukraine, Bulgaira, Mexico and New Zealand among others.
The IVFRT will help in ‘software-aided passenger profiling to identify ‘risky’ travellers at missions, integrated checkposts and foreigners registration offices and generate automated alerts on their outstaying.
The system enables the authorities to maintain a databank of all travellers from those countries applying for Indian visa and also keep a track of their movement after their arrival in the country. The government is implementing a Mission Mode Project on IVFRT project which has a global outreach since it scope seeks to network 169 Indian Missions abroad, immigration check posts in India and FRROs/FROs. The project is expected to cost approximately INR1,011 crore.