The newly opened facility is an upgrade from the old office, with ample parking space, premium lounges and 72 counters capable of accommodating up to 1,500 applicants per day.
From here, residents can apply for visas to Australia, Austria, Belarus, Belgium, Bulgaria, Canada, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Ireland, Italy, Latvia, Malaysia, Malta, Norway, Portugal, Slovakia, Sweden, Switzerland, The Netherlands, Turkey, UK and Ukraine.
The visa likewise features a seven-foot-tall statue of the UAE’s founding Father Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan.
Indian artist created the statue using steel with a bronze layer and wooden base, representing the beloved leader’s regard for wisdom, respect, sustainability and human development.
The VFS centre in Abu Dhabi accounted for over 80,000 visa applications in 2018.
Between January and June of 2019, the Abu Dhabi centre processed over 65,800 visa applications, which is a significant growth of 13 percent in comparison to the applications processed during the same period in 2018.
In 2018, globally, VFS Global processed 26.7 million applications.
“As the world’s largest visa outsourcing and technology specialist, VFS Global is committed to innovating solutions and services that deliver the best results for citizens and client governments that we serve in the UAE,” said Vinay Malhotra, regional group COO for Middle East, South Asia and China, VFS Global.
“The launch of the new Abu Dhabi centre, which is one of the biggest in the region, reflects our vision to provide world-class facilities to match the UAE capital’s strong demand for best-in-class visa application services, and we are proud to be innovating in line with the heritage and values bestowed upon us by the esteemed UAE leadership.”
VFS Global Abu Dhabi is open Sunday to Thursday from 9 am to 3 pm. Passport collection from 9 am to 5 pm.
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