The latest from the canadian embassy about outsourcing visa applications

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The Canadian embassy in Doha has come up with its latest update of outsourcing its visa application process to VFS Global. The new Canadian visa application centre (CVAC) is operated by Mannai Corporation.

The general manager of Mannai Air Travel, Farukh Sardar is reported to have said that the CVAC will temporarily process resident applications like student visas, work and study permits. Travel document processes from Canadian permanent residents in Qatar will also be taken care of by them.

In a press statement, VFS Global was quoted as saying that its network will spread upto 125 CVACs worldwide.

Sardar said that since the embassy was there with the visa facility in place, trade and everything else would get a boost. The earlier norm of people going to Abu Dhabi to get the same work done will end. He specified that the Canadian embassy had only given the centre estimates of about 3,000 applications yearly.

Despite this, Sardar believes that more residents will visit the Doha centre since ''it is not easy to go to Abu Dhabi and apply and then come back.''

About the count of the students who wish to study in Canada, the centre does not have an estimate at present. ''Like other outsourcing companies, the CVAC has no role or influence on the outcome of the application,'' Sardar said.

Based on their visa rules and guidelines, the immigration officers of Citizenship and Immigration Canada have the sole rights to approve or reject applications.

Visa application centres generally provide administrative support services such as collecting the required documents as well as returning passports in sealed envelopes to applicants.

Sardar said the VCAC also helps in scheduling interviews on behalf of the Canadian visa office. He also emphasized that they do not process immigrant visas.

The business hours extend from 9am till 5pm, Sunday to Thursday. The centre, which initiated its operations on October 22, accepts applications from 9am to 4pm (except listed holidays) and passports can be collected from 3pm to 5pm.

With Qatar airways flying thrice a week directly to Montreal, the opening of the CVAC will provide a way for the Qataris to visit Canada and vice-versa, the official said.

Qatar, UAE and Oman nationals now have the privilege of travelling to the UK without applying for a visa. Instead they register online via the Electronic Visa Waiver (EVW) at least 48 hours in advance or earlier before their flight. The system automatically generates an e-mail containing the document (in PDF file) which can be accessed anywhere throughout the world. Like an e-ticket, the printed copy of the EVW should be produced before the immigration authorities upon entering or exiting the UK.

The British authorities noted that they have seen a rise in the number of visitors from UAE, Qatar and Oman.

Other European countries like France has also gone ahead and ''externalised'' its visa application due to the increasing number of Qataris and expatriates who want to visit Paris and other places of interest in France.

The French embassy had noted that it recorded more than 16,000 applicants in the first nine months of 2013, as opposed to the 15,000 applicants in 2012.

The French, British, Australian and Canadian visa application centres are also functional from the Jaidah Square building.

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Posted On : 03 November,2014