Travellers to France can now experience the enhanced convenience of applying for their visas at the newly opened visa application centre
MUSCAT: Residents of the Sultanate of Oman can now apply for visas to France at the visa application centre launched for the Embassy of France in the capital city of Muscat. Applicants can visit VFS Global’s modern and well-appointed centre to submit visa applications and enrol for biometrics.
The Muscat centre is conveniently located in main city centre at Level 1, Tilal Office, Muscat Grand Mall, Dohat Al Adab Street, Al Khuwair, Muscat, Sultanate of Oman. Services at the centre commenced on 08 November 2016.
With France being a popular tourist destination with Omanis, the launch of this new centre will bring added convenience and ease to applicants through quicker and more streamlined application processes. Furthermore, the new centre joins 5 other client governments served at the same premises, making it more convenient for travellers planning multiple business or leisure trips abroad.
The Sultanate of Oman is the fourth country in the Middle East, after Saudi Arabia, Dubai and Abu Dhabi, from where applicants can apply for a visa to France.
Since commencing visa processing operations in the Sultanate of Oman in 2005, VFS Global now serves 9 client governments in the country. VFS Global has been serving the Government of France since 2004, and currently serves the client in 15 countries from 52 visa application centres globally.
Speaking at the launch, HE Mr. Roland Dubertrand, Ambassador of the Republic of France to the Sultanate of Oman, said, “In order to ensure an excellent quality of service to an ever increasing number of visa applicants and to attract more Omanis and foreign residents to visit France, the French Embassy has selected VFS Global for collecting the visa applications in the country.”
Also commenting on the new centre, Ms. Yummi Talwar, Regional Head – Middle East, VFS Global, said “The opening of this centre and our longstanding association of over 12 years with the Government of France reflects their trust in our abilities to deliver uncompromising service quality. VFS Global is privileged to extend services for the Embassy of France in the Sultanate of Oman and is committed to providing world-class services and unmatched convenience to our visa applicants in the country.”
The key features of the centre include:
- Convenient and centrally-accessed location
- Professional staff with local language capability to handle queries and applications
- Well-appointed centre for enhanced comfort of applicants
- Automated queue governance for smooth flow of applicants
- Dedicated website for easy access to information including visa categories, requirements, check-list and applicable fees
- 100% secure handling of passports, documents and personal information
- Door-step delivery of passports
- Premium Lounge for personalised and comfortable service
France Visa Application Centre
Address: France Visa Application Centre, Level 1, Tilal Office, Muscat Grand Mall, Dohat Al Adab Street, Al Khuwair, Muscat, Sultanate of Oman
Helpline: +968 22060588 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Business hours: 0800hrs to 1600hrs (Sunday to Thursday)
Submission Timings: 0800hrs – 1300hrs | Sunday – Thursday (except holidays as declared by the Embassy)
Passport Collection: 1000hrs – 1600hrs | Sunday – Thursday (except holidays as declared by the Embassy)
*VFS Global will be responsible only for accepting applications for the Embassy of France. All applications submitted will continue to be assessed and processed by the Embassy of France. Timelines for turnaround of visas are as per the discretion of the authorities.
About VFS Global:
VFS Global is the world’s largest outsourcing and technology services specialist for governments and diplomatic missions worldwide. With 2275 Application Centres, operations in 126 countries across five continents and over 130 million applications processed as on 30 September 2016, VFS Global serves the interests of 51 client governments. VFS Global’s worldwide operations are certified ISO 9001:2008 for Quality Management System, ISO 27001:2013 for Information Security Management System and ISO 14001:2004 for Environmental Management System.