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Indian visa office set to open in Belfast city centre

By Staff Reporter

India is to open a visa centre in Belfast next week.

The new office, which will be located at 55-59 Adelaide St, will have a staff of three.

The Indian High Commission expects to receive 30 visa applications a day through the office, which will be one of 14 new UK facilities being opened in March for visa applications.

A broad range of facilities will be available at the Belfast centre, including multilingual staff, a waiting lounge, photo booth, photocopying, an information helpdesk, and an internet kiosk. The services will be delivered on behalf of the Indian government by partner organisation VFS Global.

Indian Community Centre spokesman Dr Satyavir Singhal said the Indian High Commission's decision to open the new facility in Belfast was "great news" for Northern Ireland's 8,000-strong Indian community, as it means they will no longer have to apply online, travel to the Indian High Commission in London or to an Indian consulate in England to obtain a visa or identity documents.

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