DUBAI: The Embassy of Sweden in Abu Dhabi has outsourced its visa application process to VFS Global. People who want to apply for Schengen visas to Sweden can now do so at two new centres being managed by VFS Global – one in Abu Dhabi and one in Dubai.
Through the new dedicated offices, the applicants will wait a minimum of 5 days to obtain a Swedish visa after the completion of all necessary paperwork.
In a press conference held at the Dubai Centre in Wafi Mall after its inauguration, Jan Thesleff, Ambassador of Sweden to the UAE and Ajit Alexander, COO - Middle East and Africa, VFS Global, told the media about the facilities and pointed out that the new facility in Dubai will cater to applicants based in Dubai and the northern emirates, while Abu Dhabi’s centre will benefit those based in the capital and eastern region.
While VFS Global will accept visa applications, the Embassy will continue to make the assessment and decisions regarding all visas. The new visa application centres are located at Wafi Mall, Level 2 in Dubai and Shining Tower, Level 25, in Abu Dhabi.
Ambassador Jan Thesleff said, “I am delighted to be able to offer a substantially increased service-level for Sweden’s visa applicants. VFS Global has a presence both in Abu Dhabi and in Dubai and as visa applicants can turn to them to apply, we are getting closer to our customers and hopefully also shortening handling times. VFS Global handles applications for Sweden visa applicants in many places around the world. I am confident that doing so in the UAE will further increase our exchange with this important country.”
Alexander said that it is an honour and a privilege to support the initiative of the Embassy of Sweden in Abu Dhabi to provide better services and shorten handling time for Schengen visa applications.
“This launch of Sweden visa application process in Dubai will offer a convenient visa application submission experience to the residents in the country. We are committed to delivering professional, high-quality services to all applicants and travel agents in the UAE,” he added.
The Centre in Dubai will accept applications for visas to Sweden from applicants and travel agents residing in the UAE. The service would attract a nominal service fee, payable at the Centre at the time of submitting applications. The Centre will remain open from 9am to 5pm for enhanced convenience to applicants and travel agents.
The key features of the centre facility included prioritised facilitation for disabled, senior applicants and pregnant women, premium lounge for comfortable and personalised service, professional and responsive staff with local language capability dedicated to handle visa queries and applications and others.