A couple of months ago, I wrote about the changes to Indian visa processing, whereby outsourcing companies such as VFS Global and Travisa are being replaced with Indian-owned companies around the world.
A company called BLS International Services Limited, based in Delhi, has been getting all the contracts and is now providing visa processing services in countries including Canada, China, and South Africa. BLS was also awarded the contract in the US. However, the contract was canceled not long after without reason, amidst reports that the Indian government was caught in a visa scandal.
In the interim, Travisa has continued to process applications for Indian visas in the US. However, according to this news report, Travisa will cease handling applications from July 1, 2013. All applications will be transferred to a new outsourcing company. What's intriguing is that the name of the new company is yet to be disclosed. (Note: It's subsequently been announced that BLS will be taking over processing of Indian visas in the US. The company has again been awarded the contract).
Substantial delays in visa processing are expected over the forthcoming months, through the transition period. Therefore, if you're planning on going to India and need a visa, you're advised to submit your application as soon as possible. Feedback about the performance of BLS in Canada has been very negative (see the comments in this blog post).
Travisa has issued this FAQ about the transition period.
What are your thoughts about the changes?
Note: Latest news reports indicate that BLS is to Cease Indian Visa Processing in the US.
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