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Jalandhar witnessed steep hike in visa applications, went up to 66% last year

RAJEEV BHASKAR | June 14, 2019 05:56 PM

JALANDHAR: Dream of foreign land among Punjabis witnessed a steep hike in the recent years, which could be evident from the fact that in last year there were 66 per cent more visa applications processed in Jalandhar only.

 Jalandhar, which is also known as NRI capital of Punjab, is famous for the craze of foreign land among youth and the local immigration agencies are full of the applications, especially for study visa for the countries in like Canada and Australia.

 Vinay Malhotra, Regional Group Chief Operating Officer of VFS Global, that manages visa and passport-related administrative tasks for the governments of 48 countries, said the company processed 52.8 lakh applications last year in India. 

 The highest upward trend of 66 per cent was from Punjab, followed by 45 per cent from Goa and 43 per cent from Puducherry.

 Elizabeth Samuel, Head Operations, North and East, while talking to punjabtribune.com said, “The applicants from Punjab are choosing between the centres of Jalandhar and Chandigarh. On an average, 2,000 to 3,000 visa applicants come daily to VFS Global in Jalandhar alone since we are the exclusive service provider for countries like Canada, US, UK and Australia.”

 Although the company officials refused to share any data related to categorisation of visas, they said, “Our peak season for tourist visas is from March to June and for student visas from July to September. Students are showing more craze for courses in management, medicine and specifically herbal medicine.”

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