Most of the Students might be knowing that from last week of September there were some changes made in the Visa Processing in India. Check Changes In Visa Processing in India. I am going to discuss in detail regarding the Offsite Facilitation Service or OFC that has been introduced in the New Visa Processing System by the Indian Government.
What is Offsite Facilitation Center?
As you know the New Visa Processing will consist of two steps: – One will be the OFC while the other will be your Visa Interview. The main purpose of OFC is where the Visa Applicants need to submit there Biometric Information which includes your Fingerprints and your Digital Photographs. This was basically introduced to fasten the Visa Processing.
Where are the Offsite Facilitation Centers Located?
One OFC is located in each city where the Embassy or the Consulate is located. Listed below are the Place and the Address of the Offsite Facilitation Centers.
|Chennai||3 Cenotaph Road , Sadasivam Street, Teynampet
Chennai – 600018
Hyderabad – 500013
|Kolkata||Jamine Tower, First Floor
31 Shakespeare, Sarani
Kolkata – 700 017
|Mumbai||Trade Center, Ground Floor, G. Block
Bandra Kurla Complex
Mumbai – 400041
|New Delhi||S-1 American Plaza, International Trade Center
Nehru Place, New Delhi – 110019
What are the Working Hours of OFC?
The Working hours for OFC are as follows: –
Monday – Friday: – 8.00 AM to 5.00 PM
Sunday: – 1.00 PM to 6.00 PM and Saturday is a holiday.
Schedule an Appointment: –
To Schedule the appointment for your Visa Processing kindly check this link of the Official Visa Appointment Scheduling Website: – Click Here.
What Procedure Follows in the OFC?
Following the Procedure that is followed by the OFC when you reach there: –
- DS 160 form, Appointment Letter and your Passport will be checked.
- Photograph will be taken.
- Your Name and Date Of Birth Verification will be done.
- Your Fingerprints will be scanned.
- Sometimes they also check Visa Fee Receipt. Bring that too.
That’s it. It will take you less than an hour to complete this process and go home. The procedure may very from one to another center but this is a general procedure they will follow.
What to do if I forget one of the Documents?
If you forget one of the documents, then too go to the center and report that you have forgotten the documents. They will give you a time up to 5.00 PM to bring those documents. Do not be late for your Appointment even though you don’t have the Document. report to them and they will give you some time to bring the documents. But the Documents have to brought on that day itself.
All the Best.