A move has been implemented to reduce rampant fraud by Nigerians who fake identity particulars,
Although official communication has not necessarily mentioned this known fact, some Nigerians have become experts in beating the system wih fraudulent Visas and passports defaced world wide.
The Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, has mandated VFS TasHeel International, vfstasheel.com, with managing and administrating the Saudi Arabian visa application process from Nigeria, which will also combine mandatory enrolment process of fingerprint collection and photo capture for all applicants.
VFS TasHeel said it will begin processing Saudi visas of various categories except for Hajj and Umrah. However, pilgrims who have applied for Saudi visas are required to do biometric enrollment at the VFS TasHeel centre.
VFS TasHeel is a joint venture between the global visa processing leader, VFS Global (A division of Kuoni Travel Group, Switzerland) and TasHeel, Saudi Arabia.
Chargee D’affairs of the Embassy of the kingdom of Saudi Arabia to Nigeria, Sa’ad Abdallah Alnofeai, stated, “The newly inaugurated Visa Services Centersin Nigeria will serve people who desire to visit the KSA in addition to providing them with vital information about the Kingdom.”
Services include the dissemination of visa information, application guidance, application processing, biometric enrollment and passport delivery. The Centre is open for extended hours during peak season for speeding up the visa procedures.
“The new Visa Services Centers is packed with convenience and comes with dedicated service counters and a reception area, all to enhance the experience and add value to the process of visa application. We are pleased to be fulfilling the role assigned to us by the Saudi MoFA, which is to facilitate a smooth, streamlined visa application process for travelers to the kingdom. We at VFS TasHeel seek to provide these services through our efficient, customer-friendly approach, acting as a trusted mediator between visa applicants and the Saudi mission.” said Madhan Gopalakrishnan, CEO, VFS TASHEEL International.”
Visa Services Centre in Nigeria is now operational and located at three places:
• Abuja Saudi Arabia Visa Service Centre
Address: Rivers Plaza 1st Floor,Plot.No.470,AbogoLargema Street,Off constitution road,Central Business District,Abuja,Nigeria
• Lagos Saudi Arabia Visa Service Centre
Address : SKYWATER TOWER (2nd floor) NO.6 Otunba Yomi Oshikoya Drive, Off Mobolaji Bank Anthony Way, Ikeja, Lagos, Nigeria
• Saudi Arabia Visa Service Centre
Address: Plot 11-13, along Race Course,Opposite to Kano Golf Course Club, Kano, Nigeria