SNews- VFS Global
VFS Global was established in 2001 and is now spread across 129 countries. Located in major cities such as Jakarta, Surabaya and Bali, VFS Global serves as an independent institution that bridges receipt and submission of visa documents to various countries such as Australia, New Zealand, UK, Canada, Belgium, Denmark, Iceland, Italy, Croatia, Norway, Sweden, Spain and United Arab Emirates.
Prior to the establishment of VFS Global, visa arrangements for both students and tourists were handled directly by the Immigration Department of the intended State Embassy. However, after the establishment of VFS Global, the acceptance and submission of visa documents is no longer directly to the Embassy but rather addressed to VFS Global from the destination country and then the VFS officers give it to the immigration authorities at the Embassy of the Country.
Not all States have a partnership with VFS Global and not all visa types from States working with VFS Global need to be submitted through the agency. For example, if you want to apply for a student and a tourist visa for UK then all you need to do is fill out an online visa form and then make an appointment at VFS UK with the completeness of the visa document in accordance with the requirements. Then, the document is given to VFS officers and will then be provided to Visa Processing Hub in Manila, Philippines for processing.
The arrangement of a tourist visa to Australia is a little different. It begins by filling out an application form and then providing the form along with the completeness of the visa document to VFS Australia. After that the Australian VFS officers will deliver the documents to Immigration officers at the Australian Embassy to be processed. As for the Australian student visa application, you do not need to come to VFS Australia to complete the visa document as it can be done by uploading documents online through an “ImmiAccount”. It can be seen that, the visa is being requested for the same country but the process differs because of the different visa type.
Once we know how to apply for a visa in accordance with the Country and the Type of visa in question, we also need to know the updated information on the procedure for registering the visa. For example, recently, there is an update on how to submit Australian Tourist visa documents. Starting November 1, 2017, submission of documents is done by first making an appointment online. So the registrant does not need to wait any longer at VFS but arrival at VFS Australia Jakarta can be adjusted to the schedule already obtained online.
Therefore, before you apply for a student or tourist visa, be sure to keep up to date with the visa status of the intended country in accordance with the type of visa. For detailed information on the governance of each country and the type of visa, please contact our office at the branch nearest to your home or school.
Source: VFS Australia Jakarta.