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New Delhi Correspondent
New Delhi, July 13: Seeking to help Bangladeshi nationals going to India, a new integrated state-of-the-art Indian Visa Application Centre (IVAC) at Jamuna Future Park (JFP) will be inaugurated jointly by the Home Ministers of India and Bangladesh on Saturday at 11:30hrs.
This new IVAC at JFP will replace all existing IVACs (Motijheel, Uttara, Gulshan and Mirpur Road) in Dhaka, a statement issued by the Indian High Commission in Dhaka on Friday said. Simultaneously, the existing e-token (appointment) system for submission of Indian visa applications will also be withdrawn, it added.
The new IVAC in JFP will replace the existing IVACs in Motijheel and Uttara from July 15 and the remaining two IVACs in Dhaka (Gulshan and Mirpur Road) will also be shifted to IVAC, JFP by August 31. There will, thereafter, be only one IVAC at JFP for all categories of visa applications without prior appointment in Dhaka.

The new IVAC in JFP, located in an 18,500 square feet commercial area, will be a model visa centre and have facilities like computer-generated token vending machines (expected waiting time will be indicated), comfortable seats in an air-conditioned waiting area, coffee and soft drinks vending machines, food kiosks and 48 counters for submission of applications.

Separate counters will be reserved for senior citizens, women, muktijodhas and business applicants, the statement said. A special help desk and counter for services, including printing, photocopying etc. will be accessible at cost price. The location of the new IVAC inside a spacious and secure shopping mall is expected to provide comfortable and seamless visa services to applicants and is expected to reduce waiting time considerably.

“The consolidation of visa application services at the JFP and the provision of amenities reflect the continuing efforts of the High Commission of India, in collaboration with its outsourced partners, the State Bank of India, to further streamline the Indian visa application process and strengthen people-to-people contacts between India and Bangladesh,” said the statement.