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‘Dont Process Indian Visa Through Agents’

Mr Subbu Ramesh, Second Secretary at the High Commission of India in Lagos, on Thursday enjoined Nigerians to desist from patronising agents or touts when seeking visas to India.
Ramesh told the News Agency of Nigeria(NAN) in Lagos that the High Commission had not authorised any agents or individuals to collect visa application documents and accept payments on its behalf.
The High Commission official, however, said that his government was currently tinkering with the idea of whether to contract its visa collection and processing services to an internationally-recognised visa processing organisation.
“Once again, we really want Nigerians to know that we have not authorised any agent or group of persons to collect visa applications and accept payments on behalf of the Visa Section of the Indian High Commission in Lagos.

“There is, therefore, no need for Nigerians seeking visas to India for any purpose, to want to come to us through any agent or unauthorised persons.
“We want Nigerians to know that they are very free, and should come to our High Commission directly, without having to pay extra charges to any individual of agent,’’ he said.
The High Commisson’s second secretary, therefore, advised Nigerians and other nationals in Nigeria, seeking visas to India, not to allow themselves to be ‘unduly’ exploited by unauthorised visa agents.
Ramesh, who assured Nigerians of prompt issuance of visas to India, however, said that preference would henceforth be given to Nigerian companies doing business with India.
He also said that it was imperative for Nigerians to know that his government’s visa issuance policy to Nigerians had not in any way been modified.
Ramesh also said that it was important for Nigerians and other nationals in Nigeria, to know that the Indian High Commission’s current visa charges were reciprocal with Nigeria’s visa charges.


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