Mr Jiten Vyas, Chief Operating Officer of VFS Global in Africa, on Tuesday explained to some Nigerian visa applicants that his organisaton was not the final issuer of visas.
Vyas told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Lagos that it was important for visa applicants to know that VFS Global only managed administrative and non-judgmental processing of visas.
According to him, VFS Global only manages administrative and non-judgmental tasks relating to visas, passports, identity and citizen services for client governments.
“Simply put, we only accept and process applications and then send them back to the embassies for adjudication, before returning the decision to applicants.
“So, it is important for Nigerians to know that the decision to grant or not grant a visa is at the sole discretion of the respective diplomatic mission concerned.
“VFS Global does not play any part in, or influence, nor comment on the outcome of the visa application process for any applicant,’’ he said.
Vyas said that his company, with 2260 Application Centres and operations in 126 countries, was currently servicing the interests of 51 client governments globally.
He said that the company had since inception in 2001 processed over 130 million visa applications and over 40 million bio-metric enrollments since 2007.
The chief operating officer said that his organisation was also engaged in biometrics-based identity and citizen service programmes that help to improve the efficiency and integrity of government public-services.
Vyas, who advised Nigerians to desist from patronising touts, promising them visas through his organisation, also informed them that VFS Global would never request for money or payments over the phone.