Manila’s French Visa Centre opens as more Filipinos travel to France [fr]
Last December 7, French Ambassador Thierry Mathou led the inauguration of the French Visa Application Centre in Makati, which is expected to efficiently process the increasing number of Schengen visa applications from Filipinos who wish to visit France.
“In recent years, France has experienced a rapid rise in the number of Schengen visa applications from the Philippines. In 2015, the Embassy of France in Manila received almost 20,000 applications, an unprecedented number reflecting a 100% increase from 2010,” French Ambassador Thierry Mathou said in his speech.
“Such a significant increase in volume, which is only projected to rise even further in the coming years, demands that the Embassy come up with ways to continue to remain efficient. As visa applications are forecasted to increase by 20% per year in the coming years, putting up an outsourcing centre is not only strategic but necessary,” Ambassador Mathou stressed.
As a response, the Embassy of France in Manila has partnered with VFS Global to operate an outsourcing centre which will ease the visa application process for those traveling for business or for leisure. Manila’s French visa centre will offer a personalized reception, assistance in the completion of applicants’ files, and provide real-time information on the status of the application and the release date of the passport of the applicant through e-mail or text.
With the launch of the VFS Global Centre, Schengen visa applicants traveling to France may schedule an appointment date and submit their documents directly to the visa application centre at the Mezzanine Floor of the Eco Plaza Building in Chino Roces Avenue, Makati City.
Beginning December 9, applicants may set an appointment with the VFS Global Centre by calling 7904903 from Monday to Friday, 9:00am to 5:00pm. For more information, visit the VFS Global Centre website at www.vsfglobal.com/france/philippines.