In the near future, visa centers will begin receiving visa applications not only in Beijing, but also in Shanghai, Guangzhou and Chengdu with another 11 Chinese cities joining the list by the end of the year.
The visa centers will make it easier for foreigners in various provinces across China to apply for Latvian visas and submit documents closer to their place of residence.
Foreign Ministry officials attended the opening of the first center.
Visa applicants will be able to submit their application at the visa centers, having booked appointments at the time of their convenience. The documents will be forwarded to the Embassy of Latvia in Beijing for review.
The visa centers will also offer other services, including consultation on the documents required, filling in the visa application form electronically, copying, taking photographs, drawing up insurance, and delivery of the passport to the applicant’s place of residence, thereby rendering easier the process of issuing a visa.
Last year, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs signed a contract with VF Worldwide Holdings Ltd., known as VFS Global, on the reception of visa applications from visa applicants in the UK, India, China, Turkey, Georgia, Azerbaijan, Uzbekistan, Lebanon, and South Korea, for subsequent forwarding to Latvian embassies.