To Nigerians Visiting the Netherlands, Sorry No Visas For You At The Embassy Anymore

The Oasis Reporters

August 23, 2017

 

Wapperende Nederlandse vlag (flag of the Kingdom of the Netherlands) /Nigerian flag

The Embassy of the Kingdom of the Netherlands in Nigeria has reminded Nigerians once again that friendship has rules and limits: Don’t expect the issuance of visas from them any longer.
The News Agency of Nigeria, NAN reported this on Tuesday.

The Embassy’s Charge d’ Affaires, Mr Michel Deleen, told the News Agency of Nigeria in Lagos that the Embassy had since 2013 swapped its visa issuance processes in Nigeria.

For that, any Nigerian intent on visiting should go to the French Consulate General in Lagos and the Embassy of Belgium in Abuja.

“Let me remind Nigerians that since 2013, the Embassy of the Kingdom of the Netherlands in Nigeria had signed agreements with the French Consulate-General in Lagos and the Embassy of Belgium in Abuja.

“What this means is that we have swapped our visa application processes in Nigeria with the French Consulate-General in Lagos and the Embassy of Belgium in Abuja.

“Let me remind Nigerians that under these agreements, any Nigerian that wants to visit the Netherlands for business, study or tourism should always process their visa applications through the French Consulate-General
in Lagos and the Embassy of Belgium in Abuja,’’ he said.

Deleen also enjoined Nigerians to always apply for visas to the Netherlands, through VFS Global to the French Consulate-General in Lagos and the Embassy of Belgium in Abuja.

The Charge d’ Affaires said that it was important for Nigerians and other nationals in Nigeria to know that VFS Global was the internationally-authorized organisation for receiving all visa applications.

“Let me also advise anyone seeking visas to the Netherlands through the French Consulate-General in Lagos and the Embassy of Belgium in Abuja, to always first apply through VFS Global.

“When you first apply to VFS Global for visas to the Netherlands, VFS Global would thereafter send them to the French Consulate-General in Lagos and the Embassy of Belgium in Abuja for processing,’’ he said.

VFS Global is the world’s largest outsourcing and technology services specialist for governments and diplomatic missions worldwide.

The company manages administrative and non-judgmental tasks related to visas, passports, identity management and other citizen services for its client governments. Outsourcing is the name of the game. And Nigerians are quite used to it. After all, most Nigerian firms mandate private contractors to recruit staff and send to them as per needs basis. Therefore you work for a multi national company, but you ain’t their staff. You belong to a contractor somewhere, who pays you and can hire and fire.

Source : NAN

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