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The Bangladesh Deputy High Commission in Calcutta is outsourcing its visa services

Bangladesh’s Deputy High Commission in Calcutta. Photo: Twitter


Bangladesh’s Deputy High Commission in Calcutta. Photo: Twitter

Bangladesh’s Vice High Commissioner in Calcutta will be the country’s first diplomatic mission in India to outsource its visa services.

However, the free visa service will be replaced with a processing fee of over 800 rupees levied by a private agency at their office in Salt Lake Sector V in the eastern part of Calcutta, diplomatic sources said today.

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Visa service will start this month, but the exact date has not yet been set, reports our New Delhi correspondent.

However, the visa service continues to be issued by the Bangladesh Missions in other Indian cities – New Delhi, Mumbai, Chennai, Agartala and Guwahati.

Among all Bangladeshi diplomatic missions around the world, the Deputy High Commission in Kolkata issues the most visas – an average of 15,000 (pre-Covid-19) per month, a number that occurred during Durga. puja rises to 20,000-22,000, the sources told The Daily Star.

One of the reasons for outsourcing the visa is to avoid overloading the Deputy High Commission in the Park Circus area of ​​Calcutta.

According to sources, the rush of visa seekers is causing traffic chaos on the street on which the mission is located.

A number of foreign diplomatic missions in Kolkata have already outsourced their visa centers, and the Bangladesh Deputy High Commission will be the latest to add to this list.

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