Northern Ireland

Indian government to open visa centre in Belfast

Dr Satyavir Singhal from the Indian Community Centre in Belfast
Image caption Dr Satyavir Singhal from the Indian Community Centre in Belfast said the Indian community in Northern Ireland was delighted at the news

The Indian government is opening a visa application centre in Northern Ireland.

Three staff members will be based at the office on Adelaide Street, Belfast, which is due to open on 2 March.

The Indian High Commission said more than 30 applications were expected daily through the Belfast office.

There are about 8,000 Indian people living in Northern Ireland and an increasing number of business travellers to India.

Previously, people had to apply online, travel to the High Commission in London or to an Indian consulate in England to obtain a visa or an identity card.

The visa application centre in Belfast is one of 14 centres to be operated across the UK on behalf of the Indian government.

Dr Satyavir Singhal, from the Indian Community Centre in Belfast, said this was "great news" for the Indian community.

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