Malaysians' application for Indian visas must be made in person from now on

Malaysians' application for Indian visas must be made in person from now on

KUALA LUMPUR - Malaysians planning to apply for visas to India will have to go in person to the India Visa Application Centre (IVAC) here from Tuesday.

The Indian High Commission's sole visa outsourcing agent IVS Global Services Sdn Bhd operations head K. Thangavelu said the introduction of biometric registration system would be for all nationals and for all categories.

Currently, the requirement of biometric registration is only for non-Malaysian foreigners and those applying for student, employment, medical and entry visas.

"Malaysians applying for all categories of Indian visas will have to submit their applications at the IVAC but not through any third parties such as travel agents," he said.

The directive, said Thangavelu, was issued by the Indian High Commission as part of its government's efforts to secure the identity of visa applicants.

Biometrics registration refers to the identification of applicants via fingerprint, iris scan and face photo.

IVS Global Services vice-president M. Priyojeet said cases of identity theft were rampant throughout the world, adding that countries such as Malaysia and Britain had implemented the biometric system for many years now.

The Indian government has been introducing its biometric registration system globally in phases.

The system will be fully implemented in Thailand on April 25 and in Sri Lanka from May.

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