Several years ago, the Indian government began outsourcing some of its consular work to private companies in certain locations around the world. These "outsourcing partners" are generally charged with receiving visa applications, processing application fees, and preparing each application for adjudication by the actual consulate. For the past year, BLS International Services has held the contract to perform these services for the Indian Consulates in the United States. As of 21 May, however, Cox and Kings Global Services will take over these duties.
Although the requirements and overall process should remain largely the same, we do expect some significant delays in processing times over the next several months, as a result of this change. BLS stopped accepting new applications in mid-May, and Cox & Kings has just begun accepting applications in the last few days. We are hopeful that this transition will go more smoothly than the last time the Indian government changed outsourcing partners, but we have no way of knowing how things will go until the new provider has begun processing applications. We encourage anyone planning travel to India for work, business, conference attendance, or tourism within the next 6 months, to contact us and get the process started as soon as possible.
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