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Adecco, one of the largest staffing firms in China, will open a new visa centre specifically for the Netherlands today in order to process an expected 20,000 applications each year. The first application centre for the Netherland in Shanghai will offer postal applications and other services for accredited companies and travel agencies. It will use channels dedicated to organisation accredited by the consulate general and with approved destination statuses, according to China Daily.
“Applicants do not need to come in person to the centre. A postal application service is offered as well as the option to send a representative. The time to get an appointment is shorter as appointments available within five working days,” said Reng Zhihao, national business development director for Adecco China.
Once a decision regarding the visa has been made, passports are securely transferred to the visa application centre. Applicants can follow their status online through a dedicated website. When the passport arrives at the visa centre, the applicant will receive a text message advising them to collect it.
Min Qiang, general manager of FESCO Group said..“Visa outsourcing is relatively new to China. At present, several consulate generals in Shanghai have adopted this mode. The service will become more mature and widely accepted by the general public.”
The total number of visa applications for the Netherlands from China was 55,000 last year, with 20,000 in Shanghai, 25,000 in Beijing, and 10,000 in Guangzhou. A +10% increase is expected in 2013.