Kuala Lumpur: GrandLotus Travel Agencies has been appointed by the Indian Government to handle visa applications in Malaysia.
A memorandum of understanding (MoU) to the effect was signed on 19 June.
India was represented by the High Commission’s First Secretary Sudhir Kumar Mehrotra and Thangavelu Kuppusamy, chairman of GrandLotus Travel, signed on behalf of his company.
Under the MoU, the company would handle all visa applications from 1 August except for diplomatic and official applications.
The company said it would process the applications at its Kuala Lumpur, Penang and Johor Baharu visa service centres, eliminating the need for travellers to send their passports to the Indian High Commission.
Visas can be collected within two days at its centre in Kuala Lumpur and four days in Penang and Johor, it said.
On the average, the High Commission of India issues about 80,000 visas a year, with a growth of between eight and 10% over the last three years.
The company said it was awarded the service as part of the Indian government’s plan to outsource visa application processing in a few countries, including in the United States and Britain.