VFS Global is here to stay for at least 12 years, says Tiran ⚡

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    Colombo, May 6 (Daily Mirror) - Despite widespread accusations of handing over the contract for on-arrival visa issuance to VFS Global, Public Security Minister Tiran Alles maintained today that VFS Global, the foreign company now responsible for handling on-arrival visas on behalf of Sri Lanka at the BIA, will continue to operate for at least 12 years.

    Minister Alles held a special press conference regarding the controversy surrounding the matter. He said that the proposal to transfer the new visa system to VFS Global was unanimously passed on November 23 last year without debate in Parliament following Cabinet approval.

    "The government had made a policy decision to introduce separate visa categories. Sri Lanka previously only had a 30-day single arrival visa category. Therefore, we introduced several other visa categories," the minister said.

    He said that the 30-day visa was fixed at USD 50, however, when passing the said rate, the document was not included, and thus it was not added to the system.

    However, the Minister said that the USD 50 rate for a 30-day visa will be implemented from Tuesday (7).

    The single-entry 30-day visa is fixed at a price of USD 50, and the double-entry six-month visa is priced at USD 75.

    He also noted that the issue of visa fees was part of the adopted proposals, passed in November, but implementation through the ETA (Electronic Travel Authorization) was not feasible. Therefore, they had to wait until April 17 to implement the change through the VFS system.

    The minister said that due to the errors in the ETA system, this system was changed to upgrade the Immigration and Emigration processes. Accordingly, an agreement was signed with VFS Global for 12 years, he said.

    Responding to the incident on Wednesday night (01) where chaos broke out at the BIA following the takeover of on-arrival visa issuance, the minister blamed certain 'corrupt officials' within the Immigration department were responsible for the incident.

    The minister said that although the protest regarding this matter was raised on or around May 1st, the VFS started its operations at the airport premises on April 17.

    He said that action would be taken against the person who caused a disturbance at the visa issuing section at the Katunayake Airport.

    The minister said that steps will also be taken against the officers who recorded the incident.

    On the day of the incident, it was alleged that Indians were manning the visa counters at the BIA. However, Minister Alles clarified that VFS Global is not an Indian company, and on that day, the counters were manned by 13 Sri Lankans and that no Indians were present.

    "VFS cannot issue or reject VISAs. They can only check the documentation. When the documentation is uploaded, the Immigration and Emigration authorities, using the backend, give their approval," the minister explained.

    Responding to allegations regarding why visa issuance was not entrusted to local companies, the minister said, "the cabinet had approved a change in the visa issuance system for two companies over four years. However, during this time they failed to implement it."

    Regarding allegations of not calling tenders, the minister said, "we didn't need to call for tenders for this process. VFS sent us a proposal, which we studied and submitted to the cabinet. I don't believe any company could compete against a company like VFS Global."

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    Govt. should have got SLT-Mobitel to match or better GBS-IVS-VFS unsolicited proposal: Analysts​


    In a bid to ensure integrity and efficiency of Sri Lanka’s Electronic Travel Authorisation (ETA) system, the Government in September last year considered and in November approved an unsolicited proposal from the Singapore-based GBS Technology Services in partnership with VFS.

    The policy decision to outsource the processing of the ETA scheme came amidst SLT-Mobitel which has been the solutions provider for the Department of Immigration and Emigration (DIE) since 2012 being ready to roll out improvements following a Cabinet decision made in July 2021.

    Private sector analysts yesterday said the Government should have put the unsolicited proposal to ramp up Sri Lanka’s visa processing by the consortia GBS-IVS-VSF to greater scrutiny including extending an invitation to incumbent service provider SLT-Mobitel to match or better the former.

    The primary reason being the GBS-IVS-VSF is charging $ 25 for processing of visa from every visitor to Sri Lanka whereas the majority-State-owned SLT-Mobitel was providing the technology solution for DIE free of charge as a national service and also in compliance with national security and data protection guidelines. The latter is because though SLT-Mobitel had quoted $ 1 per ETA, to date the Government hadn’t paid. SLT-Mobitel had also invested for a hardware upgrade and was ready to roll out after the COVID-19 pandemic and subsequent political cum economic crises delayed the implementation.

    Cost effectiveness of the outsourcing option versus SLT-Mobitel is being widely debated since $ 25 per ETA is perceived as costly by the travel trade on top of increased visa fees. Based on 2.5 million tourist arrivals for a year and assuming all those don’t qualify for free visa, the fees collected by GBS-IVS-VFS will be a whopping $ 62.5 million or Rs. 19 billion. Some argue if SLT-Mobitel were to do the same, the cost to the visitor will be lower and income can be retained in Sri Lanka instead of an outflow of foreign exchange. Another issue to be clarified is whether the Government will have to reimburse $ 25 per ETA processing of those coming to Sri Lanka on free visa.

    In November last year SLT-Mobitel wrote to President Ranil Wickremesinghe about its readiness to roll out the improvement but there had been no response or the purported message conveyed that the matter will be looked into, had no headway. SLT-Mobitel had also written to the Public Security Ministry.

    Whilst the Government and Public Security Minister Tiran Alles could be commended for keenness to ensure integrity and efficiency of the ETA system along with other benefits for Sri Lanka, transparency and integrity were critical.

    Minister Alles told Daily FT sister paper Daily Mirror on Friday that there wasn’t a need to tender because the consortium was the leader in the field. Alles is scheduled to have a media briefing today on the outsourcing of visa processing.

    However analysts said the country would have got the best deal if SLT-Mobitel too was requested to come up with its own proposal or opened it up to other international companies in the interest of transparency and competitive bidding than opting for an unsolicited proposal irrespective of it coming from a global leader.

    Instead, SLT-Mobitel was abruptly told to switch off its solutions to pave the way for the commencement of outsourced operations.

    https://www.ft.lk/front-page/Govt-s...S-VFS-unsolicited-proposal-Analysts/44-761455
     
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    වීසා දෙන වැඩේට වෙන රටක් ගාවගන්නෙ මොන රටේද බන් මේක ලොකු security risk එකක් නෙ.

    අරෙහෙ රස්සා නැතුව මිනිස්සු වේලෙනව මුන් තියෙන රස්සා ටිකත් වෙන රටවල් වලට දෙනවා

    ප්‍රයිවට් කරාට කමක් නෑ ලන්කාවෙ ownership තියෙන එකකට
     

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    Govt. should have got SLT-Mobitel to match or better GBS-IVS-VFS unsolicited proposal: Analysts​


    In a bid to ensure integrity and efficiency of Sri Lanka’s Electronic Travel Authorisation (ETA) system, the Government in September last year considered and in November approved an unsolicited proposal from the Singapore-based GBS Technology Services in partnership with VFS.

    The policy decision to outsource the processing of the ETA scheme came amidst SLT-Mobitel which has been the solutions provider for the Department of Immigration and Emigration (DIE) since 2012 being ready to roll out improvements following a Cabinet decision made in July 2021.

    Private sector analysts yesterday said the Government should have put the unsolicited proposal to ramp up Sri Lanka’s visa processing by the consortia GBS-IVS-VSF to greater scrutiny including extending an invitation to incumbent service provider SLT-Mobitel to match or better the former.

    The primary reason being the GBS-IVS-VSF is charging $ 25 for processing of visa from every visitor to Sri Lanka whereas the majority-State-owned SLT-Mobitel was providing the technology solution for DIE free of charge as a national service and also in compliance with national security and data protection guidelines. The latter is because though SLT-Mobitel had quoted $ 1 per ETA, to date the Government hadn’t paid. SLT-Mobitel had also invested for a hardware upgrade and was ready to roll out after the COVID-19 pandemic and subsequent political cum economic crises delayed the implementation.

    Cost effectiveness of the outsourcing option versus SLT-Mobitel is being widely debated since $ 25 per ETA is perceived as costly by the travel trade on top of increased visa fees. Based on 2.5 million tourist arrivals for a year and assuming all those don’t qualify for free visa, the fees collected by GBS-IVS-VFS will be a whopping $ 62.5 million or Rs. 19 billion. Some argue if SLT-Mobitel were to do the same, the cost to the visitor will be lower and income can be retained in Sri Lanka instead of an outflow of foreign exchange. Another issue to be clarified is whether the Government will have to reimburse $ 25 per ETA processing of those coming to Sri Lanka on free visa.

    In November last year SLT-Mobitel wrote to President Ranil Wickremesinghe about its readiness to roll out the improvement but there had been no response or the purported message conveyed that the matter will be looked into, had no headway. SLT-Mobitel had also written to the Public Security Ministry.

    Whilst the Government and Public Security Minister Tiran Alles could be commended for keenness to ensure integrity and efficiency of the ETA system along with other benefits for Sri Lanka, transparency and integrity were critical.

    Minister Alles told Daily FT sister paper Daily Mirror on Friday that there wasn’t a need to tender because the consortium was the leader in the field. Alles is scheduled to have a media briefing today on the outsourcing of visa processing.

    However analysts said the country would have got the best deal if SLT-Mobitel too was requested to come up with its own proposal or opened it up to other international companies in the interest of transparency and competitive bidding than opting for an unsolicited proposal irrespective of it coming from a global leader.

    Instead, SLT-Mobitel was abruptly told to switch off its solutions to pave the way for the commencement of outsourced operations.

    https://www.ft.lk/front-page/Govt-s...S-VFS-unsolicited-proposal-Analysts/44-761455
    වීසා දෙන වැඩේට වෙන රටක් ගාවගන්නෙ මොන රටේද බන් මේක ලොකු security risk එකක් නෙ.

    අරෙහෙ රස්සා නැතුව මිනිස්සු වේලෙනව මුන් තියෙන රස්සා ටිකත් වෙන රටවල් වලට දෙනවා

    ප්‍රයිවට් කරාට කමක් නෑ ලන්කාවෙ ownership තියෙන එකකට
    Doesn't VFS global already handle visa process for canada and many other countries?
     
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    They do not manage visa processing. The decision regarding visas lies with the embassy officer, while VFS handles the documentation process.

    I just listened to the press conference, same happens here as well. Unless the minister is lying.

    Also the higher rate is charged for 6 month visa or something.
     
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    Mobitel එක ඩොලර් 1 ට කරපු වැඩේ මුං 25 අරගෙනත් අනනවා. පොනිලා තවමත් රටක් හදනවයි කියලා හිතනවා නම් ඔලුව අතගාලා බලපං
     

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    ලෝකෙ අනිත් රටවල් කරා කියල අපිත් ඒ දේම කරන්න ඕනද?

    පාර්ලිමේන්තුවේ කාගෙවත් විරුද්දත්වයක් නැතිව සම්මත උනා නන් එලියට ගිහින් බොරුවට කෑ ගහන එකත් වැරදි.
     
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    ලෝකෙ අනිත් රටවල් කරා කියල අපිත් ඒ දේම කරන්න ඕනද?

    පාර්ලිමේන්තුවේ කාගෙවත් විරුද්දත්වයක් නැතිව සම්මත උනා නන් එලියට ගිහින් බොරුවට කෑ ගහන එකත් වැරදි.
    Un kiyanne vfs eka ratawal 150ka witara visa process ekey part ekak handle karanwa. Ekata compete karanna wena company ekak ne. Kotinma documentation part ekada khoeda un karanne. authorization ehema karanne lankawe. But ekata un handling fee ekak gannawa.

    Ochchara security concern tiyenawanm ban canada visa wala bio metric magul karanneth okun neh. Ekata kaagahannath epai.

    Dan hama ekama kiyanne SLT un kiwa kiyala $1 ta karannam kiyalane. SLT pakkunta unge system tikawath hariyata karaganna beruwa mona visada ban.

    Matanam terenne hama ekatama kaagahana puruddata nikan boru show ekak daala political milleage ekak ganna hadanawa wage scene ekak.
     

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    Dan hama ekama kiyanne SLT un kiwa kiyala $1 ta karannam kiyalane. SLT pakkunta unge system tikawath hariyata karaganna beruwa mona visada ban.

    SLT gena nan katha karala wedak na. Ape gedara telephone giya maseta 3 parak withara ewith hadala giya den aith kedila.
     
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    SLT gena nan katha karala wedak na. Ape gedara telephone giya maseta 3 parak withara ewith hadala giya den aith kedila.

    Umbala danne nathi kathawak kiyannam. kauru ganada kiyala hitha ganin ;-)

    1. company ekaka IP tv ekata ransomware ekak awilla full down una kaalekata kalin. Pakkunge backup wath nathuwa kastiyatama free okkoma channel balanna set una sathi gaanak
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    ehema set ekakata itin Visa tikath USD 1kta karanna deepalla 🤭🤭
     

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    එළිපිට ගසාගෙන කනවා කියන්නේ මෙව්වට තමයි
    Podi deyak nikan kiyannam. Oya hama ekaama "gasa kanawa, gasaa kanawa" gaga haminenawane. Oka kiyana taram lesi ne.

    Sarala kathawa oya godak company audit wena ewa. E nisa unge in/out cashflow ehema hondata check wenawa. Un dena visa services nisa ewa saahena comply wenna ona. Naththan kauruth unwa wadda ganne ne.

    Dan salli pita karanna onam karnana tiyenne oya service eka e company eken kelinma nogena madata ekekwa daanawa. Itapase karanne mada ekaata api 25k dunnata oka karanne eken 20k witara VFS ekata deela ituru 5n 1k tiyagena anith eka apita denawa.

    Ohoma tama salli gahanne. Dan ehema mada ekek naththan itin oken salli eliyata yanawa kiyana eka boruwak.
     
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    Un kiyanne vfs eka ratawal 150ka witara visa process ekey part ekak handle karanwa. Ekata compete karanna wena company ekak ne. Kotinma documentation part ekada khoeda un karanne. authorization ehema karanne lankawe. But ekata un handling fee ekak gannawa.

    Ochchara security concern tiyenawanm ban canada visa wala bio metric magul karanneth okun neh. Ekata kaagahannath epai.

    Dan hama ekama kiyanne SLT un kiwa kiyala $1 ta karannam kiyalane. SLT pakkunta unge system tikawath hariyata karaganna beruwa mona visada ban.

    Matanam terenne hama ekatama kaagahana puruddata nikan boru show ekak daala political milleage ekak ganna hadanawa wage scene ekak.

    ඔකුං එන්න කලින් ඔය සිස්ටම් එක හොදට වැඩ කළා. ඔය කියන තරම් අව්ලක් තිබ්බේ නෑ වැඩිපුර ඩොලර් 20 ගියෙත් නෑ ඕක ඇප්ලයි කරපු ෆොරින කව්රුත් කම්ප්ලේන් කලෙත් නෑ. ඔන්ලයින් විසා එක්ටෙන්ඩ් කරන එකේ පේමන්ට් වල ගැටළු තිබ්බා පරක්කු වෙන සින් එකක් එත් එහෙම ඒවාට ඕව ස්ටේ දඩ ගැහුවෙත් නෑ. අලසයාට කියක් හරි ලැබෙන්න ඇති මේකෙන්. දැන් තින විසා ගාස්තුව හොදටම වැඩි මම දන්න ෆොරින ගොඩක් අය දැනටම කියනව මේ ගණන් වැඩි ඊළඟ පාර එන්න දෙපාරක් හිතන්න වෙනෝ කියල.
     
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    Un kiyanne vfs eka ratawal 150ka witara visa process ekey part ekak handle karanwa. Ekata compete karanna wena company ekak ne. Kotinma documentation part ekada khoeda un karanne. authorization ehema karanne lankawe. But ekata un handling fee ekak gannawa.

    Ochchara security concern tiyenawanm ban canada visa wala bio metric magul karanneth okun neh. Ekata kaagahannath epai.

    Dan hama ekama kiyanne SLT un kiwa kiyala $1 ta karannam kiyalane. SLT pakkunta unge system tikawath hariyata karaganna beruwa mona visada ban.

    Matanam terenne hama ekatama kaagahana puruddata nikan boru show ekak daala political milleage ekak ganna hadanawa wage scene ekak.
    Kalin kisima aulak thibbe na ponilata kade yana gon bayyo. 1USD walata un patta service ekak dunna.
     
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    ඵකක් පැහැදිලියි..මුන්ට ඉන්දියාව ඵක්ක ලොකු ඩීල් ඵකක් තියෙනවා ඵක්කො මොකක් හරි දේකට මුන් උන්ට ලොකු බයකින් ඉන්නවා..