TLScontact recently opened a brand-new visa application centre (VAC) for France in Mosul, Iraq. The centre, which opened its doors on 26 April 2023, is the first visa application centre for a Schengen country in Mosul.
Our local teams will be processing Schengen visa applications for France, managing the administrative aspects of the application process on behalf of the local French diplomatic mission.
“The opening ceremony was held in the presence of the French General Consul of Mosul, Jean-Christophe Augé, the French Consul of Baghdad, Samuel Bouchard, the Governor of Nineveh, Najm al-Jubouri, as well as other prominent figures from Iraq and local and international journalists, showcasing the significance of the inauguration of such a centre in Mosul,” says Bilal Diaa, Middle East Zone Manager at TLScontact.
“As French General Consul, I am very happy to inaugurate this centre in Mosul with the French General Consul of Baghdad, our partner TLScontact, and the governor of Nineveh. France is the first Schengen country to open a visa application centre in Mosul. It’s also the only EU country to have named a general consul in Mosul. The opening of the centre will contribute to strengthening the relations between France and the Nineveh Governorate,” declared French General Consul of Mosul, Jean-Christophe Augé.
The VAC will open its doors for applicants two days per month as a first step and will increase its working days proportionally to demand. Applications will be processed by the consular services of the French Embassy in Baghdad.
“The preparations and staffing of the centre went very smoothly, reflecting the will of the people of Mosul to rebuild and strengthen their city after its liberation from the Islamic State terrorist group,” says Dheyazan Talat Shafeeq, Iraq Country Manager at TLScontact.
This VAC isn’t the first TLScontact centre in Iraq: we have been running visa outsourcing services in the country since 2014. Today, visa applicants can head to our centres in Baghdad, Basra, or Erbil depending on whether they are applying for a visa to France, the UK, Belgium, or Hungary.