The first Indian Visa Centre in Leicester officially opened its doors to the public on Friday 29 November at 11.30am. The 20 year campaign to establish a Visa Centre in Leicester has been brought to an end with the opening of the service at the Peepul Centre in Leicester. The Centre will initially be opened once a week each Friday between 10am-2pm and provided there is sufficient demand it will then open on additional days.
The launch was attended by local councillors and dignitaries and hundreds of excited local residents. The ribbon was cut by Keith and Indian Consul General Mr Ramalingam.
At the opening Keith said: “ I cannot believe that after so many years of campaigning it has finally become a reality. It is a wonderful gift to Leicester! With the Home Office Biometric Centre in the City Centre and now a new Indian visa centre, Leicester is the hub of the East Midlands. This will also take the pressure off the other two Centres as people from outside of Leicester such as Loughborough, Coventry, Northampton, will be able to come to Leicester which will also bring in more trade for the local businesses on the Golden Mile.”