Hyderabad: In a rare display of coordination the ministry of external affairs, the Visa Facilitation Services (VFS) global and the Denmark Embassy along with IAS officer Sanjeev Gupta, secretary to the government of India worked round the clock to give Indian ace shuttler Saina Nehwal a Dusshera gift.
However, it was on October 7, 2019, that Saina realised that she and her trainer’s visa was not processed. This was due to a new set of regulations framed by the Schengen visa norms. The new rule insists that the applicant is required to be personally present at the VFS office.
Denmark came up with this new regulation on September 17, 2019. The Schengen visa norms make it mandatory that beginning from September, 20 every applicant is required to be present in person. Since 2006, Saina has been traveling to Denmark every year. She has been traveling to different Schengen countries repeatedly. As a result, visa authorities have her biometrics. Saina got to know of this new change only on October 7 as her visa wasn’t processed yet.
Taking to Twitter Saina wrote, “I have an Urgent request regarding Visa for me and my trainer to Denmark. I have a tournament next week in Odense and we don’t have our visas processed yet. Out matches are starting on Tuesday next week”.
It was senior IAS officer Sanjeev Gupta who pulled a few strings in his personal capacity and ensured that Saina Nehwal got her visa on time.
Got the visa application processed today in Hyderabad. Thanks @sanjg2k1 for making the impossible happen & @VFSGlobal for going the extra mile along with @DenmarkinIndia even on a holiday! Hope to get the visa in time for flight on Friday 🙂 @bwfmedia @BAI_Media @KirenRijiju
— Saina Nehwal (@NSaina) October 8, 2019
In return, Sanjeev Gupta took to Twitter to share, “All 4 visas (@NSaina, @srikidambi, et al) issued today! Thanks, @MEAIndia, @VFSGlobal & @DenmarkinIndia. Time for systemic changes for these back to back events. @bwfmedia/ @BAI_Media / @Media_SAI process should leave enough time for visa application.
All 4 visas (@NSaina, @srikidambi et al) issued today! 🙂 Thanks @MEAIndia, VFS & Embassy.Time for systemic changes to get visas for these back to back events well in time. @bwfmedia / @BAI_Media / @Media_SAI process should leave enough time for visa application. @Kiren_Rijiju
— Sanjeev Gupta (@sanjg2k1) October 9, 2019