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Italy may open VISA office in Chandigarh very soon


Chandigarh, Aug 11, 2007
Kulwinder Singh

Ambassador of Italy, Antonio Armellini along with a Italian Consulate in New Delhi Gabriele Annis had a meeting with Punjab Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal announced that Italy may open its visa office in Chandigarh very soon as to growing demand of Punjabis migrating to that country. Italian Consulate is going to send a letter to Government of India for its clearance.

In this meeting, Principal Secretary to Chief Minister D.S. Guru, Media Advisor to Chief Minister Harcharan Bains and Chief Secretary, Punjab R.I. Singh were also present three.

The Italian Ambassador said:

  • 80% of the Indians migrating to Italy are from Punjab.
  • Most of the Punjabs are willing to contribute pro-actively to promote economic, cultural and social inter relations between Government of Italy and the Government & people of Punjab.
  • The doors of his country for skilled Punjabi manpower were open especially in the field of Agriculture, Agro-Processing, Machine tools and Horticulture.
  • Our Country is willing to cooperate with the Government of India and the state government to facilitate tie-ups between Educational Institutions in Punjab and Italy. We also help to Punjabi students to participate in other parts of the Europe

Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal and Antonio Armellini also agreed to stop illegal migration to Italy. Antonio Armellini said his country really welcomes the enterprising Punjabi migrants who came there after following proper and legal procedure.

Mr. Badal said that his government is in the process of bringing a Legislation that all Travel Agents in Punjab must work under the State rule

In Chandigarh, three counries are already providing services:

  • The United States have collection centre
  • UK have their visa collection centres
  • Canada has independent consulate office to serve full services