French Ambassador to Algeria, Xavier Driencourt, said the new visa applications center “VFS GLOBAL” will officially open on April,9, while TLS CONTACT will continue to receive visa applications by the end of this month.
Speaking at a press conference, at the headquarters of the French Cultural Institute in Algiers, with the new director of the institute, Grégoire Tromel, explained that the visa application center will start receiving applications on April 9th.
He confirmed that the embassy will hold a press conference on April 8 to give all the details about the new center.
“TLS CONTACT Center will continue to receive applications from Algerians wishing to obtain a visa until Match, 31, after that the transfer to the new center will be at VFS Global”.
He noted in the same regard that the visa files are deposited at the level of the center, but the embassy is that one which grants visas.
On the activities of the French Cultural Institute, he asserted that small institutes will open in some cities in the future, including the inauguration of a cultural institute in the city of Ouergla (Southern Algeria), by next September, as the project will expand to include other provinces such as Bechar, Laghouat and Tamanrasset (south).
“The activity will not be limited to the five northern cities (Oran, Annaba, Tlemcen and Constantine)”.
“The French Cultural Institute in Algeria is the second among the network of French institutes that are active in Europe and the world, and all events that are organized by the Institute are important for Algeria and France. The cultural cooperation between the two countries is very important and sensitive and is linked to other areas such as politics”.
In response to a question by a journalist on the closure of the French Cultural Center in Tizi Ouzou (eastern Algeria), and the possibility of reopening it, the Ambassador refused to give any information and considered it to be another issue.
A primary school ill open in Annaba (eastern Algeria), by next September, in the context of the Algerian-French cooperation at the level of the education sector, which resulted in the conclusion of 850 agreements between the Algerian and French universities, according to the director of the French Cultural Institute Gregoire Tromel in a joint press conference that was held with Ambassador, Xavier Driencourt.