In July 2015, the Hellenic Ministry of Foreign Affairs, complying with Regulation (EC) 810/2009 of the European Union, launched an international public tender to select one or more Visa Service Providers to assist the work of the Hellenic Consular Authorities in various countries around the world in issuing Schengen visas.
The tender divided the world into 5 geographical zones where the Service Provider should open a Visa Application Centers (VAC):
1. Russia, Belarus, Iraq, American continent and Sub Saharan Africa;
2. Ukraine, Libya, Kazakhstan, Uzbekistan, Azerbaijan, Georgia, Armenia, rest of CIS countries, Europe (including the Western Balkans);
3. Turkey, MENA and GCC countries, Iran;
4. China, Philippines, Vietnam, Thailand, Mongolia, Japan, Korea, Taiwan, Singapore, Malaysia;
5. India, Indonesia, Bangladesh, Pakistan, Australia, New Zealand, South Africa.
Our Company, GVCW, has won the tender (all zones except Zone 3). We became the sole Visa Service Provider for Greece in the said 4 Zones, assisting the Hellenic Consular Authorities in the respective countries in their work in issuing Schengen visas to foreign applicants. The Foreign Ministry decided to proceed to public service concession in most but not all of the above countries, retaining the right to request the Service Provider to do so at the Ministry’s first call.
GVCW is a newly established company, founded and run by professionals with long experience in the private and public sector. The President of the Company, Eleftherios Oikonomou, is a former Chief of the Hellenic Police who in 2012 became Cabinet Minister of Public Order. The founder and CEO of the Company is a former Ambassador with over 30 years of experience in key positions in both the private and public sector.
Global Visa Center World (GVCW) is the sole Visa Service Provider for Greece in 4 geographical zones, assisting the Hellenic Consular Authorities in the respective countries in their work in issuing Schengen visas to foreign applicants. GVCW is the only European Service Provider Company serving the first EU Government, the Greek Government.
All members of the Board of Directors and the top management team have served in senior Ambassadorial and Consular positions, ministerial and high Government posts, as well as C-roles in private companies.
GVCW’s leadership team has an excellent record in management and solid proven executive skills.
Their background is complimentary and directly relevant to the venture: international relations and diplomacy, security and data protection, IT, business development, human resources, statistics.
Our Company’s strength lies both in its people as well as its strategic alliances with top players in the international arena: we have teamed with OTE/COSMOTE, the leading telephone and internet company in Greece, a previously state-owned company now privatized and owned by DEUTSCHE TELEKOM; we have also partnered with a leading Greek software company, I KNOW-HOW, providing custom-built automation solutions and software solutions to the public and private sector.
Our presence in more than 70 cities around the world and the efficiency with which we are serving the Greek Government, after an arduous tender process that lasted more than 3 years, is our passport to serve other Governments and governmental Organizations in the same field.
Most importantly, in this highly competitive field of Visa Providers, GVCW is a European Service Provider Company serving the Greek Government, assisting its consular authorities in issuing Schengen visas.
Our people and our partners attest to our professionalism with which we approach this highly sensitive area of Schengen visa application.