SEATTLE, Ore. — Indian Consul General Venkatesan Ashok, accompanied by his team from the Consulate General of India office in San Francisco, recently visited the Sikh Center of Seattle.

Ashok, who joined the consulate’s office in November 2014, was welcomed by the management of the Sikh Center of Seattle.

Because the Indian communities living in the states of Washington and Oregon have to go to San Francisco for their passports, travel visas and other consulate services, the community is requesting that a consulate be set up in the Seattle area.

In addressing the Sikh congregation, Ashok gave his assurance that the consideration of a Seattle consulate office is his top priority. Ashok and his team also answered questions relating to various visa problems that Indian Americans are currently facing.

It was also announced that the Indian Consulate office is planning for the first time to celebrate India Independence Day in Seattle, which falls on Aug. 15, 2015.

In conclusion, SikhTemple president Manmohan Singh Dhillion thanked the attendees for their time.

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