India to resume some visa services to Canada from October 26

India will resume some visa services to Canada starting October 26, the country’s high commission in Canada announced Wednesday.The High Commission of India in Ottawa said in a press release that its consulates general in Toronto and Vancouver have decided to resume visa services from October 26, 2023. India will resume visa services for entry visas, business visas, medical visas and conference visas. visas, the High Commission said.

A few weeks ago, India stopped issuing visas to Canada because it was no longer safe for our diplomats to go to work to issue visas. So, their safety and security was the main reason why we had to temporarily suspend the issuance of visas, Dr EAM said. S. Jaishankar.

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BLS International Services said on September 21 that Indian visa services to Canada have been suspended until further notice.

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India’s relations with Canada are currently strained following allegations by Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau that “agents of the Indian government” were involved in the assassination of Hardeep Singh Nijjar, 45, leader of the Khalistan Tiger Force (KTF), prohibited. temporary suspension of visas and in-person consular services in Bangalore, Chandigarh and Mumbai. These services will now be available exclusively at the High Commission of Canada in Delhi. India has rejected Trudeau’s allegations, calling them “absurd” and “motivated.” A few days later, he announced the temporary suspension of the issuance of visas to Canadian citizens and asked Ottawa to reduce its diplomatic presence in India.

India also asked Canada to come down hard on terrorists and anti-India elements operating from its soil and suspended visa services for Canadians.

IRCC also reduced its workforce in India from 27 to just 5 employees. These five IRCC staff members based in Canada will focus on tasks that require a physical presence in India, such as urgent processing, visa printing, risk assessment and supervision of key partners. The reduction in staff numbers is expected to impact processing times, leading to potential delays in processing, responding to inquiries and issuing visas and passports for Indian citizens.

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