Following a temporary halt due to safety concerns for Indian officials in Canada, the Indian High Commission in Canada has proclaimed the revival of certain visa services.
Beginning October 26, 2023, services like entry, business, medical, and conference visas will once again be accessible.
For the safety of the Indian diplomatic staff, whose security was jeopardized in Canada, visa services were momentarily ceased. Foreign Minister Dr. S. Jaishankar remarked, "With our diplomats' safety at risk, we prioritized their well-being, leading to the visa issuance suspension."
The friction between India and Canada surged post allegations by Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, claiming interference from "Indian government agents" in the assassination of Hardeep Singh Nijjar, the leader of the prohibited Khalistan Tiger Force (KTF).
India labeled Trudeau's allegations as "baseless" and "prejudiced," resulting in reciprocal measures and ceasing visa allocations to Canadians. Subsequently, India requested Ottawa to scale down its diplomatic team in India, causing further disturbances in visa operations.
Due to these tensions, Canada temporarily put a halt to visa and face-to-face consular services in specific Indian regions, centralizing them at the Canadian High Commission in New Delhi.
The International Recruitment and Control Council (IRCC) drastically trimmed its Indian team from 27 members to a mere five. These officials took charge of duties that needed direct involvement in India. Consequently, this downsizing was foreseen to impact visa issuance durations, possibly introducing delays for Indian applicants.
However, resuming certain visa services in Canada is predicted to smoothen diplomatic ties.
The Indian High Commission in Ottawa, together with its Consulates in Toronto and Vancouver, has opted to restore specific visa classes, including:
These restorations are anticipated to aid a broad spectrum of individuals, spanning tourists, business individuals, patients, and specialists.
For those in Canada desiring an Indian visa through the High Commission in Ottawa, consider these fundamental steps, while being mindful that the precise procedure might differ:
Reinitiating visa services in Canada signifies a crucial move towards mending and augmenting ties between India and Canada. This progression symbolizes optimism for a collaborative future where both nations can collectively navigate global challenges and openings.