India-Canada dispute: 9 types of visas are being held up

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There are exceptions for tourist, job, student, film, missionary, and press visas.
Ottawa changed its travel alert to say that nine types of Canadian visas for India are still not being issued.

Due to political problems, India had to stop some services related to Canadian visas on September 21. On October 25, those services were brought back.
India’s high office in Ottawa said that business, medical, conference, and entry visas will be issued again.

It does not apply to tourist, job, student, film, missionary, or press visas.

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In the news release on Wednesday, it said that the decision was made after a “careful review of the security situation that takes into account some recent Canadian measures in this regard.”

The information on this page comes from the Indian government. “But it could change at any time,” the Canadian government said on Saturday.
According to the news release, only four categories have been brought back. This was confirmed by Sanjay Kumar Verma, India’s high commissioner to Ottawa.

Because they wanted to keep people safe, the Indian high commission and consulates general in Toronto and Vancouver “had to temporarily suspend visa services.”

It said that visa services for all four types were reopened after “a careful review of the security situation that takes into account some recent Canadian measures in this regard.”

The announcement said, “Further decisions, as needed, would be sent out based on ongoing evaluation of the situation.”

Unlike 165 other countries, Canada does not offer e-visas. After the COVID-19 spread, Canadians got e-visas again in December.

Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said in the House of Commons on September 18 that there were “credible allegations” that Indian agents were involved in the killing of pro-Khalistan leader Hardeep Singh Nijjar in Surrey, British Columbia, on June 18. On September 21, visas were suspended indefinitely.

After that, both countries kicked out their officials. This month, 41 Canadian officials left India after New Delhi said it might take away their diplomatic immunity. Canada said it was a “mass expulsion” of officials, and India asked for “parity” in the number of diplomats.

Nijjar, who was in charge of Sikhs for Justice in British Columbia, was shot and killed in the parking lot of the Guru Nanak Sikh Gurdwara in Surrey.

India said that Canada tried Nijjar for terrorism, but they never did. The Canadian government has not shown that New Delhi was involved in the crime.

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