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India Has Resumed Certain Visa Services for Citizens of Canada

The government resumed work on entrance, business, medical, and conference visas as a start towards normalizing visa services, following Canada’s escalation of security measures for Indian diplomats. The announcement that India could very soon resume visa services was made by External Affairs Minister S. Jaishankar, which prompted the development.

However, Canadian citizens’ tourist and e-visas will be temporarily stopped. On September 21, India announced that it has stopped granting visas to Canadian citizens, even for travel to third countries. India claimed that Canada had breached the Vienna Convention by failing to provide Indian diplomats with safety and security. This came after the uproar surrounding Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s claim that India was involved in the murder of Canadian national Hardeep Singh Nijjar, a leader of the Khalistan movement.

A few hours following Jaishankar’s statement, India declared that it was assessing the security situation. “Further decisions, as appropriate, would be intimated based on continuing evaluation of the situation,” the high commission in Ottawa stated in a statement. The resumption of entry visas is available to Indian nationals as well as dependent family members of individuals with work visas.

Source- Travel biz

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