India-Canada Visa: What Visa Services Are Resuming From Today?

by Shreya Ghosh
India-Canada Visa: What Visa Services Are Resuming From Today?

India took the decision to suspend new visas for Canadian citizens almost a month back due to some political tension and unrest between India and Canada. After some time of the suspension, India has decided to lift the suspension and resume the visa services only in some categories. Read on to know all about all the things that are getting resumed on Thursday.

India Is Resuming Visa Services In Some Categories For Canadians

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This crucial decision is coming into action starting October 26. Only some categories are seeing developments when it comes to the resumption of visa services. These few categories are:

  • Entry Visa
  • Business Visa
  • Conference Visa
  • Medical Visa

The visa applications of Canadian citizens in the mentioned categories (Entry Visa, Business Visa, Conference Visa, and Medical Visa) will now also be accepted at Indian missions in different nations, as shared by officials, according to a report by The Hindu.

Taking to the X (formerly Twitter) platform, India in Canada (@HCI_Ottawa) shared a picture of the ‘latest Press Release on resumption of visa service’.

The Indian High Commission in Canada posted how the decision to resume visa services of Canadian citizens for some categories is coming into effect only ‘after a considered review of the security situation that takes into account some recent Canadian measures in this regard’, as shared in the press release.

The Indian High Commission in Canada also mentioned how all the ‘Emergency situations will continue to be addressed by the High Commission and the Consulates General’ like the current process. Further decisions in this regard will be taken on the basis of continuing the evaluation process of the situation.

Also read: After Shutting Consulates In India And Removing 41 Diplomats, Canada Says, ‘Expect Delays’ In Visa

Further Updates About The Resumption Of Visa Services:

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The Indian High Commission in Canada took the decision of the resumption of visa services only in some categories. It means that it is now accepting visa applications for entering the country only for approved purposes such as business, conferences, and medical reasons. Visa services such as e-visas and tourist visas are still under suspension.

  • The decision to suspend visa services temporarily for Canadian citizens came as a major blow to many people.
  • Firstly, a lot of people stay in Canada and return to their homes in India during the ongoing weeks of festivals. Unfortunately, they had to cancel their plans for the suspension.
  • Also, there are many tourists who had plans to travel to India but their plans also got cancelled.
  • Not just for travelling purposes, but the development affected many people who needed to be in India for medical purposes.

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On the other hand, Canada also suspended in-person visa services in the consulates. Will Canada also lift the suspension and resume visa services?

After this move by the High Commission, some Canadians can now enter India showing valid details and reasons. If you are wondering if visa services for other categories be resumed soon, there is no solid confirmation or affirmation on this yet.

What do you think about this latest decision of the Indian High Commission?

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