India Resumes Visa Services for Canadians Amid Diplomatic Tensions!

The decision comes a month after New Delhi suspended services for Canadian nationals in Canada and around the world due to heightened tensions between the two countries last month following allegations of possible involvement of Indian agents in the killing of Khalistani extremist Hardeep Singh.

Canada has welcomed India’s decision to resume some visa services in the country from Thursday and said the move is a “good sign” after a “worrying time” for many Canadians amid a diplomatic row over the killing of a Sikh separatist. 

The High Commission of India in Canada said on Wednesday that the country’s authorities will resume processing certain types of visa applications for Canadians applying from across the country as well as abroad. 

The Indian High Commission in Ottawa stated in a press release shared on social media, “After reviewing the security situation in light of some recent steps by Canada, it has been decided that visa services for entry visa, business visa, medical visa, and conference visa categories will resume from October 26.”

On Wednesday afternoon, Immigration Minister Marc Miller described India’s move as “a good sign” after a “worrying time” for many of its Canadians. “We think that this suspension ought not to have occurred sooner,” CTV News cited him as saying. “

“Many groups are experiencing great dread as a result of the extremely concerning diplomatic situation with India.

‘Good news for the visa process to resume’

Emergency Management Minister and Sikh leader Harjit Sajjan said the resumption of the visa process was good news but he would not speculate on what message New Delhi was trying to send.

“The fact that they have reinstated it (services) is encouraging. It would have been better if they hadn’t taken this step. He further said that it is important that Indians and Canadians can come and go for events like weddings and funerals.

India declared Nijjar a terrorist in 2020 

The decision comes a month after New Delhi suspended services for Canadian nationals in Canada and around the world as tensions between the two countries escalated last month following Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s allegations of “possible” involvement of Indian agents in the killing of Khalistani extremist Hardeep Singh. India had dismissed Trudeau’s allegations as “absurd” and “motivated”. India had declared Nijjar a terrorist in 2020.

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