India restarting some visa services for Canadians | CBC News

India restarting some visa services for Canadians | CBC News

After a month-long freeze, Indian officials say the high commission in Ottawa and the consulates general in Toronto and Vancouver will resume processing some types of visas starting Thursday.

The announcement was posted to Xformerly Twitter, on Wednesday morning. According to the release, officials will resume services for entry visas, business visas, medical visas and conference visas.

The announcement also says that, “Emergency situations will continue to be addressed by the High Commission and the Consulates General as it is being done currently.

“Further decisions, as appropriate, would be intimated based on continuing evaluation of the situation.”

In late September, Indian officials in Canada suspended visa services amid a fallout between the countries after Prime Minister Justin Trudeau alleged India may have been involved in the killing of a pro-Khalistan activist in British Columbia.

Since then, Indian-born Canadians and their families have struggled to get home, with some lining up for hours outside Indian visa offices in Ontario.

India has forcefully denied the prime minister’s accusation, leading to high diplomatic tensions. Last week, 41 Canadian diplomats fled India after the country announced that individuals they had listed would lose their diplomatic immunity on Oct. 20.

After the mass exit, the prime minister accused India of violating international law and said the threat of revoking diplomatic immunity “is something that all countries in the world should be very worried about.”


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