Canada-India Diplomatic Dispute Delays Visa Processing for Indian Applicants

The ongoing diplomatic dispute between Canada and India has led to a temporary slowdown in visa processing for Indian citizens.

Oct 20, 2023 - 12:22
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Canada-India Diplomatic Dispute Delays Visa Processing for Indian Applicants

Canada Immigration: Visa Processing for Indians Slows Amid Diplomatic Dispute

In the midst of a growing diplomatic dispute between Canada and India, Canada's Immigration Minister, Marc Miller, has announced a temporary slowdown in visa processing for Indian citizens intending to travel to Canada. This development follows India's formal request for a reduction in the number of Canadian diplomats stationed within the country.

The visa processing slowdown is attributed to India's request to limit the presence of Canadian diplomats on its soil, marking a significant shift in the Canada-India relationship.

The Immigration, Refugees, and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) stated in a released statement, "Following India's intent to unilaterally remove immunities for all but 21 Canadian diplomats and dependents in Delhi by October 20, 2023, Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) is reducing its number of employees in India from 27 to 5. While IRCC will continue to accept and process applications from India, the reduced staffing levels are expected to impact processing times."

The reduction in the number of Canadian diplomatic staff in India is anticipated to cause delays in various services for Indian citizens, including visa processing and passport issuance. However, IRCC assures that its staff in Canada will handle the necessary tasks to minimize the impact on essential services.

Furthermore, the statement noted, "The large majority of applications from India are already processed outside the country, with 89% of India's applications processed through the global network. The 5 Canada-based IRCC staff who remain in India will focus on work that requires an in-country presence, such as urgent processing, visa printing, risk assessment, and overseeing key partners."

As a consequence of the reduction, Foreign Minister Mélanie Joly confirmed that 41 of Canada's 62 diplomats in India, along with their dependents, have been removed. Joly noted that exceptions have been made for 21 Canadian diplomats who will continue their operations in India.

Joly also expressed concerns about the impact of India's decision on the level of services provided to citizens of both countries. Canada has temporarily paused in-person services in locations such as Chandigarh, Mumbai, and Bangalore, further complicating matters for Indian citizens.

The diplomatic tensions between Canada and India have led to these significant changes in visa processing and diplomatic presence, leaving many Indians in limbo as they await travel to Canada. The developments in this ongoing dispute will continue to be closely monitored as both nations seek a resolution to their differences.

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