New Delhi, October 25, 2023: As per media reports, India on Wednesday announced the resumption of several types of visa services from its High Commission in Ottawa and other consulates in the Canada from October 26.
According to the news published in The Tribune, External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar, while speaking at a seminar on Sunday had held out the hold of resuming visa services in Canada “very, very soon”, provided India is convinced that its diplomats in Canada will come to no harm.
The Government said the resumption of visa services was taken after Canada put some measures in place that has assured Indian diplomats of their safety and security.
The types of visa services that will be resumed relate to entry, business, medical and conferences. In addition, emergency situations will also be dealt with by the High Commission and the consulates.
However, discord still remains between India and Canada with Jaishankar alleging that 41 Canadian diplomats posted in India were expelled because of their interference in India’s domestic affairs.
Some of the impending revelations relate to Canadian diplomats issuing travel documents to certain elements in India.
This was anticipated to slow down the normalisation of visa issuance by both Canada and India for some time, sources had said.