India’s suspension of visa issuance to Canadian nationals will not apply to current visa holders, OCI card holders or renewal applicants in India.

Key Points:

  • Last week, the Indian government halted visa processing for Canadian nationals in response to escalating tensions between the two countries.
  • Canadian nationals who hold a valid visa or OCI card remain eligible to travel to India.
  • Canadian citizens who are currently in India can apply to renew their visas according to the rules governing their visa categories.

Additional Information: The diplomatic dispute arose between the two countries over Canada’s allegation that the Indian government was involved in the murder of a Sikh activist and naturalized Canadian citizen. The Indian government subsequently issued a travel warning to its citizens in Canada, and Canada pulled some staff from its Indian consulates reportedly due to threats. While processing of Canadian visas continues in India at this time, delays should be expected. BAL will continue to monitor the diplomatic dispute and provide updates as information becomes available.

This alert has been provided by the BAL Global Practice Group.

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