Amid diplomatic tension with Canada, India imposed visa restrictions on its citizens. After more than a month, India announced a slight relaxation of visa policy from last Wednesday. According to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Canadian citizens will be given ‘Entry Visa’, ‘Business Visa’, ‘Medical Visa’ and ‘Conference Visa’ in India from Thursday. But according to the new travel regulations published by the Canadian government for Canadian citizens, New Delhi has upheld the decision not to grant visas to Canadians in 9 cases.
According to the Indian Embassy located in Ottawa, the capital of Canada, visas will not be issued to Canadian citizens going to India for travel, study, and employment purposes. Visas will not be given to journalists, missionaries and people associated with the film industry.
In this regard, Indian Ambassador to Canada Sanjay Kumar Varma said, ‘only four cases have been resumed. That was also mentioned in the press release.
The government of Canada opened its mouth about this and said that they came to know about it from the notification published by the Indian authorities. Canada has indicated that the restrictions are temporary.
Due to the murder of Khalistani leader Hardeep Singh Nijjar on Canadian soil, tensions have been rising in bilateral diplomacy for more than a month. In the atmosphere of tension, on September 21, the Ministry of External Affairs of India decided to impose restrictions on the issuance of visas to Canadian citizens.
The ministry’s directive said that issuing visas to Canadian citizens will be suspended until further notice. The ban was partially lifted on Wednesday. However, the Indian High Commission and Consulate in Canada will remain under the ’emergency’ guidelines, New Delhi said.