What’s the Dispute About?
Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi strongly denies these allegations, leading to a diplomatic standoff between the two nations.
Visa Processing Services Suspended:
On September 21, BLS, which manages India’s visa processing centers in Canada, halted its services due to operational issues.
The suspension impacted centers in key cities like Toronto, Ottawa, and Vancouver.
Canada’s Stance on Visas:
Canada has not ceased processing visas for Indian nationals. The country continues to accept new visa applications, and processing times remain unchanged.
Safety Concerns and Travel Advisory:
Canada’s Reputation for Safety:
Canada consistently ranks among the world’s safest countries, as per the 2023 Global Peace Index, where it secured the 11th position.
A 2022 report by the Canadian Bureau for International Education (CBIE) highlighted Canada’s strong reputation for safety and tolerance, making it a favored destination for international students.
Significant Indian Presence in Canada:
India holds the distinction of being the largest source country for immigration to Canada.
In 2022, more than 118,000 Indians gained permanent residence in Canada.
Impressively, about 40% of international students studying in Canada are of Indian origin.
Canada’s Immigration Targets:
Canada has set ambitious immigration targets for the 2023-2025 period, aiming to admit over 500,000 permanent residents each year by the end of 2025.
Minister Miller has indicated that there are no plans to lower these immigration targets in the upcoming Immigration Levels Plan, expected by November 1.
Despite the ongoing diplomatic tensions, Canada remains open to Indian travelers and immigrants. Its strong reputation for safety and tolerance continues to attract people from all over the world, including India.