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Canada-India Visa and Immigration Update Amid Diplomatic Dispute

Publish Date: 23/09/2023

  • Canada is processing visas for Indian nationals despite a recent diplomatic dispute with India.
  • The dispute centers on the killing of a Canadian-Sikh leader in British Columbia, with Trudeau alleging Indian government involvement, which Modi denies.
  • BLS, India's visa processing center in Canada, temporarily suspended services, but processing times for Indian visa applicants remain unchanged.
  • India issued a travel advisory for Indians traveling to Canada due to safety concerns, but Canada is generally considered one of the safest countries globally.
  • Canada is a top choice for international students due to its safety and tolerance, with 40% of international students in Canada being Indian in 2022.
  • Approximately 320,000 Indian students studied in Canada in the last academic year.
  • India is the largest source country for immigration in Canada, with 118,095 Indians gaining permanent residence in 2022.
  • Canada has ambitious immigration targets for 2023-2025, aiming to admit over 500,000 permanent residents annually. These targets are not expected to be lowered.

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