has stopped processing for visa applications for Canadians “till further notice,” according to a notice that appeared on a visa processing company website on Thursday.
BLS International, an Indian company that offers visa services, displayed on its website an “Important notice from Indian Mission: Due to operational reasons, with effect from 21 September 2023, Indian visa services have been suspended till further notice.”
The move comes between India and over the killing of a Sikh separatist, Hardeep Singh Nijjar, near the Canadian city of Vancouver in June. Canada has said India was involved in the murder, a claim New Delhi has rejected as “absurd.”
Confusion over suspension
The notice, which was reported by Indian media, was a source of confusion after it temporarily disappeared from the BLS website minutes after first going up. It later appeared again without explanation.
The Hindustan Times cited an anonymous official who confirmed the suspension, saying “The language is clear and it says what it intends to say.”
But Indian consulate websites were down on Thursday, and no immediate comment from Indian or Canadian authorities.
On Wednesday, residing in and traveling Canada to be cautious due to “politically-condoned hate crimes and criminal violence.”
ab/rs (AFP, Reuters, EFE)
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