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India Resumes E-Visa Services for Canadian Nationals After Two-Month Pause

India has resumed e-visa services for Canadian nationals after a nearly two-month suspension, according to sources familiar with the matter. The issuance of visas was temporarily halted on September 21, citing operational reasons, following strained relations between the two countries after Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau made unsubstantiated allegations of a potential Indian link to the killing of pro-Khalistani figure Hardeep Singh Nijjar.

In October, India resumed visa services in specific categories for Canadian citizens, excluding tourist, employment, student, film, missionary, and journalist visas. The recent decision marks the resumption of services for all visa categories. This development coincides with Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s participation in the virtual G20 Leaders’ Summit, marking his first interaction with Prime Minister Modi since the diplomatic tensions escalated.

Trudeau had previously claimed in the House of Commons that there were “credible allegations” of a potential link between Indian agents and the killing of Hardeep Singh Nijjar, an accusation strongly denied by India. Despite repeated requests, Trudeau has yet to provide any evidence to substantiate the claims. External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar reiterated that India is open to an investigation but emphasized the need for evidence from the Canadian government.

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