December 23, 2022
LawQuest | Indian Immigration Alert | Indian e-Visas Reinstated for Canadian Nationals
Indian e-Visas Reinstated for Canadian Nationals!
After two weeks of resuming the electronic visa or e-Visa facility for UK Nationals, India has now reinstated this facility for Canadian nationals as well. Canada is now a part of the list of eligible countries on the e-Visa portal.
This was announced by the High Commission of India in Ottawa, and is effective from December 20, 2022, (See https://www.hciottawa.gov.in/newsevent?id=477).
The High Commission of India further announced that “All pending visa applications submitted through the BLS Centres in Canada will be processed on priority. Those applicants who wish to withdraw their respective visa applications may do so by visiting the website https://www.blsindia-canada.com/ and choosing the option for Application Withdrawal.”
It further added “Those who have booked appointments to apply for tourist, business, medical or conference visa at BLS Centres in Canada and would, now, like to apply for eVisa instead, are requested to vacate/cancel their appointment slots so that the same becomes available to others seeking visa/consular services.”
The reinstatement of the e-Visa facility will help clear the backlog for visa application appointments which has been a huge impediment for Canadian nationals, especially for those wishing to travel to India for tourism and/or business.