Visa Suspension Alert!: India Bans Visa for Canadians

Indians applying for Canada PR or Study Visa will remain unaffected.

On Thursday, 21st September 2023, the Indian government announced temporary suspension of visa services in Canada citing operational reasons. Although this suspension is declared as temporary, it has been a source of anxiety for many Canada PR applicants who aim to immigrate and settle in the country. This blog busts all the myths and rumors that might be making you uneasy about Canada Immigration.

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India suspends visa services for Canada: What does it mean?


The suspension of visa services by India will only impact Canadian nationals who are trying to visit India for work or leisure. It does not affect Indians who are applying for Canada PR through various immigration programs such as Express Entry and Provincial Nominee Program (PNP). Infact, Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) has conducted back-to-back Express Entry draws on the 19th and 20th of September, 2023. While the 263rd all program draw invited 3200 applicants, the category based draw for transport occupation issued 1000 ITAs or Invitations to Apply for eligible applicants. More than 90% of ITAs in the Express Entry draws are issued to Indian applicants. 

Talent Connected Worldwide has received ITAs in both the latest Express Entry draws. Additionally, most of the ITAs in the latest PNP draws have been issued to eligible Indian applicants. Thus, the suspension of the visa services for Canadian nationals, does not impact Indians aiming for Canada immigration. Please remember that although India suspends visa services for Canada, the latter continues to invite skilled workers, students, and entrepreneurs from India to work, study and establish business in the country.

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Importance of Indian immigrants to the Canadian economy

Indian immigrants constitute more than 90% of the Canadian skilled labour force. Since Canada is an aging country with an extremely low unemployment rate, it is heavily dependent on foreign skilled workers and invites eligible applicants through its immigration programs. Indian immigrants have perpetually and significantly contributed to the Canadian economy and diversity. From filling crucial job vacancies in healthcare, IT, trade, transportation and agricultural sector to creating jobs through varied entrepreneurial ventures, Indian immigrants do it all. Moreover, Indians are among the most fluent English speakers making them easily adapt in Canadian society. All these factors make you an indispensable economic asset to Canada. Thus, despite diplomatic unrest between the countries, Canada continues and will continue to invite eligible and skilled Indian immigrants.  If you are aiming to apply for Canada PR, this is the best time to get your profile assessed by a CICC regulated and licensed Canada immigration consultant.

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India is suspending Visa services for Canadians but YOU Don’t have to!

Not too long ago, Canada visa services were suspended due to travel restrictions instated by the COVID-19 pandemic. As a result, many immigration aspirants in India had given up their dream of applying for Canada PR. Unfortunately, they only lost a golden opportunity as immigration services never stopped and only suffered a backlog. Applicants who continued to apply were able to get their Canada PR even with a very low CRS score

Despite the ongoing rumors, you must not give up on your dream of settling in Canada. It still remains one of the best countries to settle, work, and study in. By pausing your visa application you will only be giving up on a possibly good opportunity. With category based Express Entry draws resuming after a month, this is the best time to consult a legal immigration representative and assess your options. You can also utilize this time by contacting us, getting your profile evaluated, and getting your documents ready. This will save you both time and money.

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Indian immigrants are safe in Canada

Even though the relationship between Canada and India is currently not the most cordial, Canada still remains the safest country in the world to live, work, and study in. In fact, Canada was recently ranked as the second best country in the world after Switzerland. The country holds utmost priority in keeping its citizens and permanent residents safe. Thus, if you are planning to apply for Canada PR or Canada study or work visa, you can continue to do so without worrying about your safety. 

Indian immigrants have been a significant and driving force of the Canadian economy and it is highly unlikely that the country will suspend or pause immigration or work visas in any foreseeable future. You must begin your immigration process such as taking the language proficiency test and gathering your paperwork, and creating an Express Entry profile if you are eligible for one. 

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Contact Talent Connected Worldwide , in case you have any doubts and questions about the future of Canada Immigration, your PR options, or Canada PR process. Visit the website for the latest Canada India news related to Canada PR, work and study visa.

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Athena Campbell

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