Canadians forced to cancel India trips due to visa backlogs
by The Canadian Parvasi
Canadians applying for an Indian visa have been calling for the return of the electronic visa program, which allowed applicants to obtain their visas online, as well as for more staffing at the visa application centres to address the backlog.
Despite the Indian Consulate’s set time of 30 days, some applicants have been waiting for as long as two months to obtain their visas.
Speaking to media outlets, Arminder Bajwa, an Indian visa applicant, expressed, “I’ve spent like $8,000 on tickets. For my sister’s marriage … that’s my sister, and I have to be there because that’s like a tradition.”
“That situation, inflation and everything … $8,000, ” he emphasised.
Bajwa also expressed dismay at the fact that the International Visa Application Centre had the passports for all four of his members for 17 days, and were yet to issue the visas.
The electronic visa program, which was previously operational, was shut down amid travel restrictions during the pandemic. Prior to the shutdown, the process of obtaining the visa could be done entirely virtually.
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