Vikramjit Singh Sahney, a member of the Rajya Sabha representing Punjab, has urged the Minister of External Affairs, S. Jaishankar, to reinstate visa services for Canadian citizens of Indian origin who do not possess Overseas Citizen of India (OCI) cards. Sahney emphasized that he has been inundated with requests from the Indian diaspora, particularly from Punjabis, who are facing difficulties in obtaining Indian visas for pressing family needs.

Sahney pointed out that a significant number of households in Punjab have at least one family member residing in Canada. He stressed that the refusal to issue visas to people of Indian origin in Canada would impose severe hardships on them. In situations where there is a shortage of staff at Indian missions, Sahney suggested considering the option of granting e-visas to alleviate the situation.

It’s worth noting that in September, India “suspended visa services in Canada until further notice.” This decision was made in the midst of an escalating diplomatic dispute that began when Canadian Prime Minister Trudeau made allegations about the potential involvement of Indian agents in the killing of a Khalistani separatist, Hardeep Singh Nijjar, in June. India has firmly rejected these allegations, considering them baseless and absurd.

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