India Visa Processing for Canada Is Expected to Return to Normal by Early 2024!

By admin (May 21, 2024)

India Visa Processing for Canada Is Expected to Return to Normal by Early 2024!

India visa processing for Canada is expected to return to normal by early 2024 as per the current situation of ongoing dispute.

Indian visa applications have been subjected to slower processing times because of this dispute as revealed by Canadian Immigration Minister Marc Miller on October 19, 2023, in a press conference. Processing time for Canada PR from India will be affected for a certain period. Later, the vital role of newcomers from India in the Canadian economy was emphasized by the minister.

Skilled Indian nationals are very much in demand by Canadian employers, which is one of the Top Reasons for Immigrants to Move to Canada from India. He stated that Immigration, Refugees, and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) will continue to welcome them.

Amount of Backlogs after Visa Processing Returns to Normal

The IRCC staff in India is reduced from 27 officials to just 5, which can lead to a backlog of 17,500 “final decisions” across the global immigration system of Canada over the next two months as briefed by senior IRCC officials to Canadian stakeholders.

Nonetheless, the government is hoping to return to normal processing by early 2024. It can be achieved as the 22 immigration staff pulled from India will reestablish themselves and get back to work in Canada and the Philippines accordingly.

The Cause of Slower Visa Application Processing

Formally on October 20, India was planning to remove immunities for all but 21 Canadian diplomats and dependents in New Delhi which means that 41 Canadian diplomats and 42 dependents may be stripped of their immunities. As stated by IRCC, mass expulsions such as this can impact the operations and affect the client service. Canada PR Process from India will hopefully return to normalcy pretty soon.

What Operations Will Be Effected?

Until further notice, IRCC is temporarily pausing all in-person services at Consulates. Applications from India will continue to be accepted and processed. Certain application requirements need to be completed locally or in sight in a secure environment. Service standards for residents of India will definitely be effected after IRCC staff is reduced from 27 to just 5.

The work that requires an in-country presence such as visa printing, urgent processing, overseeing key partners, and risk assessment will be done by the remaining IRCC staff in India. The key partners include visa application centers (VACs), panel physicians, and clinics that perform immigration medical exams. There will be reassignment of the rest of the work and staff across the global processing network of IRCC. However, it is very much possible that visa operations for India will return to normal in the early part of New Year.

Impact on Visa Application Centers (VACs)

The workload for Visa Application Centers (VACs) will be adjusted by IRCC as they already process the majority of visa applications from India. This is how IRCC is planning to mitigate the impact. Third parties usually operate the VACs so they will continue to operate normally. Receiving administrative support, transmitting passports, and submitting biometrics at one of the 10 centers of IRCCs in India can still be done by the applicants.Canada Immigration News will update you about this ongoing situation between India and Canada, and how it will resolve.