Visa backlogs force Canadians to cancel trips to India

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Visa backlogs force Canadians to reconsider trips to India

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It's 8:30 a.m. on a chilly Friday morning in Surrey, B.C., and a queue of people snakes around a strip mall in the Metro Vancouver suburb.

They're not here for the mall's sweet shop or the Filipino fusion restaurant. Most of them have been waiting hours for an Indian visa at the BLS International Visa Application Centre.

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Arminder Bajwa is one of hundreds of Indian visa applicants who say backlogs in the system are leaving people like him in limbo as visa applications have spiked amid a drop in global travel restrictions. He's been here since 5:30 a.m. when temperatures were near zero.

Indian visa applicants are calling for the return of an electronic visa program  that allowed online applications and was in place in Canada before the pandemic, as well as more staffing to address reported processing delays across the country.

"I've spent like $8,000 on tickets," Bajwa says from the queue, surrounded by dozens of others trying to keep warm. "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 repeats.

A Sikh man wearing a turban looks at the camera.

But Bajwa's passport has been with authorities inside the BLS office for over 17 days, and he's getting desperate. 

Another person in line said they had been waiting over two months — despite the Indian consulate's stated timeline of 30 days for a visa.

Before the pandemic, applicants like Bajwa had access to an electronic visa application that was entirely virtual, a program that was brought to a halt amid travel shutdowns.

And though the program has been restored to over 156 countries, it hasn't been restored yet to Canada, despite India's  status as the largest source of new Asian immigrants to Canada since 2016.

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The Indian high commissioner-designate, Sanjay Kumar Verma, said that visa applications have spiked to dramatic levels but denied widespread delays.

But a voicemail from BLS International, to which the Indian High Commission has outsourced its visa applications, says that "processing times have been increased."

The company did not return a request for comment. But an acknowledgement of delays is little consolation for Bajwa and others in his situation.

"The population in Surrey, Metro Vancouver, is ballooning. It's, like, increasing day by day," he said. "They need more offices. They need more people."

Travel agent says e-visa should be restored

Manpreet Grewal, the manager of the My Dream Traveler agency in Mississauga, Ont., says that BLS should consider opening more offices across Canada and Ontario. 

She says she's been hearing of delays in the system for months and has even published multiple TikToks for visa applicants seeking advice.

"These days, there's only one location in Brampton for the whole GTA," she told CBC News in an interview.

Currently, there are nine BLS International offices across the country — the only centre that processes applications for Indian visas in Canada. They're concentrated in the largest urban centres, even as more immigrants make their way to smaller communities . This means those who live away from urban centres either have to mail the BLS centres their documents, or make their way there in person.

Grewal, and the Indian Association of Tour Operators , have called for the e-visa program to return. The program allows those in qualifying countries to fill out the application and get an electronic travel authorization (ETA), before having their e-visa stamped on their passport at their destination.

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If applicants have Canadian citizenship, even if they're born in India, they have to get a visa to return, as India doesn't allow dual citizenship.

"The main reason [for] the delay for the visas is because they are not opening e-visas," she said.

High commissioner cites strained resources

The high commissioner-designate denied there were significant delays happening across the system, though he conceded there were massive increases in application volumes that had tightened resources.

"If I look at Ottawa … October 2022 [visa] submissions as compared to October 2021, submissions have increased by 605 per cent," Verma told CBC News in an interview.

He said the comparisons were similar for Vancouver and Toronto, with respective increases of 203 and 188 per cent since last October.

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Verma encouraged applicants to look at visa application timelines on the commission's website and said that those waiting in queues at BLS offices were walk-ins without appointments.

"As far as we are concerned, we are processing the visa applications and granting the eligible applicants' visa much, much faster than people otherwise realize," he said.

As for the e-visa program, Verma said the program was being restored "country by country, looking at the constraints on resources."

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"There are discussions. There are considerations. There are movements in that direction. When it is finally decided by the two governments, then, of course, we'll hear the outcome," he said.

A request for comment from Foreign Affairs Canada was not returned by deadline.

With files from Lyndsay Duncombe, Renee Filippone, and Simon Dingley

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In exceptional cases involving recent death of a close relative, Emergency Visa applications (with Online registrations only) will be accepted at the Consulate between 0930-1200 hours, with a copy of the air-ticket (for travel within 48 hours) for death/critical illness cases - Only Canadian Passport holders.  Applicants would be required to provide copy of death certificate of the deceased and proof of relation to the deceased.

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In exceptional cases involving recent death of a close relative, Emergency Visa applications (with Online registrations only) will be accepted at the Consulate between 1000-1200 hours, with a copy of the air-ticket (for travel within 48 hours) - Only Canadian Passport holders.  Applicants would be required to provide copy of death certificate of the deceased and proof of relation to the deceased. There will be no emergency visa service on Sundays and holidays .

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  • In case of minor applicants – (1) copy of birth certificate or proof of parentage and (2) consent form signed by both parents.

Visa Services - Emergency Services  [0930 – 1130 hrs on all working days]

On Saturdays   (1000-1200 hours)

In exceptional cases involving recent death of a close relative, Emergency Visa applications (with Online registrations only) will be accepted at the Consulate between 1000-1200 hours, with a copy of the air-ticket (for travel within 48 hours) for death/critical illness cases - Only Canadian Passport holders.  You would be required to provide proof of your emergency.  Visa will be granted solely at the discretion of the Consulate.  We may not be able to grant the service in certain cases. There will be no emergency visa service on Sundays and holidays .

Requirements :

  • Duly completed, printed and signed online visa application form (for registration online, please visit https://indianvisaonline.gov.in/visa/index.html ).
  • Submit the application along with one passport size ( 2” x 2” or 51 x 51 MM) recent color passport size photograph showing full frontal face against a white background to be pasted on the application form.
  • Proof of the emergency which would be subject to verification at the discretion of the Consulate.
  • Copy of proof of address which should in the jurisdiction of this Consulate.
  • A copy of the cancelled Indian passport or Surrender Certificate.
  • Bank draft/Money order payable to the Consulate General of India, Vancouver as follows:

On working days - C$ 100.00 + C $ 4.00 (Consular surcharge) Total C$ 104.00

On Saturdays or holidays – C$ 100 + C$ 4 (Consular surcharge) + C$ 55 (Emergency service charge)  = Total C$ 159

  •  For working days (From Monday To Friday) Emergency Visa Fee will be C$104.00
  • Emergency Visa Fee for Saturdays and Holidays will be C$ 100.00 + C$4.00 + C$ 55.00 = Total C$159.00
  • In case of minor, copy of birth certificate or proof of parentage
  • In case of minor, consent form signed by both parents.

Emergency Visa is not a category of visa. It is an Entry visa granted to Canadian passport holders of Indian origin for travel to India in an emergency situation to attend to genuine emergencies such as recent death of a close relative of the applicant in India only. Applicant will be required to provide proof of the emergency, which would be subject to verification and visa will be granted solely at the discretion of theConsulate.  Applicants may also be required to appear for an interview.  Entry Visa Valid for three months with single entry is granted in such emergencies.   Tourist, Business, Employment, Research or Conference visas CANNOT be applied under emergency procedure. We may not be able to grant the service in certain cases.

On Saturdays :

  • Bank draft/Money order for a total of C$ 123.00 + C$59.00 (Consular surcharge) (Total C$ 182.00) payable by Demand Draft/Money Order to the Consulate General of India, Vancouver.
  • In case of minor, copy of birth certificate or proof of parentage.

Visa Services - Emergency Services  [0930 – 1130 hrs all working days]

Emergency Visa is granted on Canadian passports for travel to India in an emergency situation to attend to genuine medical and humanitarian emergencies only. Applicant will be required to provide proof of the emergency, which would be subject to verification and at the discretion of the Consulate.  Applicants may be required to appear for an interview.  Tourist Visa Valid for three months with single entry is granted in such emergencies.   Tourist, Business, Employment, Research or Conference visas CANNOT be applied under emergency procedure. We may not be able to grant the service in certain cases.

Only Emergency Visa (Online visa applications only) will be accepted at the Consulate between 1000-1200 hours, with a copy of the air-ticket (for travel within 48 hours) for death/critical illness cases - Only Canadian Passport holders.  You may be required to provide proof of your emergency.  We may not be able to grant the service in certain cases. There will be no emergency visa service on Sundays and holidays .

  • Submit the application along with one passport size ( 2” x 2” or 51 x 51 MM) recent colour passport size photograph showing full frontal face against a white background to be pasted on the application form.
  • Bank draft/Money order for a total of C$ 208.00 + C$4.00 (Consular surcharge) (Total C$ 212.00) payable by Demand Draft/Money Order to the Consulate General of India, Vancouver.

Visa Services - Emergency Services

Emergency Visa is granted on Canadian passports for travel to India in an emergency situation to attend to genuine medical and humanitarian emergencies only. Applicant will be required to provide proof of the emergency, which would be subject to verification and at the discretion of the Consulate.  Applicants may be required to appear for an interview.  Entry visa valid for one month with single entry is granted in such emergencies.   Tourist, Business, Employment, Research or Conference visas CANNOT be applied under emergency procedure.

We may not be able to grant the service in certain cases.

Only Emergency Visa (Online visa applications only) will be accepted at the Consulate between 1000-1200 hours, with a copy of the air-ticket (for travel within 48 hours) for death/critical illness cases - Only Canadian Passport holders.  You may be required to provide proof of your emergency.  We may not be able to grant the service in certain cases.

There will be no emergency visa service on Sundays and holidays .

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  • Bank draft/Money order for a total of C$ 178.00 + C$2.00 (Consular surcharge) (Total C$ 180.00) payable by Demand Draft/Money Order to the Consulate General of India, Vancouver.   
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Entry Visa India processing time?? Anyone applied in september 2022

  • Thread starter tisha511
  • Start date Sep 14, 2022

tisha511

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Can anyone help me. My husband recently got citizenship. We tried to reschedule but were not given the option We got the Canada passport done on urgent but the agent at BLS brampton counter says it take 30 to 45 days for Entry/tourist visa. WE have only 3 weeks left to travel and not sure what to do . Should we surrender passport and apply for entry visa or tourist visa? Please advise.  

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Hi, I did the same. On 8th Sep I went to the Brampton BLS to surrender my passport and apply for Entry visa. From what I have heard from multiple people, it takes max 2 weeks to get Entry visa. I have my flight booked for Sep 30th. I would suggest you still apply for Entry visa through walkin asap. Probably a week before travel you can reach out to the consulate if you dont receive the visa.  

Hi, Did you apply for surrender certificate and entry visa on same time and was it Entry visa or Tourist visa? I am planning to go on November 11, 2022 and returning in May 2023. I got my Canadian passport and going to apply for surrender certificate for my Indian passport at BLS centre. I am confused if I should apply for Entry visa or Tourist. Can you please let me know if possible? Thanks  

MH1990 said: Hi, Did you apply for surrender certificate and entry visa on same time and was it Entry visa or Tourist visa? I am planning to go on November 11, 2022 and returning in May 2023. I got my Canadian passport and going to apply for surrender certificate for my Indian passport at BLS centre. I am confused if I should apply for Entry visa or Tourist. Can you please let me know if possible? Thanks Click to expand...
dibyapal said: Entry visa is only for people who were Indian citizens. Tourist visa is for everyone. However Entry visa is way faster than tourist visa. So if you were an Indian citizen then apply for entry visa while surrendering passport. Click to expand...
MH1990 said: Thanks for your prompt reply.. Did you enter Indian passport details with Canadian passport? Click to expand...

I applied in person for Indian passport surrender certificate (for my wife only), entry visa for my wife and son at same time. BLS agent said all documents are good and my son who was born here in Canada got his entry visa but my wife visa got rejected and of course there is no reason. Now I am going to wait for surrender certificate and try applying again by standing in line from 2AM again..so hate this process  

anujgupta84

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Hi guys, I sent my Entry Visa application though Canada Post to BLS Surrey. It was delivered on 3rd Oct. I haven't got any update at all. I have tried calling them. Of course there Call center is a joke! What should I do? Please suggest..  

wolfman2017

tisha511 said: Can anyone help me. My husband recently got citizenship. We tried to reschedule but were not given the option We got the Canada passport done on urgent but the agent at BLS brampton counter says it take 30 to 45 days for Entry/tourist visa. WE have only 3 weeks left to travel and not sure what to do . Should we surrender passport and apply for entry visa or tourist visa? Please advise. Click to expand...

Miss bee

anujgupta84 said: Hi guys, I sent my Entry Visa application though Canada Post to BLS Surrey. It was delivered on 3rd Oct. I haven't got any update at all. I have tried calling them. Of course there Call center is a joke! What should I do? Please suggest.. Click to expand...
Miss bee said: Did you tried to check on BLS website or Passport portal? Click to expand...
anujgupta84 said: Thanks for replying. Yes, I did click 'Track Application' on their website but it says 'No records found'. Is there something else I can do? I don't even know if the processing has started. I am so anxious! Click to expand...
Miss bee said: https://portal3.passportindia.gov.in/Online/index.html . Also if it was through postal service, it will take some time . Click to expand...

pranjal1989

anujgupta84 said: This portal doesn't give the status of Visa application. Please correct me if am wrong. So, other than their own website, nothing else can be tried? Click to expand...

karana

pranjal1989 said: Hey Anuj, Did you get your entry visa. What was the timeline? Thanks Click to expand...

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