Joint Secretary (CPV) Devesh Uttam represented the Indian delegation, while Marie-Louise Hannan, Director General, South Asia Bureau at Global Affairs Canada led the Canadian Delegation at the second Indo-Canadian Consular Dialogue.
During the Indo-Canadian Consular Dialogue, India put emphasis on consular and visa issues, including
- Problems and delays in getting Canadian visa/work permit/PR for Indian residents
- Issues being faced by Indian students in Canada
- Sharing of confidential information on the arrest of Indian nationals in Canada
- Assistance to Indians in case of death/hospitalization/emergencies and their security
Issues related to marital disputes in Canada
- Fraudulent immigration/travel agents and fake employment offers in Canada
Discussions were also done on the Migration and Mobility Partnership Agreement, led by Anurag Bhushan, Joint Secretary (OIA-I), India.
Both countries agreed to encourage cooperation in expatriation and mutual legal assistance in criminal matters.
India and Canada committed to solve citizen-centric issues like reducing delays in visas and also agreed upon strengthening bilateral relations through people-to-people ties.The next Consular Dialogue will be held in Canada in 2023.
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