India, Canada discuss consular issues of mutual concern

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The second Indo-Canadian Consular Dialogue held on Monday in New Delhi, November 14 discussed mutual legal assistance, co-operation, and reinforcement of people-to-people ties.

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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