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What will happen if Canada suspends visas to Indian citizens?

New Delhi: India on Thursday suspended new visas for Canadians and asked Ottawa to reduce its diplomatic presence in the country, sharply escalating a spat triggered by Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s accusations linking New Delhi to Sikh separatist Hardeep Singh Nijjar’s murder.

Canada is the fourth largest source of foreign tourists with 350,000 visitors in 2019, a number which fell following the COVID-19 pandemic, according to Indian government data.

According to experts, if Canada retaliates by suspending visas for Indian citizen, the political, social and economic implications of that in India will be far more immense.

Canada remains one of the few countries to which Indians are able to immigrate relatively quickly.

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