After 10 Years, Canada Reopens Visa Centers in Pakistan

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After 10 Years, Canada Reopens Visa Centers in Pakistan
After 10 Years, Canada Reopens Visa Centers in Pakistan

After a period of 10 years, Canada has announced that it will reopen its visa office in Pakistan. Because of the poor security situation back then, Canada had closed down its visa office in Pakistan and moved it to Abu Dhabi due to the poor security situation at the time.

In accordance with reports, the Canadian government has set aside significant funds for the construction of a visa office in Islamabad, as reported by local media. A growing number of Pakistani applicants for Canadian visas has been reported in recent years.
Pakistan has long been urging Canada to reconsider its decision to relocate its visa center to Abu Dhabi, since there are hundreds of thousands of Pakistanis living in Canada and their relatives are experiencing serious difficulties in receiving Canadian visas as a result of the decision.

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Pakistan’s High Commissioner to Canada had also requested the Canadian government to return the visa center to Pakistan after an improvement in Pakistan’s security situation had led to many other countries reopening visa centers in Pakistan after an improvement in security conditions.

Approximately ten years ago, the Canadian government decided to close its visa center in Pakistan due to the poor security situation and opened two new visa centers in Abu Dhabi and the United Kingdom (UK) in order to address the security issue.

Pakistanis who intend to travel to Canada were required to first apply for a visa in Abu Dhabi or in the UK before they could proceed with their application. There have, however, been a number of countries that have restarted their visa centers in Pakistan as the security situation has improved, leading Canada to also review its decision.

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