Today, we’ve got some crucial updates for those of you in Pakistan who are planning to travel to Canada. A recent announcement from the Canadian Immigration Minister, Sean Fraser, has shed some light on visa processing times and has some good news that’s likely to alleviate your concerns. Let’s delve into the details and move onto our discussion about temporary resident visas.
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Canadians have offered comfort to Pakistanis aspiring to visit the country, clarifying that their visa processing time will be under two months and not the over two-year period currently indicated on the government’s official site.
Immigration Minister Sean Fraser clarified on Twitter that the processing period for new applications isn’t 802 days. He stated that currently, it takes 60 days to process a complete temporary resident visa application from Pakistan. However, they plan to reduce it to 30 days shortly.
Who Requires Temporary Resident Visas?
This visa is required by the following groups of visitors:
- International students
- Tourists and visitors
- Temporary Foreign Workers
Fraser explained why the website shows an 802-day processing time. He stated that this is due to them handling older applications from the time when borders were shut due to the pandemic. He added that they have significantly reduced the backlog for Pakistani temporary resident visas, bringing it down from 55,000 to less than 15,000.
He also shared the news of an investment in a new processing centre in Islamabad to enhance processing and interview capabilities in the Indo-Pac region.
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