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Visas and Immigration

Welcome to the Visa Section of the High Commission of Canada to Pakistan.

For information about going to Canada and to find out how to make an application at this office, please refer to our list of services below.

We provide these services to citizens of or persons legally admitted to Pakistan and Afghanistan. Persons who are not citizens or permanent residents of Pakistan or Afghanistan may not submit applications for permanent resident visas at the Canadian High Commission in Islamabad. View the List of Countries and Corresponding Canadian Visa Offices to find the Embassy or High Commission that serves your country of residency.

Important announcement

Visa Application Centre (VAC)

Three NEW VACs opened in Pakistan in June 2013. The first opened in Islamabad on June 11, followed by one in Karachi on June 12 and one in Lahore on June 13.

As of June 13, all temporary resident applications (visitor visa, study or work permit) or permanent resident travel document applications should be submitted either online or through the VAC . More details... 

Biometric Requirement

As of December 11, 2013, Pakistani and Afghan citizens between the ages of 14 and 79 must give their biometrics (fingerprints and photographs) when submitting an application for a visitor visa, study permit or work permit.  This new requirement affects citizens from 29 countries and one territory.

You can give your biometrics at the VACs in Islamabad, Karachi or Lahore.

Pakistan nationals submitting applications for Permanent Residence under the Economic Class (Federal and Quebec Skilled Worker, Entrepreneur, Self Employed, Investor, and Provincial Nominee) are processed by the London visa office. If you wish to submit an application in the Economic Class, please refer to Immigrating to Canada and How to contact the visa office for information.

NOTE:  All Afghan nationals applying under the Economic Class may continue to forward applications to the visa office in Islamabad.

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