If you are going to apply for a Canada visa from Pakistan and you need information about what are the requirements for Canada visa for Pakistani passport holders then you are at the right place. I will guide you step by step on how to apply for Canada visit visa from Pakistan.
Requirements for Canada Visa
- Visa application form
- Original passport with
- Copies of all old/expired passports
- Photocopy of current passport
- Photo Copy of Nadra issued CNIC
- Two photographs
- Employment letter
- Copy of “B” form (in case of traveling with children)
- Bank Statement of the last 6 months
- Flight reservation
- Hotel reservation
- Invitation letter (if invited)
- Bank Statement of the sponsor (if invited)
How to Apply for Canada Visa in Pakistan?
The process starts with the Canada immigration website where you have to add your documents, fill the form and upload, and then submit your application by paying the required visa fee which is 185 Canadian dollars for single visa application and biometric fee is also included in this.
Visit Official Website of: Canada Immigration
You need to create an account on the official website of the Canadian government. Start your visa application there, submit all the documents and fill the required visa and security forms. You can download all the required forms from the above website.
Canada Visa Biometric at Gerry’s Office
The next step is to go for Biometrics at Gerry’s office. You already have paid the biometric fee online and you will just need to take the print out of your Canada visa application. However, you need to separately book an appointment for biometric at Gerry’s. After you successfully submit your application online, simply go to the below link and book an appointment.
Canada Visa Paper Application
The above process is very straightforward and easy to go with for most of the applicants. People will find it easy to apply for a Canada visa online.
However, you can still apply for a Canada visa through paper application at Gerry’s office. In order to do that, you will have to go to above mentioned Gerry’s website and book an appointment for the visa instead of biometrics only. That’s the simple process to start your paper application.
Canada Visa Frequently Asked Questions
Here is the list of frequently asked questions for Canada visa. I will answer all or most of the questions which come into mind while applying for a Canadian visa on a Pakistani passport.
How long does Canada visa process take?
Normally, the process takes between 15 to 30 days depending on the office which is dealing with your visa. Visas are normally processed in offices abroad, so it takes time for Gerry’s to transfer your documents. If you want to know the current processing times then go to this website and check.
What is the validity of Canada visa?
Generally, Canada’s visit visa is multiple entry and it’s issued for 10 years. If your passport has less validity then visa will be issued as per the validity of your passport. However, in some cases the visa office can issue a short-term visa like 3 to 6 months. That has happened in the past.
Canadian High Commission in Pakistan
The address of Canadian high commission in Pakistan is listed below but I don’t think they process visit visas. They only work with permanent residence and other issues. Visit visas are processed in office abroad.
Address: Sector G 5، Diplomatic Enclave, Islamabad, Islamabad Capital Territory 44050 Pakistan.
How to track Canada visa application?
You can now track the Canada visa application on Gerry’s website. You can also track your visa application official government of Canada website. Here is the link to track your application on Gerry’s website.
How much it costs to visit Canada?
Canada is one of the most expensive countries in the world. Therefore, you should expect a high cost for tourism in Canada. I would say $100 per day will be enough to explore Canada as I spent such amount during my visit to Canada. If you are going there in summer then expect a nice weather.
What to explore in Canada?
There are so many places you can discover in Canada. However, Canada is a very massive country (in fact, the second largest in the world). If you have a few days then I would suggest to not miss the below-mentioned places in Quebec and Ontario provinces.
- Quebec City
- Niagara Falls
Is Canada safe for tourism?
Yes! Canada is one of the safest countries in the world. You can explore Canada solo or with a group or with family. It’s 100% safe and easy to explore, especially in the summer.
Tips for Canada visa from Pakistan
As I always advise, do not lie in your application. If you have a valid US visa on your passport then your chances for Canada visit visa are good but it’s not guaranteed. Try to visit the US, Schengen area, and the UK first before applying for Canada visit visa. If you have a good business with handsome cash flow or a high paying job then your chances are good.
I wouldn’t recommend a single man to apply for a Canada visit visa. You need to show home ties and family comes first in-home ties. If you are married and have kids then your chances for Canada visit visa are high but still you should have strong travel history too as you are going for a visit.
If possible, arrange an invitation letter or sponsor letter from some well-known conference or exhibition organization in your field and that usually helps in obtaining a Canada visa. Many people have used this way to get a Canada visa in the past. Again, do not give fake documents and do not lie in application that’s not going to help.
Conclusion of Canada Visa
I have provided information according to the best of my ability and knowledge. Now it’s your turn to use this information and apply for Canada visa yourself. I think, you don’t need to hire an agent in order to apply for Canada visit visa. I did it myself many times and you can do it too.
People usually apply for permanent residence to Canada instead of visit visa and Canada also wants permanent residents in their country.
Therefore, the ratio of Canada visit visa approval in Pakistan is very low due to the fact that most people claim asylum in Canada on a visit visa. But I would still recommend to apply for this visa if you think you are eligible and you want to explore this beautiful country.
I have a video guide in Urdu about Canada visit visa which you can watch below. If you have any other questions to ask then you can do so in the comment section below. Thank you for reading my Canada visa for Pakistani passport guide.