Pakistan’s High Commissioner to Canada, Tariq Azim Khan, hosted a dinner in honour of Canadian Minister of Immigration and Citizenship Ahmed Hussen at the Pakistan House in Ottawa, Canada.
During the dinner, the high commissioner discussed visa difficulties being faced by Pakistani students and businessmen. A lot of Pakistani students apply for courses in various Canadian universities. The biggest issue faced by these students is the lengthy and slow visa processing of their applications by the respective authorities which forces students opt out or look for other areas.
Mr. Tariq informed the Canadian minister that visa process should be relaxed for businessmen and traders so that the trade between the two countries can improve. The business persons who have to meet their business counterparts in Canada apply for visas but the long processing time causes issues.
The high commissioner urged that the bottleneck in the processing of visas for students and businessmen should be dealt with.
The Canadian minister assured that the Canadian government is trying to reduce cases of rejected visas and they are trying to speed up the visa process for Pakistani students and traders.
Mr. Hussen personally assured that we would look into the bona fide applicants during his visit to the processing centers. He further added that progress is being made to resolve family reunion cases and he assured to support Pakistani students studying in Canada.