After a ten-year hiatus, Canada has announced that it will reopen its visa office in Pakistan. Due to the unstable security environment at the time, Canada closed its visa office in Pakistan and relocated it to Abu Dhabi.
The Canadian government reportedly set aside a sizeable amount of money for the building of its visa office in Islamabad. The change coincides with an increase in Pakistani requests for Canadian visas.
Since there are hundreds of thousands of Pakistanis living in Canada and their relatives are having serious problems getting Canadian visas, Pakistan has long urged Canada to reconsider its decision to move its visa centre to Abu Dhabi.
As other nations had reopened visa centres in Pakistan after an improvement in the security situation, the High Commissioner of Pakistan to Canada had also asked the Canadian government to transfer the visa centre back to Pakistan in 2019.
Due to lax security, the Canadian government made the decision to close its visa centre in Pakistan about ten years ago. Instead, it opened two new centres in Abu Dhabi and the United Kingdom (UK).
Pakistanis who wanted to visit Canada were compelled to apply for their visas first in either Abu Dhabi or the UK. However, many nations restarted their visa centres in Pakistan after the security situation improved, forcing Canada to also reevaluate its choice.