Frequently Asked Questions

*FAQ's Updated September 29 2016

Table of Contents
FAQ Attestation of Power of Attorney/Documents
FAQ General
FAQ Police Clearance
FAQ Registration of Child
FAQ Visa

Please scroll down below for mentioned sections.

FAQ Attestation of Power of Attorney/Documents

1) What is the fee for attestation of Power of Attorney?

Fee for one continuous documents of 3 pages is C$ 20.00 any exceeding page or document is C$ 20.00 e.g. if one document/power of attorney starts on page 1 and ends on page 3 the fee is C$ 20.00 and if it ends on page 4 than C$ 40.00. If pages are more than 3 add C$ 20.00 per page.

2) What information does the Power of Attorney have to contain?
We have nothing to do with the written contents of the Power of Attorney and are only attesting the signatures.

3) Can the Power of Attorney be written on plain paper?
For attestation purposes we can attest Power of Attorneys written on plain paper.

4) Does selling property in Pakistan require a Power of Attorney?
If the person who owns the property is not in Pakistan and is appointing someone else to act on his/her behalf he/she will need a Power of Attorney.

5) Does my Power of Attorney require a witness?
Yes two witnesses are required for us to attest the Power of Attorney. 

6) How long is my Power Of Attorney valid for?
Power of Attorneys are only valid for 3 months from the date of execution at our office (this would be the date stamped on the Power Of Attorney).

If this is not presented in Pakistan before the expiry date the Power Of Attorney will have to be re-validated or you may choose to apply for a fresh Power Of Attorney.

7) Can you send my Power Of Attorney directly to Pakistan from your office in Vancouver?
Yes we can as long as you cover all the mailing charges and the return envelope must be self-addressed to the address in Pakistan you wish to have it mailed to.

FAQ General

1) Do I need to make separate money order for each application?
You can make one money order for all the applications payable to “Consulate General of Pakistan”. MRP applications requires one separate bank draft/money order/certified cheque per application.

2) What form of payment do you accept?

Debit/Credit card:
In person:
Payment can be made by debit/credit card in our office.

Bank draft/money order/certified cheque:
In person:
Bank draft/money order/certified cheque already issued in favour of Consulate General of Pakistan will still be accepted.

By mail:
Applications sent by mail must be paid by bank draft/money order/certified cheque already issued in favour of Consulate General of Pakistan.

3) Can I send all applications in one courier package?
Yes you can send all applications in one courier package. Please note MRP applications require personal appearance for submission of application.

4) Can I submit more than one application to you by mail in the same envelope?  
Yes you can. Please note MRP applications require personal appearance for submission of application.

5) Can I send one prepaid self addressed courier envelope for all applications?
MRP application requires one return envelope is required per applicant.
For all other applications such as visa you can send one prepaid self addressed courier envelope for all your documents/applications.

6) I want to apply and submit an application, where can I find the application form, requirements and fees?
Please visit this page for such information: http://pcgv.org/consular-services.shtml

7) I have been trying for days to contact your office. How can I get a hold of someone to ask questions related to Passport, Visa, NICOP, Attestation, Child Registration or Endorsement?
You may call 604-569-1415 ext 0 or ext 1 during our Customer Service hours of 10am-1pm Monday-Friday Pacific Standard Time/Pacific Daylight TIme.

Or you may email us at info@pcgv.org or fill out our feed back form http://pcgv.org/feedback.shtml
You may also leave us a message for call back.

*Please note we only have one customer service representative; at times there are large call volumes that result in longer wait times.

8) How come I can’t track my application on your website?
If your application has arrived recently it can take 1-2 business days to be added to our system for online viewing.


If it has been more than 1-2 business days from the arrival of your application you may try tracking your application again with the following information:
1)Your application is entered based on the information provided on your application form.
2)Any misspelled first, middle or last names as well as incorrect date of birth entered on the form may be entered into our system as so. Also if your writing is not neat your name may be entered incorrectly.
3)If you have only written your first and last name on the application form , your information will be entered with your first and last name along with your date of birth.
If you have only written your first name, middle name and last name on the application form; your information will be entered with your first name, middle name and last name along with your date of birth.

Some applications dropped off in person are not entered into our system for online viewing.

MRP applicants must use the MRP arrival chart on our tracking page.

If you still have trouble obtaining the status of your application you may contact us with the information below:
You may contact our office at 604-569-1415 ext 0 or ext 1 during our Customer Service hours of 10am-1pm Monday-Friday Pacific Standard Time. Or you may email us at info@pcgv.org or fill out our feed back form http://pcgv.org/feedback.shtml

9) How long does it take to process my application if I send it by mail?
The day that your application is received by mail to our office we will begin to process it, for example if you have applied for visa it will take us 7 business days to process it from the date of arrival. On the 7th business day we will send out your documents. It will then take however long (depending on what courier company you are using , what level of service you have paid for, and what area you live in) to get back to you by mail.


If you need to know how long it takes by mail for delivery; you may ask your courier company for this information.

Please note MRP applications require personal appearance for submission of application.

10) My application has been processed and my documents have been mailed out already, how long will it take to reach me by mail?
It depends on which courier you have used to ship your documents (for example Canada Post, FedEx, Purolator, DHL, UPS ect.), what level of courier service you have paid for and if you live in a rural area or in a city/town.

Please check with your courier for such information.

11) I want to send my application to your office, where should I send it?
Applications for visa, child registration, attestation, driver’s license, police clearance and any other applications available in our other services section may be sent to:

Consulate General of Pakistan
Suite 1400-510 West Hastings Street
Vancouver BC V6B 1L8

12) I want to apply in person to your office, what information should I be aware of?
Applications for passport, visa, child registration, attestation, driver’s license, police clearance and any other applications available in our other services section may be submitted in person to:

Consulate General of Pakistan
Suite 1400-510 West Hastings Street
Vancouver BC V6B 1L8

We accept applications Monday-Friday between 10am-1pm.

Personal appearance is mandatory for MRP application.

For all other applications the applicant does not necessarily have to be there, if you wish you may have someone drop off your application during those hours. Once the application is dropped off you will get a receipt which will have a pickup date. Only persons holding the original receipt can pickup those documents.

Our hours for document pickup are Monday-Thursday between 3pm-4pm.

13) I want to know if my application (visa, child registration, attestation, driver’s license, police clearance, ect.) has been delivered to your office. What information should I provide?

If your application is not showing up in our online tracking system: http://pcgv.org/track.shtml you may call our office at 604-569-1415 ext 0 or ext 1 during our Customer Service hours of 10am-1pm Monday-Friday Pacific Standard Time. Or you may email us at info@pcgv.org or fill out our feed back form http://pcgv.org/feedback.shtml

Please provide the one of the following information:
1)Tracking number (for applications that were sent through registered mail)
2)Sender’s Address (for applications that were sent through regular mail)
*Please note our system can only provide information that is shown on the front of your shipping parcel.

14) I want to travel to Pakistan with my infant/child. What are my options?
Your infant/child can get entry into Pakistan on one of the following documents:

1) Machine readable Pakistan passport
2) NICOP
*All persons traveling to Pakistan on a valid NICOP must have a Canadian Passport valid at least 6 months from the date of travel. 
3) Visa on Canadian Passport

15)What is the procedure to vote in Pakistan?
We have not been officially informed by the government of Pakistan of any procedure for voting by overseas Pakistanis. If and when we receive any guidelines, they will be widely publicized and communicated to all sections of the Pakistani community.
We will do everything possible to publicize this information including informing local media, sending out an email to our Pakistani contacts, informing the Pakistani communities and posting information on our website.

If you wish to receive an email when this information is available you may join our email list : http://pcgv.org/connect-with-us.shtml

16) My documents have been shipped from your office and when tracking on Canada Post is showing delivered but I have not received it. What should I do?
Please create a service ticket on Canada posts website by visiting this link https://www.canadapost.ca/cpo/mc/personal/support/helpcentre/default.jsf#ia0

Please mark yourself as the sender and enter the Consulates address information as the sender’s details. If contact person from the Consulate is required you may provide the name Carmen with extension 0 and email address info@pcgv.org.

17) I have submitted an application and I want to cancel my application, can I get a refund for my fees?
No, all application fees are non-refundable.

18) I will be mailing my application to your office, if I have not submitted all the correct requirements will my application be sent back?
Incomplete applications may be sent back depending on the volume of applications currently in our office.
 

FAQ Police Clearance

1) How long it will take for my police record check from Pakistan?
Since the Police Clearance Certificate is issued after clearance from Pakistan, it may take up to 16-20 weeks.

2) Why my police check is taking so long?
If you have not provided the correct/complete living address of Pakistan then your police check may return un-verified or take longer than usual.

FAQ Registration of Child

1) What is the reason for registration of children?

2) What is Child Registration Certificate (CRC)? Is it the same as the Registration of Child?
No. The CRC is issued by National Database and Registration Authority (NADRA) and this is a permanent document and Child Registration is a temporary document to provide services of immediate nature.

3) What is the age limit for registration of child?
Children born to Pakistani national parents can be registered with the Consulate General within six months from the date of birth.

4) My husband/wife is a foreign national can I apply for child registration?
If one of the parents is Pakistani national, he or she can apply for child registration.

FAQ Visa

1) I want to apply for a visa what are the requirements?
There are requirements on our website in the Visa section, please visit this link : http://pcgv.org/consular-services.shtml

2) How long will it take including courier delivery to get my Visa back?
We do not include the courier delivery in our processing times. For example if you apply for tourist, visit or family visa on Canadian Passport it will take us usually 7 business days to process upon receiving your documents. Please note that some visa applications might take longer to be processed. On the 7th business day we will send out your documents.

You may check with your courier service to see how long it takes to ship from our office to your home, and opt for a service that is best suited to your needs.

3) I’m submitting 3 visa applications can I combine the fees onto one Certified Cheque , Money Order or Bank Draft?
Yes you may. Since the fees are all payable to “Consulate General of Pakistan” you may combine the total fees for all visa applications onto one Certified Cheque or Money Order.

4) What is the duration of stay on tourist/visit visa?
Duration of stay is determined on case to case basis after examining the application and attached documents.

5) I need an urgent visa; if I send it to you will I get it back in time?
If you need an urgent visa you may send us your application with a letter explaining your situation and if you have booked your flights you should include the dates you are traveling in that letter(copy of flight details may also be attached). That will help our office determine the urgency of your situation so we can have your documents back in time.
*Please note not every urgent situation is considered and it depends on the emergency.
It is recommended that you use a faster courier service like Purolator, DHL, UPS DHL or Fedex if you have an emergency and choose the fastest delivery service possible for the area in which you reside.

6) I want to apply for a visa; will I be guaranteed a visa?
Visa issuance is decided by the issuing authority, you may apply and it will be up to our office if we will issue you a visa or not. It is recommended that you do not book your flights prior to getting your visa issued.

7) Can the validity of my visa be extended?
Once a visa is issued we cannot extend the visa. If you need a longer stay period in Pakistan you, may apply for a new visa before you go and we will cancel the current visa or you may extend the visa in Pakistan 15 days prior to the expiry. Please note extension of visa in Pakistan is not guaranteed and is up to the concerned office.

Any office of Directorate General of Immigration and Passports can extend your visa (http://www.dgip.gov.pk/Files/Home.html), there is an office in every city in Pakistan.

The single/multiple visa is extend-able only once in Pakistan 15 days prior to the expiry; if your visa has been extended once in Pakistan you will have to exit due to the expiry of the second visa.

8) My passport is valid for less than six months. Can I apply for Pakistan visa?
Your passport must be valid for more than six months at the time you apply for visa. You are required to renew your passport and then apply for Pakistan visa.

9) What is the processing time for processing of visa for expatriate Pakistanis?
The normal visa processing time is seven business days, however this may vary from case to case basis after examining the application and attached documents. Please note that visa on Indian passport will only be issued after clearance from Pakistan.

10) I am applying for visa for my child and myself, do I have to fill out a separate form for my child?
Yes, if you are applying for a separate visa for your child you will have to fill out a separate form for your child. Therefore you should end up with 2 application forms filled out, one for yourself and one for your child.

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