Dear Mentor:

Can I hurry up the visa for college in Canada?

I am a resident of Karachi, Pakistan. I went through the section of Canadian immigration- student visa/req'ts at your site and was pretty impressed and satisfied because everything of my interest was present there. However, there are still just a few questions that I'd like to ask you. Actually I have got admission in Dalhousie University in Halifax, Nova Scotia. The acceptance letter is also with me, and all other requirements are also fulfilled. But the crucial thing is that the visa can take more than 3 months. I have to report to the university by September 4, but by then my visa to Canada will not be in my hand. Can you please suggest me something so that my visa process can be hurried up? Waiting for your reply.

Canada Bound, Karachi, Pakistan

Dear Canada Bound:

Congratulations on your acceptance at Dalhousie University! Also, we would like to thank you for your kind comments about our portal.

You must at once initiate the visa process with the Canadian High Commission, if you have not already done so. The visa process should not take 3 months, unless there are complications. The Canadian High Commission is fully aware of when the academic session begins. To avoid complications, you must ensure that your application is complete with all supporting documentation. The most common reason for complications is the evidence of financial resources to sustain oneself through one’s stay in Canada. Make sure that you have good documentary evidence for financial means.

Although the classes may begin on September 4, the late registration process continues 2 weeks past the start date. Although you would miss 2 weeks of classes, you would still be allowed to join the program. If you really are pressed for time, you can have Dalhousie University send you a letter of extension in which the absolute deadline for arrival would be the same as the last day of late registration. Good luck!

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