Effective January 5, 2023 at 12:01 a.m. EDT, the CDC requires a negative COVID-19 test result taken within two days of departure or proof of recovery from the virus within the last 90 days for all travelers, age two years and older, to the United States on flights originating from the People’s Republic of China (PRC), including the Special Administrative Regions (SAR) of Hong Kong and Macau. This requirement also applies to passengers who have been in China, Hong Kong, or Macau in the past 10 days and are traveling to the United States from one of the following airports: Incheon International Airport (ICN) in Seoul, South Korea; Toronto Pearson International Airport (YYZ) in Canada; and Vancouver International Airport (YVR) in Canada. CDC’s Order requiring proof of vaccination for non-U.S. citizen nonimmigrants to travel to the United States is still in effect. Visit the CDC website for additional information.

ISLAMABAD, January 11, 2023 – The United States Mission in Pakistan is pleased to announce the expansion of interview waiver eligibility at the U.S. Embassy in Islamabad and the U.S. Consulate General in Karachi for Pakistani citizens who are renewing B1/B2 tourist and business visas.  All Pakistani citizens, regardless of age, whose B1/B2 visas are valid or have expired within the last 48 months are eligible to participate. Previously, only Pakistani citizens of ages 45 and older were eligible to participate. Additionally, interview waiver eligibility for student and petition-based work visa applicants who have previously held a U.S. visa is also extended through 2023.

The expansion of interview waiver eligibility is a procedural change to provide better customer service and more efficiently process renewals of tourist and business visas for qualified and eligible Pakistani citizens. As required by U.S. law, some eligible visa holders may be required to appear at the U.S. Embassy or U.S. Consulate General for interviews after submission of their applications.

Applicants may visit our website at https://www.ustraveldocs.com/pk/pk-niv-visarenew.asp to determine if they are eligible for an interview waiver. Applicants who are now eligible for interview waiver, but are currently scheduled for an interview, may cancel their appointment online, start from ‘New Application’ on the scheduling dashboard, and follow the steps online for submitting through interview waiver. Please note that the only authorized courier service locations for interview waiver submissions are listed here: https://ustraveldocs.com/pk/pk-loc-documentdropoff.asp. We expect processing time to average four weeks.

For further details and answers to other questions, please visit:https://ustraveldocs.com/pk/pk-gen-faq.aspContact information:https://ustraveldocs.com/pk/pk-main-contactus.asp

All nonimmigrant visa application fee (also known as the MRV fee) payments made on or after October 1, 2022, are valid for 365 days from the date a receipt is issued for payment of the MRV fee. Applicants must schedule an interview appointment or submit an interview waiver application during this 365-day period. Please note applicants must only schedule their interview or submit their waiver application within the 365-day period. There is no requirement the interview must occur during the 365-day period. All receipts for payment of MRV fees issued before October 1, 2022, were extended until September 30, 2023, and remain valid until this date.

Effective April 16, 2022, document pick-up and submission services for U.S. visa applicants without any additional charges, are available from only Islamabad and Karachi locations. Document delivery centers at Lahore, Multan and Sialkot are available as Premium Delivery Centers, effective April 16, 2022.

Document delivery centers at Peshawar, Gujranwala, Faisalabad, Quetta and Hyderabad have ceased to provide the services to any new U.S. Visa applicants effective April 16, 2022, and will only offer collection services uptill April 22, 2022 for the documents already received at the center.

Optional Premium Delivery Services

Effective April 16, 2022, the document delivery centers at Lahore, Multan and Sialkot, are available as an "Optional Premium Delivery Centers ," for the submission and collection of documents at a cost of PKR. 750- per passport/document, payable in cash only. Payment for this service may be made at the cash counters of AEG Travel Services at these locations. This service is optional. Please refer to our website for additional details.

Revision in Rates for Premium Home Delivery Charges

Effective April 16, 2022, the premium home delivery charges have been revised to PKR. 800- per passport/document for all U.S. Visa applicants, payable in cash only to the Courier delivery staff. This service is optional. for further details please visit our website.

Effective Sunday, June 12 at 12:01 a.m. EDT, the CDC rescinded its Order requiring all airline or other aircraft passengers to show a negative COVID-19 test result or documentation of recovery from COVID-19 to board any aircraft destined to the United States from a foreign country. Of note, CDC’s Order requiring proof of vaccination for non-U.S. citizen nonimmigrants to travel to the United States is still in effect. For more information see Requirement for Proof of COVID-19 Vaccination for Air Passengers.

The U.S. Embassy in Islamabad has resumed certain immigrant – CR1/2 and IR1/2 (spouse and children of U.S. Citizens), IH3 (adopted children of U.S. Citizens), K (fiancé/fiancées of U.S. Citizens), SB-1 (Returning Residents). The Embassy and Consulate General in Karachi have resumed limited processing of nonimmigrant visas in all categories while maintaining health and safety protocols. While the Embassy and Consulate General aim to process cases as soon as practicable, there is likely to be increased wait times for completing such services due to substantial backlogs and limited staffing. The MRV fee is valid and may be used to schedule an interview appointment in the country where it was purchased through September 30, 2023. If you have an urgent matter and need to travel immediately, please follow the guidance provided https://www.ustraveldocs.com/pk/pk-niv-expeditedappointment.asp to request an emergency appointment.

For information on whether an attendant is allowed to accompany an applicant, please visit: http://www.ustraveldocs.com/pk/pk-niv-securityinfo.asp

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Welcome to the U.S. Visa Information Service for Pakistan. On this website you can find information about U.S. immigrant and nonimmigrant visas and the requirements to apply for each. You can also learn how to pay the required visa application fee, and book an interview appointment at the U.S. Embassy in Islamabad and the U.S. Consulate General in Karachi.

This is the official visa information website of the U.S. Mission in Pakistan.