Visa Information

COVID-19 Travel – Requirements for Air Travelers to the U.S.

The U.S. Embassy in Islamabad has resumed limited immigrant and nonimmigrant visa interviews. The Consulate General in Karachi has resumed limited processing of nonimmigrant visas. If you have an urgent matter and need to travel immediately, please follow the guidance provided to request an emergency appointment.

The U.S. Mission to Pakistan understands that many visa applicants have paid the visa application processing fee and are still waiting to schedule a visa appointment. We are working diligently to restore all routine visa operations as quickly and safely as possible. In the meantime, rest assured that the U.S. Mission will extend the validity of your payment (known as the MRV fee) until September 30, 2022, to allow all applicants who were unable to schedule a visa appointment as a result of the suspension of routine consular operations an opportunity to schedule and/or attend a visa appointment with the already paid fee. If you have an urgent matter and need to travel immediately for a temporary stay in the United States, please follow the guidance provided at https://www.ustraveldocs.com/pk/pk-niv-expeditedappointment.asp to request an emergency appointment for a nonimmigrant visa.

Important Message to Non-Resident Third Country National Applicants:

As of February 17, 2021, U.S. Consulate General Karachi will no longer accept visa applications from Third Country Nationals who do not live in Pakistan. After this date, only Pakistani nationals, dual nationals who maintain Pakistani citizenship, and Third Country Nationals who have valid residency permits for Pakistan are permitted to apply at U.S. Consulate General Karachi. This change effects the U.S. Consulate General Karachi only and does not apply to applicants seeking visa appointments at U.S. Embassy Islamabad.

Only non-resident Third Country National applicants who paid the application fee on or before February 17, 2021, may schedule a visa interview at U.S. Consulate General Karachi. If you are a Third Country National who does not live in Pakistan and you have already scheduled a visa appointment at the U.S. Consulate General Karachi, you may attend your appointment.

PLEASE NOTE: If you pay the application fee after February 17, 2021, you will not be able to schedule a visa appointment at the U.S. Consulate General Karachi, and we are unable to authorize a refund of the MRV fee.

Welcome to the Consular Section’s Website

Here you can find information you need to help you as you apply for a U.S. visa.

Please also visit our department’s visa website for more information on visas and traveling or immigrating to the United States.

What is a visa?
A visa is issued by a U.S. Embassy or Consulate. A visa entitles the holder to travel to the United States and apply for admission; it does not guarantee entry. An immigration inspector at the port of entry determines the visa holder’s eligibility for admission into the United States.

Who Needs a Visa?

Anyone who is not eligible to enter the United States visa free under the Visa Waiver Program (VWP), or is not exempt from the visa requirement.

Please note: Travelers born in the United States and those who hold dual citizenship with the United States must enter and depart the United States on U.S. passports.

What types of Visas are Available?

Immigrant Visas – An immigrant visa is required by anyone seeking to take up indefinite or permanent residence in the United States. Upon entry into the United States, an immigrant visa holder is processed for a Permanent Resident Card (PRC) commonly known as a green card.

Non-Immigrant Visas – A Non-immigrant visa is required by anyone seeking temporary admission into the United States who is not eligible to travel visa free under the Visa Waiver Program, or is exempt from the visa requirement.

Effective 3 January 2017, U.S. Consulate Karachi’s visa section has made changes regarding its  appointment system:

  • Language Selection: When scheduling your visa interview, an applicant will be asked to choose which language – English OR Urdu/Other – they would like to conduct their visa interview in. You will not be able to change your interview language choice the day of the interview at the consulate. If you do so, you will be asked to leave and reschedule your appointment in your new language choice.
  • Interview Arrival Times: We ask that applicants arrive no earlier than 30 minutes prior  to their scheduled interview time. Applicants who arrive earlier than that will not be admitted until 30 minutes prior. Applicants who arrive 30 minutes or more after their scheduled interview times will not be admitted for an interview and must reschedule for another day.
  • We suggest that you arrive 30 minutes before your appointment time to allow for security screening at the Consulate. Please be advised that if you arrive at the Consulate more than 30 minutes after your appointment time, you will not be allowed to enter the Consulate and will need to reschedule your interview.