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Nonimmigrant Visas

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Looking for assistance from the Nonimmigrant Visa Units at the U.S. Embassy Islamabad or the Consulate General Karachi?

Our NIV Navigator will help you find resources and information about nonimmigrant visa services offered by the U.S. Mission in Pakistan.

You can click on Nonimmigrant Visa Navigator or scan the QR code to access it from your phone.

Overview

The Nonimmigrant Visa Units of the U.S. Embassy in Islamabad and Consulate General Karachi are responsible for providing visa services to those seeking to enter the United States for a temporary period as tourists, business people, students, or specialty workers.

Visa interview scheduling, information services, fee collection, and document delivery in Pakistan are facilitated by a third-party company, CGI. Please visit CGI Pakistan’s website for complete information on applying for a nonimmigrant U.S. visa, including a directory of nonimmigrant visa categories.

U.S. Embassy Islamabad prioritizes students/exchange visitor visas (F and J) while Consulate General Karachi prioritizes students/exchange visitor visas (F and J) and temporary employee visas (H, L, O, P, E, I, R, Q, TD/TN, and C1D). Travelers with urgent (i.e., matter of life or death) travel needs should check the requirements and request an expedited appointment here.

Please note that certain cases are eligible for interview waiver, including certain renewals and most applicants under 14 or over 79. Learn more about interview waiver eligibility criteria here.

All nonimmigrant visa application fee (also known as the MRV fee) payments 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 are only required to schedule their interview or submit their waiver application within the 365-day period. It is not necessary that the interview must occur during the 365-day period.

On June 17, 2023, the application fee for U.S. Visit visas and other non-petition based visas increased from $160 to $185. Petition-based (H, L, O, P, Q, and R) visa fees increased from $190 to $205. E-Visa application fees increased from $205 to $315. Learn more about the fee increase here.

 

Nonimmigrant Visas – U.S. Consulate General Karachi

The U.S. Consulate General in Karachi accepts applications for nonimmigrant visas to the United States. Nonimmigrant visas are for people who are visiting the U.S. temporarily for tourism, business, education, medical treatment, or petition-based employment. The type of visa required depends on your purpose of travel. Please visit the State Department’s website for information on the types of visas available for temporary visitors.

To apply for a visa, please visit https://ustraveldocs.com/pk/en/ to 1) fill out the nonimmigrant visa electronic application (DS-160) form, 2) pay the application fee, and 3) schedule an appointment for a nonimmigrant visa interview.

With certain exceptions (e.g., Form I-20 for those applying for a student visa, Form DS-2019 for those applying for an exchange visitor visa, etc.), the U.S. Consulate has no specific list of supporting documentation that must be provided by visa applicants. Visa applicants should bring whatever documentation they believe would substantiate their position in Pakistan and their purpose of travel to the United States. The consular officer may or may not review this documentation at the time of the interview.

In general, visa applicants, including those 14 and under, must appear in person at the Consulate for an interview. As of June 1, 2017, applicants 80 years of age and older, and who were not previously refused a visa, are exempt from this requirement. We encourage all applicants to apply at least three months before their intended date of travel. We also recommend that travelers not purchase non-refundable or non-changeable airline tickets before being issued a U.S. visa..

Please note that some visa applications will require additional administrative processing. Applicants are informed at the time of the interview if such administrative processing is needed. While most administrative processing is resolved within 60 days of the interview, the exact timing varies from case to case. Before inquiring about the status of their case, applicants should wait at least 90 days from the date of the interview or submission of supplemental documents.

On the day of the scheduled interview, applicants must arrive at the consulate 15 minutes before the appointment time. The U.S. Consulate General Karachi is located at Plot No. 3-5, New TPX Area, Mai Kolachi Road, Karachi.

Emergency Appointments
If you have an unforeseen travel need(e.g., a medical emergency), you may qualify for an expedited appointment depending on availability at the Consulate. Please visit http://www.ustraveldocs.com/pk/pk-niv-expeditedappointment.asp to ensure you meet the strict requirements for an expedited appointment. You may request an expedited appointment at that webpage.

Non-Immigrant Visa Inquiries

General Visa information and Requirements: http://travel.state.gov,

Visa Application Information and Process in Pakistan: https://ustraveldocs.com/pk/en/

Email: support-pakistan@ustraveldocs.com
Telephone:(+92) (21) 111-234-111

The Visa Information Service call center (at the telephone number listed above) cannot provide information over the phone regarding the status of an application. If you require information regarding a pending application, please send your inquiry via the navigator.  Please review all information carefully and completely. In almost all cases, the answers to your questions can be found on the websites listed above. If you send a query asking a question that can be answered using the information found on the aforementioned websites, you will not receive a reply. Please read all published information carefully.