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Pakistan Embassy in the US rejects visa denial reports for Pakistani-Americans

This official statement from the embassy follows inquiries during a press briefing by the US State Department concerning alleged visa denials for Pakistani Americans intending to visit Pakistan.

Pakistan Embassy has turned down reports of visa denial to Pakistani-Americans when trying to travel to Pakistan.

The embassy’s spokesperson clarified that these reports constitute “misinformation and disinformation” and stressed that there is no substance to the rumors. The statement was released on September 6th, 2023.

This official statement from the embassy follows inquiries during a press briefing by the US State Department concerning alleged visa denials for Pakistani Americans intending to visit Pakistan. Principal Deputy Spokesperson of the US State Department, Vedant Patel, stated that he was not aware of any such issues and suggested that any concerns related to visa matters should be directed to Pakistani consular officials rather than the State Department.

A spokesperson for the Pakistan Embassy reiterated that Pakistani-Americans and overseas Pakistanis are warmly welcomed to visit their homeland. The embassy also affirmed its commitment to providing comprehensive consular assistance, including visa services, to overseas Pakistanis.

The embassy encouraged Pakistani-Americans to consider utilizing their National Identity Card for Overseas Pakistanis (NICOP) or obtaining visas from the Embassy of Pakistan in Washington DC, as well as the Consulates General in New York, Chicago, Houston, and Los Angeles. Additionally, the embassy highlighted that visa applications can be processed online 24/7, thereby alleviating any potential concerns.

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In reference to the cipher case, the US State Department restated during the same press briefing that it was closely monitoring the situation. While refraining from disclosing specific details regarding whether the US Congress had initiated an investigation into the cipher allegations, Deputy Principal Spokesperson Patel emphasized the department’s commitment to remaining informed and engaged with the ongoing developments.

The statement has also been shared on the official Twitter account of the Embassy of Pakistan in the United States. The source of these rumors has not been identified yet.