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US Mission in Pakistan expands visa interview waiver facility

US Mission on its website said that the Pakistani citizens, who previously held US Visas, are eligible for the program. The move will help in processing the visas of the Pakistani citizens.

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The United States of Mission to Pakistan on Monday announced the updates in the visa regulation for Pakistan. US Mission announced the expansion in the interview waiver eligibility at the US Embassy Islamabad and the US Consulate General in Karachi for certain applicants.

US Mission on its website said that the Pakistani citizens, who previously held US Visas, are eligible for the program. The move will help in processing the visas of the Pakistani citizens.

“The United States Mission to 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,” read the statement at the website of US Mission.

The waiver eligibility had been expanded in the categories of F (student visas), J (exchange visitors), visas in academic progress, H (temporary workers) and non-blanket L (intracompany transferee) visas.

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“Expanding interview waiver eligibility in these categories will provide better customer service and support the efficient and timely processing of visas for qualified Pakistani citizens,” the statement said.

“As required by US law, however, some eligible visa holders may still be required to appear at the US Embassy or US Consulate General for interviews after submitting their applications,” the statement added.

Back in 2020, US embassy has announced to restore student visa services for Pakistan, US embassy in Islamabad and US consulate in Karachi will be operational from October 1st.

According to a statement issued by the US embassy in Islamabad, student visa is their ‘top priority’. Will make every effort to assist student visa applicants as timely and safely as possible, the embassy stated.

“We are proud of the long tradition of student exchanges between Pakistan and the United States,” said an issued press release. “Nearly 8,000 Pakistani students study at universities and colleges across the United States and we look forward to welcoming many more who are interested in the American educational experience. “Student visas are a top priority for the U. S. Mission in Pakistan.