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, 2022. 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.


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.  Please continue to monitor this site for information on when we will return to routine visa operations.


Effective January 26, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) will require all air passengers entering the United States to present a negative COVID-19 test (a viral detection test for SARS-CoV-2 approved or authorized by the relevant national authority), taken within 72 hours of departure. Airlines must confirm the negative test result for all passengers before boarding. Airlines must deny boarding of passengers if they do not provide documentation of a negative test or recovery. This requirement is separate from the visa application process. All Presidential Proclamations restricting travel due to COVID-19 remain in place, and continue to apply to subject potential travelers regardless of their test results or vaccination status. Travelers holding a National Interest Exception also remain subject to all applicable pre-departure testing requirements. For more information on waivers to the testing requirement please click here.



President Biden rescinded Presidential Proclamation (PP) 10014, entitled “Proclamation Suspending Entry of Immigrants Who Present Risk to the U.S. Labor Market During the Economic Recovery Following the COVID-19 Outbreak,” on February 24, 2021. Immigrant visa applicants who had been affected by this proclamation should review the instructions here.


Presidential Proclamation 10052, which temporarily suspended the entry of certain H-1B, H-2B, J (for certain categories within the Exchange Visitor Program), and L nonimmigrants, expired on March 31, 2021.

Visa applicants who have not yet been interviewed or scheduled for an interview will have their applications prioritized and processed in accordance with existing phased resumption of visa services guidance. Visa applicants who were previously refused visas due to the restrictions of Presidential Proclamation 10052 may reapply by submitting a new application including a new fee.


Entry of foreign nationals who were physically present within the following list of countries within 14 days prior to their entry or attempted entry into the United States is suspended, per Presidential Proclamations 9984, 9992 and 10043, and the Proclamation signed on April 30, 2021:

-India (applicable to nonimmigrants only);

-South Africa;

-Brazil;

-The United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland, excluding overseas territories outside of Europe;

-The Republic of Ireland;

-The 26 countries that comprise the Schengen Area (Austria, Belgium, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Italy, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, and Switzerland)

-The Islamic Republic of Iran; and

-The People’s Republic of China, not including the Special Administrative Regions of Hong Kong and Macau

There are certain exceptions to the suspension of entry, including exceptions for U.S. lawful permanent residents and certain family members of U.S. citizens and lawful permanent residents, among other exceptions listed in the proclamations. If you reside in, have traveled recently to, or intend to transit or travel to the above list of countries prior to your planned trip to the United States, we recommend you postpone your visa interview appointment until 14 days subsequent to your departure from the subject country(ries). Additionally, if you are experiencing flu-like symptoms, or believe you may have been exposed to the novel coronavirus, you are strongly encouraged to postpone your appointment by at least 14 days. Click here for additional information.


On January 20, 2021, President Biden signed a Presidential Proclamation titled “Ending Discriminatory Bans on Entry to the United States.” This proclamation ends the travel restrictions under Presidential Proclamations 9645 and 9983 that had suspended entry into the United States of certain nationals, based on visa type, from Burma, Eritrea, Iran, Kyrgyzstan, Libya, Nigeria, North Korea, Somalia, Sudan, Syria, Tanzania, Venezuela, and Yemen. Click here for additional information.


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.


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.