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Overview

Generally, a citizen of a foreign country who wishes to enter the United States must first obtain a visa, either a nonimmigrant visa for temporary stay or an immigrant visa for permanent residence. Citizens of qualified countries may be also able to visit the United States without a visa under the Visa Waiver Program. If you do not qualify for the Visa Waiver Program or are traveling to study, work, or participate in an exchange program, you must apply for a nonimmigrant visa.

Applicants for U.S. visas are required to appear in person for a visa interview at the U.S. Embassy or Consulate. You must schedule an appointment for that interview, either online using this website or through the call center.

Supporting Documents

To schedule a nonimmigrant visa appointment, you must have the following information and documents available:

  • A passport valid for travel to the United States with a validity date at least six months beyond your intended period of stay in the United States (unless country-specific agreements provide exemptions. If more than one person is included in your passport, each person desiring a visa must submit an application;
  • Your visa application (MRV) fee payment receipt;
  • Your DS-160 confirmation page;
  • Your e-mail address; and
  • If applicable, required documents based on visa class (such as a petition approval for petition-based visas; more information about visa types and information about each can be found here).
  • 10-year travel history
  • List of siblings and children
Note for Attendants:

Please visit this page ‘Security Regulations’ to check on the security restrictions followed, and also check the policy for attendants to accompany the visa applicant at the Embassy/Consulate.

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.

Restrictions to Changing Appointments

Applicants are limited to the number of times they can reschedule their appointments. Please plan accordingly so that you are not required to pay another visa application fee.

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