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Pakistan

Visa appointments: As demand from Pakistan surges, US embassy says working to reduce wait time

  • More than 10,000 visa applicants originally scheduled for 2024 at the US Consulate General in Karachi are receiving notice that their appointments have been rescheduled in 2023
Published September 19, 2023

The US Embassy & Consulates in Pakistan on Tuesday said it was working to reduce visa appointment wait times for Pakistanis, as demand for its visas reached the “highest it has ever been”.

In a press release, the US embassy said it was processing more visa applications than ever before and working hard to bring down appointment wait times.

“Demand for US visas is the highest it has ever been,” it said.

The communique highlighted three ways the embassy is working on to meet “unprecedented” demand.

“First, we have expedited thousands of non-immigrant visa appointments. More than 10,000 Pakistani visa applicants originally scheduled for 2024 at the US Consulate General in Karachi are receiving notice that their appointments have been rescheduled in 2023, some as early as next week.

“If you have a visa appointment in the next few months at the US Consulate General in Karachi, please check your e-mail and log-in to your account at our website, ustraveldocs.com/pk, to confirm your expedited appointment time,” the embassy’s press release stated.

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The embassy said it was also mulling creating added flexibility for Pakistani travelers, which would allow visa applicants to rebook appointments at either the Consulate General in Karachi or US Embassy in Islamabad.

“Our hope is that this will allow applicants more freedom and flexibility to find a convenient date, time, and location.”

The third step it mentioned was accepting new interview waiver applications from September 25 for some applicants who have previously been issued US visas.

The applicants can check the website to determine whether they are eligible, print out a confirmation letter, and submit their application materials to a drop box without the need for an appointment, the release explained.

The US Embassy in Islamabad is already accepting interview waiver applications for qualified applicants, it added.

“These steps demonstrate how deeply the United States values the relationship between our two countries. Our goal is to facilitate legitimate travel to the United States as quickly and efficiently as possible,” the embassy said.

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KU Sep 19, 2023 10:20pm
The wise and able are going in desperation for opportunity to survive while the suspect leaders and their primate ideas are the fate of our country.
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KhanRA Sep 20, 2023 05:00am
The country which everyone has been taught to hate as an enemy, is still the place we all what to go.
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AZ Sep 23, 2023 03:23pm
Every years Indians are getting 167,000+ US student visas, Chinese are getting 317,000+ US student visas, and Pakistanis are nowhere to be found among the top 20 countries who send their students to US...for last 40 years Pakistani students are receiving very small amount of US visas (5000-7000 per year)? Why so small number of visas for Pakistani students?
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