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The Department of State's Bureau of Consular Affairs is currently experiencing technical problems with our overseas passport and visa systems. This issue is not specific to any particular country, citizenship document, or visa category. We apologize for the inconvenience and are working urgently to correct the problem and restore full operability.

U.S. passport applications accepted overseas or after May 26, 2015 are affected by this delay. If you applied for a U.S. passport overseas during this time frame and have travel plans within the next 10 business days, please consider requesting an emergency passport at the U.S. Embassy or Consulate at which you originally applied. If you require an emergency passport, please contact us at ACSIslamabad@state.gov.

Applications for a U.S. visa made after June 8, 2015, are also affected by this delay. Nonimmigrant visa applicants who did not submit their DS-160 online application prior to June 9, 2015, should reschedule their interview appointments. Individuals with urgent travel should contact the consular section at IslamabadNIVInquiry@state.gov.

Welcome to the Consular Section's Website

Here you can find information you need to help you as you apply for a U.S. visa.

Please also visit our department's visa website for more information on visas and traveling or immigrating to the United States.

What is a visa?

A visa is issued by a U.S. Embassy or Consulate. A visa entitles the holder to travel to the United States and apply for admission; it does not guarantee entry. An immigration inspector at the port of entry determines the visa holder's eligibility for admission into the United States.

Who Needs a Visa?

Anyone who is not eligible to enter the United States visa free under the Visa Waiver Program (VWP), or is not exempt from the visa requirement.

Please note: Travelers born in the United States and those who hold dual citizenship with the United States must enter and depart the United States on U.S. passports.

What types of Visas are Available?

Immigrant Visas - An immigrant visa is required by anyone seeking to take up indefinite or permanent residence in the United States. Upon entry into the United States, an immigrant visa holder is processed for a Permanent Resident Card (PRC) commonly known as a green card.

Non-Immigrant Visas - A Nonimmigrant visa is required by anyone seeking temporary admission into the United States who is not eligible to travel visa free under the Visa Waiver Program, or is exempt from the visa requirement.

New Visa Application Fees

  • New visa application fees for certain categories of nonimmigrant and immigrant visa became effective on September 12, 2014. The schedule of visa fees can be found here.

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Visa Consultant & Advisor Warning

  • The U.S. Embassy and Consulates in Pakistan do not endorse or have a special relationship with any individual or business that offers advice or assistance with the visa process. No one can guarantee the issuance of a visa. All U.S. government forms are free. To ensure you receive correct information, please read information on our website about Visa Consultants and visit the Department of State’s Travel Website.