The US Mission to Pakistan has announced new measures to expedite visa processing times for Pakistani applicants. This move comes in response to the unprecedented demand for US visas from Pakistan.
The US Mission has taken several steps to meet this growing demand. Firstly, thousands of non-immigrant visa appointments have been expedited. Over 10,000 Pakistani visa applicants who were initially scheduled for 2024 at the U.S. Consulate General in Karachi have had their appointments rescheduled to 2023, with some even set for the following week.
Applicants are advised to check their emails and log into their accounts on the official website, ustraveldocs.com/pk, to confirm their expedited appointment times.
Secondly, the US Mission has introduced added flexibility for Pakistani travelers. Visa applicants can now rebook their appointments at either the Consulate General in Karachi or the US Embassy in Islamabad. This measure is expected to provide applicants with more freedom and flexibility to choose a convenient date, time, and location.
Lastly, starting September 25, the U.S. Consulate General Karachi will begin accepting new interview waiver applications for certain applicants who have previously been issued U.S. visas. Eligible applicants can check the official website to determine their eligibility, print out a confirmation letter, and submit their application materials to a drop box without needing an appointment.
The U.S. Embassy in Islamabad is already accepting interview waiver applications for qualified applicants. These steps underscore the United States’ commitment to facilitating legitimate travel to the United States as quickly and efficiently as possible.
This initiative reflects the deep value the United States places on its relationship with Pakistan. The US Mission aims to process more visa applications than ever before and is working diligently to reduce visa appointment wait times.