The US has diminished visa validity for Pakistani residents from 5 years to 12 months whereas journalists and media individuals is not going to be allowed to remain within the nation for over three months with out renewing the journey allow.
In the meantime, an extra charge may also be charged for H (Momentary Work Visa), I (Journalist and Media Visa), L ( Inter-company Transfer Visa), and R (Religious Worker Visa) visas provided that the visa utility is authorised, mentioned an announcement issued by the US Embassy in Islamabad on Tuesday.
Further charge of $32 for I Visas and $38 for all different visa classes have to be paid on the Embassy Islamabad or Consulate Basic Karachi previous to visa issuance, it added.
The choice was taken by the State Division “as a result of Pakistan was unable to liberalise its visa regime for sure visa classes, [hence] the US was required by US legislation on January 21 to scale back the visa validity and enhance the visa charges to match Pakistan’s practices for comparable visa classes.”
The State Division mentioned it famous discrepancies between the US visa regime and the visa regimes of many nations, together with Pakistan throughout a latest worldwide assessment.
In accordance with company information launched final month, the US State Division refused greater than 37,000 visa purposes in 2018 because of the Trump administration’s journey ban, up from lower than 1,000 the earlier 12 months when the ban had not totally taken impact.