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US announces expansion of interview waiver eligibility for visa holders from Pakistan

The United States Mission in Pakistan announced the expansion of interview waiver eligibility at the U.S. Embassy in Islamabad and the U.S. Consulate General in Karachi for Pakistani citizens who are renewing B1/B2 tourist and business visas. 

A statement said all Pakistani citizens, regardless of age, whose B1/B2 visas are valid or have expired within the last 48 months are eligible to participate.

Previously, only Pakistani citizens of ages 45 and older were eligible to participate. Additionally, interview waiver eligibility for student and petition-based work visa applicants who have previously held a U.S. visa is also extended through 2023.

The expansion of interview waiver eligibility is a procedural change to provide better customer service and more efficiently process renewals of tourist and business visas for qualified and eligible Pakistani citizens.

As required by U.S. law, some eligible visa holders may be required to appear at the U.S. Embassy or U.S. Consulate General for interviews after submission of their applications. Applicants may visit their website at https://www.ustraveldocs.com/pk/pk-niv-visarenew.asp to determine if they are eligible for an interview waiver.

Applicants who are now eligible for interview waiver, but are currently scheduled for an interview, may cancel their appointment online, start from ‘New Application’ on the scheduling dashboard, and follow the steps online for submitting through interview waiver.

The statement said, “Please note that the only authorized courier service locations for interview waiver submissions are listed here: https://ustraveldocs.com/pk/pk-loc-documentdropoff.asp.

We expect processing time to average four weeks. For further details and answers to other questions, please visit: https://www.ustraveldocs.com/pk/pk-gen-faq.asp. Contact information: https://www.ustraveldocs.com/pk/pk-main-contactus.asp.”

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