Indian Media Is Spreading Fake News That US Visa For Pakistanis Is Reduced To 3 Months Only, Here's The Real Story

By Manahil | 7 Mar, 2019

Don’t believe the rumors about US visa duration

 

There have been rumors going around about the United States decreasing the visa duration for Pakistani citizens from 5 years to 3 months

In the midst of tension between India and Pakistan, it’s quite scary to see a world power hit us with this. But let me tell you guys something – that this is FAKE NEWS.

So here’s how it happened:

 

The confusion had arisen after Indian media recently said that Pakistan’s visa duration have been cut down by the US

Indians appear to be happy about the news, hashtagging #PulwamaTerrorAttack as if this is a result of the attack.

And Pakistanis have been really upset over this “news”.

 

So, let me set the record straight about US Visa for Pakistanis

An official notice was given through the US embassy in Pakistan And it’s actually pretty straight up. Let me explain.

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Source: pk.usembassy.gov

 

First of all, the change, according to the official notice is not only for Pakistanis.

The notice says, “[d]uring a recent worldwide review, the Department of State noted discrepancies between the U.S. visa regime and the visa regimes of many countries, including Pakistan.”

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Source: planespotters.com

 

Second, it’s not for all visas

The US Embassy declares that there are four types of visas that have faced reductions.

The new validity periods will be:

  1. I visas: 3 months
  2. H visas: 12 months
  3. L visas: 12 months
  4. R visas: 12 months

The tourist or business visa that most Pakistanis go on, is known as B1/B2 visa and that has not been affected with this change.

Tourist/business visas haven’t been modified whatsoever and are still valid for 5 years. Pakistan also issues visas to journalists of American origin for only 3 months at a time, so it’s not that surprising that they’ve done the same.

The reason behind the changes in fees is “because Pakistan was unable to liberalise its visa regime for certain visa categories, [hence] the United States was required by US law on January 21 to reduce the visa validity and increase the visa fees to match Pakistan’s practices for similar visa categories.” Basically letting us know, since we have not decreased visa fees for the US, they have increased theirs to match ours.

source: thenews.com.pk

 

So, don’t be alarmed! The notice isn’t as alarming as it may seem. It’s mostly reciprocity of our own visa for US citizens.

 

 


Cover image via: dawn.com

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