US reduces visa validity for Pakistanis
New Delhi: Amid India-Pakistan tensions after the Pulwama terrorist attack on February 14, the United States has reduced visa validity for Pakistani citizens from five years to 12 months, said a statement issued by the US Embassy in Islamabad on Tuesday.
The visa limit for journalists has been reduced from five years to three months, while work and missionary visas have been reduced from five years to one year, it said.
Government officials will be issued visas having a duration based on the nature of their work, it added.
The US government has also increased visa application fees for H (Temporary Work Visa), I (Journalist and Media Visa), L (Intercompany Transfer Visa), and R (Religious Worker Visa) visas.
Additional fee of $32 for I Visas and $38 for all other visa categories must be paid at the Embassy Islamabad or Consulate General Karachi prior to visa issuance, the statement read.