All applicants must appear in person for interview
regardless of age. There will be no exceptions to this requirement.
Applicants must arrive before 11:00 am on the day of their interview. Any
applicants arriving after 11:00 am, will not be admitted into the Embassy.
All visa applicants must be fingerprinted, with the exception of children
under the age of 14 and adults over the age of 79. Individuals traveling
to the U.S. for urgent medical treatment and who, to the satisfaction of a
consular officer, cannot reasonably appear for fingerprinting are also
exempted. Pakistani government officials traveling on official business
will also be exempt. Applicants will be fingerprinted just before their
interview and they will not have to appear separately for this process.
Appointment times for Business/Visitor Visas (B1/B2) vary, but
typically range between one to four weeks. In the summer when demand is
greatest, the appointment wait time may increase significantly. Special
administrative and security processing requirements following the
interview may increase the amount of time a successful applicant will wait
before receiving a visa. Travelers are advised to apply at least three
months prior to their intended date of travel.
Applicants resident in Afghanistan must
be interviewed at the US Embassy in Islamabad. These applicants are not
required to schedule an appointment through American Express but must pay
the $100 application fee at American Express prior to their interview.
Applicants resident in Afghanistan must bring their application and fee
receipt to the Embassy prior to 11:00 am on any working day.
Applicants for Student (F or M) or Exchange Visitor (J) visas are not
required to schedule an appointment. After submitting their application
through American Express and paying the application fee, applicants for
Student and Exchange Visitor visas may come to the Embassy on any working
day prior to 11:00 am.
Applicants for all petition-based categories (E, L, H1B, O, P) are not
required to schedule an appointment. These applicants must submit their
application and pay their application fee through American Express, but
may come to the Embassy Wednesday through Friday prior to 11:00 am.
Applicants who need to travel to the United States urgently for emergency
medical treatment, or the sudden illness or death of a family member are
not required to schedule an appointment through American Express. However,
applicants must pay the $100 application fee at American Express prior to
their interview. These applicants may bring their application and fee
receipt to the Embassy prior to 11:00 am on any working day. The Embassy
reserves the right to determine what constitutes an emergency. Any case
that is determined not to be an emergency will be rescheduled for a later
date according to the Embassyís nonimmigrant visa appointment schedule.
Afghans living in Pakistan are not exempt from the appointment
requirement and must follow the procedure for all applicants resident in
All NIV applicants must bring to the interview
appointment the following documents:
- Complete and sign Form DS-156 nonimmigrant visa application.
All applications for nonimmigrant visas must be submitted through
American Express Bank Ltd Travel Related Services offices, a
participating branch of American Express in Pakistan. No applications
will be accepted at the Embassy or by mail. American Express will
collect the application fee, schedule the appointment, and successful
applicants will be able to pick up their issued visa from the American
Express branch where they submitted their application. The application
form is available through American Express and on the State Departmentís
- Pay the nonimmigrant visa application fee of $100 or the equivalent
amount in Pakistani rupees. The application fee is non-refundable and
must be paid at one of the participating American Express offices.
American Express charges an additional fee to process the application.
- The Immigrant visa petition, Form I-130, is filed by the Petitioner
with the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), U.S. Citizenship and
Immigration Service in the United States for the Beneficiary who is the
person who wishes to immigrate. If the DHS approves the petition, it is
then sent to the National Visa Center (NVC). Filing fee - US $185.00 (or
Pakistani Rupee equivalent)
- After receipt of the approved petition, and when the filing date
(priority date) of the petition is reached, NVC forwards a "Packet 3" to
the Beneficiary, specifying the documents needed and actions that must
be taken by the Beneficiary and the Petitioner.
- At the time of the interview the applicant pays an IV Processing fee
prior to taking the oath and being interviewed. IV Processing Fee - US
$380.00 (or Pakistani Rupee equivalent).
Attorneys are not permitted to be physically present at the
interview. They are permitted to sit in the waiting room while their IV
clients are interviewed. Attorneys can discuss cases with consular
officers after the interview, but may be asked to come after interviews in
Diplomatic Enclave, Ramna 5
Consular Section: (+92) (51) 2080-2700
Fax: (+92) (51) 282-2632
Information on visa processing 24 hours a day: 051-208-2700.