US cuts visa duration for Pakistan nationals

The US said it was legally bound to cut down visa validity and hike fees because Pakistan “was unable to liberalise its visa regime for certain visa categories”, a Pakistani media report said.

US cuts visa duration for Pakistan nationals: Report

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The US has cut visa durations for some Pakistani visitors by four years — from five to just one — and will not let journalists stay for more than three months without a renewed permit, the Express Tribune reports.

That’s in addition to extra fees for some kinds of approved visas, including for journalists and religious workers, the newspaper said, citing information provided by the US Embassy in Islamabad.

Other kinds of visas, including for business trips, tourism and medical treatment, are still valid for a five-year-period.

The US said it was legally bound to cut down visa validity and hike fees because Pakistan “was unable to liberalise its visa regime for certain visa categories”, the report said.