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U.S. Visa: Reciprocity and Civil Documents by Country

Pakistan

Pakistan
Islamic Republic of Pakistan

Reciprocity Schedule

Select a visa category below to find the visa issuance fee, number of entries, and validity period for visas issued to applicants from this country*/area of authority.

Explanation of Terms

Visa Classification: The type of nonimmigrant visa you are applying for.

Fee: The reciprocity fee, also known as the visa issuance fee, you must pay. This fee is in addition to the nonimmigrant visa application fee (MRV fee).

Number of Entries: The number of times you may seek entry into the United States with that visa. "M" means multiple times. If there is a number, such as "One", you may apply for entry one time with that visa.

Validity Period: This generally means the visa is valid, or can be used, from the date it is issued until the date it expires, for travel with that visa. If your Validity Period is 60 months, your visa will be valid for 60 months from the date it is issued.

Visa Classifications

A B C D E F G H I J K L M N O P Q R S T U V
Visa
Classification
Fee Number
of Entries
Validity
Period
A-1 None Multiple 24 Months
A-2 None Multiple 24 Months
A-3 1 None Multiple 12 Months
B-1 None Multiple 60 Months
B-2 None Multiple 60 Months
B-1/B-2 None Multiple 60 Months
C-1 None Multiple 60 Months
C-1/D None Multiple 60 Months
C-2 None Multiple 12 Months
C-3 None Multiple 12 Months
CW-1 11 None Multiple 12 Months
CW-2 11 None Multiple 12 Months
D None Multiple 60 Months
E-1 2 None Multiple 60 Months
E-2 2 None Multiple 60 Months
E-2C 12 None Multiple 24 Months
F-1 None Multiple 60 Months
F-2 None Multiple 60 Months
G-1 None Multiple 24 Months
G-2 None Multiple 24 Months
G-3 None Multiple 24 Months
G-4 None Multiple 24 Months
G-5 1 None Multiple 12 Months
H-1B None Multiple 60 Months 3
H-1C None Multiple 60 Months 3
H-2A None N/A N/A 3
H-2B None N/A N/A 3
H-2R None Multiple 60 Months 3
H-3 None Multiple 60 Months 3
H-4 None Multiple 60 Months 3
I None Multiple 60 Months
J-1 4 None Multiple 60 Months
J-2 4 None Multiple 60 Months
K-1 None One 6 Months
K-2 None One 6 Months
K-3 None Multiple 24 Months
K-4 None Multiple 24 Months
L-1 None Multiple 60 Months
L-2 None Multiple 60 Months
M-1 None Multiple 60 Months
M-2 None Multiple 60 Months
N-8 None Multiple 24 Months
N-9 None Multiple 24 Months
NATO 1-7 N/A N/A N/A
O-1 None Multiple 48 Months 3
O-2 None Multiple 48 Months 3
O-3 None Multiple 48 Months 3
P-1 None Multiple 48 Months 3
P-2 None Multiple 48 Months 3
P-3 None Multiple 48 Months 3
P-4 None Multiple 48 Months 3
Q-1 6 None Multiple 15 Months 3
R-1 None Multiple 36 Months
R-2 None Multiple 36 Months
S-5 7 None One 1 Month
S-6 7 None One 1 Month
S-7 7 None One 1 Month
T-1 9 N/A N/A N/A
T-2 None One 6 Months
T-3 None One 6 Months
T-4 None One 6 Months
T-5 None One 6 Months
T-6 None One 6 Months
TD 5 N/A N/A N/A
U-1 None Multiple 48 Months
U-2 None Multiple 48 Months
U-3 None Multiple 48 Months
U-4 None Multiple 48 Months
U-5 None Multiple 48 Months
V-1 None Multiple 120 Months
V-2 None Multiple 120 Months 8
V-3 None Multiple 120 Months 8

Country Specific Footnotes

Although care has been taken to ensure the accuracy, completeness and reliability of the information provided, please contact the U.S. Embassy or Consulate where you plan to apply if you believe this information is in error or if you have further questions.

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Visa Category Footnotes

  1. The validity of A-3, G-5, and NATO 7 visas may not exceed the validity of the visa issued to the person who is employing the applicant. The "employer" would have one of the following visa classifications:

    • A-1
    • A-2
    • G-1 through G-4
    • NATO 1 through NATO 6

  2. An E-1 and E-2 visa may be issued only to a principal alien who is a national of a country having a treaty, or its equivalent, with the United States. E-1 and E-2 visas may not be issued to a principal alien if he/she is a stateless resident. The spouse and children of an E-1 or E-2 principal alien are accorded derivative E-1 or E-2 status following the reciprocity schedule, including any reciprocity fees, of the principle alien’s country of nationality.  

    Example: John Doe is a national of the country of Z that has an E-1/E-2 treaty with the U.S. His wife and child are nationals of the country of Y which has no treaty with the U.S. The wife and child would, therefore, be entitled to derivative status and receive the same reciprocity as Mr. Doe, the principal visa holder.  

  3. The validity of H-1 through H-3, O-1 and O-2, P-1 through P-3, and Q visas may not exceed the period of validity of the approved petition or the number of months shown, whichever is less.

    Under 8 CFR §214.2, H-2A and H-2B petitions may generally only be approved for nationals of countries that the Secretary of Homeland Security has designated as participating countries. The current list of eligible countries is available on USCIS's website for both H-2A and H-2B visas. Nationals of countries not on this list may be the beneficiary of an approved H-2A or H2-B petition in limited circumstances at the discretion of the Department of Homeland Security if specifically named on the petition.  

    Derivative H-4, L-2, O-3, and P-4 visas, issued to accompanying or following-to-join spouses and children, may not exceed the validity of the visa issued to the principal alien.

  4. There is no reciprocity fee for the issuance of a J visa if the alien is a United States Government grantee or a participant in an exchange program sponsored by the United States Government.

    Also, there is no reciprocity fee for visa issuance to an accompanying or following-to-join spouse or child (J-2) of an exchange visitor grantee or participant.

    In addition, an applicant is eligible for an exemption from the MRV fee if he or she is participating in a State Department, USAID, or other federally funded educational and cultural exchange program (program serial numbers G-1, G-2, G-3 and G-7).

    However, all other applicants with U.S. Government sponsorships, including other J-visa applicants, are subject to the MRV processing fee.

  5. Under the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA), Canadian and Mexican nationals coming to engage in certain types of professional employment in the United States may be admitted in a special nonimmigrant category known as the "trade NAFTA" or "TN" category. Their dependents (spouse and children) accompanying or following to join them may be admitted in the "trade dependent" or "TD" category whether or not they possess Canadian or Mexican nationality. Except as noted below, the number of entries, fees and validity for non-Canadian or non-Mexican family members of a TN status holder seeking TD visas should be based on the reciprocity schedule of the TN principal alien.

    Canadian Nationals

    Since Canadian nationals generally are exempt from visa requirement, a Canadian "TN' or "TD" alien does not require a visa to enter the United States. However, the non-Canadian national dependent of a Canadian "TN", unless otherwise exempt from the visa requirement, must obtain a "TD" visa before attempting to enter the United States. The standard reciprocity fee and validity period for all non-Canadian "TD"s is no fee, issued for multiple entries for a period of 36 months, or for the duration of the principal alien's visa and/or authorized period of stay, whichever is less. See 'NOTE' under Canadian reciprocity schedule regarding applicants of Iranian, Iraqi or Libyan nationality.

    Mexican Nationals

    Mexican nationals are not visa-exempt. Therefore, all Mexican "TN"s and both Mexican and non-Mexican national "TD"s accompanying or following to join them who are not otherwise exempt from the visa requirement (e.g., the Canadian spouse of a Mexican national "TN") must obtain nonimmigrant visas.

    Applicants of Iranian, Iraqi or Libyan nationality, who have a permanent resident or refugee status in Canada/Mexico, may not be accorded Canadian/Mexican reciprocity, even when applying in Canada/Mexico. The reciprocity fee and period for "TD" applicants from Libya is $10.00 for one entry over a period of 3 months. The Iranian and Iraqi "TD" is no fee with one entry over a period of 3 months.

  6. Q-2 (principal) and Q-3 (dependent) visa categories are in existence as a result of the 'Irish Peace Process Cultural and Training Program Act of 1998'. However, because the Department anticipates that virtually all applicants for this special program will be either Irish or U.K. nationals, the Q-2 and Q-3 categories have been placed only in the reciprocity schedules for those two countries. Q-2 and Q-3 visas are available only at the Embassy in Dublin and the Consulate General in Belfast.

  7. No S visa may be issued without first obtaining the Department's authorization.

  8. V-2 and V-3 status is limited to persons who have not yet attained their 21st birthday. Accordingly, the period of validity of a V-2 or V-3 visa must be limited to expire on or before the applicant's twenty-first birthday.

  9. Posts may not issue a T-1 visa. A T-1 applicant must be physically present in the United States, American Samoa, the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands or a U.S. port of entry, where he/she will apply for an adjustment of status to that of a T-1. The following dependents of a T-1 visa holder, however, may be issued a T visa at a U.S. consular office abroad:

    • T-2 (spouse)
    • T-3 (child)
    • T-4 (parent)
  10. The validity of NATO-5 visas may not exceed the period of validity of the employment contract or 12 months, whichever is less.

  11. The validity of CW-1 and CW-2 visas shall not exceed the maximum initial period of admission allowed by DHS (12 months) or the duration of the transition period ending December 31, 2014, whichever is shortest.

  12. The validity of E-2C visas shall not exceed the maximum initial period of admission allowed by DHS (24 months) or the duration of the transition period ending December 31, 2014, whichever is shortest.

 

 

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General Documents

General Document Information

The Union Council, Municipal Corporation, Cantonment Boards, and Capital Development Authority (CDA, for Islamabad) offices are responsible for the registration of Births, Marriages, Divorces and Deaths in the Pakistan.

Prior to 1961, in large cities, Municipal Corporations were registering births and deaths, but in 1961 the Muslim Family Law Ordinance (MFLO) was passed to formalize marriages and divorces. These registration authorities can only register Muslim marriages and divorces under MFLO. Such records for non-Muslims are still registered with their respective community head offices.

In 1998, the National Database and Registration Authority (NADRA) was created to develop a database for registering the citizens of Pakistan. NADRA-issued Pakistani identity cards, birth, death, marriage, divorce and family registration certificates (FRC) are now available. The National Database and Registration Authority (NADRA), responsible for maintaining citizenship records, now also issues marriage registration certificates for non-Muslim citizens.  NADRA has equipped Union Councils and other registration authorities with computers, software and secure papers to print civil states certificates, but is not responsible for accuracy of the data as it is being entered by registration authorities. NADRA does collect entered data and maintains a central repository but does not provide any verification facility for such records. 

 

General Issuing Authority Information

Union Council, Cantonment Boards, Municipal Corporation and CDA (Islamabad only).

Birth, Death, Burial Certificates

Birth Certificates

Available

Fees: The fees vary by location.

Document Name: Birth certificate, Child Registration Certificate

Issuing Authority: Union Council, Municipal Corporation, Office of the Cantonment Board, CDA or family registration certificates (FRC) from NADRA are acceptable. In larger cities, such as Rawalpindi, Lahore, Karachi etc. municipal corporation issued birth certificates prior to 2001 are acceptable. Pakistanis may present a family registration certificate (FRC) issued by the NADRA.

Special Seal(s) / Color / Format: This varies by location.

Issuing Authority Personnel Title: There is no issuing authority personnel title

Registration Criteria: Births are to be registered with the Union Council within two months.

Procedure for Obtaining: Applicants go to the Union Council, fill out a form, and provide identification. The process for late registration is more complex, requiring two affidavits to the concerning authority. The concerning authority then issues a letter to the Union Council authorizing the late entry. Once this process has been completed, the applicants can go to the Union Council to register.

Certified Copies Available: Certified copies are available

Alternate Documents: In lieu of a birth certificate, Pakistanis often use Child Registration Certificates or Family Registration Certificates (FRC) listing all family members & showing their relationship.

Exceptions: None

Comments: Records of birth are inconsistent because most people only request one when required for a specific reason. Birth certificates can be in either English or Urdu with English translation.

 

Death Certificates

Available

Fees: The fees vary by location.

Document Name:  Death Certificate

Issuing Authority: Union Council, Cantonment Boards, Municipal Corporation and CDA (for Islamabad only)

Special Seal(s) / Color / Format:  This varies by location.

Issuing Authority Personnel Title: There is no issuing authority personnel title

Registration Criteria: Deaths are to be registered with the above mentioned office; however, there is no required timeframe to report a death.

Procedure for Obtaining: A certificate of death can be obtained from the Union Council, Municipal Corporation or CDA. Cantonment Boards in urban areas are also authorized to issue death certificates. In locations where a proper graveyard system exists, local authorities accept the graveyard receipt as proof of death. A death certificate issued by a hospital is also acceptable as proof for a death registration.  In cases where a death occurred at home, affidavits from close relatives are required to register the death.

In addition to a death certificate, a National Identity Card Cancellation request could be obtained from NADRA as secondary proof of death.

Certified Copies Available: Certified copies are available

Alternate Documents: There are no alternate documents

Exceptions: None

Comments: Records of deaths are inconsistent because most people only request one when required for a specific reason.

Marriage, Divorce Certificates

Marriage Certificates

Available

Fees: There are fees

Document Name:  Nikah Nama along with its English translation or Marriage Registration Certificate

Issuing Authority: Union Council for Muslims. Certificates for non-Muslim citizens such as Ahmadis, Christians, Hindus, Parsis etc. are issued by respective community head offices (i.e. church or temple).

Special Seal(s) / Color / Format:  This varies by location and religion.

Issuing Authority Personnel Title:  Secretary of Union Council & Nikah Registrar on Nikah Nama

Registration Criteria: For Muslims, the marriage registrar should sign and stamp each original Nikah Nama and submit the first copy to the Union Council, while the second and third copies are provided to the bride and groom. The Registrar keeps the fourth copy. The Nikah Registrar should register the marriage within two months, but this does not always occur. The NADRA marriage certificate can provide further proof of registration. For immigration purposes, the Nikah must be registered with the Union Council.

Ahmadi, Christian, Hindu, and Parsi marriage certificates are issued by the church or temple leaders and are not generally registered with the local authorities.

Procedure for Obtaining: The original Nikah Nama is usually in Urdu and can be obtained from the Nikah Registrar.

Certified Copies Available: Certified copies are available

Alternate Documents: The NADRA marriage registration certificate is an acceptable substitute for the Nikah Nama, but usually it is examined with a Nikah Nama along with its English translation as it contains more information (i.e. witnesses, ex-spouse and number of children). 

Exceptions: None

Comments: None

 

Divorce Certificates

Available

Fees:  The fees vary by location.

Document Name:  Khula, Talaq Nama and Divorce Certificate

Issuing Authority: Union Council

Special Seal(s) / Color / Format: This varies by location.

Issuing Authority Personnel Title: Chairman Union Council as a Head of Arbitration Council

Registration Criteria: Pakistani divorce laws for Muslims are governed by the Muslim Family Laws Ordinance (MFLO).  The laws are complicated and must be followed for divorces to be recognized for immigration purposes. The Union Council registers the divorce and initiates the Arbitration Council, which normally consists of two representatives from each party. The chairman of the Arbitration Council is usually the Chairman of the Union Council. The Union Council sends arbitration notices to the parties every month (for 3 months) to attempt reconciliation. After three months, either party may request a failure of reconciliation certificate from the Union Council/Arbitration Council.

A divorce in Pakistan is not effective and neither party may remarry until 90 days after the divorce has been announced to the Arbitration Council. The Union Council divorce certificate will indicate (mode of divorce) if the divorce was a Talaq or Khula. A handwritten divorce certificate is issued by the Union Council. NADRA began issuing Divorce Registration Certificates a few years ago, but if a NADRA divorce certificate is provided for an older divorce, the original Union Council certificate should also be provided. The specific form for the Union Council certificate will vary by location. In all cases, copies of the arbitration notices should be available upon request.

Ahmadi, Christian, Hindu, and Parsi divorces are issued by the family court and are not generally registered with the local authorities.

Procedure for Obtaining: In Pakistan, a Muslim divorce is subject to arbitration, and the process of divorce differs depending on whether it is initiated by the husband (Talaq), or the wife (Khula). A husband can go directly to the Union Council to initiate a divorce. Unless the wife grants permission otherwise, the divorce must occur in the district where she resides at the time of divorce.

KHULA:  There are two possible procedures to obtain a Khula divorce. A husband can grant his wife the right of divorce by stating "yes" on line 18 of the Nikah Nama (which is rare). If this right is granted, the wife follows the same procedure as for the Talaq above. If the wife is not granted this right, she must first go to Family Court to request the right to initiate a divorce. If the suit is successful, the Family Court is required to submit its decision to the Union Council within seven days. The Union Council will then initiate the Arbitration Council and follow the same arbitration procedures as above. In reality, the Family Court often does not inform the Union Council of their decision. Often, the court order will actually state that the divorce is granted. However, to finalize the divorce under the MFLO, if the court does not notify the Union Council, the wife must do so herself. Once the wife notifies the Union Council, the same procedure as for Talaq is followed, but if the parties reconcile during the arbitration process, the court decision will be null and void.

Certified Copies Available: Certified copies are available

Alternate Documents: The NADRA divorce registration certificate is an acceptable substitute for the divorce certificate. 

Exceptions: Records of divorce are inconsistent because most people only request one when required for a specific reason.

Comments: None

Adoption Certificates

Unavailable

Comments: Islamic law, and, as a result, Pakistani law, does not recognize adoption. Pakistanis often obtain various documents identified as "adoption deeds." One common format is an "adoption deed" written on "rupee paper" and signed by the biological and "adoptive" parents. As adoptions are not recognized in Pakistan, and "rupee paper" is not a legal document, these documents are not evidence of a legal adoption and, as such, are not acceptable for immigration purposes. Even court documents claiming that a child has been adopted are not acceptable. Family courts, in an attempt to assist those who agree to care for the children of others, may state in the orders that an adoption has occurred, but this is not a legal adoption acceptable for immigration purposes. At best, the court can grant guardianship of a child to a non-parental adult. While such an order may be acceptable for an IR-4 visa if the child meets other qualifications, this order is not sufficient for immigration under other family-based visa categories.

Due to the complicated nature of cases involving adults caring for non-biological children, those wishing to take children to the U.S. for purposes of finalizing adoptions should first contact an immigration attorney or the U.S. Embassy for more information.

Identity Card

Available

Fees: Click here.

Document Name: National Identity Card

Issuing Authority: NADRA

Special Seal(s) / Color / Format:  Click here.

Issuing Authority Personnel Title: NADRA

Registration Criteria: Click here.

Procedure for Obtaining:  Click here.

Certified Copies Available: Certified copies are not available

Alternate Documents: There are no alternate documents

Exceptions:  National Identity Cards for Overseas Pakistanis (NICOP, for Pakistanis working overseas) and Pakistani Origin Cards (POC) are also issued by NADRA. The holder of a POC doesn't need a visa to come to Pakistan, but they need to have their valid passport in addition to the POC.

Comments: None

Police, Court, Prison Records

Police Records

Unavailable

Comments: Pakistan has no nationwide tracking system for criminal activities. Police Character Certificates are available for a fee from District Coordinating Offices. However, they are not an accurate reflection of an individual's criminal record. An applicant who has committed a crime in one district may be able to obtain a clean Character Certificate from that district or another. Given the inaccuracy of these certificates, they are not required for consular processing.

 

Court/Prison Records

Available/Unavailable: Court records are available; however, prison records are unavailable.

Fees: The fees vary by location.

Document Name: Court document

Issuing Authority: Court

Special Seal(s) / Color / Format: There is no special seal(s)/color/format

Issuing Authority Personnel Title: Judge

Registration Criteria: There are no registration criteria

Procedure for Obtaining: Records of court proceedings can be requested and obtained through the appropriate court.

Certified Copies Available: Certified copies are available.

Alternate Documents: There are no alternate documents.

Exceptions: None

Comments: None

Military Records

Unavailable

Comments: However, upon discharge, retirement, or resignation from military service a discharge certificate is issued to such personnel.

Passports & Other Travel Documents

Passport

Available

Fees: Click here.

Document Name: Passport

Issuing Government Authority: Directorate General of Immigration & Passports

Special Seal(s)/Color/Format: Diplomatic (red cover), Official (blue cover) and Ordinary (green cover)

Issuing Authority Personnel Title: Ministry of Interior

Registration Criteria: Please click here.

Procedure for Obtaining: Please click here.

Alternate Documents: Unknown

Exceptions: Passports are valid for travel to all countries except Israel.

Comments: Pakistani passports are valid for 5 or 10 years. Pakistani names are subject to a variety of combinations with no established surname rule. Individuals may change their names by simply announcing name changes in the newspaper. It is not uncommon for birth dates to be changed. The essential element of identity is generally the name of the father and, in the case of a married woman, the name of the husband.

 

Diplomatic Passports (red cover): Issued to ambassadors, career diplomats, heads of state of the government and federal ministers.

Official Passports (blue cover): Issued to members of the National Assembly and their immediate family members, high-ranking civil service personnel, and military personnel traveling on official business.

Ordinary Passports (green cover): Issued to any qualifying citizen of Pakistan for private travel.

Other Documents Available: There are no other documents available. 

Other Records

Not applicable

Visa Issuing Posts

Post Title: Islamabad, Pakistan (Embassy)

Address:
Diplomatic Enclave,
Ramna 5

Phone Number: (+92-51) 201-4000 Fax: (+92-51) 233-8071

 

Post Title: Karachi (Consulate)

Address:
Plot 3, 4, 5, New TPX Area
Mai Kolachi Road
Karachi, Pakistan

Phone Number: (+92-21) 3527-5000 Fax: (+92-21) 3527-5985

Visa Services: All categories, serves Pakistan and some citizens from Afghanistan, particularly those who are residents in Pakistan.

Hours of Operation:
Monday - Friday
8:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.

Comments / Additional Information: None

Visa Services

Islamabad is the only location for immigrant visa processing in Pakistan. Islamabad also processes refugee and asylee follow-to-join beneficiaries for Afghanistan. In addition, Karachi services non-immigrant visa travelers living in Sindh and Balochistan provinces. Applications must be submitted through the CGI office in Karachi.