KARACHI, (Pakistan Point News - 22th july, 2016): The U.S. Consulate Karachi has issued 14,000 visas to tourists, students, business travelers and workers this year so far. A statement here on Friday said that the Consulate's Consular Section has opened its doors to members of the media to showcase its visa operations. It said that the tour was designed to provide greater information to Pakistanis about U.S. visa operations and procedures, said a statement on Friday.
"We want to give all visa applicants fast, friendly and fair interviews," said Nonimmigrant Visa Chief Mary Pellegrini, "so legitimate travelers can go to the United States, while still ensuring that we protect U.S. citizens and visitors." Currently, it takes one day on average to get a visa appointment and most visas are processed and returned to applicants within 48 hours. Consular officers ask questions at interviews to evaluate eligibility under U.
S. immigration law. So far in 2016, Consulate General Karachi has issued more than 14,000 visas to tourists, students, business travellers, and workers. In 2015, Mission Pakistan (Embassy Islamabad and Consulate Karachi) issued a total of 72,000 such visas; 64,000 were issued in 2014. There is no limit to the number of visitor, student or business (non-immigrant) visas that can be issued, unlike immigrant visas where there is a yearly quota.
Last year, 14,400 Pakistanis immigrated to the United States and 104,000 have gained American citizenship in the past 10 years. Because of these high immigration levels, Pakistanis are no longer eligible for diversity visas, which are granted to only those nations with historically low rates of immigration. US Consulate Karachi, therefore, cautioned against sending money to those claiming to be able to provide such visas.
Check out the Consulate's fraud warning message at the following link: http://karachi.usconsulate.gov/fraudwarning.html According to Ms. Pellegrini, consular officers speak English and Urdu and interpretation services for many other languages, such as Sindhi, Punjabi and Pashto, are also available. `Those interested in applying for a visa can go to http://karachi.usconsulate.gov/visas.html for further information. The site also contains information about how to pay the required visa application fee as well as booking an interview appointment at the U.S. Embassy Islamabad or U.S. Consulate General Karachi.