USA visa requirements for Pakistani passport is a list of documents required to apply for a US visa in Pakistan. If you are planning to apply for an American visa in Pakistan then you are looking for helpful tips and useful resources before submitting your application to the embassy or consulate. I have recently obtained a US visa myself in Karachi Pakistan and this is why I am writing this guide to help you out with the process.
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Table of Page Contents
- 1 USA Visa Requirements for Pakistani Passport
- 2 How to Apply for USA visa in Pakistan?
- 3 Additional Documents for US Visa
- 4 How Tough is US Visa Interview?
- 5 Is Travel History Must for US Visa?
- 6 How Much Bank Statement is Required?
- 7 The Bottom Line
USA Visa Requirements for Pakistani Passport
US embassy in Islamabad and consulate general in Karachi receive non-immigrant visa applications from Pakistani applicants. The people of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, Punjab, and FATA should submit their applications to the embassy in Islamabad while the people of Sindh and Balochistan should reach consulate general in Karachi.
Basic requirements for a US visa in Pakistan:
- A passport, valid for 6 months
- Appointment letter (Printed)
- Visa application confirmation (Printed)
The above are required documents in order to apply for a US visa in Karachi (As I got visa in Karachi).
How to Apply for USA visa in Pakistan?
Four steps to apply for US visa in Pakistan.
1) Here comes the exact step by step process to apply for an American visa in Pakistan. The first step is to go to the below link and start applying for the visa. You will have to fill out the application online at this website. This form is called the DS-160 form. Remember, you should carefully fill all the pages in this form. Take your time and slowly fill the form to avoid mistakes.
2) After that, please go to the following website, and enter your application ID in order to pay the payment of $160 at any Allied Bank branch: http://www.ustraveldocs.com/pk/index.html
3) Now using the same website ustraveldocs.com, you can generate and print an appointment for a US visa, you can do this after submitting the payment. You should also print the Application confirmation from ceac.state.gove website where you filled the form initially. Remember, it will take one day to update your payment information in the system. After that you will be able to select a date for a visa appointment.
4) Now take your application confirmation page, appointment page, and passport with you and go to the consulate or embassy of the United States. You’ll have to wait for your number to be called there and then you’ll be interviewed by a visa officer in the embassy/consulate.
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Additional Documents for US Visa
You should take some additional documents with you to support your visa application. But that’s not compulsory. The most important thing in obtaining a US visa is the interview. If you satisfied the interviewing officer with your straightforward and true answers then your chances are high. However, do not provide incorrect information, as this can result in a refusal.
Additional documents that you should keep with you on the interview date are listed below:
- Bank statement of the last 6 months
- Marriage Certificate (if you are married)
- B-form of your children (if children are going with you)
- FRC – Family registration certificate (in case family is going)
- Employment Letter (If doing a job)
- Leave Certificate (If doing job)
- Company Registration & Relevant Documents (If doing business)
- Property papers (if you own property in Pakistan)
The above requirements are optional. However, if the officer asks for a document, only then show it to him/her. If the officer can not understand what you are saying then you should provide a document that can make the officer understand what you are saying. In my case, the officer only asked for a bank statement. She saw it and give it back to me instantly.
I was telling her about my reason to visit the US. She could not understand me properly because she was inside the window. Therefore, I showed her the invitation letter that I received from the US company which I was visiting. This made her understand what I was saying about my reason to visit the USA.
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How Tough is US Visa Interview?
US visa process has two parts. The first part is when you submit the application online and the second part is an interview at the embassy. In the first part, you send them all the information they need including your passport details and reason to visit the USA. When you go to face the officer, he/she knows about your information already. They have the application opened on their computer.
They will ask you follow-up questions and cross-questions during the 5 to 6 minutes interview. They want to know your genuine intent to visit the USA. They are trained individuals, they can easily catch whether you are speaking truth or lying. Just be natural and answer the questions. You must be consistent with your statements, because most of the questions are taken from your own visa application which you submitted.
In my case, the officer asked me simple questions. I want to show you the conversation between me and the visa officer below in the following format (Interview Language: English):
Visa Officer: Are you married? Abdul Wali: Yes Visa Officer: Do you have kids? Abdul Wali: Yes, I have 3 kids. Visa Officeer: What do your kids do? Abdul Wali: They study in School Visa Officer: Why are you going to the US? Abdul Wali: I am going to United States for attending a conference Visa Officer: What benefit will this conference give you? Abdul Wali: This is a life changing conference for me because there is no recording available for this conference. Visa Officer: Did you visit any other country? Abdul Wali: Yes, I have visited Thailand, Malaysia, Sri Lanka & UAE Visa Officer: Where did you go in Thailand? Abdul Wali: Phuket, Bangkok, Pattaya Visa Officer: Can I see your bank statement? Abdul Wali: Yes, Sure. Visa Officer: What do you do for living? Abdul Wali: I am an online teacher at Udemy.com, I have 100,000 students. Visa Officer: Can you show me your online teaching account? Abdul Wali: Yes, please write "Abdul Wali" in Udemy search box Visa Officer: Your visa has been approved (administrative process) Abdul Wali: Thank you.
This was the exact conversation (interview) I had with the visa officer. The main thing is, you should act naturally. Do not be scared, be confident but don’t be overconfident. Some people give a lot of information voluntarily without being asked for it. Only answer to questions which are asked and if something is not clear then of course you can speak to the officer to clear your points. US visa is based on points, if you have more strong points then probably the visa will be approved. Visa officers make a decision based on these points.
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Is Travel History Must for US Visa?
Not necessarily. If your other points are strong such as home ties and professional background then you don’t really need too much travel history. I don’t understand why people just visit countries for making travel history. When I applied for a US visa, I had visited Thailand, Malaysia, UAE, and Sri Lanka. But I did not visit these countries to apply for a US visa. Although, My UK visa got refused 15 days before I applied for a US visa.
However, if you are a young guy under 30, and you are not married then you should have some travel history to make your case stronger. US visa approval chances are higher for those who are married and have good professional background. Visa officers want to know what you are leaving behind in your home country so you can come back. Your family (spouse & kids) are the most important home ties for them. If you have a good running business, that’s also a good home tie. Property possession is a home tie too.
Let me give you an example. One of my close friends was refused two times for a US visa. He had a very strong case, but he was unmarried and never traveled outside Pakistan. He is 24 years old. One of my other friends is 42 years old, married, and have children. He has very normal income and only travel history of Malaysia & Dubai. But his visa was approved within five minutes.
US visa process is one of the easiest in the world. I call it a gamble for Pakistanis. You will either get a visa within five minutes on the day of your interview or you will lose your $160. That’s what I call it. But I would strongly suggest, do not make silly mistakes. Your reason to visit the USA must be a genuine reason which you can explain very-well to the visa officer if they ask questions about it.
How Much Bank Statement is Required?
Short answer: The more the better. If you have millions in your bank account, that’s very good. But for a working-class person, this is not possible. The USA is an expensive country and very far from Pakistan. So if you are applying for a visit visa then you must have funds available in your account. You should also be receiving a good salary or income which shows that you have a good income flow in Pakistan.
Let’s say if you earn Rs.100,000 a month in Pakistan then you should have some 1 million PKR in your account. That will make sense because you saved that money from your earning. You should also calculate how much you earn and how much You spend. If your spending is more or near to your earning then it will make a weak point. I suggest submitting a bank statement with more than 1 million rupees. Again, because the US is a very expensive place.
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The Bottom Line
Again, I call the US visa a gamble for Pakistanis. You will either lose $160 or get a visa. However, let me make the statement clear that you should not make silly mistakes. Your reason to visit the USA must be genuine and clear. You should establish home ties like spouse and kids. If you are not married then try to make business or job ties, property ties, and travel history.
If your a frequent traveler like me then visiting USA for tourism purpose will make sense. If you are not a frequent traveler then visit the USA for another reason such as attending a conference or meeting someone (friend or relative). If you are a business person then you have more chances for visa approval. But again, it all depends on your overall situation. Good Luck.
If you have any questions then do let me know in the comment section. I will try to answer as soon as possible and if you really liked this guide then do share it on Social Media. Happy Traveling!
If you are from Pakistan or India then you can also watch my video about a US visa. This video is a little bit old but you can still get some tips from it. I will make a new video about the US visa soon with updated information.