The U.S. Consulate General Karachi accepts applications for nonimmigrant visas to the United States. Nonimmigrant visas are for people who are visiting the U.S. temporarily for tourism, business, education, medical treatment, or petition-based employment. The type of visa required depends on your purpose of travel. Please visit the State Department’s website, , for information on the types of visas available for temporary visitors.
To apply for a visa, please visit http://www.ustraveldocs.com/pk/index.html to 1) fill out the nonimmigrant visa electronic application (DS-160) form, 2) pay the application fee, and 3) schedule an appointment for a nonimmigrant visa interview.
With certain exceptions (e.g., Form I-20 for those applying for a student visa, Form DS-2019 for those applying for an exchange visitor visa, etc.), the U.S. Consulate has no specific list of supporting documentation that must be provided by visa applicants. Rather, visa applicants should bring whatever documentation they believe would substantiate their position in Pakistan and their purpose of travel to the United States. The consular officer may or may not review this documentation at the time of the interview.
In general, visa applicants must appear in person at the Consulate for an interview. However, most applicants below 14 years of age or above 80 years of age, and who were not previously refused a visa, are exempt from this requirement. We encourage all applicants to apply at least three months before their intended date of travel. We also recommend that travelers not purchase nonrefundable or non-changeable airline tickets before being issued a U.S. visa.
Please note that some visa applications will require additional administrative processing. Applicants are informed at the time of the interview if such administrative process is needed. While most administrative processing is resolved within 60 days of the interview, the exact timing varies from case to case. Before inquiring about the status of their case, applicants should wait at least 90 days from the date of the interview or submission of supplemental documents.
On the day of the scheduled interview, applicants must arrive at the consulate 15 minutes before the appointment time. The U.S. Consulate General Karachi is located at Plot No. 3-5, New TPX Area, Mai Kolachi Road, Karachi.
If you have an unforeseen travel need(e.g., a medical emergency), you may qualify for an expedited appointment depending on availability at the Consulate. Please visit http://www.ustraveldocs.com/pk/pk-niv-expeditedappointment.asp to ensure you meet the strict requirements for an expedited appointment. You may request an expedited appointment at that webpage.
Non-Immigrant Visa Inquiries
Telephone:(+92) (21) 111-234-111
The Visa Information Service call center (at the telephone number listed above) cannot provide information over the phone regarding the status of an application. If you require information regarding a pending application, please send your inquiry via email. Please review all information carefully and completely. In almost all cases, the answers to your questions can be found on the websites listed above. If you send an email asking a question that can be answered using the information found on the aforementioned websites, you will not receive a reply. Please read all published information carefully. However, in the event that you have a question that cannot be answered by one of these websites, or through our call center via the above e-mail address or telephone number, you may contact us at KarachiVisaQuery@state.gov.
Nonimmigrant Visa Unit - Karachi
U.S. Consulate General
Plot No 3-5, New TPX Area
Mai Kolachi Road
Monday - Friday, 8 AM to 8 PM
Fax: (+92-21) 3527-5885
For visa related inquiries: KarachiVisaQuery@State.gov