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Nonimmigrant Visas

General Information

U.S. Consulate General Karachi accepts applications for most categories of nonimmigrant visas, including:


  • Tourist and Business (B1/B2)
  • Crew Members (C1/D)
  • Students and Exchange Visitors (F,J,M)
  • Journalists (I)
  • Petition-based visas, including temporary workers and intra-company transferees, traders and investors, persons of extraordinary ability, artists or entertainers, and religious workers. (H,E,L,P,O,R)

To schedule an appointment, visa applicants must provide all necessary supporting documentation.  For example, business travelers must be able to show they are traveling primarily for business, students must have a signed I-20 form, and exchange visitors must have a DS-2019 form.

Please visit the State Department’s website for information on the types of visas for temporary visitors.

Click here for the online DS-160 application form and instructions.

 Visa Appointments and Processing

 Visa appointments are made through American Express Travel or a satellite office.  Please click here to find the nearest location.

 Visa applicants must appear in person for an interview.  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.  U.S. Consulate General Karachi is located at Plot No. 3-5, New TPX Area, Mai Kolachi Road, Karachi.

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Contact Information

  • Nonimmigrant Visa Unit - Karachi
    U.S. Consulate General
    Plot No 3-5, New TPX Area
    Mai Kolachi Road
    Karachi, Pakistan

    Phone Inquiries:
    (+92-21) 3527-5000
    Monday - Friday
    Ramazan timing
    12:00 to 13:00 

    (+92-21) 3527-5885

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