Federal government changes visa policy for Afghan nationals
After modifying the number of visits, entries, and validity period, the federal government has changed its visa policy for Afghan nationals.
According to the details, the new visa policy was introduced so that the Afghan nationals do not have to visit the Pakistan embassy in Kabul but to get the visas at the border crossing. Under the new visa policy, the relevant authorities modified the visits’ number, validity period, and entries.
The details regarding the new visa policy revealed that the Pakistani embassy in Kabul and consulates will issue multiple entries’ visas for one year to the Afghan nationals. Moreover, the Afghan nationals can also get five years visas for business; that will be extendable in Pakistan.
In addition, the Afghan students could acquire visas under the new policy until the completion of their studies in Pakistan instead of renewing the visa every year. On the other hand, the Afghan patients would be issued six-month visas at the Torkham border.
It is pertinent to mention here that the Foreign Office (FO) confirmed last year that the visa policy of Pakistan for the Afghan nation had remained unchanged till September 2020. Also, Pakistani missions were issuing visas to the Afghan nationals around 3,800 a day without charging any fees.
Once the Afghan nations get the visa, they will be required to provide details in Form C, including the time and place of their stay. They would fill the form upon entry into Pakistan.
The form would be forwarded to security agencies for verification. Once the form is verified, the Afghan visa-holders would be issued travel and residence permits.
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