Pakistan citizens’ US visa reduced to 3 months
The USA has reduced the visa duration of Pakistani nationals to three months from five years, US embassy spokesperson in Pakistan told media on Wednesday. According to media reports, the new visa policy will be applicable to Pakistani journalists and civilians.
Besides reducing the visa duration, the US government also increased visa application fees for Pakistani citizens. The US has increased the application fees from $160 to $192. The US took this decision after Pakistan decided to modify the visa policy for US citizens. It reduced the visa period and increased fee in applying for the document.
In May 2018, Pakistan Foreign Ministry had put travel restrictions on US diplomats after the US had imposed similar restrictions on Pakistani diplomats. According to media reports, the US has repeatedly asked Pakistan to take strong effective steps to stop providing support to terrorists operating from Pakistan soil.
This decision came after the terror attack in Pulwama of Jammu & Kashmir on February 14, in which 40 CRPF personnel attained martyrdom. Pakistan-based Jaish-e-Mohammed claimed the responsibility of the attack. The US has also suspended financial aid worth millions for not taking serious steps towards eliminating terrorism.
– PTC NEWS