Pakistan decides to grant 5-year multiple-entry visas to Americans

Last Updated: Jun 10 2019 19:49
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Pakistan has decided to grant 5-year multiple-entry visas to American nationals after the US in March reduced visa validity for Pakistanis from five years to one year.

In a note sent late last month, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs here advised Pakistani diplomatic missions in the US to follow the new policy while issuing visas to American nationals.

“The five-year visa will benefit the investors and tourists of both countries. The visa policy is according to Prime Minister Imran Khan’s vision to improve tourism and business,” a Foreign Office official told The Express Tribune.

“It may be reciprocated by the US,” said the official, who wished not to be named.

The United States had long demanded this change in Pakistan’s visa policy and recently changed its own policy when Pakistan did not respond.

The State Department said it withdrew the tax exemptions for Pakistani Embassy employees in Washington and their dependents as of May 15, citing pending tax issues faced by US diplomats in Pakistan.

“The issue is the subject of ongoing bilateral discussions, and we hope to be able to resolve the issue and restore the tax privileges,” a State Department spokesman said.