How to apply for United State visit visa from Pakistan

If you want to apply for visit visa for tourism or visiting a family member in United States you will need to apply for a B2 visit visa. B1 visit visa is for business travelers only. The process for applying for B1 or B2 visa is the same and is mentioned below.

You will need to have a picture taken according to the requirement of united states embassy which should be with white background and 2 x 2 inches in size.

  • You only need to fill one form which is DS-160 that is web based, you will need to fill the information online.
  • After submitting an online application you will get a confirmation which you need to print.
  • After that you will need to visit an American Express Bank Ltd, a participating branch of American Express, or Speedex in Pakistan where you need to submit the fee and get the receipt . Visa fee is $160 which is around 17,070 Pak Rupee (previously it was $140).
  • You will need to take below mentioned documents at speedex or participating branch of American Express for appointment date.
  • They will take the documents and will give you the appointment for interview and will notify you about the date and time.

List of Documents:

You must take these documents when you go for an appointment. You would also need to present some more documents on interview day depending upon your reason of visit.

  • The one-page confirmation form (with legible barcode) from the DS-160;
  • A current photo (within the last 6 months) measuring 2″ x 2″ with white background;
  • A photocopy of the applicant’s passport valid for at least 6 months beyond the planned date of entry to the U.S.
  • Photocopies of the bio-pages of all previous passports for the last 15 years.
  • A complete travel history for last 10 years, mention the name of country, entry or exit date.
  • A list of applicant’s siblings and children names.

List of Documents for visit reason:

When you will go to the embassy for an interview, you will need to present some more documents. What documents you would need will depend completely on your reason for visit. I have prepared documents checklist for visit visas related to family visit and business visit. Please click on the relevant link for the detailed information.

On interview day:

  • On the interview date reach at-least 30 minutes in advance, keep in mind that you will have to take the shuttle so calculate time accordingly.
  • Interview is mostly straight forward mainly focusing on your reason to visit and to evaluate whether you will come back to Pakistan or not.
  • Most of the times if your visa is rejected you will be notified at the spot and your passport will be returned.
  • If they keep your passport, you will be asked to wait for the administration process. Once the administration process is complete they courier your passport to your home.
  • Normally they give 90 days time period when your visa will be issued, you will not be able to expedite the visa process in any case. For women the visa can be issued as early as two days most of the times within a week however for male it can take 2 to 8 months. My personal experience is that it mostly takes more than three months so you need to apply for visa ahead of time so you can travel on time.
  • You might send email to US embassy after 90 days if your visa is still not issued but they will always tell you that the processing time may take time and they can not confirm anytime when your visa will be ready.

To get the complete details about the USA non-immigrant visa check this website

For complete details about the photo requirement click on the link below

For complete details of the courier services where you can submit your fee and get appointment click on the link below

If you want to apply visa in an emergency then the process can be expedited, please follow below mentioned link for details 

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  1. Mfk /

    I have two passports an old one and the new one.I got my new passport made because I got divorce my ex husband and got married again.problem is in my old passport my husband name is my ex name.and in my new passport I didn’t mention my husband name because we thought it’s not necessary:-/.. And I have applied for visit visa already and my appointment is on 3 June.please help.I have traveled 3 countries on my new passport though. Kindly reply me

    1. Admin / Post Author

      Salam, sorry for replying late but I hope you understand I can’t be quick all the time. you will have the visa on new passport off-course and you can mention the reason of different name on your old passport.

    2. Salman /

      so what happened in us embassy?any problem??

  2. FAHAD qureshi /

    dear friend. mera bhai es waqt saudia mey hai us ney wahan sey apply kia walsh contruction plc company US ore unhen mera bhai ki C.V pasand ayi hai .bhai ney as AUTOCAD draftman civil keh appky kia tha.ore comapny ney agrement bheja hai ore woh keh rahey hainap ko visa accomdation ore allownces miley gey.likin ap ko work permit lena parey ga.toh kia kerna parey ga. ore kitney paisay lagey gey work permit hasil kernah keh lia.kindly tell me

    1. Admin / Post Author

      Dear Fahad, agar wo keh rahay hain work permit lena paray ga to wo apkay brother ke liye word permit khud apply kar ke usko bula lain gay. App ko kisi kisam k koi paisay dena ki zarorat nahi hai. Agar wo app se paisay mang rahay hain to ye fraud hai. Is tarha koi bhi organization paisay nahi leti.

  3. Waleed /

    Hello ,
    I have an interview on tuesday so I have few questions regarding sponsorship of visa. I am applying for non-immigrant visa for a 1 month tour . my friend is sponsoring everything from tickets to living expenses. He is a us citizen. He is filling the i-34 form but doesnt know where to send that form ?
    The questions are
    1: where should he send the form ?
    2: is i-34 form applicable on my visa ?
    3: do i need other statements to prove myself that i will come pakistan ?

    1. Admin / Post Author

      Dear Waleed,
      Forms are submitted online and you will need to print its summary and take it with you on interview day
      Yes he can financially sponsor you a visit
      Anything that can prove your ties to Pakistan can be taken with you, bank statements, salary slips, job letters, property documents, business documents etc
      also visit this link

  4. Waleed /

    Hello ,
    I am applying for a non-immigrant B2 visa and i have an interview on Tuesday 7th June .
    I need some few questions to be answered before my interview.

    Q1: What kind of documents does she need to attach with the i34 form?

    Q2: if so, she has infact filled out the i34 form and compiled all of her personal documents as proof of sponsorship.
    Where can she securely submit this documentation to the US embassy in islamabad or to the officer who is going to interview me ? Since these are very personal documents and she wants a secure transfer.

    1. Admin / Post Author

      Dear Waleed, They do not keep any of your original documents. If they really need they usually copy it themselves in the Embassy however if you like you can take photocopies of the documents you have. If these are pay slips or bank statements etc that can easily be printed again they might keep it but the documents that can’t have other copies they usually make copies.
      These links might help

  5. Mona /

    Hi I wanted to ask u that me n my husband have multiple visit visa to the US but our son doesn’t since it was my 9th month when we applied so we were unable to travel to the states due to medical issues related to my son … now we applied in saudi but right now my hubby is on duty there but I’m in Pakistan
    If I go n try to get the visa from here without the presence of my husband will that be an issue and will it be rejected ??

    1. Admin / Post Author

      if you are applying for your Son’s visa your husband doesn’t need to go. Infect only the person getting the visa need to go for an interview and if it was your visa you husband couldn’t go with you. Please check the process on embassy website for children’s visa.

  6. Mona /

    And can my husband just apply from saudia by showing copies of our passports can that work too?

    1. Admin / Post Author

      You will have to go for your own interview.

  7. shazi /

    its Mrs imtiaz
    me and my husband wana go to usa visit visa
    I have two baby boys but they will not join us they will live with their grandparents
    before we were in uk but unfortunately my husband was deported and I did asylum in uk but after 1 year came back voluntary
    there is no deport stamp on my husband passport
    kindly let me know is there any issue regarding visit visa of usa
    also tell me about our visa success

    really thankful to you

    1. Admin / Post Author

      even if there is no stamp you will be asked about this in US visa form and you can’t lie there. This type of history effects the chances of getting a visa however if you tell them everything truthfully they might consider. They are extremely trained too spot when a person is lying or giving misleading info. There is a reason they meet everyone face to face before giving visa.

  8. Ali Ahmed /

    Respected sir,
    23 of june i have applied for B1- B2 visa. After 15 minutes interview VO approved my visa application and hold my passport with DS 160 form and give me a blue color slip mentioned within 5 working days you will receive you visa with passport. Today is 15 of july but online status is still AP. What do you think about my case. Your prompt reply will be highly appreciated.
    Ali Ahmed

    1. Admin / Post Author

      No one can tell you exact time for admin processing, not even the embassy. It can take up-to a month to several months.

  9. Masooma Hassan /

    I want to study in Uk So I want sponsored study visa from the institution so what should i Do?

    1. Admin / Post Author

      Not sure about UK

  10. Visitor /

    This is a story you wont hear normally.
    I wanted to visit my girlfriend in US. She works there in a company. And i am a student here doing Bachelors.
    I had all the forms and documents i didnt tell my family about it even tho my brother studies there and my Aunt is american citizen.
    So My friend was sponsoring me i had all the documents and bank statements from her .
    On the interview day
    The interviewer asked me these

    Q: Where are you going
    A: i am going to New Jersey

    Q: whats the purpose of your visit?
    A: I am going to visit a friend of mine XYZ during my summer vacations.

    Q: who is paying for the trip?
    A: my friend is sponsoring for the trip from the plane ticket to living expenses.

    Q: what do you do here?
    A: i am a student in xyz University currently doing my bachelors in computer sciences.

    After these questions she started typing for a while and. Gave me back my passport saying that they cant approve my visa at this time.

    I am disappointed as she didnt ask for proof or more questions. can you help me out by telling me my mistakes and what should i do next time

  11. faiza /

    Mjy meri Kuala k pas Jana new york visit k liye may NY or meri beti nay.. Unko anniversy attend karny or Christmas celebration k liye 10 din k liye hubby Pakistan mey he rahy ga

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