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Pakistan abolishes visa-on-arrival programme for Afghans

Pakistan abolishes visa-on-arrival programme for Afghans

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Jan 03, 2019 - 16:03

KABULinfo-icon (Pajhwok): Pakistaninfo-icon on Thursday abolished the long-standing facility of on arrival visas for Afghan nationals and restricted their mobility in the country, a media report said.

Express News quoted FIA Immigration Director Ismatullah Junejo as saying that Afghan nationals were earlier granted a 30-day visa on arrival at entry points, but in the new policy, they were required to apply for a visa from Pakistani missions in Afghanistaninfo-icon. Once issued a visa, the Afghan nationals will be allowed entry into Pakistan.

Upon entry, the Afghans will be asked to fill out details including the time period and place of stay. The details, in Form C, will be forwarded to security agencies for verification. Once the details are verified, the Afghan nationals will be issued residence and travel permits.

Earlier, Afghan nationals holding Afghan passports and living in Pakistan were allowed visa extension for a period of six months with one re-entry allowed.

“Afghan origin/third country passports holders are initially granted 45-days visa by our missions abroad except Pakistan Mission in Afghanistan. They are allowed a further extension for 45-days,” reads the Directorate General of Immigration and Passports website.

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