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US exempts interview condition for some Pakistani visa applicants

Certain Pakistani applicants for a US visa are now eligible for an interview waiver, according to a statement by the US Mission to Pakistan.

This exemption applies to applicants of F (student) visas, J (exchange visitor) visas in academic programmes, H (temporary worker visas), and non-blanket L (intracompany transferee) visas. They are now eligible for interview waivers at the US Embassy in Islamabad and the US Consulate General in Karachi.

This programme is available to Pakistani citizens who have previously held a US visa. Expanding interview waiver eligibility in these categories will improve customer service and promote the effective and timely processing of visas for qualified Pakistani individuals, according to the statement by the US Embassy in Islamabad.

Following the submission of their applications, some eligible visa holders may, however, still be requested to attend interviews at the US Embassy or Consulate General, according to the statement.

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