Visa, Mastercard block Russian financial institutions

WASHINGTON: US payment card firms Visa and Mastercard have blocked multiple Russian financial institutions from their network, complying with government sanctions imposed over Moscow’s invasion of Ukraine. Visa said it was taking prompt action to ensure compliance with applicable sanctions,

UAE opens Asia’s largest visa centre in Karachi

KARACHI: United Arab Emirates (UAE) on Sunday opened its largest visa centre in Karachi inaugurated by Sindh Governor Imran Ismail in a special ceremony. The inauguration ceremony was attended by UAE Minister of Tolerance and Coexistence Sheikh Nahyan bin Mubarak

Pakistani’s will be able to travel Belarus with on-arrival visa facility

EUROPE: Belarus has included Pakistan on the list of 76 countries that will be provided with an on-arrival visa facility. The Belarusian Ministry of Foreign Affairs announced in an official statement that passport holders from 76 countries including Pakistan and

Nawaz’s visa denial

The news that Nawaz Sharif has been denied a visa extension in the United Kingdom has once again rattled the political landscape. There is intense speculation on the options the former prime minister has after he went abroad on medical

Govt approves new visa policy for Chinese nationals working on CPEC projects

ISLAMABAD: Minister for Interior Sheikh Rasheed Ahmed has said the government has approved a new visa policy for Chinese nationals working on China Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) projects. During a meeting with Chinese Ambassador Nong Rong here Thursday, the interior

FM Qureshi apprises UAE minister of problems in visa issuance

ISLAMABAD: Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi met United Arab Emirates (UAE) Minister of State Reem Al Hashimi on the sidelines Council of Foreign Ministers (CFM) meeting in Niamey, Niger. The foreign minister apprised her of the difficulties being faced by

UAE visa ban

The UAE has imposed an undeclared ban on issuing visas to countries of 13 Muslim-majority countries including Pakistan. The move is reminiscent of US President Trump’s Muslim ban but has not attracted the attention it requires as it concerns a

UAE widens 10-year residency ‘golden visa’ eligibility

DUBAI: The United Arab Emirates will extend its ‘golden’ visa system which grants 10-year residency to certain professionals to specialised degree-holders and others. Foreigners in the UAE usually have renewable visas valid for only a few years tied to employment.

Israel, UAE sign mutual visa exemption deal

DUBAI: United Arab Emirates (UAE) and Israel have signed four agreements during the first high-level visit from the Gulf state to Tel Aviv since the two countries establish official ties last month. Emirati Finance Minister Obaid Humaid al-Tayer and several

15 dead in stampede near Pakistan consulate in Afghanistan

JALALABAD: At least 15 people were killed in a stampede among thousands of Afghans gathered outside Pakistan’s consulate applying for visas. An estimated 3,000 Afghans had congregated on the open ground outside the consulate, waiting to collect tokens needed to

Italy allows seasonal work visas for Pakistan

ISLAMABAD: The Italian government has included Pakistan in the work visa category called ‘Decreto-Flussi’ which will allow its nationals to avail seasonal and non-seasonal work visas. More than 30,000 work visas would be issued by the Italian authorities to the

Federal Cabinet unveils new visa policy for Afghanistan

ISLAMABAD: The federal cabinet has approved the new visa policy for Afghanistan to facilitate business and people-to-people contacts between the two countries. This comes at a time when Abdullah Abdullah, the Chair of the High Council for National Reconciliation in

US Embassy to resume student visa services from Oct 1

ISLAMABAD: The United States Embassy in Islamabad and the Consulate General in Karachi will resume student visa services from Thursday 1st October, 2020. In a statement, the US embassy said student visas are a top priority for the US mission

SAPM Bukhari urges Saudi Arabia to extend visas, increase flights

ISLAMABAD: Special Assistant to Prime Minister on Overseas Pakistanis and Human Resource Development Zulfikar Abbas Bukhari has urged Saudi Arabia to further extend the iqama expiration date and allow more PIA flights. Bukhari held an online meeting through video link

IHC issues stay order on Cynthia Ritchie’s deportation

ISLAMABAD: The Islamabad High Court (IHC) on Monday issued a stay order on the Interior Ministry’s decision rejecting a visa extension for US blogger Cynthia D. Ritchie. IHC Chief Justice Athar Minallah heard the petition and stopped the Interior Ministry

Cynthia Ritchie moves IHC against visa extension denial

ISLAMABAD: US blogger Cynthia D Ritchie on Saturday approached the Islamabad High Court (IHC), challenging the interior ministry’s decision denying her a visa extension. Ritchie submitted an extension making the interior secretary, deputy secretary, and Director General Federal Investigation Agency

US blogger Cynthia Ritchie asked to leave Pakistan within 15 days

ISLAMABAD: The Interior Ministry has ordered American blogger Cynthia Ritchie to leave Pakistan within 15 days after rejecting her request for a visa extension. Ritchie confirmed the news and said that the Ministery of Interior has rejected her visa application

10 Places Pakistanis Don’t Need Visas To Travel

There are few countries in the world that allow Pakistanis to travel with a visa on arrival. Pakistanis don’t need the visas to 43 countries but we have listed 10 countries that allow Pakistanis to obtain a visa on arrival

US to deport over 100 Pakistanis today

ISLAMABAD: Up to 100 Pakistanis will be deported from the United States today due to the rejection of their immigration applications. The US government is reportedly deporting some Pakistani nationals over their involvement in crimes. As per sources, the citizens

British PM Johnson offers visas for millions in Hong Kong

LONDON: British Prime Minister Boris Johnson has offered visas to millions of Hong Kong residents and a possible route to citizenship if China persists with its national security law. “Many people in Hong Kong fear their way of life —

FIA refuses German woman entry without visa on arrival in Pakistan

ISLAMABAD: The Federal Investigation Agency (FIA) on Monday has refused to grant permission to a German national woman, who arrived without a visa at Islamabad International Airport. It emerged after searching her passport that she does not have a Pakistani

UAE unveils first multi-entry five-year tourist visas

DUBAI: The United Arab Emirates has unveiled the first multi-entry five-year tourist visa in order to boost the tourism industry. The UAE cabinet, in its first meeting of the year on Monday chaired by Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid, the prime

Police arrest two human smugglers in Islamabad

ISLAMABAD: Police on Wednesday conducted a raid and arrested a travel agent allegedly sending people abroad on counterfeit visas and documents. Police received reliable sources and arrested an agent named Ehsan Raza s/o Ghulam Rasool and a resident of Gujrat

FO dismisses reports of change in visa policy for IoK residents

ISLAMABAD: The Foreign Office has rejected reports about changes in the Pakistan visa policy for the residents of Indian Occupied Jammu and Kashmir. “Media reports, which appeared in a section of media, about changes in Pakistani visa for residents of

9 Pakistani students selected for JENESYS exchange program

ISLAMABAD:  A delegation of 9 Pakistani students along with a supervisor will leave for Japan on the short term invitation bestowed by the Government of Japan. The visit will be starting from 25th November to 3rd December under the Japan-SAARC

US imposes visa restrictions on Chinese officials over Uighur issue

WASHINGTON: The United States has imposed visa restrictions on Chinese government and Communist Party officials it believes responsible for the detention or abuse of Muslim minorities in Xinjiang province, the U.S. State Department. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo cited the

Saudi Arabia allows foreign unmarried couples to share hotel rooms

RIYADH: Saudi Arabia is allowing foreign men and women to rent hotel rooms together without proving they are related, as it launches a new visa scheme to attract tourists and holidaymakers. Women, including Saudis, are also permitted to rent hotel

China inaugurates first visa facilitation center in Lahore

LAHORE: Chinese Authorities have inaugurated visa application center on Monday to support applicants seeking to travel to China.  China on Monday has started the first visa application service center in Lahore to facilitate travelers seeking to visit China. The Chinese