Before the Interview
- How do I apply for a nonimmigrant visa to the United States?
Complete procedures for applying for a nonimmigrant visa are outlined on our website:
- Complete your DS-160 Online US VISA FAQ Application at https://ceac.state.gov/genniv/
- Visit http://www.ustraveldocs.com/pk and create an account ID.
- Pay the application fee using the instructions on the website.
- Schedule an appointment for your visa interview online at http://www.ustraveldocs.com/pk or
by phone through the Call Center. This service will be free of charge.
- Appear at your selected location and time for your interview.
- If the visa is approved, applicants will receive their passports with finished visas through the
- If the visa application requires further administrative processing or more documentation,
applicants will be informed of next steps at the interview.
- If the visa application cannot be approved, documents and passports will be returned to the
applicant immediately after the interview.
Nonimmigrant Visa Categories
Nonimmigrant Visa Categories Fees
Tourist (B-1/B-2), Student (F and M), Exchange Program (J), Crew Member
(C1/D), Journalist (I)
Petition-based visa categories: H, L, O, P, Q, R $190
E -Treaty Trader/Investor $205
Fiancé Visa (K) $265
Fees will be charged in Pakistani Rupees equivalent to the U.S. Dollar.
Student (F-1) and exchange visitor (J-1) visa applications may require additional documents.
Information regarding student documentation can be found here. Information regarding exchange
visitor documentation can be found here.
All visa interview appointments are scheduled through http://www.ustraveldocs.com/pk
All visa applicants must appear in person for an interview (applicants applying for A or G
diplomatic/international organization-type visas are exempted from this requirement).
- Arriving for Your Interview
All applicants should use Diplomatic Shuttle Service from 3
rd Avenue, Quaid-E-Azam University Road,
G-5 Islamabad for their interviews. For complete instructions, please see our website
(http://www.ustraveldocs.com/pk) or contact your local Call Center.
- Visa Wait Times
The average wait time for an interview is three to ten days from the date of application submission.
In addition, administrative processing requirements following the interview may increase the amount
of time a successful applicant will wait before receiving a visa. We recommend that applicants submit
visa applications at least three months before they intend to travel to the US VISA APPLICATION PROCESS and do not
finalize travel plans until actually receiving the visa.
- What documents do I need to bring to the interview?
The most important part of the interview is the conversation between the applicant and the consular
officer. In many cases, the consular officer will determine an applicant’s qualification for a visa
without extensive document review. However, this does not mean that applicants should not bring
any documentation. Applicants are encouraged to bring documents they believe will demonstrate
compelling reasons to depart the United States and an intention to abide by the terms of the visa.
- I would like to provide information in support of the nonimmigrant visa application of my
relative, friend, or colleague. What should I do?
You are welcome to provide the applicant with information or documents that may support his or her
application. Please note that consular officers do not review most visa applications prior to the
applicant’s interview. Therefore, we are unable to accept letters of invitation or other supporting
documentation prior to the interview. This regulation ensures that all applicants receive fair,
unprejudiced consideration in accordance with U.S. law. During the interview, applicants may present
documentation or other information upon the consular officer’s request.
- Medical Treatment or Illness/Death of a Family Member
Applicants who need to travel to the United States urgently for emergency medical treatment or the
sudden illness or death of a family member may be eligible for an expedited interview appointment.
In such cases, applicants should submit their request for an expedited appointment via the online
appointment system at http://www.ustraveldocs.com/pk. After you have submitted your request for
an emergency appointment, the Embassy will review the request and you will be notified whether the
appointment is approved or denied. We will make every effort to accommodate approved requests for
the nearest business day, however we cannot guarantee appointment availability. The Embassy
reserves the right to determine what constitutes an emergency. Any case that is determined not to be
an emergency will need to schedule for a later date according to the online nonimmigrant visa
appointment schedule at http://www.ustraveldocs.com/pk.
There is no specific set of documentation required for a non-immigrant visa. However, an applicant may
prefer to bring the following documents that may establish his/her eligibility for urgent consideration:
Medical reports from the Pakistani Hospital
A letter from the U.S. hospital regarding the estimated cost required for the treatment
A letter from the U.S. hospital regarding the length of treatment
An appointment letter from the U.S. hospital
Financial statements that you can pay the medical expenses
Medical diagnosis from a local physician, explaining the nature of the ailment and the reason
you need treatment in the U.S.