Afghan nationals will no longer be given on-arrival visa if they wish to travel to Pakistan. Pakistan has ended its long-standing facility of providing Afghan nationals with on-arrival visa.
Due to ever-increasing security concerns originating from the western border, this decision has been taken. This was revealed by the immigration wing of the Federal Investigation Agency.
The government has also limited the mobility of Afghan nationals in Pakistan, following this decision. Furthermore, the visa issuance policy on airports and borders crossing points has been halted.
FIA Immigration Director Ismatullah Junejo has reportedly said that previously Afghan nationals were given 30-day visa on arrival at the entry points in Pakistan. From now on after the new policy comes in to effect, Afghan nationals would have to apply for Pakistan visa from the Pakistani missions in Afghanistan.
Only once they are granted visa would they be able to enter into Pakistan. When they enter into Pakistan they will be asked to inform about their time period here and their place of stay. The details that will be taken in Form C will then be sent to the relevant security agencies for further verification. Travel permits and residence will be issued to Afghan nationals after the verification process is completed.
Previously the Afghan nationals who were living in Pakistan were allowed to extend their visa for a six-month period with one re-entry permitted.
Directorate General of Immigration and Passports website states. “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.”
Earlier PM Imran Khan said, “Afghans whose children have been raised and born in Pakistan will be granted citizenship Inshallah (God willing) because this is the established practice in countries around the world. They are humans. How come we have deprived them and have not arranged for offering them national identification card and passport for 30 years, 40 years?”