The new questions, part of an effort to tighten vetting of would-be visitors to the United States, was approved on May 23 by the Office of Management and Budget despite criticism from a range of education officials and academic groups during a public comment period.
Critics argued that the new questions would be overly burdensome, lead to long delays in processing and discourage international students and scientists from coming to the United States.
Under the new procedures, consular officials can request all prior passport numbers, five years’ worth of social media handles, email addresses and phone numbers and 15 years of biographical information including addresses, employment and travel history.
Officials will request the additional information when they determine “that such information is required to confirm identity or conduct more rigorous national security vetting,” a State Department official said on Wednesday.
The State Department said earlier the tighter vetting would apply to visa applicants “who have been determined to warrant additional scrutiny in connection with terrorism or other national security-related visa ineligibilities.”
President Donald Trump has vowed to increase national security and border protections, proposing to give more money to the military and make Mexico pay to build a wall along the southern U.S. border.
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KARACHI - Following are the foreign currency exchange rates for US Dollar, Saudi Riyal, UK Pound Sterling, U.A.E. Dirham, European Euro, and other foreign currencies in Pakistan open market on January 28, 2023 (Saturday).
Source: Forex Association of Pakistan. (last update 09:00 AM)
|UK Pound Sterling||GBP||313||316|
|Hong Kong Dollar||HKD||30.94||31.29|
|New Zealand Dollar||NZD||156.69||158.69|
KARACHI – The price of a single tola of 24-karat gold in Pakistan is Rs209,600 on Saturday. The price of 10 grams of 24k gold was recorded at Rs174,990.
Likewise, 10 grams of 22k gold were being traded for Rs157,300 while a single tola of 22-karat gold was being sold at Rs 178,500.
Note: The gold rate in Pakistan is fluctuating according to the international market so the price is never been fixed. The below rates are provided by local gold markets and Sarafa Markets of different cities.
|Lahore||PKR 209,600||PKR 2,220|
|Karachi||PKR 209,600||PKR 2,220|
|Islamabad||PKR 209,600||PKR 2,220|
|Peshawar||PKR 209,600||PKR 2,220|
|Quetta||PKR 209,600||PKR 2,220|
|Sialkot||PKR 209,600||PKR 2,220|
|Attock||PKR 209,600||PKR 2,220|
|Gujranwala||PKR 209,600||PKR 2,220|
|Jehlum||PKR 209,600||PKR 2,220|
|Multan||PKR 209,600||PKR 2,220|
|Bahawalpur||PKR 209,600||PKR 2,220|
|Gujrat||PKR 209,600||PKR 2,220|
|Nawabshah||PKR 209,600||PKR 2,220|
|Chakwal||PKR 209,600||PKR 2,220|
|Hyderabad||PKR 209,600||PKR 2,220|
|Nowshehra||PKR 209,600||PKR 2,220|
|Sargodha||PKR 209,600||PKR 2,220|
|Faisalabad||PKR 209,600||PKR 2,220|
|Mirpur||PKR 209,600||PKR 2,220|