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US waives visa interview for applicants: Check eligibility here

11:20 PM | 10 Jan, 2024
US waives visa interview for applicants: Check eligibility here

WASHINGTON - The authorities in the United States have announced to waive visa interviews for the applicants if they meet certain conditions.

According to an official press release by the State Department, the interview waiver came after a consultation between Secretary of State Anthony Blinken and the Department of Homeland Security. 

As per the fresh reforms, consular officers have the authority and discretion to waive the in-person interview for first-time H-2 visa applicants (temporary agricultural and non-agricultural workers).

Moreover, an interview waiver can also be granted to other nonimmigrant visa applicants applying for any nonimmigrant visa classification who were previously issued a nonimmigrant visa in any classification, unless the only prior issued visa was a B visa, and for those who are applying within 48 months of their most recent nonimmigrant visa’s expiration date.

The government has clarified that in all cases, applicants must meet certain legal requirements to qualify for an interview waiver. However, the implementation of this directive begins on January 1, 2024, and will be reviewed annually.

The State Department has clarified that applicants renewing a nonimmigrant visa in the same classification within 48 months of the prior visa’s expiration date continue to be eligible for an interview waiver until further notice. 

Eligibility for interview waiver

To be eligible for an interview waiver, applicants must also meet certain criteria, including that they:

  • Apply in their country of nationality or residence
  • Have never been refused a visa (unless such refusal was overcome or waived)
  • Have no apparent or potential ineligibility.

The department has also highlighted that Consular officers may still require in-person interviews on a case-by-case basis or because of local conditions.  

'We encourage applicants to check embassy and consulate websites for more detailed information about visa application requirements and procedures, and to learn more about the embassy’s operating status and services,' the press release said.

Daily Pakistan Global Web Desk

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Currency Rates in Pakistan Today - Pak Rupee to US Dollar, Euro, Dirham, Riyal 19 May 2024

Pakistani currency rates against US Dollar and other currencies on May 18, 2024 (Saturday) in open market.

USD to PKR rate today

US dollar was being quoted at 277.4 for buying and 280.35 for selling.

Euro stands at 297 for buying and 299.5 for selling while British Pound rate is 348.5 for buying, and 352 for selling.

UAE Dirham AED was at 75.25 and Saudi Riyal came down to 73.50.

Today’s currency exchange rates in Pakistan - 19 May 2024

Currency Symbol Buying Selling
US Dollar USD 277.4 280.35
Euro EUR 297 299.5
UK Pound Sterling GBP 348.5 352
U.A.E Dirham AED 75.25 76
Saudi Riyal SAR 73.5 74.25
Australian Dollar AUD 181 183
Bahrain Dinar BHD 747.77 755.77
Canadian Dollar CAD 203 205
China Yuan CNY 38.49 38.89
Danish Krone DKK 40.25 40.65
Hong Kong Dollar HKD 35.96 36.31
Indian Rupee INR 3.33 3.44
Japanese Yen JPY 1.91 1.99
Kuwaiti Dinar KWD 913.28 922.28
Malaysian Ringgit MYR 58.69 59.29
New Zealand Dollar NZD 169.45 171.45
Norwegian Krone NOK 25.67 25.97
Omani Riyal OMR 730.59 738.59
Qatari Riyal QAR 76.41 77.11
Singapore Dollar SGD 203 205
Swedish Korona SEK 25.67 25.97
Swiss Franc CHF 309.01 311.51
Thai Baht THB 7.57 7.72

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