Liberal Visa Regime

Missions abroad are authorized to grant five year validity (multiple) visa within 24 hours to businessman of various countries on Business Visa List (BVL), with the duration of each stay restricted to three months. The foreign nationals seeking a business visa need to produce one of the following documents:

  • Recommendation letter from Chamber of Commerce & Industry of the respective country of the applicant
  • Invitation letter from business organization duly recommended by the concerned Trade Organization / Association in Pakistan
  • Recommendation letter by Honorary Investment Counselors of BOI
  • Recommendation letter from the Commercial Attaché of Pakistan in the region

Business-persons and investors from any of the BVL listed countries will also be granted a thirty-day landing permit on arrival at any airport in Pakistan.

Work Visa

Work visas are granted subject to a constructive plan to train Pakistani personnel to take over the technical and managerial responsibilities over a reasonable period of time. The multiple-entry work visa is issued for a period of one year or up to the date of expiry of the applicant’s passport, whichever is earlier. The concerned Pakistani Mission abroad will grant work visas to the applicant, whereas extension in work visa is endorsed by the Regional Passport Office of the city where the expatriate is working, upon authorization by the Ministry of Interior.

Conversion of Business Visa into Work Visa

For the purpose of changing the category of visa of foreign national employees and investors from business visa to work visa, the concerned expatriate is no more required to leave the country. The Ministry of Interior will process such requests, upon receiving verification from the BOI.

Granting of Pakistan Citizenship to Foreign Nationals (Investors)

Any person of a country recognized by Pakistan may obtain Pakistani Citizenship by investing a minimum of USD 0.75 million in tangible assets and USD 0.25 million (or equivalent in major foreign currency) in cash on a non-repatriable basis, and by fulfilling the conditions of the Pakistan Citizenship Law. Investment on a non-repatriable basis means that the amount is brought to Pakistan through normal banking channels, converted into Pakistan Rupees, and never remitted back.