United States visa grants: 28 percent boost for India, 40 percent decrease for Pakistan

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Non-immigrant visas approved to Pakistanis are down by 40 percent in March and April this year compared with the 2016 regular monthly average.

By: PTI|Islamabad|Published: May 29, 2017 4:28 pm

United States visa grants: 28 percent boost for India, 40 percent decrease for Pakistan
United States visa grants: 28 percent boost for India, 40 percent decrease for Pakistan

Islamabad: Pakistan has actually had a substantial 40 percent drop in the variety of American visas given to its nationals under the brand-new Trump administration regardless of not being on the list of the United States President’s travel restriction nations. Surprisingly, the variety of non-immigrant United States visas to Indians has actually increased by 28 percent in March and April this year as compared with the regular monthly average of the previous year, inning accordance with the newly-released regular monthly authorities information.

Non-immigrant visas approved to Pakistanis are down by 40 percent in March and April this year compared with the 2016 month-to-month average, a Pakistani media report stated pricing estimate information launched by the United States State Department.
Pakistanis were released 3,925 non-immigrant visas in April and 3,973 visas in March 2017 under the Trump administration. The Obama administration in 2015 provided an overall of 78,637 non-immigrant visas to Pakistanis with a month-to-month average of 6,553, which was 40 percent greater than the existing average.

Prior to March this year, the State Department did not launch month-to-month breakdowns of visas and just yearly figures were readily available. The report compared the March and April 2017 figures with month-to-month averages for 2016. Even in 2015, month-to-month typical stayed 6,179 as an overall of 74,150 Pakistanis had actually been approved visas.
A representative of the State Department informed the The News International: “Visa need is cyclical, not consistent throughout the year and impacted by different elements at the worldwide and regional level. Visa issuance numbers have the tendency to increase throughout peak travel seasons, such as throughout the winter season and the summer season vacations, though there might be various patterns at the nation, citizenship, or visa-category level”.

The information revealed that Indian nationals got 87,049 visas in April and 97,925 visas in March this year. Last year, individuals from India got 72,082 non-immigrant visas each month on average with a yearly overall of 864,987 visas.

The 6 nations targeted by President Donald Trump’s modified travel restriction– Iran, Syria, Sudan, Somalia, Libya and Yemen– experienced a 55 percent decrease in non-immigrant visas compared to in 2015’s regular monthly average. Specialists think that drop in visas might show that more visa candidates are now based on extreme analysis.

In January, Trump signed an executive order briefly disallowing individuals from 7 Muslim-majority nations– Iraq, Syria, Sudan, Iran, Somalia, Libya, and Yemen. In March, he signed the modified travel restriction omitting Iraq from the list. The order was challenged in a judge and a court had actually stopped the travel restriction.