Pakistan tightens business, work visas for Chinese nationals
NEW DELHI: Pakistan has announced new rules aimed at strengthening the issuance of visas – especially business and work visas – for Chinese citizens, Pakistani media reported.
Pakistan’s Interior Ministry on Wednesday announced new rules on visas for those in China, a week after he said that the two Chinese citizens recently died in Baluchistan + preached Christianity illegally and in violation of their visas business.
The hardening comes in the form of additional security layers, for requirements such as letters chambers of commerce approved, as well as necessary permits, even the Chinese authorities in some cases.
Chinese citizens seeking business visas to Pakistan should show an invitation from an organization recognized by Pakistan’s missions in China, wrote Dawn.
This invitation must then be certified and approved by recognized chambers of commerce and industry.
In addition, Chinese citizens will require a charter of commercial attaches and other designated agents from Pakistan who are published abroad for the promotion of commercial activities, reported La Nación.
The ministry also decided to tighten up long-term visa extensions for Chinese citizens already in Pakistan.
The powers of the regional passport offices to grant visa extensions must be eliminated. All business visa extension cases will now be processed at the immigration headquarters in Pakistan in Islamabad.
On the other hand, Pakistan’s embassies and missions in China would be allowed to issue widely held single work visas a year for Chinese citizens coming to Pakistan to work on projects.
Even these would be issued only after the Pakistan Mission receives a security clearance from the Chinese authorities.
On 8 June, ISIS claimed the murder of two Chinese citizens kidnapped in Quetta + Baluchistan May 24
Last week, Islamabad said the duo were killed preachers working for a Christian organization in South Korea. Sectariat “were engaged in preaching in the habit of learning an Urdu to Korean nationals,” said the Home Office of Pakistan.
Interior Minister Chaudhry Nisar said that if the security of foreigners is certainly the responsibility of Islamabad, visiting Pakistan “are also required to comply with the terms of their visas.”