Work Visa

Work Visa

Things to Note

  • Government of Pakistan has extended the New E-Visa Portal for 191 countries from 29th April, 2019 (E-Visa Portal Nadra).
  • The companies employing expatriates from these 191 countries are required to submit their work visa application on the E-Visa portal i.e.

*BOI’s letter of recommendation is mandatory for Work Visa extension cases, which can be obtained by submitting application on

Work Visa - Entry

  • Work Visa Entry – Single Entry up to 3 months which will be extendable further up to 2 years
  • Pakistan Missions abroad to receive and approve entry work visa within stipulated time frame of 48 hours

Work Visa - Extension

  • Once work visa granted for 3 months, applicant can seek extension up to 2 years with multiple entries
  • Ministry of Interior to receive and decide with due feedback from the stakeholders (mandatory)
  • BOI’s letter of recommendation is mandatory for Work Visa extension cases. 
  • Issuance of visa - 4 Weeks (Working Days – Visa Extension)


  • Citizens of foreign countries who wish to work and live in Pakistan can apply on for obtaining BoI’s Work Visa Recommendation Letter, which is a mandatory document as per list of documents required for WORK VISA – EXTENTION APPLICATION
  • A Fee of US$100 per person per year is charged for the service by BOI. Any request for refund or adjustment will not be entertained.
  • The original payment receipt along with one set of original documents should be submitted to Board of Investment.
  • As per revised Visa Policy, Work Visa will be extended up to 2 years with multiple entries, therefore the request should clearly indicate the required duration.
  • You need to register a User Account before applying for Work Visa. You can include your Family Members in your Visa Application if they are accompanied by giving their details.
  • On receipt of complete application on Portal, the BoI’s Work Visa Recommendation Letter will be issued within seven (07) working days.

List of Required Documents

  • Company’s covering letter stating the period of visa required and other necessary details.
  • Passport’s consisting of three pages i.e, information, entry and last visa page.
  • Colored Photographs.
  • Sponsor details (Company Focal Person Name, Designation, Email, Address, Cell number)
  • CV of the employee
  • Previous visa page
  • Company's Registration Certificate.
  • Employment agreement.
  • Confirmation/ guarantee of the credentials of the expatriates by the company on their letter head.
  • Company profile.
  • Work / Family visa processing fee details.
  • FBR NTN Certificate

In case of any query please contact the following:

Mr. Muhammad Aslam
Assistant Director (Visa),
Prime Minister's Office,
Board of Investment,
06th Floor, Kohsar Block, Pak Secretariat,
Tel: +92-51-9244530, Fax: +92-51-9215554