Inauguration of Advanced Online Visa System – World Latest News Headlines

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ISLAMABAD: Federal Interior Minister Sheikh Rashid Ahmed inaugurated the advanced pakistan online visa system (POVS) on Wednesday.

The previous system, launched in March 2019, involved a cumbersome process, with no access via smartphones and tablets.

Overhauling includes making the system user-friendly, ensuring a robust and secure interface compatible with all devices.

Speaking at the National Database and Registration Authority (Nadra) Headquarters on the occasion, the Interior Minister said that the online application was promoting tourism in Pakistan and was a catalyst in building a positive image of the country.

He said that due to the ease of access to Pakistan through the POV, there has been an improvement in foreign direct investment and economic activities in the country have picked up.

He said that over 600,000 applications have been received so far from 180 countries through the online visa system.

Speaking on the occasion, Nadra President Tariq Malik expressed hope that the recent upgrade in the online visa system will help in halving the application filing time.

He said that there has been a huge increase in international travel and the visa approval rate has reached 94 percent. “My mission is to see our services through the prism of citizens and to make public services accessible to all.”

In addition, new categories of medical tourism, CPEC visa, pilgrim visa, mountaineering and trekking visa have also been included in the online visa system. The business visa policy has also been improved, making it possible to obtain a visa within 24 hours.

Published in Dawn, November 25, 2021