WASHINGTON: Regardless of not being on the record of President Trump’s “Muslim ban” nations, Pakistan is experiencing a vital lower in quantity of non-immigrant US visas issued to its nationals underneath the new administration. An evaluation of newly launched official figures shownonimmigrant visas granted to Pakistanis are down by forty per cent in March and April this yr in comparison with the 2016 month-to-month common. The State Division knowledge exhibits that Pakistanis have been issued three,925 non-immigrant visas in April and three,973 visas inMarch this yr underneath the Trump administration. The info exhibits that Obama administration final yr issued a complete of seventy eight,637 nonimmigrant visas to Pakistanis with amonthly common of 6,553, forty% larger than the present common. Earlier than March this yr, the State Division didn’t launch month-to-month breakdowns of visas and solely annual figures have been obtainable. So this correspondent in contrast the March and April 2017 figures with month-to-month averages for 2016. Even in 2015, month-to-month common remained 6,179 as a complete of seventy four,one hundred fifty Pakistanis had been granted visas. When contacted by The Information, a spokesperson of the State Division stated: “Visa demand is cyclical, not uniform all year long, and affected by numerous elements on the native and worldwide degree. Visa issuance numbers are likely to improve throughout peak journey seasons, akin to through the summer time and the winter holidays, although there could also be totally different tendencies on the nation, nationality, or visa-class degree,” the spokesperson stated. Apparently, the variety of non-immigrant visas has elevated for India by 28% in March and April this yr as in comparison with the month-to-month common of 2016. The state division knowledge exhibits Indian nationals acquired 87,049 visas in April and ninety seven,925 visas in March. Final yr, individuals fromIndia acquired seventy two,082 non-immigrant visas every month on common with an annual complete of 864,987 visas. Pakistan just isn’t the onlyMuslim nation experiencing decline in non-immigrant US visas. An analogous evaluation of fifty Muslim majority nations reveals that variety of visas issued to their nationals has additionally declined by 20% in April as in comparison with their month-to-month nation common final yr. Six nations focused by Trump’s March 6 journey ban — Iran, Syria, Sudan, Somalia, Libya and Yemen skilled fifty five% decline in non-immigrant visas in contrast with final yr’s month-to-month common. The State Division knowledge doesn’t present how many individuals had been rejected non-immigrant visas fromPakistan and different Muslim nations in March and April so it’s arduous to guess whether or not the decline in quantity is brought on by rejection of visas or it exhibits a scarcity of curiosity amongst nationals of those nations in visiting the United States beneath the brand new administration. Though President Trump’s journey ban is now ineffective after the US federal courts’ orders, the State Division has already stepped up vetting procedures for guests to the United States. The specialists consider that drop in visas might point out thatmore visa candidates at the moment are topic to extreme scrutiny. Aweek after assuming workplace President Trump had issued an government order barring guests from Iraq, Libya, Iran, Somalia, Sudan, Syria and Yemen for ninety days. US Federal courtroom blocked the order aftermassive protests, terming the order discriminatory towards Muslims. A revised softer government order issued on March 6 additionally met the same destiny.
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