Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

  1. Do you issue Machine Readable Passports (MRP)?

The Pakistan Embassy, Ankara as well as the Consulate General, Istanbul, issue only the Machine Readable Passports. Issuance of manual passports has been discontinued.

  1. I do not have Computerized National Identity Card (CNIC) or National Identity Card for Overseas Pakistani (NICOP), can I apply for Passport?

You need to have a valid CNIC or NICOP before applying for MRP.

  1. What form of payment do you accept?

The fee is deposited directly at the Ziraat Bank Branch. We do not accept cash, credit or debit card payments.

  1. My passport is still valid for one year. Can I apply for renewal of Passport?

You can apply for renewal of Passport when there are less than seven months remaining in its expiry. In case of exceptional circumstances, you may approach the Embassy/Consulate General with a request for processing of MRP with more than 7 months validity remaining. Decision will be taken on basis of merits of the case.

  1. My passport is valid for less than six months. Can I apply for Pakistan Visa?

Your passport must be valid for more than six months at the time you apply for Visa. If your passport has less than 6 months validity remaining, you are advised to renew your passport and then apply for Pakistan’s Visa.

  1. What is the processing time for processing of visa for expatriate Pakistanis?

The normal visa processing time is three business days, however this may vary from case to case basis after examining the application and attached documents. Please note that Visa on Indian passport will only be issued after clearance from Ministry of Interior, Pakistan.

  1. What is the duration of stay on Tourist/Visit Visa?

Duration of stay is determined on case to case basis after examining the application and attached documents.

  1. What is the reason for registration of children?

To be able to apply for child’s NICOP (online) and subsequently his/her passport from the Embassy/Consulate General.

  1. What is the age limit for registration of child?

Children born to Pakistani national parents can be registered with the Embassy within six months from the date of birth.

  1. My husband/wife is a foreign national can I apply for child registration?

If one of the parents is Pakistani national, he or she can apply for child registration.

  1. What is Child Registration Certificate (CRC)? Is it the same as the Registration of Child?

No the CRC is issued by National Database and Registration Authority (NADRA) and this is a permanent document and Child Registration is a temporary document to provide services of immediate nature.

  1. My child has National Identity Card for Overseas Pakistani (NICOP), do I need to apply for his registration?

No you do not need to apply for his registration.

  1. Who can sign the Muslim declaration in case of minor children?

The Father or mother of the child can sign Muslim declaration on behalf of child.

  1. How long it will take for my Police Record check from Pakistan?

Since the Police Clearance Certificate is issued after clearance from Pakistan, it may take up to 16-20 weeks.

  1. Why my Police check is taking so long?

If you have not provided the correct/complete living address of Pakistan then your Police check may return un-verified or take longer than usual.

  1. What is the process for obtaining degree equivalence in Turkey?

The Pakistani students, who are required to obtain equivalence for their degrees issued by their respective Pakistani universities, submit the request for equivalence to Turkish Council of Higher Education (YoK). YoK forwards the request to Turkish Embassy in Islamabad for obtaining the requisite equivalency from their respective universities in Pakistan. The entire process may take up to some weeks to be completed.