In order to stamp a family visit visa, permanent family visa or Umrah visa on your passport, you need to get an Etimad biometric appointment and go to the center along with the Etimad appointment letter.
If your family is coming on a permanent family visa, just make sure you have medical test reports before scheduling an etimad biometric appointment. There is no need for such a report in case of family visit visa or Umrah visa. Moreover, it is also important that you check the validity of the visa before booking the appointment from Karachi, Lahore, Islamabad or Peshawar.
How to get Etimad biometric appointment?
The first step to get an etimad biometric appointment is to open the website https://www.etimad.pk/etimad/opsys/auth/login#. Click on “schedule an appointment” link given on the left-hand side of the page. A popup screen will appear from where you will have to click on “Make an Appointment”. You will have to select the country as “Pakistan” and the purpose of Travel as well.
I have selected “Family Visa” as my family was coming on a permanent family visa. If you are applying for a permanent family visa, you should select “Resident”. In case you are booking an etimad biometric appointment for Umrah pilgrims, you need to select “Umrah” here.
In the next step to get an etimad biometric appointment, you will select the purpose of travel, some data will be downloaded to your computer screen. Just scroll down your screen and you will find something like the image given below.
You need to select the date and timing of your etimad biometric appointment from here. As soon as you will process the “Book” button, it will lead you to a page of “Terms and Conditions”. Accept terms and conditions so that your appointment can be scheduled.
In the next step to get an etimad biometric appointment, a new screen will open in which you will have to select the etimad appointment category i.e. Family or Umrah. You will have to select the number of applicants. In my case, the number of applicants is only two i.e. my parents-in-law. You will have to select a date from the Green dates.
Dates in red means these dates are not available for the biometric appointment. After selecting a date, you will also have to select a time from the left-hand menu. You can see it in the image below.
Once you have filled all this information, just enter the captcha code given at the end of the page and proceed to Next Step.
In the next step to get an etimad biometric appointment, you will be entering all the mandatory required information. Fill in the Passport details exactly as on the Official Passport.
You will be required to enter your Name, Date of Birth, Passport Number, Gender, Date of Issue of Passport and Date of Expiry of Passport. In Sponsor Details, you will be required to enter Sponsor ID as well as Family Visit Visa Application Number which is mentioned on your Family Visit Visa application submitted to MOFA.
In the next step to get an etimad biometric appointment, you will be required to submit the form to get an appointment at Etimad. Irrespective of the fact that you are scheduling an appointment for Umrah pilgrims or for Family Visit Visa, the similar kind of details are required to be submitted.
How to check etimad appointment status?
Once the application is submitted, the screen might take you to the Home Page without going through the confirmation page. Don't worry, you can check Etimad appointment status very easily. Click again on “Schedule an Appointment” and then click on “Generate Appointment Letter” option from the drop-down option.
Etimad Appointment Letter
In the next step to get an etimad biometric appointment, you will be required to enter the passport number and the date of birth of one of the applicants if you have booked a family appointment. Once the details are entered correctly, the page will load the information related etimad biometric appointment.
There will be a button at the right bottom to print the Etimad Appointment Letter. Once the button is clicked, the appointment letter will be downloaded but you would not be able to open it as it is password protected.
Keep in mind that the password of the Etimad Appointment Letter is the passport number of the main applicant. Make sure you enter the passport number without CAPS LOCK turned on in your computer.
How to cancel an etimad biometric appointment?
In case you have filled some wrong information at the time of applying for the etimad biometric appointment, you can easily cancel it online and submit a new application later. Click again on “Schedule an Appointment” and then click on “Cancel an Appointment” option from the drop-down option.
A new page will open where you will be required to enter the Application Reference Number and Date of Birth of the applicant. The application Reference number can be seen from the Etimad Appointment Letter.
Required Documents to Process Visa at Etimad Center
We have already explained in detailed the process and the required documents required at Etimad Center to process the visa in Pakistan. You can have a look at it below.
- Required Documents for Family Visit Visa in Pakistan
- Required Documents for Permanent Family Visa in Pakistan
Etimad Office Timings
- The timings of Etimad Offices all around Pakistan: 9 am to 5 pm
- Working Days: Monday to Friday