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US Changes its Visa Policy For Pakistanis

Against the previous visa fees of $160, the new fee applicable, under revision from January 21, will be $192

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FILE - Pakistani Prime Minister Imran Khan (R) speaks with U.S. special envoy Zalmay Khalilzad (3rd L) during a meeting at the Prime Minister's office in Islamabad, Pakistan, in this handout photo released Jan. 18, 2018. VOA

The US has changed its visa policy in different categories for Pakistanis, Geo TV reported on Wednesday.

An official notification announcing revision of the visa policy rules was issued by the US Consulate in Islamabad on Tuesday.

According to Geo TV, while work and missionary visas have been reduced from five years to one year, the visa limit for journalists has been reduced from five years to three months.

The Consulate’s notification mentioned that visas for trade, tourism and students will remain valid for a period of five years.

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Saudi Arabia’s Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, center left, and Pakistani Prime Minister Imran Khan, center right, witness the signing ceremony of the Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) on Petroleum, in Islamabad, Pakistan, Feb. 17, 2019. VOA

The TV channel mentioned that according to diplomatic sources, the policies have been revised as per rules of the Pakistani Embassy in Washington.Pakistan also issues visas for three months to journalists.

Government officials will be issued visas having a duration based on the nature of their work, it said.

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Against the previous visa fees of $160, the new fee applicable, under revision from January 21, will be $192. (IANS)

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US Probing Facebook Data Deals With Tech Firms: Report

Facebook has phased out most of the partnerships over the past two years, The New York Times report said

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This photo shows a Facebook app icon on a smartphone in New York. VOA

Facebook is facing criminal investigation in the US for the data deals it had entered into with smartphone makers and other technology giants, The New York Times reported.

A grand jury in New York has subpoenaed records from at least two smartphone makers that had entered into partnerships with the social media giant, said the report on Wednesday citing unnamed sources.

These two companies were among more than 150, including Amazon, Apple, Microsoft and Sony, that had cut sharing deals with Facebook, gaining broad access to the personal information of millions of its users.

Facebook earlier reportedly admitted that it had shared users’ data with embattled Chinese company Huawei along with three other China-based smartphone makers Lenovo, OPPO and TCL.

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These agreements allowed the companies to see users’ friends, contact information and other data, sometimes without consent.

Facebook has phased out most of the partnerships over the past two years, The New York Times report said.

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“We are cooperating with investigators and take those probes seriously,” a Facebook spokesman was quoted as saying in a statement.

“We’ve provided public testimony, answered questions and pledged that we will continue to do so.” (IANS)