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Ayeha
3/25/2013 00:27 EST

I am planning to come to Pakistan and stay for six months to see if I would like to remain their on a more permanent basis. I plan to meet with a man and see if we are compatible for marriage. I am American and reverted to Islam in August 2011. Can anyone tell me what I should pack and give me any other pertinent advice. Thanks!

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MoenHassan
4/1/2013 00:23 EST

AoA Ayesha,
depending on where you are going, you can buy most of the stuff you may need everyday. But it may take you a while to discover what stores sell what imported goods etc. So probably best if you take enough of the every day stuff to get you going and then visit the local big stores.

Which city do you plan to go to?
Feel free to PM me if needed.

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Ayeha
4/19/2013 09:09 EST

Waalaikusalam...I am planning to live in Karachi. I am going to take just some basic clothing and a few personal items that I really want to have with me. Leaving everything else behind as it would be too expensive to transport those goods. Need to find out how long I would want to be in Pakistan and then maybe have some of those items shipped to me.

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Burt888
5/20/2013 00:28 EST

What visa are you applying for I'm in a similar situation although I'm English .... I looked at the tourist visa I think this is the only option but I don't know if it would be granted I would get my fiancé to write a letter saying he would sponsor me etc provide accommodation but and we can write down things we want to do while I'm there but on website it has to be hotels and tour groups and I don't know if this would be acceptable what do you think the last thing needed is a visa refusal... I don't know if they would see it as a chance to overstay cos it would definitely be seen that way if he was the one coming to Britain to visit his fiancée

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zuzana
5/27/2013 08:39 EST

Hi, I've been to Pakistan twice. The visa process was easy, all you need is sponsor letter and ID documents. Also address where you will be staying. No hotel booking or ticket booking.
It's all mentioned on the application form. The visa is quite pricey though (£140 I think).
Are you planning to move to Pakistan to live with your fiance?
My fiance is also Pakistani and he'd like me to move to Lahore with him. I am European currently living in London and although I have enjoyed my stay there I am not sure if I could live there.

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alisaeed
7/20/2013 06:21 EST

Hi Burt, If you're still looking to decide and apply for appropiate visa or need any guide,do let me I'll be glad to guide you more

Regards

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zahidmalik
10/30/2013 14:26 EST

Hi I am currently working in Afghanistan with a US company since 2008 and will be back in Islamabad by early 2014. Generally the visa process for american has gone strict and now it takes long time but let me know and i can guide you as i have been supporting some US nationals earlier as well....contact me on my email. thnx

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richards1999
1/23/2014 21:17 EST

Hi there,

here are some websites you can check up for the place to stay in PK:

http://www.zameen.com.pk
http://Homes.mitula.pk

hope it will help you to find your ideal place to stay

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ozpk
3/10/2014 13:42 EST

Well it depends which city you are going to? Living in Lahore or Islamabad can be quite exciting, except the summer. If you are planning to stay for six months, try to arrive here in October or november

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miss2
3/11/2014 02:56 EST

Ayeha,

First of all, Insha Allah the 6 month stay for you is easy, enjoyable, and brings you closer to your creator!

Karachi is an amazing, albeit, overwhelming city.

I am born and bred Australian, but have married a Pakistani, who lives, and loves Karachi.

When I first moved to Karachi, I packed everything I thought I would need. Including an abundance of medications, toiletries, and so on... only to find that EVERYTHING is available in Karachi!

The only thing I would recommend that you pack is your bare necessities. The things you can't live without. The comfy go to pj's, a special book, anything that might bring you back to home when you feel homesick (I say when, because there is no doubt you will feel homesick!).

It takes a while to adjust. It is such a different culture and environment, but I think you will love hearing the adhan recited 5 times a day from 100's of different mosques... the food... the clothes... the people...

Good luck my friend!!

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Ayeha
3/13/2014 09:37 EST

Assalamualaikum,

I have now visited Pakistan on two different occasions. I would like to try to stay there on a long-term basis. I would like to obtain a five-year visa. How can I obtain this visa? Would I have to marry with someone? Or is there some other way to get a long-term visa? Thanks for any advice.

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