Pakistanis from 183 countries use this service to address issues relating to Nicop
,' Mr Mobin said.
Pakistan Federal Investigation Agency (FIA) officials told him that a valid NICOP
is must for entry into Pakistan.
In a message obtained by media, Ahmed wrote: "Salams [greetings], just landed at Islamabad International Airport with expired NICOP
and have been given 72 hours permit to enter Pakistan.
But adding to the miseries of overseas Pakistanis for last two years, Interior Ministry has decided to ban issuance of the relevant Pakistani identity document POC or the NICOP
. Over 3,500 foreign nationals married to Pakistanis were pushed between a rock and a hard place as their foreign spouses hold moveable or immoveable properties in Pakistan and bank accounts, and above all they had lost all the rights Pakistan guaranteed to them under the POC.
In a statement online, the Ministry of Overseas Pakistanis and Human Resource Development said, "NICOP
has only been abolished for the Pakistani labour that goes abroad.
Besides, the ministry had also abolished National Identity Card for Overseas Pakistanis (NICOP
) for visiting the country.
The Ministry's spokesperson said media reports had quoted recently that NICOP
was not a requirement anymore for overseas Pakistanis, whereas the ministry had only issued directions not to demand NICOP
from emigrant workers for registration at its Protectorate of Emigrants Offices.
Besides, the ministry had also abolished NICOP
for visiting the country.
As the child is born outside of Pakistan, NICOP
is mandatory," said the spokesperson.
Pakistanis living in the Dubai and northern emirates can now visit the website, www.mofa.gov.pak/Dubai, and book the appointment to apply for passports and NICOP
(National Identity Card for Overseas Pakistanis).
Pakistanis living in Bahrain can now apply for or renew their National Identity Card for Overseas Pakistanis (NICOP
) by visiting the club where trained staff will electronically enter the data and collect fees.