Registration Fee for the Membership Card of Overseas Pakistanis Foundation (OPF)
has been increased from Rs. 1050 to Rs. 2000 with effect from 15th May, 2008,
by the Ministry of Labour, Manpower and Overseas Pakistanis, Islamabad. New Registration
Forms can be downloaded from the Website of OPF (www.opf.org.pk). Those Pakistanis
who cannot get Membership of OPF, so far, can get membership. Following papers are
required for obtaining OPF Membership Card
Application Form, duly filled by the applicant; Photocopy of following pages of
valid Passport/ old Passports; First 2 pages and that page of valid Passport on
which stamp of Protectorate of Emigrants was affixed; If the stamp of Protector
of Emigrants was affixed on old/previous passport then photocopies of first 2 pages
and proof of stamp of Protector of Emigrants on old passport are also required.
If proof of Protector of Emigrants is not available then Demand Draft amounting
to Pak Rs. 2000 in favour of “Overseas Pakistanis Foundation, Islamabad”, should
be attached with the application Form; Two Passport size photographs; Photocopy
of National Identity Card of Pakistan; Photocopy of Iqama.
Government of Pakistan has introduced incentives for overseas Pakistanis who remit
foreign exchange, through banking channels to Pakistan. Categories of Cards alongwith
amount of Remittance and incentives (duty credit at Airports) are given below:
Following papers are required for obtaining above mentioned Cards:
* Blank Remittance Book and Application Forms which can be obtained from the Welfare
Wing of Embassy of Pakistan,
* Photocopies of first 2 pages of valid passport.
* Photocopy of valid Iqama.
* Two photographs (1x1 inch).
* Overseas Pakistanis are required to show original Bank Receipts (Vouchers) regarding
remittance of foreign exchange
to Pakistan to the official of Welfare Wing of the Embassy.
After verification of Bank Receipts/vouchers and attestation of entries in the Remittance
Book, applications alongwith above mentioned papers are sent to Overseas Pakistanis
Foundation, Islamabad. The applicant can receive his/her FER Card from the Welfare
Wing of the Embassy. The holders of Golden, Golden plus and Platinum Cards can get
urgent Passport from the Embassy, free of cost.
In July, 2001, OPF launched a self-contributory pension scheme to cater for the
financial needs of Overseas Pakistanis and their families. The scheme is managed
by Overseas Pakistanis Pension Trust (Registered), which is a subsidiary of Overseas
Pakistanis Foundation (OPF).
Minimum contribution (instalment) for the Annual Plan is Rs. 24000 per annum and
Rs. 120,000 for the “Lump Sum Payment Plan”. Contribution is payable in US Dollars
equivalent to Pak Rupees, for each Plan. There is no maximum limit of contribution
for both plans but additional amounts must be in multiples of minimum amount (Rs
24,000 or Rs. 120,000). Details of different packages (5, 10 and 15 years plans)
with option of lump sum or annual payments, are given below:
Pakistani expatriates can send their complaints/applications against any person/persons
or any department/departments in Pakistan. Besides, they can inform (in writing)
to the Embassy of Pakistan about the problems and difficulties faced by their family
members in Pakistan.
The overseas Pakistanis are requested to mention all relevant details alongwith
addresses/phone numbers of their family members and accused persons against whom
complaint is lodged.
Complainants should also mention their mailing address/fax numbers/mobile phone
numbers of KSA. The Community Welfare Attaches convey such complaints / applications
to the District Police Officers, concerned departments in Pakistan and Overseas
Pakistanis Foundation, Islamabad. Reports, received from Pakistan, are furnished
to the Pakistani expatriates.
The Community Welfare Attaches help overseas Pakistanis in settlement of disputes
with the Saudi employers/companies. Apart from labour disputes, assistance is provided
to the Pakistanis nationals for court cases pertaining to social issues like Divorce/Khula,
brawls/fighting with other nationals, police cases and insurance claims etc.
No Objection Certificates (NOCs) for transportation of deadbodies to Pakistan or
burial in Saudi Arabia are issued round the clock each day. These NOCs can be obtained
from the Welfare Wing during working hours or from the Duty Official, who is always
present (24 hours) at the Gate of Embassy of Pakistan, at any time after working
hours. Following papers are required for obtaining said NOCs:
* Photocopy of valid Passport of deceased Pakistani. This condition is compulsory;
* Original/photocopy of Power of Attorney (if available);
* Photocopy of Police Report, in cases of accident/murder (if available);
* Photocopy of Medical Report (if available).
Following Community Schools in Saudi Arabia are run by the Management Councils of
Parents under the supervision of Ministry of Education, KSA:
1. Pakistan International School, Nassriyah, Riyadh.
2. Pakistan International School, Sulemania, Riyadh.
3. Pakistan International School, Buraidah, Al Qaseem.
4. Pakistan international School, Al-Khobar.
5. Pakistan International School, Al-Hasa.
6. Pakistan International School, Jubail.
7. Pakistan International School, Azizia, Jeddah.
8. Pakistan International School, Rehab, Jeddah.
9. Pakistan International School, Taif.
Approximately 25,000 Pakistani students are availing facility of education upto
F.Sc/FA/A Level in the above mentioned Pakistani schools.
Reserved Seats for children of Overseas Pakistanis
Children of Pakistani expatriates in the Kingdom face problems of getting admissions
in the professional colleges in Pakistan. At present, few seats are reserved for
the children of overseas Pakistanis in the following institutions:
Fatima Jinnah Dental College, Karachi : 25 seats each year
Lawrence College, Murree : 20 seats each year
Agriculture University, Peshawar : 02 seats each year
19 PAF Colleges/Schools : 128 seats each year
Khyber Medical College, Peshawar : 1 seat each year
Ayub Medical College, Abbottabad : 2 seats each year
Private Examinations of BA/MA
University of the Punjab, Lahore, University of Karachi and Allama Iqbal Open University
conducts examinations of BA and MA for the private Pakistani candidates in Saudi
Arabia. Examination Centres are created at Pakistan International School, Nassriyah,
Riyadh and Pakistan International School, Azizia, Jeddah.
Institute of Cost and Management Accountants of Pakistan (ICMAP), Karachi, has offered
facility of examination for all parts (current/old scheme of studies) in Saudi Arabia.
Examination Centre has been established in the Embassy of Pakistan, Riyadh. First
time, ICMAP examination (Spring/Summer-2008) has been conducted from 19th to 30
May, 2008, in the Welfare Wing of Embassy of Pakistan, Riyadh. The Embassy will
continue to offer services of Examination Superintendent and availability of Examination
Centre for the forthcoming examinations to facilitate those Pakistani professionals/Accountants
who could not pass all parts/papers of ICMA.
New System of Examinations by the Federal Board of Intermediate & Secondary Education,
If any student is not satisfied with the paper or his/her performance in the examination,
he/she is allowed, under the rules of the Board, to cancel his/her paper/papers
or even entire examination. He/she can re-appear in one or all the papers without
Unrecognized Medical Colleges/Universities
Children of many Pakistani expatriates took admissions in the private Medical Colleges/Dental
Colleges/Engineering Colleges/Universities, in Pakistan. Most of the private colleges
were closed after 3-4 years of commencement of Academic Sessions. Parents of overseas
Pakistani students who were admitted in such colleges/universities bear huge financial
losses and education carriers of their children have been ruined. All parents are
advised that they should confirm/verify about the registration and recognition of
concerned colleges/universities from the Higher Education Commission of Pakistan,
Islamabad, prior to admission of their children in the private colleges/universities
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