Who can apply for SNICOP?

SNICOP is issued to the following categories of Pakistani citizens:

  1. Emigrant/employment abroad: A Pakistani citizen who is an "emigrant" as defined in the Emigration Ordinance 1979 who is required to register his foreign services agreement, contract or letter of employment with the Protector of Emigrants.
  2. Dual Nationality Holders: A Pakistani citizen holding both Pakistani and foreign citizenship/nationality with proof of such citizenship/nationality. Click here to view the list of countries with whom Government of Pakistan has dual nationality arrangement (when new page opens please scroll down to "Dual Nationality" heading)
  3. Resident/Immigrants Visa holders: A Pakistani citizen holding a resident or immigrant visa or equivalent visa / authorization, permit or status of a foreign country.
  4. Resident or Intending to Reside Abroad: Any Pakistani citizen residing or intending to reside abroad for a period exceeding six (6) months and not included in any of the categories defined in para a, b and c above. Following persons are also included in this category:
    1. Dependent: Dependents of emigrants / workers employed abroad / accompanying them abroad.
    2. OPF Members: Members of OPF (Overseas Pakistanis Foundation) are also included in this category.
    3. Others: All other persons proceeding or residing abroad for business, visit or any other purpose.


Claim for Gratis SNICOP

Following persons are exempted from payment of fee for SNICOP on producing satisfactory evidence of their status:

  1. Government Servants on Duty / Training Abroad: Applicants who are in the service of Pakistan or in the service of local authority or a corporation owned or controlled by the Federal or Provincial Government and are proceeding abroad on Government duty or posting abroad or on duty or for employment with any international organization or for the Federal Government.
  2. Dependents of the above: Dependent spouse, real children, parents, brothers and sisters of persons specified in para a above who are accompanying them.