Expats Exempted from Biometric Verification for Bank Accounts in Pakistan

The State Bank of Pakistan (SBP) has exempted expatriates from undergoing biometric verification to continue using their bank accounts in Pakistan. All they have to do now is to provide their respective banks with the proof that they are living abroad.

Special Assistant to the Prime Minister on Overseas Pakistanis and Human Resource Development, Syed Zulfikar Abbas Bukhari revealed this in a tweet on Thursday.


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He said that the step was taken to facilitate Pakistani diaspora spread around the world.

Earlier, SBP had issued a directive for all Pakistanis (home  & abroad) to verify their bank accounts through the biometric process. The step was taken to curb the use of fake accounts in money laundering and other white collar crimes.


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The central bank had set  May 31st as the last date for completion of the process, which was later extended till June 30. The deadline is ending on Sunday.

Moreover, following an overwhelming response from the public and an approaching deadline, various private banks have also launched mobile applications through which users can verify their bank accounts with a few clicks.


  • MY AUNT AGE IS 92,AND ACCOUNT IS IN ABL,SHE APPEARS SO MANY TIMES BUT FACING PROBLEMS IN THE BIOMATRIC VERIFICATION AS FINGERPRNTS ARE DIFFICULT TO CAPTURE AS SKIN LOSES ITS ELASITICITY WITH AGE .PLEASE GUIDE FUTHER WHAT CAN I DO.

  • It is my request to the higher authorities of State Bank of Pakistan, that please may kindly be exempted biometric verification for senior citizens of Pakistan or those who tried their best to verify via biometric machines especially in NBP, but they failed to verify due to very low finger prints, my father is one of example he is now 72 years old retired from P.A.F (civilian) but due to very low prints of finger and thumbs he failed to verify his biometric, His Pension Account is maintained in NBP, Binnori Town Branch Karachi (0150) even he tried through other branches like Nazimabad and PIB Colony branches and upgraded his finger and thumb impressions in NADRA Mega Centre, North Nazimabad Karachi but every time he failed to verify his finger impressions in NBP branches.
    It is an earnest appeal to the higher authorities of State Bank of Pakistan that please may kindly be exempted senior citizens of Pakistan and for those who tried through biometric verification in respective branches of bank but failed.
    Submitted for sympathetic consideration.

  • It is common knowledge that elderly people can’t be verified biometrically. Even mobile companies and passport office realize that. Even the banks are getting an affedavit signed from the elderly whose biometric could not be done. Hope it will not be an issue..

  • It is such a shame that even after this news, our local bank are unaware of the news and even after providing all the relevant documents no proper information is being passed on. A request to SBP and Banks CEO’s that rather being busy in collecting money a team should be formed to assist NRPs.

  • It is good, But i wNt to say someting everyone know many people are living abroad illegaly. Which have not any visas also exit stamp. But when that people calls the bank then they says we need valid visas, exit stamps, valid cnic, passport. So many people have valid cnic and passpot but they don’t have any visas and exit stamps. What they can do. Because which people they have Account in bank has been block. But our government did’t say anythig about this that people what can do for unblock their accounts. And that’s people have own passport and also valid Id Card. And what’s dacuments that people can show, We are Pakistani. Are Passport and Id Card not proof for this.What they did???? It is a very big problem.


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