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Foreign Exchange Facilities for Medical Treatment & Studies Abroad

Foreign Exchange Facilities for Medical Treatment Abroad:

  1. Authorized Dealing branches may remit foreign exchange up to US$ 50,000/- or equivalent in other foreign currencies on account of medical treatment of resident Pakistanis only after satisfying themselves about bona fides of the transaction. Remittances will be sent directly to the account of concerned reputable foreign Hospital via SWIFT, telegraphic transfer or demand draft after obtaining the following documents:
    • Appendix V-72 duly filled in by the patient/next of kin/sponsor.
    • Invoice/estimate of the foreign hospital.
    • A ‘self-declaration’ from the patient, his/her next of kin or from sponsor declaring amount of foreign exchange essentially required for treatment abroad.
  2. In addition, Authorized Dealing branches may also release cash foreign exchange equivalent to US$ 5,000/- each to the patient and one attendant which will be duly endorsed on his/her/their passport(s).
  3. In case of foreign exchange requirements for medical treatment abroad in excess of the above limit, the concerned Authorized Dealing branches will forward the case to the Director, Foreign Exchange Operations Department, SBP-Banking Services Corporation, Head Office, Karachi along with justification and documentary evidence for consideration.

Foreign Exchange Facilities For Studies Abroad:

Authorized Dealing branches may remit foreign exchange to educational institutions abroad on behalf of students desirous of studying in accredited and recognized foreign institutions/ universities up to US$ 70,000/- or equivalent in other foreign currencies per student per calendar year on account of application/processing charges, tuition fee, living expenses etc. in accordance with the procedure set out below:

  1. Remittances related to application/processing charges for admission.
    In cases where students are required to remit application/processing charges for admission in the foreign educational institutions, Authorized Dealers may make such remittances to the concerned foreign educational institution on production of documentary evidence to the satisfaction of the bank showing the amount of application/processing charges. There is no restriction on the number of institutions to which a student can apply for admission.
  2. Remittance of tuition fee, living expenses etc.
    The Authorized Dealing branches may make remittances for tuition fee, living expenses and other dues (health, insurance, union, sports, library fees etc.) on behalf of students desirous of studying abroad who have got admission in a foreign educational institution on the basis of the following documents:

    • Application Form (Appendix V-82) duly filled in by the student/parent/ guardian.
    • Copies of CNIC/Form ‘B’ of the student and CNIC of the parent/guardian.
    • Copy of passport of the student.
    • Letter of admission from foreign educational institution.
    • Letter/Cost Sheet from foreign educational institution showing break-up of expenses.
  3. Remittances to the foreign educational institution or the student.

Dues, including Tuition Fee, which are payable to the foreign educational institution should be remitted directly to the account of the educational institution via SWIFT, telegraphic transfer or demand draft and not remitted/released to the student. Living or miscellaneous expenses as indicated by the respective foreign institution/university, if not being remitted to the institution, can, however, be sent to the student himself via SWIFT, telegraphic transfer or demand draft.

  1. Initial cash foreign exchange requirements.
    In order to meet the initial expenses related to boarding/lodging and/or other requirements of the student, Authorized Dealing branches may release cash foreign exchange equivalent to US$ 5,000/- to the student which should be endorsed on his/her passport.
    In case of foreign exchange requirements for studies abroad in excess of the above limit, the concerned Authorized Dealing branches will forward the case to the Director, Foreign Exchange Operations Department, SBP-Banking Services Corporation, Head Office, Karachi along with justification and documentary evidence for consideration.