For Pakistanis who are living overseas, Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif has a piece of good news. They can now easily use their mobile phones for two months without paying taxes. He also mentioned how they can even apply for an extension for this facility if they live in Pakistan for more than two months, however, that will require to be an “exceptional case”. Mr. Prime Minister also talked about how this will be helpful and that he is thankful to all the team involved in making this happen.

Instructions for applicatants 

Applicants are advised to use their own credentials, such as Passport, CNIC, or NICOP, to apply for temporary mobile device registration in the DIRBS system. It is important to ensure that the IMEIs programmed in their mobile devices are entered for registration. Applicants who have received mobile devices through couriers from abroad can sign up in DIRBS under the Courier Category to generate a Payment Slip Identification (PSID). After making the payment, the applicant can present the paid custom duties slip PSID and IMEI details to the relevant customs office for the release of their mobile device.

Dual Nationality Applicants

Applicants with dual nationality or a foreign passport can apply using the passport number they used for travel, along with their CNIC or NICOP if applicable, in the DIRBS system. The Federal Board of Revenue (FBR) generates custom duties, and a Payment Slip Identification (PSID) is issued. The PSID can be paid online through banking channels, ATMs, or at bank branches within 7 days from the date of PSID generation. Failure to make the payment within 7 days will result in the deletion of the PSID from the FBR database.

Temporary registration facilitation is available for visiting Overseas Pakistanis, foreign nationals, and others for a period of up to 120 days. This temporary registration is valid for one mobile phone only, and the 120-day period starts from the date of their arrival in Pakistan.

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