Monday, September 3, 2007

Exit Re-entry visa

One needs a visa to enter a foreign country. But in Saudi Arabia, one needs a visa to both enter as well as get out of the country. Once inside the country, an expatriate needs a so-called 'Exit / Re-entry visa' to go out and return to the kingdom. In other words, even if you have your passport and a ticket in your hands, you would not be able to get out of the country without an exit / re-entry visa ~X( This could be quite a pain, particularly in case of a personal emergency when an expatriate wishes to leave the kingdom urgently.
There are 2 types of Exit / Re-entry visas - single and multiple. A single exit / re-entry visa is valid only once, i.e., for going out and returning. Once you return to the kingdom on a single visa, the validity is cancelled and you have to obtain a fresh Exit / Re-entry visa for your next trip out of the kingdom. On the other hand, a multiple exit / re-entry visa is valid for traveling any number of times back and forth out of and into the kingdom, but is valid only for 6 months from the date of first exit out of the country. In both cases, i.e., single as well as multiple visas, the sponsor's consent is required. In other words, your sponsor can actually decide when you can go out and re-enter the kingdom.
A single visa costs SR200. You are supposed to leave the kingdom within 30 days of the date of stamping and return before the date specified on the visa. Again, this is left to the discretion of your sponsor whether to apply for a validity of 1 month or 1 year 8- Usually, exit / re-entry visas are never given for more than a year.
A multiple visa costs SR500. The advantage is that once you have the passport and the ticket in your hands, you are free to go out of the kingdom and return within 6 months from the date of first departure. However, your sponsor's consent is required for this too for applying a multiple visa.
Most expatriates prefer to hold a multiple visa and prefer to pay the difference of their entitlement and requirement. That is, if the contract says that an annual vacation is your entitlement, and if you require a multiple visa, then you pay the balance of SR300 to get it, provided of course your sponsor agrees to the same.
If you liked the above information, do drop in your comments which will encourage me to write more. Your comments are my motivation =D>

162 comments:

senthil said...

Excellent work!! One can't explain the use of this articles by word. Unfortunately i am late to receive this feed as i entered into Saudi before three months. I had no clue abt these procedures. However this will be useful to the upcoming Saudi Expats and newcomers like me. Thankyou verymuch and keep doing some good work like this to serve our community.

Expatguru said...

Thanks Senthil. Your encouragement is my motivation. Do let me know of further topics you want me to cover, and it will be my pleasure to do so.

seetharaman said...

Dear Expat guru,

I am astonished by seeing the blog. Good Job. I have a problem. I came to Saudi for the first time to a new project which was under construction. I did not sign any legal valid contract with the employer. I had signed only the job offer. Based on which I came to Saudi. But I was not happy with proceedings. So after 3 months before getting my conformation letter I resigned the job. My sponsor verbally replied that you go to your home country back & if you want to come back please come again. On saying this he arranged the exit re entry permit for me. I went back to India & decided not to comeback. In between I got an offer from the European company which is the technology provider for the same project which I was working earlier in Saudi. Since they were professional company I decided to join them. I came second time to Saudi with the same Visa since my exit re entry permit was valid for 40 days. Things are going fine. My sponsor (Saudi) has shown no reaction about me working for the different company but at the same project. Every 75 days I had vacation for 15 days. I went back & come back with the exit re entry permit issued by the Saudi sponsor. Now my Iqama is going to expire. The Saudi sponsor says he will renew the Iqama & you continue to come in the same Visa till the commissioning of the project, because arranging Visit visa is waste of time & money. But he neither give any NOC, legal release nor accepted by resignation in writing when I resigned from his company. I don’t want the Iqama to be renewed & want to come on visit visa. My doubt is can I be held back in Saudi after the commissioning of the project. Shall you suggest me if I continue to work in Saudi under the Iqama basis, whether the Saudi sponsor can hold me back. I have a legal documented contract signed with the European company. If the Saudi sponsor hold me back is it possible for me to come out & go back to my home country. In case I need to pay the losses the Saudi sponsor incurred, I am ready to pay that. But is it possible for me to go back to my home country or not. Please suggest a way to come out of the situation. I hope this is a special & interesting case you have ever come across.

Expatguru said...

Seetharaman,

I have stopped giving my comments in my blog for quite a while due to the huge number of queries pouring in every day and due to extreme time constraints. However, I decided to reply to your query as it was rather unique.

First of all, you are treading on dangerous territory. You are on someone's sponsorship but working with some one else, so technically you can be jailed for violation of rules. Please, immediately get of of Saudi by citing some personal emergency. But go on exit visa, not exit/re-entry. This way, you can keep your papers clear for a future entry. If you still want to come back and work for the European company, ask them to arrange for a 'Business Visa' (not a visit visa). I am sure they would be able to do this. Of course, this must be without the knowledge of the Saudi, or you would be asking for trouble. Remember, the only reason why the Saudi is tolerating this arrangement is that he is getting benefitted in some way or the other, not because he cares for you. In other words, he is simply "using" you to either make money or some other favour. Remember, the only thing certain in KSA is uncertainty, so take my advice and go back ASAP.

Anonymous said...

Hi Expat Guru,

I have some questions about my situation now here in saudi. I worked before in a company here in saudi and I finished my 2 years contract. But I continue my work for almost 8 months without new contract and decided to take emergency vacation. The company provided me an exit/re-entry visa. But when I'm in Philippines I decided to resign in the company. I send email to our General Manager and HR that I will no longer continue my work. Then after 4 months I got a job again in saudi in different company. They provided me visa and currently i'm working here in saudi. I'm working now for 2 months and I'm afraid that if the company knows that I went back here in KSA probably they will make an action to return me back in Philippines. Is that possible or they have right to file some case against me? Are they going banned me in the kingdom considering that I already finished my contract? Please need help because I'm really worried about my situation here. Thanks!

Expatguru said...

Anonymous,

You took a very calculated risk in returning to the kingdom. I do not know how you managed to get a new visa without an NOC. Have you come back on the same passport? You probably face the risk of deportation in case your previous employer files an official complaint with the Labor office. However, this complaint if at all filed, is also valid only upto 1 year from the date of your last departure, because after the 1 year period, you do not need an NOC.

Anonymous said...

Hi ExpatGuru.
My wife got an offer for Single Contract in Riyadh. She was told she could bring me & my sons right after she has her Iqama processed by HR dept. My sons & I would be issued with Visit Visa that lasts for 3 months only. I am going to take care of my kids full time while accompanying my wife (that means I am not working in KSA; didn't manage to get a job there).

Question 1 : Assuming my visa is from Jan until Mar, does it mean before Mar, I have to return to my home country with my kids & re-apply Visit Visa again?

Question 2 : Will answer in Q1 require any letter/documents from my wife's HR dept (E.g. authorization letter/iqama)?

Question 3 : Can I just renew visa from KSA itself?

Question 4 : Will it be a problem for KSA authorities to assign visit visa to me since I am the husband but I'm not working (it's my wife working instead)?

Regards, IAS

Expatguru said...

IAS,

First of all you must not take anything for granted in Saudi Arabia. There is no guarantee that you would be given a 3-month visit visa. If at all your visit visa is approved (remember you are a potential job seeker in the eyes of the immigration officer), it may be for 1 month also. Secondly, if your sons are more than 18 years, then they have no chance at all. If they are less than 18, the same rule applies to them also, as is applicable to you. Please read my separate post in this link, which would answer all your other queries

http://workinginsaudiarabia.blogspot.com/2007/12/family-visit-visa.html

At the end of the day, you and your wife must sit together and take a decision whether the single status offer is really worth it or not! Good luck.

Murali said...

Hello ExpatGuru,

Nice to see the service u r providing to expats.

I live in Saudi Arbia with my family for the last 9 years. ow we all are back here.

I came on a 6 months exit reentry on Jnauary 11, 2008.


I would like to go to saudi in 3 or 4 days. Stay there for 3 days and return back again on 6 months exit reentry. My sponsor is very cooperative and he helps me on anything.

My iqama expires on 13/01/2009.

My questions are:
1) What is the minmum period I have to stay in saudi to return back to india on 6 months exit reentry.
2) Will i get a 6 months reentry when my iqama expires on jan 13, 2009?
3) Will i be able to get my exit reentry done in 1 or 2 days?

I am badly in need of the required information. May I request you to hasten your reply, please.

Dammam Friend

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Expatguru said...

Murali,

There is no such thing as a minimum period before the next exit/reentry visa is stamped. It takes less than 10 minutes in the Passport Office to get it stamped, if all your documents are ready.

Your getting a 6-month exit/reentry visa depends on when you are actually arriving in the kingdom and getting your next exit/reentry visa stamped. If it is more than 6 months, you are safe. In any case, since you say that sponsor is helpful, you should not have any problem. Just ensure that your sponsor requests a 6-month visa in the application form. You should enter the kingdom before the date mentioned in the visa, or it would get expired. And remember, all dates are based on Hijri calendar, not Gregorian, so take care. Good luck!

smart said...

Hi expatguru, your posts are really useful. iam from tamilnadu, india. I have a problem too. iam currently working in jeddah for 17 months in contract basis. iam not satisfied with my current employer. i have a good offer from another company which i wish to join. they are ready to provide me a visa. the problem is my current employer is not ready to release me. is it possible to go in exit without NOC and return to saudi with another visa? because my current employer may not give NOC too. plz assist me by repling in mail. naushadece@yahoo.com

Expatguru said...

Smart,

Thanks for your comments. Please see this link

http://workinginsaudiarabia.blogspot.com/2008/05/noc-not-required-for-indians.html

Anonymous said...

hi i would like to know if there is a limit as to how many times you exit saudi arabia. i was born in saudi and then i left saudi for 4 years.. then got back again, stayed there for 6 years and then now, i would like to go back there again.. is that possible?

Expatguru said...

Anonymous,

It is impossible to answer your query accuratelywithout full details. I assume that you are an expatriate and not a Saudi national. If so, is there someone who is your sponsor? Are you above 18 years old? If so, you need a work permit and of course a sponsor to get into the kingdom. Do you have a permit to enter the kingdom by way of your birth here? I suggest you consult a legal expert on this as the information you provided is not complete.

Anonymous said...

Hello Expatguru Sir, this is my first trip to saudi. I came to saudi arabia for a company. After came to saudi only, seems to know that i have locked here. Now i have another good jobs in saudi arabia. The only problem is my company will not give me exit. only they will provide re-entry. The other company ready to provide me even visit visa. I need your help to change my career to plan my future. Please give me any solution for my request.

Expatguru said...

The only way out for you is to resign and go on exit. There is no other choice, if you want to come back on a fresh visa.

Syed Ahamed Navasudeen said...

Hi Expatguru

You are doing a wonderful job.

Can u please give the link where we can find our re entry validity by enterign our Iqama / Passport number on line

Regards
Syed A. Navas

Expatguru said...

Syed,

Thanks for your comments. The Saudi Ministry of Interior has prohibited anyone from giving their hyperlink in any other site. Hence, I am not giving the link to you directly.

However, you can very easily find it out by typing "Ministry of Interior Saudi" in Google. Once you get the site, look for "Query Exit/Re-entry Visa" on the left hand side of the page and you will be able to find out the status.

Anonymous said...

Dear Expat Guru,

As per my knowledge, we can verify the validity of the Visa on https://www.eserve.com.sa/VVSWeb/
If the visa is electronic in nature.

Thanks

Expatguru said...

Anonymous,

Thanks a lot for the information. This just shows how supportive the readers of this blog are!

Anonymous said...

Hi,

3 months before I came to Riyadh on job visa. Now I am planning to quit this company as I dont like the work culture here. They will not allow me to resign as well because of less head count. So, I am planning to go on exit/reentry visa to India and from there I will send my resignation letter. One question I have in my mind, Can I come to Saudi again on a different company visa after couple of months (may be 2 to 3 months). I am getting couple of good offers from different companys but I dont know whether I can come here again or not. If I can come than after how many months? Is NOC from my present employer is compulsory? When exit/reentry is expired (after 40 days) than what is the use of NOC in this case?

Can you plz explain me in details as per saudi law.

Regards,
Khan.

Expatguru said...

Khan,

Read this link

http://workinginsaudiarabia.blogspot.com/2008/05/noc-not-required-for-indians.html

Anonymous said...

Thx for the response........

Actually as per my present company policy i have to pay all my recruitment expences If I resign before 1 year of joining. And I came to know through an HR that they charge around SAR 7000/.

My concern is that if I go on exit/re-entry and wants to come back after couple of months (lets say 3 months) will it be a problem for me. Means, I am not going on exit, so, do I need to get NOC in this case and I am sure they will not give me NOC because from their point of view I am due SAR 7000/ to the company.

So, how to handle this issue. my chances of coming back is not more than 20% because I am planning to stay in India only but I dont want to shut the Saudi doors as well.

Can you plz explain me clearly in details what to do in this situation.

Regards,
Khan.

Expatguru said...

Khan,

You cannot have the cake and also eat it. You must be clear what you want. If you do not plan to return to Saudi and you also do not want to pay your dues to your sponsor, your only option is to go on exit/reentry and not return. However, ethically this is not correct because you have a written contract and you should honor the same. If you do go out with an exit/reentry visa, then it must be with the knowledge that you cannot return to the kingdom for employment in the near future, so make your decision carefully.

Anonymous said...

Just to be sure i have heared that if you get a multi exit entery visa you must use it in three months of issue for it to be valid?

Expatguru said...

Anonymous,

Your first departure must be within 2 months, otherwise there is a SR1000 fine.

HIK said...

I am an Indian National , i currently have an offer from a large MNC from Saudi Arabia,I however have worked in Saudi Arabia from June 2003 - June 2006 , during that tenure I finaly left Saudi on a Multiple Exit- Re entry on the following date : 20th Jumaada al-awal 1427( 20/05/1427) corresponding to 16th June 2006.
However during the course of time the earlier passport on which the Saudi Exit- Re entry was stamped ran out of pages and new passport was issued in my name , this passport is the current passport and which will be used to stamp the residence visa.This passport has no Saudi Visa Stamped on it, however in it is mentioned that the old passport number and that it was issued in Riyadh.


I would like to inquire about any problems that might arise in the stamping of the visa.

Expatguru said...

HIK,

You should have no worries about the current passport containing details of the old passport. This is quite normal. Also, it is over 2 years after your final exit from the kingdom. Unless there is a criminal case pending against you in the kingdom, you are free to enter the country without any apprehensions. Good luck!

hik said...

Thanks expatguru....your comments have been a great help.

Nathaniel said...

Expat Guru,

I have been working on KSA for 13 years, I came back to Philippines for a vacation but then I tried to apply for work to other country because of my poor salary in KSA, now we made a fake document to be submited for visa application to another country and my employer knew about it, now I failed for that application and its been two years and I decided to take on a new job on the same country, KSA but on another company. Is there any danger or something?

Expatguru said...

Nathaniel,

You must thank your stars that you were not jailed for forgery. Having a poor salary does not mean that you can go about submitting fake documents.

Two years have passed and now you are free to apply again. But be careful where you go and please, for your own safety and for your family's sake, do not fake any document.

Anonymous said...

Hi Expatguru,

Can you clarify the Visa Validity issue. I have a multiple entry business visa valid for 90 days & permitted to stay for 15 days per visit. The 90 days validity applies only for the entry & not for exit. My doubt is if i enter saudi on 89th day, is it legal for me to stay still 15 days, that is up to 104 days or to exit on the next day i.e. 90th day

Expatguru said...

Anonymous,

You got it right. Theoretically, you CAN stay upto 104 days. Practically, however, I would advise you to desist the same for two reasons. First, be extremely careful in knowing that Hijri calendar is followed not Gregorian. So, the chances of a mistake is extremely high. Second, if for some unforseen emergency you are unable to exit on the 15th day, there is a SR10000 fine plus immediate imprisonment plus deportation. Afterall, the only thing certain in Saudi Arabia is uncertainty!

Anonymous said...

Hi there I need advise.
Hi I've got a question regarding d rules of ending a contract without a written documents. please advise?
Hi there can you please advise on what to do. A family member work in Saudi and finished his contract but didn't receive a release letter from employer and its been a year since and now got a new job offer from a different employer. Just wondering if it is safe to accept the job without any documents that the previous employer has release him. Please advise. thanks

Expatguru said...

Anonymous,

The details you gave are not adequate to answer you. Has he left the kingdom already? Does he have an exit or an exit/reentry visa? How is his relationship with his previous employer? These things matter.

Anonymous said...

Yes, he has left the country 1 year ago. He has a good relationship with his employer except his pay is insuffcient to feed the family and his employer don't want to let go of him. Now he had a new offer in the same city where he works before.
His re-entry visa has already expired and the new employer is very keen on him. What do we do? Do we accept the new offer? Please advise? Thanks

Expatguru said...

There are two ways. Contact the ex-employer and request an NOC. If he is lucky he will get it. Otherwise, he has to wait for one more year before he can re-enter the kingdom without an NOC (this is because he came on exit/reentry visa and not exit visa).

xs2saeed said...

Hello Expat Guru,
Im going to move Riyadh on job visa and thats for three month initialy i think, cuz i cant read anything on visa sticker as u know there arabic al over it, i just wann know that what will happend next?
1:weather they give me three month entry on this visa when i arrive in saudia? if yes then

2:when i get iqama and whats does it means and

3:how can i get my driving license, and what abt my family when i can broght my family here? theses are sum question i despirately wana know.

Expatguru said...

Saeed,

I would advise you to read my entire blog along with all the comments thoroughly and it will answer all your questions. Choose from the dropdown menu in the calendar on the right hand side and select a topic below which I have written in that month.

firaz hussain said...

dear expatguru,
i was working in saudi arabia for the past 15 years and i came on exit re-entry. due to some problems in my home country i could not go back on time and my visa expired as well my iqama. i have visa card in my name which i was using during my stay in saudi arabia. after calling my ex sponsor he did not extend my visa. now i have got a offer from other companies. i want to settle my visa card payment to the bank as well as i want to come back to saudi arabia. please help me how long i am not allowed to enter. is there any problem if i enter. the bank will sue me??. please help me.
thanks

Expatguru said...

Firaz,

First of all, do email your bank immediately of your desire to settle the accounts. Usually, they respond (because they need their due). If not, try calling them over phone or get one of your friends to visit the bank and find out how you can repay them. Usually, an electronic money transfer should be possible.

Note that if you enter the kingdom, for sure you would be jailed, let alone legal action, unless you clear all your dues. So, it is better you settle everything and come on a fresh visa to the kingdom.

Since you came on an exit/reentry visa and not on an exit visa, you will have to wait for one year before returning, in case you are an Indian national. If you are from any other country, please check with the Saudi Embassy in your country, as you may not be allowed to enter for 2 years without an NOC.

Sarah said...

Hey ExpatGuru,
Thanks for the info, very detailed and informative. I have a question if you don't mind, we're all American citizens (my family and I), and my 'kafeel' is my dad, who left the country already. He was working here for 2 years and then was fed up and decided to leave. He went on a temporary exit visa, but he is in fact not coming back. I want to leave to another country, not America, but another one that I have a passport for (dual citizenship), and my whole issue is that I can't get an exit visa because my iqama has expired. My dad isn't here to renew it/fix this issue, and I don't want to renew it anyway. I came here just to stay with my family for a break from school in the USA and it already seems like I am stuck!! Is there any way I can leave?? Should I just do a final exit visa (ie never coming back)? He told me not to do this since it would require his presence but I don't know any other way...he also told my driver to take the passport and iqama/sign the form, and the driver's telling me the expiration from the iqama is an issue. I am with my mom who stayed behind to finish her contract, but she doesn't really have any say or know how to help.

As an American citizen, is there a way I can just leave and forget this kafeel nonsense? I am over 18 years old/have my own iqama. Do you have any advice?

Thanks tremendously,
Sarah

Expatguru said...

Sarah,

I really feel sorry for you. Your dad has left you in a really big mess. You are really in a big trouble now, because you are staying in the kingdom without a valid iqama. Please approach the US Embassy urgently for help. They would issue you an emergency exit visa. Of course, you cannot return (not that you are interested in it). You may probably end up paying a fine for staying back after expiry of the iqama. Of more concern is your mom. Is she also under your dad's sponsorship? In that case, she too is staying and working illegally. Every expat needs a sponsor. In the absence of a sponsor, staying in the kingdom is illegal as well as dangerous. Contact your embassy urgently.

Anonymous said...

Hi,
I recently got a job offer in saudi. The employment is permanent. Bu the employer said that they will issue a contract visa. Does this mean that the saudi rules do not allow permanent visas. Is this the usual way of employment in saudi for non saudis.

Expatguru said...

Anonymous,

There is no such thing as a permanent job. All expatriates are on contract which usually gets renewed. However, at any point of time after the first contract, i.e., if your contract gets extended, the employer may simply give you 30 days notice and you have to quit, even though you have a contract. The only thing certain in Saudi Arabia is uncertainty!

Anonymous said...

thanks again for all the help guru...don't know where i would get all this information.

i am a canadian here as a teacher as the proffesion on my iqama.

my issue is that our company is claiming that they cant give us an exit/re-entry visa for the break we have coming up in between semesters.

is there a way we can go to the jawazat and get the visa ourselves?

our flights are booked and the ocmpany has said we can go...but now they are claiming that some governing body has frozen there ability to give us visas????

not sure what to do and our flight is this week??? please help ASAP...

thanks again..\

-english teacher

Expatguru said...

Anonymous,

The reason why your sponsor has been barred from giving you an exit/reentry visa is that there may be some unsettled dues by your sponsor or some pending case in the labor court against him. In any event, you are the affected person and should in no way be punished for the fault of your sponsor. Contact your embassy immediately who will presurrize your sponsor to settle the cases and release your exit/reentry visa.

Anonymous said...

Dear Expatguru,

I am planning to go on vacation from 02 March to 07 April 2009 in exit reentry visa. My iqama expires on 30 May, while passport validity is expires on 13 July 2009. Shall I apply for the renewal of passport after coming back from vacation or shall I apply for renewal in India while I am in vacation? Am I allowed to reenter the kingdom with a new passport, while visa is stamped on the old passport?

Expatguru said...

Anonymous,

Indian passports can be renewed upto 6 months prior to their expiry dates. I would strongly advise you to get your passport renewed here. You will get it back within a week.

Anonymous said...

dear expat guru, thanks to you for all your work. i am an engineer working in saudi arabia. recently i got an job offer from another company and i have decided to switch over to new job. the new employer does not have employment visa for indians so he is preparing a visit visa/long term MOFA visa for myself. i read somewhere that the visit visa requires letter from indian employer and indian chamber of commerce attestation. Is it true for technical catagories visit visas? since i do not have any employment roots in india what is the alternative to it?i do not want to leave the current company and take any risk of being job less if the visit visa cannot be stamped in India. Please help.

Expatguru said...

Anonymous,

I am glad you asked this question. Note that working while on a visit visa is illegal. If caught, you will be immediately jailed, fined heavily and then deported. Not only that, you cannot open a bank account, cannot sponsor your family and cannot even have a driving license, because you are supposed to be "visiting" not "working".

If your employer cannot get a proper visa for you, it is not even worth considering his offer. Atleast you have a job now. In this age of recession, don't go by false promises and lose even the job you have at present. Good luck!

Anonymous said...

Expatguru,

You are doing a wonderful job in changing the life of lot of people.

I am in a critical situation, where in I left saudi with exit with NOC and came in a fresh visa. But, wife was in India with exit-rentry as she did not accompanied me when i went in an exit from saudi. However, my iqama and my wifes iqama is been cancelled by my earlier employer.

Now i got a fresh family visa for my wife and the embassy in mumbai complains that my wife has a valid visa in her passport and cannot process until the current entry in the passport is expired.

Please help me in letting me know the formalities for cancelling the visa.

Regards,
Balaji

Expatguru said...

Balaji,

I really sympathize with you. This is so typical of the insensitive way which people treat such cases. What I suggest is you should contact your former employer, get a letter from him in Arabic addressed to the Saudi consulate in Mumbai stating that your wife's visa has already been cancelled. Your ex-employer must also provide documentary proof of the same. When this is submitted to the Saudi consulate, there is no reason why they should reject your wife's visa. Try to get the help of some of your friends in your previous company to push your ex-employer to do this. Try also using wasta, afterall your case is genuine and you just want your family with you.

Mathi said...

Dear Expatguru,

Nice to know you are very helpful to know about Saudi. I was working in Saudi and left with my family from there on August 2005 on exit/ re-entry visa. Now I got a job in Riyadh and wants to come back to saudi. I understand that the one year period is for the people who went on exit visa only and people who went on exit/ re-entry visa couldn't come back to saudi. Please clarify.

Mathi

Expatguru said...

Mathi,

If you are an Indian national, then you can return without an NOC after 1 year, if you went on exit/reentry. If you are from any other country, it is 2 years. In either case, it is now 4 years for you and so you are eligible to return for employment. Good luck!

Anonymous said...

Hi Expat Guru,

Salaam...I've been in Saudi Arabia for almost 7 years now, my sponsor got me released last 5 years to the new company i am working with now, I got released but the new company didnt transfer me to thier sponsorship. If I can decide to go home, what consequences I would face or my new employeer would face for not transferring me for the longest time. Would I be contacting my old sponsor before going home to my country..Thank You. I hope you could clear up this issue to me so i can prepare before going back to my home country.. Allah bless you more..

Expatguru said...

Anonymous,

What were you doing for 5 years without getting your sponsorship transferred? Do you have a valid iqama? If so, whoever is your iqama's sponsor has to do the exit formalities for you.

Anonymous said...

Because when this new company i am working with now received my release paper they're always promising me that they will transfer me to thier sponsorship, because I am always asking my papers so I can go and move on, but they're keep on telling me that they held responsible for me since I was released to them, my only concern is if i would face a problem, i am so worried about this, but inshaallah, i hope this company will help when the time comes but that i will be going to my country..thank you veru much, expat guru..Allah bless you more...

Anonymous said...

Dear Guru,

Appreciate for your valuable support provided for expats.

I am an Indian Citizen. I had come to Saudi Arabia on Dec'06. My Iqama is valid for 2 years and it expired on Dec'08.
Due to personal reasons I came to India on exit/re-entry visa on Mar’07 valid for 2 months and could not return to Saudi again. It is almost 2 years from the date of my departure now.

Can I come to Saudi Arabia again for employment from a different sponsor or should I need to wait for atleast 1 year from the date of expiry of my Iqama (i.e. expired on dec’08)

Immediate revert is duly appreciated.

Best Regards,
Haneef.

Expatguru said...

Haneef,

You will have to wait for 1 year from the expiry date of the iqama to return for employment.

shiraz said...

I am from Pakistan and i left KSA 2 years back with final exit. Now i have oppertunity of employeement. Can i got my visa stamped after completion of 2 years.

Expatguru said...

Shiraz,

Yes, you can return for employment after 2 years of final exit.

Anonymous said...

Dear ExpatGuru,
I am from Philippines,I have a 5 yrs old daughter who has not been transferred in my iqama, since my company didnt allow me, and i got released and now i am with the new company and promised that my they will fix the problem when i transferred with them,I want to ask you how much would be the penalty since i havent transferred my daughter in my iqama earlier..thank you...

Amer

Expatguru said...

Amer,

Just apply for transfer into your new iqama as a fresh case. You may probably get off without any fine.

Ashique said...

Hi,

I woukld like to throw more light on the topic. If you have a multiple reentry stamped and you dont utilise it within the stipulated period of one month (to make it valid for the next six months), you are bound to pay a fine of SR 1000/- for the same. I paid this amount as I had to change my sponsorship and they said you have not cancelled your unutilised multiple re entry visa. Hope this information helps.

Regards

Ashique

Expatguru said...

Ashique,

Thanks so much for the information. This blog has become enriched with information from fellow-expats like you who have contributed positively.

Anonymous said...

Respected Sir,

As mentioned in your blog earlier that I need to wait for atleast 1 year after the expiry of my Iqama for exit/re-entry. (It is 4 months my iqama has expired).
I would be grateful if you provide more details on the following.

Whether I wiill be rejected a new visa by the Saudi Embassy/Consulate itself based on my passport details ( I still hold the same passport)

or

my visa will be stamped but it would be risky for me to travel incase my previous employer comes to know that I am working for a different company/employer.

I would be grateful if you could detail me on this.

Many Thanks,
Haneef.

mohd said...

Hi Expatguru,

I just get my Iqama, currently applying the Single Entry-Visit Visa (90days) for my wife. Probably she can come to join me in saudi by middle of April09. My question is: We plan to go vocation (outside KSA) by end of may or early june. How can I apply the exit/re-entry visa for my wife?
then, we re-enter back in KSA....can I re-new the Visit Visa for my wife for another 90days?

Thank you.

regards,
syaad

Expatguru said...

Haneef,

Your visa would be rejected at the embassy itself.

Expatguru said...

Syaad,

Multiple exit/reentry for family visit visa is not allowed. Once your wife goes out of the kingdom, the only way is to begin the whole process of getting a new visa all over again. Renewal can be done only as long as the visitor is still in the kingdom.

Anonymous said...

hi,I am an Indian National however I have worked in Saudi Arabia from 1997 -oct2008 , during that I finaly left Saudi on a Multiple Exit- Re entry on OCT end. However during the course of time the earlier passport on which the Saudi Exit- Re entry was stamped has changed {due to my new address}and new passport was issued in my name , this passport is the current passport. This passport has no Saudi Visa Stamped on it. I had send my resignation.(on phone) .all financial settlement over. Now I got new offer. What do I do? Do I accept the new offer? Can I come to Saudi again on a different visa.

Expatguru said...

Your earlier visa must be cancelled by your sponsor in the system, only then can you re-enter the kingdom on a fresh visa.

Balaji said...

Dear Expat Guru,

I am an Indian working here in a University as a computer Engineer. I will be going on my first vacation in coming few months, the vacation date has been adjusted so that I can attend the wedding of my sister.

I would like to help my father and contribute the maximum amount I can to the expenses of the marriage, I have a credit card of SAMBA which they gave me based on my salary (I never applied for it) and I never used it much. I am planning to take a temporary loan from the credit card or bank which ever is beneficial and plan to repay it in EMI's.


My concern is, when I go on vacation on an exit/Re-entry visa, do I have to clear all dues before I can go out of kingdom ?

I have tried asking the bank with no clear answers, kindly advice.

Balaji.S

Expatguru said...

Balaji,

The banking system in the kingdom is not quite as simple as you think. Do not be lured by what they say - i.e., no interest, etc. Islamic banking prohibits interest, so the banks here levy interest by calling it another name - "service charge". The guys who lend you money are not fools. They take enough guarantees before lending.
There is no rule that you have to repay your loan before you leave, but take my advice - better take a loan from any Indian bank and repay it in Riyals. In the long run, you will not regret it. Good luck!

Anonymous said...

HI

We entered Saudi on Jan 18, 2009. I on a resident visa and my wife on a visitor visa. On March 26th, my sponsor called to tell me that my wife's visa is expired. Since March 1st. Which was interesting since I had an appointment at my sponsor's passport office to have here visitor visa renewed. Now...we want out. Except we are in limbo because now my sponsor says they cannot renew her visa and since she is now on overstay we are subject to fines and possible criminal charges. WTF? Anyway, what is the best way to own up, pay the fines or whatever, and get the hell out of here?

Expatguru said...

Anonymous,

It's a pity that you were not alert about the date of expiry of your wife's visa. There is a fine of SR10000 which you have to pay for your wife to leave the kingdom. This will be followed by your deportation upon expiry of your iqama. What I suggest is for you to use a powerful Saudi's 'wasta'(influence), so that atleast your fine amount is reduced. Good luck.

Anonymous said...

Hi,

Thanks for the great help and prompt feedback, keep it up. I want to ask a question, I'm going on Exit-reentry VISA I might not come back untill my Iqama would be cancelled, I want to know If I want to Visit Saudi after that with business VISA ( not work VISA)is there is any problem ? Thanks in advance

Expatguru said...

Should not be a problem unless you have any dues pending in the kingdom.

waakir said...

Dear guru
I came from saudi arabia last year april 13 on exit re entry visa,now i have got a good offer in riyadh.
can i come bak to the kingdom with another employers visa without any problem? i dont have any dews and settlement with my preveous company.also i have 10 days to complete my one year.
pls advice me
hussain

Expatguru said...

Hussain,

It depends on your nationality. Refer to the discussion under "NOC" elsewhere in this blog. The one year period (in case you are Indian) is from the date of expiry of your iqama.

Anonymous said...

Hi ExpatGuru,

I saw some of your replies and seems like you are pretty much against Saudi's. This should not be the case, Saudis are very tolerant people with strong cultural background. People come to Saudi Soil and earn a living from it, raise their children, feed their families and in the end call names to the same people who have provided them this oppotunity to florish.

I am not a saudi but living here for 30 years now and I know all about these people and their behaviours.

So please re-consider your thoughts and dont missguide people to disapointments.

Expatguru said...

Anonymous,

I wonder where from you got the idea that I am anti-Saudi. Far from it. This blog is meant to guide expats working in Saudi Arabia, not to indulge in either bashing or shoe-licking Saudi. You are living in Saudi for 30 years and have an opinion about the Saudis and I respect it - that's why I have published your opinion here. I didn't invite you to visit this blog, you came yourself. Just as how you have an opinion, I too have a right of opinion. I don't get paid for what I write here, so I do not have any personal benefit in writing either for or against Saudis. You are free not to visit my blog if you do not agree with what I write here.

Anonymous said...

Dear Expat Guru,

Don't Worry about these Shoe licking people who doesn't understand about Saudi's even after spending long time. I agree your idea that there are good as well as bad people in the world. In saudi the percentage of bad is more than good. I don't know how some body can support saudi's after going through the entire blog. Only shoe lickers or a saudi itself can do. You are doing a great job. Please carry on.

Expatguru said...

Anonymous,

Thanks for your comments. I do not feel agitated that someone does not agree with me, nor do I feel glorified when someone praises me. I respect his opinion, but that is his opinion and he is entitled for it. I too have an opinion and I am entitled for it.

Anonymous said...

hi,
good day!
i am a nurse from the philippines. i' m still here in saudi arabia planning to leave k.s.a this month of april.i have this problem now in my employer..they have this policy of no pregnancy within 2 years of contract, but i got pregnant under 2 yrs. of contract i am going to deliver this year month of may. so according to their policy termination is the option...so i followed them. i resigned and made a clearance with them.all my files from this company are closed they given me the experience certificate stating that i've worked with them and my contract is finished. but during my exit interview with this company they offer a 6months exit/ re- entry for me.so i grabbed this offer..i am the one who paid for this re-entry visa and they deducted the iqama renewal payment in my benefits.i got the benefits already and deposited to my account.but now i decided not to re-enrty on this company.the date of the stamping of the visa is april 15, 2009.my questions are..

1. how many months can i stay here in the kingdom before going for exit supposedly i will not travel this april because i am planning to deliver here so that the baby will be under the iqama of my husband?
2.if ever i went for exit after giving birth and planning not to come back until my re-entry expired.can i enter the kingdom again after the expiration of the re-entry visa with a new employer?can i get a new working visa for my new employer?is there will be a problem?after all i resigned in my previous compy and given me this certificate that i finished working with them.
3.or during the period of 6months and the re-entry visa is not yet expired. can i get a new employer and get a new working visa with them?can i enter the kingdom if my re-entry visa is not yet expired?
4. if i will not come back using the re-entry visa given by my previous sponsor..are they going to cancelled my iqaMA at once?once my re-entry expired?
5.do i need to wait for 2 years if i dont have the NOC from them?but they already have the experience certificate stating that i finished my contract with them.
6. as i read in your other comments..i am afraid that they will not allow me to enter the kingdom again with a new employer wihtout the NOC if not reached the 2 years period?
7. i have this certification that i finished working in my previous company but still they given me an exit/ re-entry.can i cancell this re- entry so that i can come back as soon as i have a new employer?
8. or no need for the cancellation because anyway im finished working with them.
8. my husband is here also in the kingdom is it possible that he can get me and my baby as his dependents even if i still have the re-entry valid for 6months starting this april- september this year?
9.if ever the re-entry visa is expired already, and my husbands company allowed me and my baby to get the residence visa under my husband's company, is there will be a problem in entering the kingdom again?are they going to question me about this expired re-entry visa?
10. if they allowed me to enter again in the kingdom under my husband..can i get a new job here in the kingdom under local application?
11. can the embassy give me the residence visa under my husband even if my re- entry is not yet expired?for example i exit this june of 2009 and the re-enrty will expire on september..but the visa from my husband's company is already available before september like for example august can we go at once to the kingdom?are they going to question me with these 2 visa?the re- entry and the fresh visa?
hope you can answer all my questions.
thank you very much.

Expatguru said...

Anonymous,

Your question list is just too much for me to handle and it is best you hire a professional lawyer. I can only summarize as below:

1. Since you paid for your exit/reentry visa, do make a fresh application in the passport office and get it cancelled. Otherwise you have to leave within the specified date. Also, remember that without an NOC you cannot re-enter for employment until 2 years after your iqama has expired. You can of course return as a dependent of your husband, but you cant work.

Anonymous said...

hi,I am an Indian.I had asked(on 26MARCH)you about my Saudi visa.That I left Saudi on Multiple Exit-Re entry 6 months ago and due to my address change I got a new passport without the Saudi visa stamped on it.You had told me that if I want to go to Saudi again, the earlier visa must be cancelled by the sponsor in the system.But how will I know if the sponsor has cancelled my visa or not?

Expatguru said...

Anonymous,

Since you left on exit/reentry and not on exit, you can re-enter the kingdom for employment only one year after the expiry of your current iqama. Obviously your sponsor would not have cancelled the visa because you did not go on exit. In case you attempt to enter the kingdom on a different passport (assuming that your fingerprints were not taken as yet), you face the risk of imprisonment followed by deportation if your current employer comes to know of your arrival. Do you think it is really worth that trouble?

Anonymous said...

Dear Expatguru,

I am resident for 2 years with my wife.
She went back to her country for vacations and renew her passport there as it was full.

Her re-entry permit (still valid until june) is on her old passport that was cancelled.

Question is :
Can she re-enter the country by holding her 2 passports (new and old).
IQUAMA is still valid

Expatguru said...

Anonymous,

This is quite normal. As your wife to bring both the old as well as new passports when she returns. Soon after arrival, you must transfer the information in the new passport in the system, by using the form in the passport office.

bluebiker said...

Hi,

I'm lebanse, I'm working in Saudi Arabia and have a valid residence here (Engineer). I got a job offer in Egypt recently and I decided to take it. The visa for Egypt is now available at the egyptian embassy in Riyadh. Should I have an exit-re entry on my passport in order to collect this visa or the final exit will do?

Thank you

Athambawa said...

Dear Guru.
I (sri Lankan) came from saudi arabia by an exit re entry visa on April 2008 and i couldnt able to return bak to saudi arabia due to some personnal problems. During my entry and exit finger prints were not taken. Now am working in Bahrain and got a good offer in saudi arabia. Can i enter to Saudi arabia again with the current passport or do i need a new passport? please note my iqama had been expired on sepetember 2008

Expatguru said...

Bluebiker,

It depends on the requirements of the Egyptian immigration. In case they need to have your passport where their visa would be stamped prior to your landing there, then you will need to take the passport from your sponsor and submit it in the Egyptian embassy in Riyadh. Certain countries like the UAE require only a paper visa by which you enter the country and then get the visa on arrival. Please check with the Egyptian embassy of their requirements.

Expatguru said...

Athambawa,

You cannot reenter the kingdom for work until September, 2010.

Anonymous said...

peace!

Is there any ongoing rules and laws which an foreign national working on the Kingdom can process their reentry and exit visa as long they have their complete requirements before the rushed to jawasat for passport stamped,is it possible in case of emergency?

Expatguru said...

Anonymous,

I really wish it was that simple. Yes the basic requirements must all be met, but the most important one of all, is that your sponsor's approval is required before you can leave the kingdom. Even if it is a dashing emergency! A small relief is the multiple exit reentry visa, but even for that, you need your sponsor's approval. It is not that if you have the ticket and passport in your hand, you can simply take a flight out of the country.

Anonymous said...

Does one have to close their bank account upon exiting the country, or can one leave the account open and draw/transfer funds over a period of time after the exit visa?

Expatguru said...

Anonymous,

Everything is linked to your iqama number in the kingdom. Before stamping an exit visa, the iqama would be cancelled. For this, a simple search in the system would reveal all your bank dealings. Unless everything is closed, exit visa would not be issued. Of course there are people who go on exit/reentry and dont come back while still maintaining a bank account here, but that is another story.

Anonymous said...

Dear Expatguru,

Please give me an advice on my problem regarding my employment in KSA. I worked in a Petrochemical company in Saudi Arabia for more than 1 year and have taken a bank loan of 81,000SR in Saudi Hollandi bank payable for 4 years. Six months after taking the bank loan I took my annual vacation having exit-reentry visa but unfortunately I got accident a week before my exit-reentry visa will expire and I was not able to came back in Saudi Arabia. I called my employer and have explained the matter and requested for an entry visa but they did not gave me another entry visa. Now I have stayed in my country for about two years and I have decided to come back in Saudi Arabia for employment. My questions are : Is it possible for me to come back or to be employed in Saudi Arabia considering that I have due loans in Saudi Hollandi Bank? What should I do so I can come back in Saudi Arabia? Thank you very much and more power!!!

Expatguru said...

Anonymous,

Please use the link given in the top right hand corner of this blog and fill in the form for a personalized reply to your query. I charge a nominal fee for this.

Anonymous said...

Dear Expatguru,

I am a Filipino nurse and worked in KSA for almost 10 months...can i have the requirements for the exit visa? I have a problem in the company they threatens me twice to Go Home. First incident is the Medical Director assigned me in the Dental Clinic and i refused to him because it is not covered in my profession..they punished me for 2 days cut salary last 2 months ago. second incident happenned last 3 days ago, there is one patient complaining in the Administration because i did not entertain him but in the first place i have a patient who is an emergency case it was in the protocol in the International Code of Ethics to do first the Emergency Case...The Medical Director advised me to go for Exit as the administration told him to do so even not hearing my side....it is a very big insult to me on the 2nd day because they distribute my overtime schedule to the nurses so it is understood that they will send me back to the Philippines...the Administration give two options for me:one is continue work accept the punishment second is to go home...i choose to go home but they insist to write a resignation letter for me but i write only an acceptance letter of their offer...Is the resignation letter is one of the requirements in the exit visa?...i did not finished my 2 years contract visa... Hoping for your advise to me....

Expatguru said...

Anonymous,

If what you say is true, this hospital is not worth working for. But at any cost, do not resign, because if you do so, you will have to pay for your own tickets back home. Tell your Administration that you do not want to work anymore and that they should terminate the contract. If they terminate the contract, they have to pay you all benefits including your return fare. If you resign, it would mean that you are terminating the contract. Never buckle under pressure. If it is crossing unbearable limits, take the help of your embassy.

Anonymous said...

guru,

im working here saudi and i will be having my annual vacation leave. my question is ...after i received my exit/re entry visa...will the immigration in the airport will question/care what country will i go? im from the Philippines, but i want to have my vacation to canada and i have a valid visa to travel in canada...

i appreciate your kind repsonse!
thank you!

Expatguru said...

Anonymous,

The Saudi immigration are least bothered where you go. All they need is that you need to go out of the kingdom. Where you go is not their lookout.

Algojo said...

Dear guru,

i would like to check is there any minimum requirement that ur iqama need to be valid to issue a exit re entry visa?the problem i'm facing now is my iqama going to expired in 1 month time. I need the exit re entry visa so that i can go back to hometown to fetch my family so that my iqama can be remew. But my HR guy tell me that they cannot issue the visa because my iqama is going to expired. Is it true?

Expatguru said...

Algojo,

You need to be in the kingdom atleast 30 clear days before its expiry. It is obvious that you cannot be given an exit/reentry visa while your iqama is having such a short validity. Wait for its renewal, go bring your family and add their names to the iqama.

Anonymous said...

Dear Guru,

I am working in Saudi for the last 2 years. Next month I am going home on vacation as per the contract, on 'Exit / Re-entry visa'. I am not really satisfied by the current employer. But I heard that, even if I get a good offer in any GCC country, I cannot join the company not before one year from the expiration of my iqama. Is there any alternate way around?

I appreciate your kind response.
Thank you.

Anonymous said...

Dear Guru:

I am working in a company for almost 4 years now, which mean, my contract is unspecified as per saudi workmen labor law that is to say, both party could notify anytime by sending a notice as to whether the employer does not want its staff to work with him or its staff does not want to continue either with his service anymore and decided to go on final exit, but an employer stamped his passport with reentry to ensure that he cannot comeback to any company within that certain period allowed being stamped as reentry visa or its Iqama expiry.

Here is the question: I'we heard in an unofficial news that if your employer stamped your passport with reentry to the kingdom you cannot enter in any country in the middle east e.g. Bahrain, Qatar, Dubai etc. I reluctantly disagree since saudi arabia is different country and has different law.

Can you clear to me how true the news?

Thank you for your answer.

Expatguru said...

Anonymous,

Please fill in your query through the link in the top right corner of this blog. I charge a nominal fee for this which would ensure that you get a detailed personalized reply.

Nada said...

Hi Expatguru, First of all thanks a lot for your service. I have a question... My wife's passport expires on May 2011. She is going for vacation with our daughter on December 2010. Can she get 1 year exit / re-entry visa? (B'coz her passport expires n 5 months.)
Nada.

Expatguru said...

Nada,

Due to innumerable requests received daily, I have stopped giving free consultancy. If you require a detailed personalized reply, please fill in your query through the link in the top right corner of this blog. I charge a nominal fee for this.

sham said...

hai expat guru.
VANAKKAM
I AM AN INDIAN FIRST
IAM AN TAMILAN FIRST AGAIN
THANX FOR THE EXCELLENT JOB THAT YOU HAVE BEEN DOING

THIS IS WHAT I WAS LOOKING FOR TO THE QUERIES WHICH OUR EXPATS FACING AND PROBLEMS SOLVING IDEAS.
HATS OFF TO YOU BOSS

I AM IN THE KINGDOM THIS IS THE 11th YAER RUNNING FOR ME
I AM A HEALTH PROFESSIONAL WORKING IN THE PRIVATE SECTOR . I PLAN TO GO FOR FURTHER STUDIES TO INDIA. I AM WORKING WITH A GOOD PEOPLE. IWANT TO BE WITH THEM IN MY EMPLOYEMENT. I DONT WANT TO GO ON EXIT RATHER I WOULD LIKE TO RETAIN MY EMPLOYMENT VISA. I LIVE WITH MY FAMILY HERE. I WANT TO ON IN AN 1 YEAR RE ENTRY VISA. WILL IT BE POSSIBLE FOR THEM TO GIVE 1 YEAR RE ENTRY VISA. IS IT WORTH SENDING MY FAMILY IN RE ENTRY VISA AND ASKING THEM TO COME BACK FOR RENEWAL AT ATE END OF 1 YEAR. OR IS IT ADVISABLE TO SEND MY FAMILY ON EXIT AND CALL BACK UPON REJOINING BY APPLYING FOR A NEW FAMILY VISA.

1. IS IT POSSIBLE FOR MY SPONSOR TO ISSUE ME 1 YEAR RE ENTRY VISA. IF NOT WHAT IS THE MAXIMUM DURATION FOR THE ISSUANCE OF RE ENTRY VISA.

2.HOW CAN I DEAL WITH MY FAMILY VISA IF I GO ON 1 YEAR RE ENTRY AND CAME BACK FOR THE RENEWAL ALONG WITH THE FAMILY . THATS ALL FOR NOW.

PLEASE REPLY ME AS EARLY AS POSSIBLE.

THANX

SHAM

Expatguru said...

Sham,

Please fill in your query using the link in the top right corner. I charge a nominal fee for my consultancy, which would give you a detailed personalized reply.

marie said...

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How to fix my exit and re-entry visa problem?
can anyone plz help me out.my father is working in saudi arabia and me and my family visit him every year in summers.last year when we came back from saudi arabia by mistake instead of typing 360 days da jawazat person typed 036 days in my visa only so my visa expired in 36 days and it was my hard luck dat we didn't check at dat time....now dis year when i went to buy my ticket i checked it ....so my father made a new letter from jawazat...but agents overhere asking about another letter fron kafil....dey r making da case of visa extension but its not it...........now i hav vry less time left my flight is on 11july and i don't know wat to do............plzzzzzzzzzzzz help me

Expatguru said...

Marie,

Please post your query through the link in the top right corner of this blog. I charge a nominal fee for my consultancy, which would give you a detailed personalized reply.

Anonymous said...

Hi I am Ali form Pakistan, i came to saudia since 1.5year back, now i have an good offer form same city i am working, my employer will not allow me to leave company execpt Exit,re-entry coz he will not give me final exit.

My iqama is expiring on april 2011, i want to ask can i came back on other company visa after me leave kingdon on exit,re-entry and dont come back widin specified period.
i hope i wil get NOC after me reach pakistan and mail my resignation to manger of my company.

please help me as me is much tensed, also give me some solutions if there can be any possibility.

Expatguru said...

Ali,

Please send in your query using the link in the top right corner of this blog. I charge a nominal fee for my consultancy, which would give you a detailed personalized reply.

torvic said...

I have a Job Offer in Saudi Arabia. Canadian citizen and with permanent resident in the USA. My question is: Is it possible the company processed a visit visa in Saudi and will convert to working after one week upon my arrival?

Your reply is greatly appreciated.

Expatguru said...

Torvic,

Please fill in your query using the link in the top right corner of this blog. I charge a nominal fee for my consultancy which would give you a detailed personalized reply.

Expatguru said...

Torvic,

Please fill in your query using the link in the top right corner of this blog. I charge a nominal fee for my consultancy which would give you a detailed personalized reply.

Anonymous said...

Dear Guru,
I went for an emergency leave last Sept 2010. Obviously, I have a reentry visa but I decided not to come back. Now, I am employed in Dubai with a new passport. But my employer want me to go to Riyadh for a business trip. Now my question should I have problem in the immigration once I entered KSA with a new passport and on a business visa? Please advise

Expatguru said...

Anonymous,

Please fill in your query in the form using the link in the top right corner of this blog. I charge a nominal fee for my consultancy, which would get you a detailed, personalized and confidential reply by email.

Anonymous said...

Hi. I'm a Filipino and I have a question. I worked in Saudi way back 2005. Unfortunately I have not finished my contract then because my employer then did not followed what stated in my employment contract. So I decided to resigned and back to Manila. My question is I have a good offer from a good company in Riyadh KSA. Can I worked back in KSA under a new employer? I appreciate if you can provide me answer. Thanks!

Expatguru said...

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Anonymous said...

HI - Great site. I am trying to get a multiple re-entry exit visa from my University. Could you please tell me how to request this in Arabic? or what is this called in Arabic?

Appreciate your help.

Expatguru said...

Anonymous,

Please fill in your query in the form using the link in the top right corner of this blog. I charge a nominal fee for my consultancy, which would get you a detailed, pesonalized reply by email.

Anonymous said...

Dear Expatguru,

nice work! information you posted are really helpful to us expats to bring clear answers to our thoughts..

my question is, i am scheduled to have my annual vacation. my plan is not to return to the company where i am working at. for sure there will be a re-entry visa that will be stamped on my passport. will i be able to come back to saudi with a different sponsorship/company...? your answer will be highly appreciated.

Expatguru said...

Anonymous,

Please fill in your query in the form using the link in the top right corner of this blog. I charge a nominal fee for my consultancy, which would get you a detailed, personalized reply by email.

Anonymous said...

sir,

i need your help. i hope you can answer my query. i recently worked in jeddah, ksa as a nurse. i got home last march 12, 2011 and the saudi immigration was the one who issued my exit visa since the hospital that i'm working with has closed. i applied again and got a new employer in jeddah but the agency is asking for the copy of the electronic exit visa which i wasn't able to have it photocopied out of my knowledge that i will be needing it since i thought that the exit stamp in my passport would be enough. my agency said that i need to produce a copy of my exit visa in order for them to issue me a new entry visa. what do you think can i do regarding this matter? what if the saudi immigration doesn't have any copy of my exit visa? can i still go back and work in jeddah? please response soon. thanks a lot

Expatguru said...

Anonymous,

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Anonymous said...

I have an inquiry sir regarding exit re entry visa here in saudi arabia, the scenario is, i will be getting my annual vacation, for one month to india, but i change my mind to go home, and i want to cancel my ticket and apply a new ticket to go to another country, for example in qatar, without the consent and without knowing of my company here in saudi arabia, can i use the exit re entry visa that they issue to me which suppose to be use in going home to india? do you think i will have a problem in traveling to which country i preper for example in qatar? your expertise is highly needed in this matter, thanks in advance..

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Anonymous said...

Hi guru my wife has Pakistani passport and I am a British national working in KSA . My wife is currently in the UK. I am being sponsored by a UK company, can I get a multi entry exit for my wife. Is there any complications?

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Anonymous said...

Hi Expatguru..nice blog very helpful. I am Saolot from the Philippines. With regards to exit/single re-entry visa I know it's a period of 2 years before I can come back to work in Saudi Arabia...It would be my 2 years in March 22, 2012. My question is: since visa-processing and the whole thing is about 3 months time to finish, can i start by January 2012? So by that time it will be finished by March 2012 or Visa should be stamped after March 22, 2012? Please help i am very much excited to work in Saudi Arabia again

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Anonymous said...

I am working in Saudi for for than three years and I want to take a vacation with an exit-re-entry visa but I am not sure If will still return in the Kingdom. Just in case that I do not return, having the re-entry visa, what will be the consequences I am facing? How many years I may be banned in returning in the Kingdom? pls help.

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Nurse A said...

Good day!

I am currently working in Saudi and my 2yr-contract will end on December. Since our hospital is new and I am one of the pioneers, our vacation schedule is quite complicated. My vacation will be on march. And I already signed the contract for another year. so my visa will be exit/re-entry. what if,during my vacation in the Philippines, i would find a job offer in other Gulf countries like Dubai, oman or qatar, would my re-entry visa and re-contract here in saudi would conflict or will have problems if i would decide to accept the job offer? thank you and i hope you could respond to my query.

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Sandy said...

Dear Sir,

All the informations provided you were highly helpful for me.
I am possesing multiple entry visa. My first Exit was on August 10th. I use to visit bahrain all most all the weeks. Now I would like to know the validity of this Multiple Entry Visa. Could you please help me in this regard. Hope to have a reply from your end.

Thanks.

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Maqbool said...

Dear Concerns.
I worked in KSA(dammam) for 6 months, then i came back on Exit-reentry(1 month). but going back to KSA i join another organisation in OMan. I have two questions;
1)If i am going to Umrah, is it ok? i mean they will not creat issue?
2)is there any way possible (transit, visit) or something so i can take my family there for even 2 days?


Thanks for your help.

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tito said...

i have worked in saudi from may 2009 to april 2011 and went to india on re entry visa and i did not went back. my iqama and visa expired on august 2011. i came back to india on april 2011. now i have planned to go to saudi again in free visa. is there any difficulty in going there now. if yes when can i enter and is there any other way to enter in a new visa.

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Anonymous said...

Hi Guru,

I am working with a saudi company on multiple business visa, my contract with company is for one year but company didnt provide me my resident permit because of that i have to fly and fly back before 30 days of last fly n fly back, this time i miss understood the date, as it is in Islamic calendar and we follow the Georgian so em worried about that what will happen to me when i reach to immigration for fly n fly back, a fine or jail? i will really appreciate you immediate response....

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Mohammed Afroz said...

Dear Sir
i applied for a exit re-entry visa and visa is issued and it shows Visa duration 30 days from departure.. and showing 2 dates one is (exit before) and (visa expiry date) both dates are same day i,e 7/11/2012. and am about to travel on 29/10/2012. so that 30 days counting will starts from 29/11/2012 to 29/12/2012.. so my question is if my visa expiry date is 7/11/2012 should i re-entry before 7/11/2012.. please let me know or send me email mr.afrozksa@gmail.com

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Prabha Haran said...

Hi expat guru,

Presently am working in suadi.Am came to saudi in technician visa. also i have signed a contract with employer for 2years. If i went on exit/re-ntry visa before this contract, shall i get into KSA for some other company job offer without NOC from previous employer. Please solve my query.

If am restircted to enter KSA how long it will be persists.?

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Anonymous said...

Hi, my fiance has gone on an employment visa to saudi. when he comes back to india with a visa can his visa be invoked on any grounds..

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teng said...

dear guro,
i left saudi arabia march 28 2012 and i have exit/re-entry visa, ididn't plan to go back in my company and currently here now in my home country. my exit/re-entry visa has expired at this time in my old passport and i have now new passport but my iqama is still valid till june 2013. and have plan to go back in the kingdom for another employment or employer.
is there no any problems about to go back in the kingdom when issuing new iqama and finger print in the saudi airport? thanks

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Anonymous said...

Dear Expatguru,
Passport of my minor kid expires on 11/09/2013. He will be travelling to India on 03/07/2013 and coming back to KSA on 05/09/2013. Can he travel to India and come back and renew his passport here in KSA ?
Now a days 1-3 month time is required to renew passport in KSA.
Thanks.

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Farhan Nawab said...

Dear All;

I am an Indian National working in Makkah, Saudi Arabia for last 10
years. Please help me with an answer to my below query;

My daughter's passport will expire in Oct 2014. She is a minor and 5
years valid passport was issued to her in Oct 2009. Now we are going
on vacation to India on a 290 days exit-re-entry visa (single). We
plan to return to Saudi in AUG 2014 which is 2 months before my
daughter's passport will expire. CAN WE TRAVEL BACK FROM INDIA TO
SAUDI WITH 2 MONTHS VALID PASSPORT ?

Kind Regards

farhanjn@gmail.com

sam said...

One of my friend is travelling to India in month of July 2014, he has son who is 4yrs and 3 months old:

His son’s Passport will Expire is on : 02-Feb-2015

Date of Travelling: 18th-July-2014
Months & Days Remaining for Passport Renewal after entering India: 6 Months and 15 days

Return Date: 24TH – August-2014
Months and Days Remaining for Passport Renewal while leaving India: 5 Months and 9 Days

Iqama Expire Date: 29-March-2015

Exit Re-Entry Two Months (July 18 to Sept- 18)

Can he travel to India on current passport?
because while returning from India his passport expiry will be only 5 months and 9days away, kindly if you have any idea regarding this issue please let me know.

or mail the answer at

ssam4u4ever@yahoo.com

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