Saturday, September 29, 2007

Visa profession

The first thing which a potential expatriate planning to work in Saudi Arabia should do upon receipt of his work visa is to get the job title verified from someone who knows Arabic. You may be recruited as a doctor, engineer or a nurse but have probably been given a painter visa. No kidding, this has happened to many and people who have simply come on such visas have faced the herculean and near-impossible task of changing their job titles after landing in the kingdom. So what's all this fuss about job title in the visa?
Well, to begin with, you cannot bring your family into the kingdom. You may be a well-paid doctor or an engineer, but if your visa says that your profession is, for example, a laborer, then you cannot bring your family because laborers cannot afford / are not allowed to keep their families with them. Never mind if you are not one, but that's what your visa says! Strange, isn't it, but that's how it works here. You will also not be allowed to take a car driving license for certain lower level categories.
I had already mentioned in one of my earlier posts about this problem. The safest thing for you to do as soon as your visa has been stamped in your passport, is to go to someone who knows Arabic and get your job title mentioned in your visa translated and explained. This would save you a lot of trouble later when you come into the kingdom. Many employers simply bring people on whatever visa is available with them. Some of them may not even tell you about your job title on the visa, and those who do tell you may probably promise you that once inside the kingdom it can always be changed. Don't fall for it, because this is just next to impossible.

87 comments:

Anonymous said...

Expatguru,

That was some honest and extremely useful advice. Thanks.

Anonymous said...

Expatguru,

It is not high time atleast to change these Rules in this country like other GCC states i.e. any one who can afford to keep their family should be allowed to do so.

Thanks,

Abey Abraham George said...

Dear Expatguru,
Thanks N Congrats for ur blog, which is informative n helpful.

I have a question: Is system analysts visa holders are eligible for applying family visa?
thanks
george

Expatguru said...

Yes, George, by all means.

naser4u6 said...

Have a nice Day,i need some information about profession change.Can you give me some list of which profession entitled for family visa.and what document required to change the profession.
Thanks a lot for all your work done and help.

best regards

Expatguru said...

Naser4u6,

It is impossible to list down all the job titles eligible and not eligible for a family visa. A professional agent would be able to give you this easily. As a thumb rule, any non-supervisory job title, such as labor, cannot bring his family. I would shortly write a post on the formalities required for changing one's profession.

Shaik said...

Very authentic and reliable...I appreciate you very much for the kind of effort in updating the expatriates on issues. Thank you.

Rishi said...

Expatguru,

Thanks for you response,This will my first travel to Saudi Arabia and got an offer from a very good IT company and Salary offered is also high as per my conversations with few of my IT friends working in Saudi.So my question is that, will i come under labour category for VISA, as per the company i am not.Second thing I am holding Diploma in Software engineering from Aptech computer education with 10yrs of IT experience and UK and US travel,also holding some technical related certificates from IBM,Sun mocrosytems etc, so will I get Employment VISA.

Your inputs are highly appriciated.

Best Regards,
Rishi

Expatguru said...

Rishi,

When you get your passport with the Saudi visa stamped, you have to show it to someone who can read Arabic and confirm yourself the category. There is no other way you can get it confirmed. If it is labor category, you can simply forget bringing your family or sponsoring them even on a visit visa. (The same applies if it is any non-supervisory category like carpenter, painter, plumber, barber, etc.)

Your diploma is not from a University, rather from a private institute. I am not sure, but you can try your luck. In any case, you need to get your profession attested for you to process your family visa papers. If you are a degree holder, please get the same also attested as it helps you case. Good luck!

Rishi said...

Expatguru,

Thanks for your inputs. Can please also tell me how and where I need to get my academics attested. Who will do my profession attested?

Thanks ahead and appreciate your help.

Rishi.

Expatguru said...

Rishi,

Please see this link

http://workinginsaudiarabia.blogspot.com/2007/06/attestation-formalitites-for-indians.html

I understand that nowadays HRD registration is done in the respective states, as mentioned by one of the readers (see the comments in the above link). I am yet to verify the same, and hence cannot confirm it.

Anonymous said...

Dear Guru,
You are doing a fantastic job with this blog by giving first hand information. Many thanks!
I consider working in KSA on an engineering visa; can you help with some info regarding:
- ability for week end trips to Bahrein or UAE; are there any special conditions? how can be made possible?
-sponsorship capability (for a maid or other kind of employee like a driver). I believe I will be in the category of "supervisory" job.
Thank you again.

Expatguru said...

Anonymous,

You can certainly go on weekend trips to Bahrain by taking a multiple exit/reentry visa "provided your multiple visa application is approved by your sponsor". You cannot sponsor a maid or a driver, this right is reserved only for Saudis. At best you can bring a family member on a visit visa for short durations.

Anonymous said...

Dear Guru,
I am H N Satpute selected for one of petrochemical company in Al Jubail.I am Instrumentation Engineer.They have stamped visa as FABRICATOR catagery.With this visa categery can I bring my family.
Your prompt reply will be highly appreciated.
Thanks
Hemant

Expatguru said...

Hemant,

This is a skilled category and you should be eligible to bring your family. Please make sure that you are a direct hire and not a contractor. This would guarantee that the sponsor takes care of everything. If you end up with an unknown small contractor, you are in for trouble. Good luck!

Hasan I. said...

Hello Expat Guru ,
First of all thank you for such a wonderful site.
I have an MCA Degree attested by the HRD ,MEA and Saudi Embassy. The company that i will be working for has got a computer engineer visa for me.They are saying the visa will be stamped as the degree relates to Computer. Any idea on the same.
Regards,
Hasan

Expatguru said...

Hasan,

Please ensure that the translation of the profession from Arabic is indeed an engineer visa. The word "Mohandees" must appear in the visa.

Hasan I. said...

Hello Expat Guru,

I read the visa it says Mohandees Hasib Ali. I confirmed it with people who know arabic they said it is a computer engineer visa. My question is since i have a Master of Computer Application Degree and not Bachelor of Engineering will the visa be stamped on my passport?
When i spoke to the company they said it will be and that they have applied this visa profession so that in the future i do not come across issues of any format.
Regards,
Hasan

Expatguru said...

I dont see any reason why the visa will not be stamped. Don't worry. Good luck with your new job!

Ashish said...

HI Expatguru,

Just wanted to check with you what is a good salary for a recruiter with 4 years of experience.

Also if i get a Recruiter / HR position visa stamped on my passport, will i be able to bring my family.

Can u update me on the cost of living in saudi in JEDDAH specifically.

U can mail me at ashish.saluja@gmail.com

Thanks & regards
ashish saluja
ashish.saluja@gmail.com

Expatguru said...

Ashish,

As a policy I do not comment on salaries. What is good for one may not be good for the other.

The chances of you getting a visa as an HR Recruiter is quite remote. Usually, most of the HR visas are reserved for Saudis.

Regarding cost of living, again it depends on an individual's spending capacity and wants/needs as to how he looks at it. However, I can say that you must take care of housing in the package, as rents have gone up considerably in recent times. Preferably, try to get company accommodation rather than housing allowance as this would insulate you from the yearly rent rise which has become a trend in recent times. Prices of almost all items including food has gone up, particularly in the last one year. Do see my post on Cost of Living from the archives in this blog.

muffaddal said...

Dear ExpatGuru
This blog is amazing and its nothing less than a personal guide for us expats.

Well I have been offered a job of Technical Sales Engineer at Riyadh/Alkhobar with a Saudi company. They have mentioned in my offer the visa status will be FAMILY (Spouse+2 Children), will i have any issues getting my family here or sponsoring a visit visa?

They said initially i will be coming on a visit visa and once i am there they will change it to a Residence Visa. Should i accept this condition?

I will be provided with a car too at company expense, can you just let me know how easy or how difficult is it to get a Driving License in KSA?

Also if you could let me know a little about the rents for 1BHK aprtments in Both Riyadh and Alkhobar?

Also about the cost of living in these two places?

I am an Electrical and Electronics Engineer with 2 years of work experience in similar field.

Looking forward to your reply.

Expatguru said...

Muffaddal,

Never fall into such traps. If your sponsor could convert your visa into a residence visa after your arrival here, why can't he do it right away? The fact is that he does not have the visa and there is no guarantee that he would provide once, once you arrive here.

Please read the entire blog including comments from the archives, for the rest of your queries. From the calendar on the right hand side, choose a month, and select a topic which I have written in that month.

muffaddal said...

Dear Expat Guru
Thank you for your great guidance. I will be keeping mind your input.

How long does it take to get the Iqama?As my employer said that the iqama can only be issued once i reached there? And you said not to leave with out a firm residence visa. I am little confused here. Is it OK to go there and get my iqama done?

How different is an Engineer's profession than a technician's on the Iqama? As my employer stated i will be on either of the two profession in my iqama?I have been promised a company sponsered family visa.


Looking forward to recieve your help.

Regards
Mufaddal

Expatguru said...

Mufaddal,

Iqama is a small booklet which is issued to you after you arrive in the kingdom. It is green in color for Muslims and dark brown for non Muslims. This is a booklet which is supposed to replace your passport which will be in the custody of your sponsor. All the details in your passport will be transferred to this iqama and you will have to carry it with you all the time as long as you are in the kingdom. This is a proof that you are legally permitted to reside in the kingdom. When you leave on vacation or exit, then the iqama is surrendered and your passport will be given back to you. The profession mentioned in the iqama is the profession which will be in the work visa which is issued to you.

Before coming to Saudi Arabia, a visa will be stamped on your passport by the Saudi Embassy in your country. Your profession would be mentioned in this visa in Arabic. Get this translated from someone who knows Arabic and make sure it is a supervisory category, otherwise it is literally hell to change the profession once you arrive here. Your company may sponsor you the moon, but if you have a non supervisory visa, for instance labor, painter, etc., then simply forget about bringing your family here. Hope this clarifies.

Anonymous said...

Dear Guru
Please advise if wife is working with some other employer and goes on exit by breaking the contract is it very easy job for the husband to call her back on family visa (In case she was first came on family visa and later it was transferred to her employer)?? Thank you

Expatguru said...

Anonymous,

She can definitely come on family visa, but cannot work for 2 years anywhere in the kingdom.

amaan said...

Thanks for this wonderful blog. Does the profession of English Instructor usually let one bring his family to the Kingdom? When I applied for the job, my future-employer had mentioned that they sponsor family visas?

Your help is greatly appreciated.

Expatguru said...

Amaan,

Thanks for your comments. It is immaterial what your profession is. What matters is what is mentioned in your iqama. If your iqama profession is an English instructor (please get it translated from Arabic), then you are entitled to bring your family.

syed said...

hi & salaam to everyone i want to know may i call my family here in ksa, on my iqama my profession is crued oil labour in arabic( amel tanqiya al nafz al qaam) whereas i'm doing job as a group i.t representative in a reputed firm in eastern provience plz do let me know thanks for ur co-operation & prompt responce.

Jazakallah

Expatguru said...

Syed,

You cannot sponsor your family under this category. Read this post

http://workinginsaudiarabia.blogspot.com/2009/01/procedure-for-changing-profession-in.html

IPCavH323 said...

Dear Expat Guru,
I am working in STC as an ACD Engineer but my profession written as a Labour. so my company is suggesting that to get telecom technician visa (which they have now) go on exit and come back again in the technician visa.
i have finished the B.com degree then i moved to the technical field. Now my question is ,
(1)is it necessary to have the same qualifications as per the visas profession.
(2)should i submit any proof of certificates showing that i am telecom technician.
(shahbaazuk@gmail.com)


thanking you,

shahbaaz

Expatguru said...

Shahbaz,

What your employer has suggested is correct. You need to go on exit and return on a fresh visa as a labour visa cannot be changed. However, since you do not have technical qualifications, please confirm with your employer and through your Government Relations Officer about this problem, otherwise you would lose your existing job also. Basically it depends on the mood of the immigration officer in the Saudi Embassy whether to allow such cases, but since your employer is STC, some consideration might be given. To reinforce your case, better take an experience certificate from STC in Arabic in their letter head, get it stamped by your company and submit it along with the visa documents. Good luck!

Anonymous said...

Dear Sir!
On my Iqama , my profession is Interior decore fixer. Can I bring my family here in KS on visit visa OR I have to change my profession on my Iqama . as Iam mechenical Engineer.

Thanks

Expatguru said...

Anonymous,

Yes, you are entitled to bring your family.

Rame said...

Dear Mr.Guru,
Let me express my thanks to your great blog.

My iqama professon was "Musraf ammal ( labor supervisor) i tried with this profession to get permant visa and MOI refused. Now i changed as Assit.Engineer ( Moosadh mohandis ) is this profession elogible to get visa.. Pls help me.

Expatguru said...

Rame,

This definitely is eligible for a family visa. Could you do a small favour? You say that you have changed your profession from a labor supervisor. When did you do it? What was the procedure? Please share it for the benefit of other expatriates, because for the last few months they are refusing to change professions from labour to other categories.

Sunil navis said...

Dear Expatguru,

I am an Indian working in a Unniverity in Riyadh as a Web Designer.
The profession in my Iqama is Computer Technician. I am a B.Sc graduate
with PG diploma in computer applications and is attested by Saudi Embassy.


I am trying to bring my family and I have applied for family Visa two times,
both times got the reply that for "computer Technicians" only Visit Visa
will be granted, not Family Visa.

Is it true that i will not get Family Visa ? Could you please clarify more on this issue.

Thanks in Advance.

Expatguru said...

Sunil,

This is one of those cases where the "mood" of the guy takes precedence over rules and there is nothing which you can do about it. I personally know colleagues with technician visas who have brought their families on permanent visa. This seems to be a new trend and that too only from Riyadh area. I would suggest that you use the wasta from any of your Saudi friends to get this done.

Sunil navis said...

Dear Expatguru

I am Sunil Navis,on March 25, 2009 1:47 PM i posted my request about My eqama profession as computer technician and got your reply thanks first for that.

Today i got my family visa..How it happend..as per my friend suggestion I created new applcation form and put qualification as Higher degree in computer Application instead of PG diploma in computer. and also not mentioned Bsc Physics. that worked well.

So thanks for all...

regards

sunil navis

Expatguru said...

Sunil,

Great to know that you finally got your family visa. This seems to be a good idea, but I still think it ultimately depends on the "mood" of the guy issuing the visa. In your case, luck was on your side.

Hasan I. said...

Hi Sunil,

Good to hear that I am applying for family visa tomorrow. My profession is computer engineer. What documents are needed and plus is the birth certificate of the child needs to be attested from Saudi embassy at the time of applying for the visa. My child's brith certificate is from Qatar?

regards,
Hasan

Zahed Hossain said...

Sir,

I am Bangladesh national. Working in Al Taiseer Aluminium as a quality control engineer from past 10 years. The profession in my Iqama is labour. I am Diploma in mechanical Engineer. Now i want to change my profession. Is it possible to change my profession? and what is the requirement to change profession?

Regards

Zahed

Expatguru said...

Zahed,

Earlier it was easy to change the profession from non-supervisory to supervisory category, but recently, they have stopped accepting change of profession requests from professions like labour, driver, painter, etc. In that case, the only way is to go on exit and return on a supervisory category visa.

Ajay said...

Sir,

I am accountant by profession and will perform accountant duties in Binladin group. In my visa the word "HADAD" is entered in profession field. I ask some one about it and found that its meaning is Goldsmith.
is it Labour category?
or i can bring my family on later stage. plz guid me

regards,

Ajay

Expatguru said...

Ajay,

"Hadad" is a general term and literally means "Smith" - i.e., it could be goldsmith, locksmith, etc. In any case, it is a non-supervisory category and unfortunately you cannot bring your family with this visa.

Anonymous said...

Dear Guru,
I here by calling your kind attention and advice about my doubt
I had my diploma certificate which is attested by HRD,MEA and Saudi Consulate from India,whic was attested on 1999. Few years back I came to know that my college affiliation (the one which I studied for Diploma) was cancelled and the certificates are not valid.
I just want to ask you about my present situation
1)Iam planning to bring my family as permanent Visa and my Visa profession is Electrician,I came to know that Electrician cannot apply for permanent Visa and should change profession in supervisor category so that Iam Planning to change my profession
2)While changing profession MOFA will send enquiry again to India HRD for re varification? as I wrote that college affiliation already cancelled, but my certificates are attested by HRD and Saudi Consulate 10Years back.
Now Iam affraid for changing profession with this matter Pleace help me.

Expatguru said...

Anonymous,

I am not sure whether an electrician category is ineligible for family status. Until a few years back, electricians were allowed to bring their families, but recently, particularly in Riyadh region, they have started become very strict about it. So, before changing your profession give it a try. If you are lucky, you maybe successful. Only if you fail, try changing your profession. Once your certificates are attested by Saudi Embassy, there is no more re-verification. Good luck!

Mohamed said...

Dear Expatguru,

I'm a mechanical Engineer being offered an expatriation with my current employer in Al Khobar. I just recieved my visa documents to start processing my visa in my home country (Egypt), however, they put my job title as Mechanical Technician rather than Mechanical Engineer.

Would it make a big difference processing my work visa with the job title being a technician rather than an engineer? will it cause me any trouble or restrictions during my 3 year expatriation in saudi? will i be able to bring my family and issue an Iqama that would allow me to travel freely in the gulf area without having to obtain a visa before leaving saudi? Is it possible to process the visa under the technician title and then have the Iqama with my profession as an Engineer.

Thanks in advance for your help

Rgrds,
Mohamed

Expatguru said...

Mohammed,

It is impossible to bring your family in this category (it used to be possible earlier, but not any more). Also, you cannot get visa on arrival in other GCC nations with this category.

muffaddal said...

Expat Guru

Can you please on which professions can me and my family have a visa on arrival for all the GCC countires?
I am being offered a VISA as profession of Electronic/Electrical Engineer.

Looking forward to yoru reply

Regards
Mufaddal

Expatguru said...

Muffaddal,

Just ensure that the word "Mohandees" in Arabic is there in your visa. Don't get swayed by verbal promises. Mohandees means "Engineer" in Arabic and with this profession you would be able to get a visa on arrival in all GCC countries except for Kuwait where it depends on the mood of the guy. I am not sure of Oman, but I have myself visited all other GCC countries including Kuwait.

G said...

Dear Sir

I am Diploma holder in Mechanical Engineering. I like to bring my family here. But my profession in Iqama is Engine collector and the category of "AAmil", I came to know it is a labor visa and not possible to get family Visa. I like to change the profession in my visa. Please advice for my qualification what profession I have to change to apply for family Visa. My employer will help me to change the visa profession. I please your helpful reply.

With Kind Regards
Rajesh

Expatguru said...

Rajesh,

It is impossible to change the profession from labour. If your sponsor has a good wasta, do use it. Good luck.

muffaddal said...

Dear Expat Guru

I have been offered an employment in Saudi Arabia, Riyadh Region. I am told that my profession on Visa will either be of Engineer's or Technician's . I have a few questions arounds it now:

1. Can you please let me know the Arabic words for Engineer's and Technican's Profession,to look out for on the VISA and IQAMA?

2. Whether I can get a family VISA on both the above professions ( Engineer's and Technician's)?

3. Whether on both these profession, I cna get VISA on Arrival in other GCC countires?

4. Lastly my employer says we can change the profession on the VISA after going there also. I had told him that I found out from friends that its not possibel to do it. But he said if all my documents are authentic,attested and in order, its just a matter of 2 days. Is it possible?

Looking forward to your reply.

Regards
Mufaddal

Expatguru said...

Mufaddal,

The Arabic word for engineer is "Mohandees". Nowadays, technicians are also not being allowed to bring their families. Without an engineer or a doctor visa, you cannot even visit other GCC countries. Dont believe your sponsor when he says that you can change your visa after arrival. If he wants you badly, let him provide you with the right visa category.Never ever make the mistake of accepting an offer, just because you want to work in Saudi Arabia. Remember, it is not as easy here as what you think.

raja said...

dear guru...

i am holding master of science in electronics&communication degree from indian university.which is 5year integrated course, my question is" i got an job offer as engineer in ksa, my degree has title as (faculty of engineering&technology)but other than tat there is no word as engineering,so i will get engineer visa or not able to get engineer visa?

Expatguru said...

Raja,

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

Expatguru said...

Raja,

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

pramod said...

Dear Guru,

I am a diploma holder in Instrument technology and i have joined in ONE of the SABIC Affiliate company as Instrument Technician as Direct hire. Now i would like to bring my family to the Kingdom. In my Iqama the profession isgiven as ENGINEERING PRODUCTION TECHNICIAN.Please advise me that whether family visa is eligible in this proffession. Your reply is highly appreciated.
Pramod

Expatguru said...

Pramod,

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.

Anonymous said...

Dear Moderation,

Thank you so much for providing an environment to ask questions and learn.

Do you have an email which you can be reached at regarding a work/visa situation.

Thank You

Expatguru said...

Anonymous,

Please fill in your query in the form using the link at 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.

yaman said...

Hi Guru,

Thanks alot for such an informative blog. Following are my query

I am working as a Siebel Consultant in a well known IT company.
My profession in Iqama is ‘Computer Technician’, The Company promised me for family status (according to my HR Computer Technician category has family status)

My Degree is MBA therefore on my Work Visa Processing my agent didn’t show (even didn’t attested My MBA degree) my degrees in embassy and I got the Work Visa and Iqama.

Now i am planning to call my wife and my daughter here for this I have got my degree of MBA, Marriage certificate and birth certificate attested and translated from required authorities(Saudi Consulate, Saudi Culture, MOE in Pakistan )

Could you please suggest me how can I apply for family visa (does the degree mismatch make any problem in acquiring family visa in Riyadh?)

Expatguru said...

Yaman,

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 deailed, personalized and confidential reply.

12 said...

Dear sir i am working in al khobar as cnc programmer i have done diploma in mechanical engineering but my visa profession is normal labour , as per your above conversation i came to know i can not bring my family here either vist or residence ,if my company will give salary certificate
and covering letter can i bring my family here in vist or family visa with out changing my profession

please give me your advice sir
because of this issue i did not get married
best regards
balaji

Expatguru said...

Balaji,

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.

fay said...

Hi expatguru,

I'm an engineer and resident of kuwait. I would like to visit saudi arabia to meet my friends in riyadh, madina and dammam. I dont wana go for umra visa since it's not avialbale for 5/12 months. Also, if im on umra visa and caught by checkposts in riyadh, it can lead to trouble. Please advise

Expatguru said...

fay,

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 response by email.

Anonymous said...

dear expat guru,

I work as a supervisor here in saudi arabia, safety technician is indicated in my iqama but i don't have one of the requirement (diploma). is it possible to have a permanent visa for my family? how?

Thank you very much sir & more power

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 response by email.

jabir said...

Hai,i am very confused dear about the rule in Saudi Arabia,Every one are telling defferent opinions.But nw i got this blog,My doubt is;
1.Is there any methord to check the Sponsored company is Green,yellow or anything(b4 getting iqama,Suppose just i got visa in India)
2.If i am getting Visa profession ''Amil Varsha'',can i work in telecom companies as telecom engineer?
3.Can i change ''Aamil Varsha'' visa into ''Engineer profile'' if i am submitting my cirtificate?
4.What things i have to take care when i am taking a free visa to work as Telecom engineer?
5.For which type of profile can work as Telecom engineer?
6.for which profile can i bring my family?
7.Labour Visa can change into telecom engineers if i am submitting cirtificate?

Expatguru said...

Jabir,

Please fill in your queries 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...

Hi, first of all i would like to thank you for the effort you are putting in to help us out. My friend is starting his business and he wants me to work with him, he send me visa for a house painter even though i have an MBA degree from Australia. I am single and i'll be living there alone so i am not really worried about taking my family on the painter visa. However i would like to know if the Saudi Embassy stamps "Painter Visa" on my passport, as i don't want others to know that i was on painter visa.

Hope to hear from you soon!
Thanks in advance!
Jazakallah khair..

Expatguru said...

Anonymous,

Please fill in your queries 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.

Archer Jeffrey Quiseo said...

Dear Sir,

I have a son who is outside the country now, and i want to bring him here he is just 1 year old but iqama says my profession is labor, is it possible that my dad can bring my son here my son has the same Surname with me and my dad.

Thank you Sir, Hope for your favorable response.

Expatguru said...

Archer,

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...

Dear Sir,
My name is Vipin.One of my dad's friend havin company in Saudi arabia, he is ready to provide me a Visa. When my father checked with him, told that Visa is getting ready and it should a provisional/professional Visa, which accepts family too. My doubt is that, I've completed Btech in IT and having only course completion certificate with me, not having the degree certificate. Once they issued the visa, would it be a problem?
Even the company does not knows that, I do not have the degree certificate, just having my resume and on it is mentioned as Btech IT.
Now what should I do? Can I get the job and work in the Company?

Expatguru said...

Vipin,

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...

Hello Expat guru,
I have an offer letter from SATORP for engineer position and familiy status. But the visa i received is of crude oil technician chemist. My B. E Degree in chemical is attested by saudi embassy too. Had the following query.
1. WIll there be any problem to take my family along.
2. Who will bear the cost of the same.
3. Can I travel in this visa and when IQama is done change it to engineer?
4. WHat do i miss if i go in technician visa instead of engineer visa.
5. How much time will it take to change the visa from technician to engineer if i dont travel by it?

Pl. help.

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Anonymous said...

Hi Awesome Guru,

U r having a wonderful blog!!! Truly helpful!!

I am having an offer with Samsung Saudi as Design Engineer. Company is ready to give me Engineer Visa, but my certificate are not attested and it will take about 60 to 70 days.

My recruitment agency is offering me a Technical Visa, Could i Change this visa after reaching Saudi??

I communicated with the company and company says that they wont change the visa after reaching thr.

Could I change it myself??
Does the company has any involvement in changing the visa??

Could I get on arrival visa in other GCC's??? (if possessing Technical Visa)

What are the other drawbacks for Technical visa comparing with Engineer visa???

Jak

Expatguru said...

Jak,

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Anonymous said...

Expatguru,

I have a serious concern.I was previously working in Riyadh and was on engineer visa.later I returned to my country.dat was in 2010.now I again got a job in Riyadh but d visa they are offering is labour visa.

Problem is that I am,married now n hv a family.my agent in Saudi says that I can change my visa to engineer visa in 3 months tym and can then get my family.

Plz comment fast on what to do.treat dis as urgent.

Regards

Expatguru said...

Anonymous,

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Anonymous said...

Dear Expat Guru,

What documents are needed for me to change my Iqama proffesion from fani kaharbai to Marketing Specialist and can i get visit visa for my father and mother?.

Regards'
Shahman

Expatguru said...

Shahman,

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