Wednesday, October 29, 2008

Visit visa renewal

If you are one of those expatriates working in Saudi Arabia and have sponsored anyone on a visit visa, this is a must-read for you. Some important changes have taken place to the law, which I thought of sharing with you :-S



For those of you who have started reading this blog recently, I would like you to refer to this link which gives the details of sponsoring your family on a visit visa.



First, the procedure for renewing a visit visa. Make sure that you renew your visa well before the expiry date. As per the new law, if an expatriate has sponsored someone on a visit visa and has failed to renew it (even by a day), he faces a penalty of SR10,000. The person who has been sponsored will be asked to to leave the country immediately. That is not all. Hold your breath. When your iqama is about to expire, it will not be renewed and you will be deported ^#(^



This is no joke. The Saudi authorities are implementing this rule very strictly with immediate effect. This is to check the people who are staying back unauthorizedly in the kingdom.



I would strongly urge you to do the renewal atleast 10 days before its expiry. The procedure itself is quite simple. You have to go to the Passport Office in your city (Jawasat), and take the form meant for renewal of the visit visa. Everything has to necessarily be in Arabic and remember, all dates have to be as per Hijri calendar. Use the calendar converter given in this blog to convert Gregorian dates into Hijri dates.



Take the help of someone who can write Arabic and fill in all the details. Remember that presently there is no multiple entry for visit visas, so you have to check the box given in the form as single entry. Also, you must write clearly the date of expiry of the visit visa, for which you are submitting the application for renewal.


If, for example, the validity of the visa is written as 3 months, you must calculate it as per Hijri calendar. The 3-month period starts from the date your visitor landed in the kingdom, not the date of issue of visa. To be on the safer side, always deduct a week, i.e., submit your application in 80 to 83 days, not exactly on the 90th day, if it is a 3-month visa.


You will have to fill in the passport details in the form and all personal details such as address, religion, etc. Do not leave any space blank. Once completed, you will have to attach with this a copy of your residence permit (iqama) and the original passport of your visitor.



Next, take it to the passport office and give it to the authorized officer. Usually it is a policeman with a single star on his uniform. He is the one who decides whether to renew the visa for 1 month, 2 months or 3 months. It is absolutely his discretion and mood, so the best you can do is to politely request him for a 3-month extension. Remember, there is no column in the form asking for the number of days of extension #-o



He will just put his signature with instructions on the number of days of extension. Next, you will have to take this form to another officer who will collect SR100 for each visitor plus the original passport. If he is busy, he will ask you to come later. You will not be given a receipt for either the passport or the money, so do not even attempt to ask him. Don't make the blunder of arguing with him, you simply have to wait :-w



When you go back at the specified time, he will dig out the passport you had given earlier, stick on it a SR100 stamp and will put his seal and signature across the stamp. Wait, it is still not over yet >:P



The last step is to take this passport to yet another officer. Usually, he is a higher-ranked officer with 2 stars. He will also have to sign across the SR100 stamp, only then it becomes a valid document #:-S



That's it foks :-B Hope you found the post useful.

105 comments:

Anonymous said...

Dear Expatguru,
I am working in KSA (A family oriented company)and my prefession (Market Specialist)is eligible for family visa. I have completed my Degree last year (2007)and I submit application on 8th May'2008(on emergency basis)to University for getting my Original degree certificate, but unfortunately still i didn't get my degree certificate. Now my company administration is asking me the attested original certificate for issuing the family visa to me. So I want to know two things (1)Degree certificate is must for getting family visa in KSA, if I produce the marklist whether the visa authority will except that and issue the family visa. (2)How can I get my degree certificate quickly from the university.

I want to bring my family before next acadamic year, otherwise my children will loose one year.

Expecting your early reply in this matter.
Regards,

Expatguru said...

Anonymous,

Try getting a provisional degree certificate from your University. Usually all universities give this certificate prior to the convocation when the actual degree will be given. Without attestation of either of these two degree certificates, it is impossible to bring your family, so you must definitely chase with your university and get your certificate.

Anonymous said...

Expatguru,
I'm a young french woman dentist and my boyfriend, french too, (not my husband), is going to work in KSA soon. Could you tell me if there is a possibility to a single woman to go to work (like a Dr) in KSA in this conditions or clearly impossible?
Thanks a lot for your next answer!

Expatguru said...

Anonymous,

It certainly is possible for you to work in the kingdom. However, if you are planning to stay with your boyfriend, simply forget it. Remember that Saudi Arabia is a very strict Islamic country and if you are caught by the religious police being with someone who is not your husband or father or brother, you will be immediately jailed and later on deported.

Anonymous said...

Expatguru,

Thanks for your answer and congratulation for your blog, it's very interesting!

Anonymous said...

Dear ExpatGuru,
Thanks for your service by helping the people; GOD Bless You!!!!!!!!

Just i want to know that i am by profession in Iqama (General Mechanical Maintenance Technician), can i bring my mother/Mother-in-law here in a Visit Visa (My wife is a nurse, since one year we both live together after attesting our marriage certificate from HRD, Saudi Embassy & MOH also allowed to live together)

is my Iqama Status allowed to take a visit visa

Thanks

Expatguru said...

Anonymous,

You can certainly sponsor your mother or your mother-in-law on a visit visa. Click on the link below for the procedure

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

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs link may not work all the time (I am told that this would be the case until the Haj period is over), but anyway, this is the only way to apply for a visit visa. Good luck!

Anonymous said...

thanks a lot expatguru

omarmac1 said...

Dear Expatguru,

Thank you for your informative blog! This is truly a great resource.

I have a temporary assignment to work in a hospital in KSA for approximately one month. I will be arriving on a "Business Visit Visa" which states that the Iqama duration is for "One Month".

However, the hospital has arranged my schedule to be in the country for 33 days. A Gregorian calendar month can be 30-31 days,.. and a Hijri calendar month can be 29-30 days..

So it seems I will overstay my visa, no? Or will 3 days extra still be considered part of the "One Month" ?

Should I tell the hospital that I must leave the country in less than 30 days?

Thank you!

Expatguru said...

Omarmac1,

Absolutely! When it is mentioned as "1 month", it actually means 30 calendar days from the day you land in the kingdom. Don't even take 1% risk of overstaying as there is a very heavy fine plus imprisonment followed by deportation!

Raj said...

Dear,

I have a query about terminating an Saudi Arabia Employee in an international visit.

Can an Employee be terminated when he is outside Saudi Arabia. If the company cannot do then under which rule/ Section/ Article it falls under.

If I need to go for dispute then what are the formalities required.

Regards
Rajesh

Expatguru said...

Rajesh,

What has happened to you is illegal. I quote below word by word from Article 78 of the Labor Law:

Quote

A worker who has been dismissed from work without valid reason may demand reinstatement. Such claims shall be considered in accordance with the provisions of this Law and the Litigation Regulations before the Commissions for the Settlement of Labor Disputes.

Unquote

Article 80 of the Labor Law clearly mentions as below:

"An employer may not terminate the contract without an award, advance notice or indemnity except in the following cases, and provided that he gives the worker a chance to state his reasons for objecting to the termination..."

Clearly, when you are out of the country, you have not been given a chance to state your reasons for objecting to the termination. Article 80 states acts of indiscipline (eg., assault on employer, etc.)

You can tell your employer firmly that what he has done is illegal. If he does not relent, you should approach the Labor court. Do take the help of the Embassy for legal assistance as you cannot fight it alone.

Anonymous said...

hi expat guru
i have a question related to visa renewal i want to know that wether suadi goverment give 2nd visa extention in month of shaban and ramazan.sumbody told me that they dont extend the visa in these months.plz guide me
thanks

Expatguru said...

Anonymous,

It is no true that they stop visa extensions in a particular month. There is no written rule, but usually in the month of Dhu'l Hijjah, fresh visit visa applications are not entertained from anyone. For existing visas, it purely depends on the mood of the officer who is putting his signature on the renewal application whether to give 1 month or 3 months.

JackB said...

Hello expatguru!

I have a question regarding visit visa.. Initially I was given a 90 days family visit visa and it has already expired. Before it expired my father have already asked for an extension of my visit visa and was given another two months. It's going to expire again in a week or so.. My question is could my father ask for another extension of my visit visa? Is this possible or only one extension is allowed? I've heard conflicting stories about this.

Kindly shed any light. Thanks!

Expatguru said...

JackB,

Two extensions are allowed for each visitor. The duration of each extension is dependent on the mood of the officer in the passport office, but in any case not more than 3 months.

farhan ahmad (Khobar) said...

dear sir, I've a businss visit visa for 90 days, I've to go out of the kingdom every 30 days, Exit/Re entry. My visa is till valid (Not expired from the date I entered Kingdom), However, if I've not done the 30th day in/out. is there a panelty?

Expatguru said...

Farhan,

Please check whether you have a single entry or a multiple exit/reentry visa. In case of a single entry, note that if you go out of the kingdom, you cannot return unless you have another visa. In case of multiple exit/reentry visa, the details will be written in the visa itself as to when you have to make your first exit. From the information you have given, it appears that you have only a single entry visa. Please check it carefully.

Anonymous said...

My visit visa has expired 3 months back and my sponsoirer over here said he would renew it but he still hasnt done anything........

can you please let me know that what would be the probelsm for me and how can i go to india please help me

Expatguru said...

Anonymous,

You are really in deep trouble. The penalty for overstaying by visitors is SR10,000 plus immediate imprisonment. Please contact your country's embassy immediately for help otherwise you face the prospect of being jailed.

JanZ said...

thank you for all the good work.
i would like to know is there anyway i can take my family with me to Saudi arabia?i have been offered a job as an engineer and visa stamping process is nearly completed.
my company has told me since they dont have the policy to issue visit visa to emplyee's family they wont do it,and i have to sponsor them when my iqama process is complete.
i dont have anyone to leave my children with so its really important and urgent to me.
thanks in advance for your help

Expatguru said...

JanZ,

There is no way you can bring your family before your iqama is ready. You must make a clear choice of your priority - to be with your family or to come to the kingdom and be without them for some time till the iqama process is over. Life is full of sacrifices, so make a judicious decision depending on your priorities.

JanZ said...

i guess i alreay knew ,just wanted to make sure if there is anyway out.
thank you very much nevertheless.

khalith said...

Hi,
I have applied for a visiting visa through my consultant to KSA. I have sent my passport and degree certificate to KSA via my consultant and they said it will get processed within a week. SO how long do you think it will take time to process for a visiting visa?

Expatguru said...

Khalith,

Usually, it is approximately 10 working days.

Saad said...

Dear Expatguru,

I have come to KSA on a 6 months contract and my employer issued me a business visit visa. They told me that I myslef will have to pay the visa issuance and extension fee for my wife. Do you know what is the fee? They are saying that for visa issuance from KSA it would be 2500 SAR and then for extension it would be 1250 SAR per month. It seems too much to me. Are they trying to cheat me?

Expatguru said...

Absolutely. You need not have to pay a single riyal here for the yellow slip. Once the yellow slip is sent home, your wife will have to pay the equivalent of SR200 to the Saudi Embassy in your country. This is the only fee. For every extension, it is SR100 to be paid here.

saad said...

I think you are misunderstanding. I am not spnsoring my wife from KSA as I don't have iqamah. My employer sent a family business visa and me and my wife came together to KSA. Now they are saying that they paid 2500 riyals per head for issuance of the visa from here and I should pay the wife's part.

Expatguru said...

Saad,

First of all, was it mentioned in the contract between you and your employer that you would have to bear your wife's visa charges? If not, then you would have to pay up. But definitely the figure quoted by your employer seems extremely high and unreasonable. I am unable to exactly confirm, but would rather advise you to approach any local agent who deals with Government affairs and find out yourself.

SS said...

Hi Expatguru,

I have found your site very informative and was wondering if you could advise with regard to the following.

I have recently received approval for a family visit visa for my mother who will be travelling from London in the next month.

The approval is however only for 30 days and I was hoping to bring her over for longer (approx 40 days to cover 6 weekends)

Can I safely assume that an extension for approx 2 weeks will be granted? and thus book flights accordingly.

Also, would a return flight which falls beyond the validity of the visa cause a problem at immigration on arrival

Thanks in advance for your help

Expatguru said...

Anonymous,

2 extensions, each ranging from 30 days to 90 days are possible. It all depends on the mood of the officer in the passport office. Each renewal would cost SR100. The return ticket date has nothing to do with immigration.

Anonymous said...

dear ,

MY visit visa expired 4 months back as i did not knew the expiry date and now i came to know that fine is of 10K SAR .

Is there any way i can go to India without being jailed .
What are the consequences if am deported ?

I dont have 10k SAR to pay i have return ticket and i canta fford 10k SAR .

what is the way by which i can go back to my fmaily as my Grandmother is hospitalised and its urgent for me to be there.

Any illegal or any way suggest me on how i can rewach india safely .

Pleas ehelp me urgently am in depp trouble and tension

Expatguru said...

Anonymous,

How naive can a person be? Usually there is a grace period of 15 days after the expiry of your visit visa. These days the SR10000 fine is being implemented strictly in addition to imprisonment. Contact the captain of the passport office in your town through a well-connected Saudi. Only good wasta can save you. Good luck!

Anonymous said...

Should i handover myself to police leaving my luagage by cargo and tell the police to deport me ?

I have been here for first time and my company is not helping me out and am all on my own with no one to pay 10k SAR.

If i go to police here will they jail me for months or deport me right away as i have return ticket ..

I spoke to my frnds and they say handover to police or take Water route by ship,

What r the consequences of deportation ??

If i tell police that my passport is lost and would they deport me same day or keep me in jail .

Please tell me which way should i follow Please help me as i dont know what is to be done except going back to India.

Any way by which i can go to India please tell me as this blog is my last hope

Expatguru said...

Immediately contact the Indian Embassy in Riyadh. They would guide you properly.

Anonymous said...

I took my wife and my 2 years old son by visit visa as i'm unable to take family visa due to my profession. Can i try for family visa while my family is staying here in saudi ? if i get family visa then what are the procedure for endorsement in passport without exiting the country ? Please provide your valuable guidance. Thanks you very much in Advance.

Expatguru said...

Anonymous,

It is impossible to convert the visit visa into a family visa while your family is here. In any case, they have to go out of the kingdom and return on a fresh visa.

Anonymous said...

Expatguru,
just needed some clarifications on the visit visa.
a) If my mother in law gets a visit visa and with the 2 visa extensions she gets to stay in KSA for appr 6 months and once her visa finishes goes back, can i apply for another visit visa for her to come to KSA within the same year ?


Your urgent input is please requested. thanks in advance.

Expatguru said...

Anonymous,

You can apply for her visit visa even the very next day after her departure.

Anonymous said...

Expat guru,
Thank u for ur prompt response. i have just one more query on the visit visa which is : when does the KSA stop issuing visit visas ? i have heard that two months before ramadan, they stop issuing new visit visas. is there any truth to this?

thanks in advance,

Expatguru said...

Anonymous,

There is no such rule in writing. However, in practice, usually no visit visa is issued during Ramadan and Haj seasons. Also, during this period, existing visit visa holders are generally given an extension of only one month if they are Muslims. Again, there is no written rule, this is just what we know by experience.

Anonymous said...

Expatguru,
Regarding the visit visa, a person on a visit visa to KSA can get a maximum of 2 visa extensions.

When would be the final exit date after the expiry of the second extension ? is it months, days or is it the same date as the last date on the second extension.

thanks

Expatguru said...

Anonymous,

All references are with respect to the date of first arrival in the kingdom of the visitor. Let's say the visitor came on a 3-month visa and got 2 further extensions of one month each. At the end of the
5th month, the visitor would have to leave. Note that all dates pertain to Hijri dates not Gregorian dates.

Anonymous said...

Expatguru,
My mother in law came on a visit visa to KSA in the month of safar. she was given a visit visa of 15 days. She was then given 2 extensions of 2 months each so her second extension will expire on 23rd jamadi ul akhir. so her total stay in KSA would be 4 months 15 days.

just needed a clarification. based on ur comment above that a vistor musit go back at the expiry of the second extension, should i assume that she will need to go back on 23rd Rabi ul Akhir and will not get any more extensions ?.

Ur input on this would be highly appreciated.

thanks

Expatguru said...

Anonymous,

You are right. Remember that if she stays even one day after the last date, there is a SR10000 fine on you, plus your own deportation from the kingdom upon expiry of your iqama.

Anonymous said...

Hello Expatguru,

I would like to thank you for this page coz this really helps a lot especially for individual like me.

Also, i would like to ask about penalty if ever a family visit visa holder would start working in arabia and be caught working? His passport has been stamped with a notation "not allowed to work".

Is there any chance to convert this family visit visa into a working visa here in riyadh? Actually, i am referring the care to my son whom i have invited on my sponsorsoship but on the idea of working here in riyadh.

You response is highly appreciated coz i need some answers before i let him enter the kingdom...

Thanks a lot.
louie

Expatguru said...

Louie,

Don't even have the faintest inclination to do that. You as well as your son will be first imprisoned and then deported after serving the sentence, if caught.

Amaan said...

Dear Expatguru,

I am in dire need of your advice. My family (parents and younger siblings) have already been approved for family visit visas. They are coming from the US. The embassy in Washington DC stamped the initial visa for 30 days. However, obviously, my family wants to stay here for a couple of months (that was the whole point of us going for the family visit visa rather than an umrah visa). They will be arriving the month before Ramadan and would like to stay until the end of Ramadan. The initial 30-days will expire a few days before Ramadan, so I will need to get it extended.

I am hearing many different stories about how "impossible" it will be to extend my families visas during this time. I read some of the comments regarding this and realize that there is no written rule regarding Ramadan-time and Hajj-time, etc. However, my family is really worried that they will not get the extension and will have to leave before Ramadan. I have been thinking about contacting the embassy in DC and asking them to extend the visa from there before my family departs from the US. I don't think this will work. What should I do? Should I just wait for them to come here and attempt to extend their visa according to the process you outlined?

Should I pay someone with wasta and extra 10,000 SR to push the papers thru?? Should I be worried?

Also, the visa stamped on my family's passports says: duration 30 days and something about 90 days. My family thinks this 90 days means that they need to enter the kingdom within 90 days of the date that the visa was issued. Is this accurate? Or, is this 90 days meaning that they can extend up to 90 days??

Please help.

Expatguru said...

Amaan,

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 Expatguru,

I came to KSA on a family visit visa (I am sponsored by my husband). The initial visa was valid for 90 days, single entry, the duration of stay was 30 days. The visa has subsequently been renewed twice: both extensions were for 30 days. Could you tell me what the maximum number of extensions is in my case? Can I renew my visit visa for the third time?

Expatguru said...

Anonymous,

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

Anonymous said...

Hello, I came to saudi on a visit visa because my exit entry visa expired (i was a legal resident of KSA) while i was outside the kingdom and could not renew it. I came here hopin i can convert this visa to a residence visa. is this possible, if not how do i get a new visa and from where. please reply coz i am in need of urgent help

Expatguru said...

Anonymous,

Please fill in your query using the form 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.

farooqi said...

hello, expat guru
iam engineer by profession but profession is ac tecnician in iqama
i applied for parents visit visa(both mother and father) thru mofa online and did chamber of commerce on 3rd july 2010 after 10days got a message online to come and submit ur documents which i did and the officer at the counter told me that within 2-4days the visa will be issued online, hoping that i travelled to india and till date the visa is not issued.

now due to company work iam in jeddah
what shall i do know.
why the visa didn't issued
is there any possibility that can i go and request for it again on the same previous submitted aplication no.

or i have to apply for new visa request,
but i heard that during this time after ramazan to till hajj no visit visa will be issued...

please guide me
thanks

Expatguru said...

Farooqi,

Please submit your request in the form through 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.

airel said...

Good day... my visit visa will be expired in dec 19 can we exit in bahrain and apply again a fresh visit visa to saudi even woth out goint back to philippes?

Expatguru said...

Airel,

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...

Guru jee.... i have a question... i brought my wife here on visit visa. her visa will be expierd on next week of August and i have a plan to renew it. but one of my friend looking at her passport and observed that there is no entry number "RAQAM AL DAKHOOL" written at the page where they put "IN" stamp, usualy this number put by hand on airport at the time of entrance of the visitor. my friend told me it happens sometime. you need to go to the airport and tell them to put the entry number/rakm al dakhool or it can be done in jawadat office too. it it true that this hand written number is important and without this number the visa will not be exntended?

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.

Anonymous said...

Dear Expat Guru,

I have got a visit visa stamped for my son in India.Due to an unavaoidable reason, he cannot travel within the 30 days validity of the visa. Is there a way to renew the validity or is it that the whole process has to be done again?

Expatguru said...

Anonymous,

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

svc said...

Dear Expatguru,
My mother is fully dependent on me .She is here with me on visit visa. i had managed to renew the visit visa 2 times i.e is 9 months in total.. but now during the last renewal process they stamped it EXIT in red.. but i wish to extend the visa for more 2 months ..is there any way I can get the visit visa extended..
pls help me its urgent

Expatguru said...

SVC,

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...

Dear Expatguru,

Congrats and thanks for your help on these issues.

We are two Turkish expats forming a new investment company here in KSA.
We received 3 months visit visas; Mine is given on April 12, I first entered the country on 19 April. My last entrance to country is on July 02.
My friend's visa is given on 22 April, and he first entered the country on 17 May. His last entrance to country is on 06 July.
We both sent our passports to Riyadh (we are located in Jeddah) for extension 10 days ago. We are not sure whether they accept the date of the visa or the date of the first entrance as the beginning of 3 months period.
Our guy in Riyadh (whom we do not trust much) claims that we need to wait until a few days left of our visas, which, according to him is calculated from the beginning of the 30 day period of the last entrance (I entered on 02 July, he says my visa ends on 02 August).
We are not sure which information to count on and we definitely do not want to pay punishment fees or be deported.
Could you please share your thoughts about this issue ?

Thanks in Advance!

Serhan

Expatguru said...

Serhan,

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 Brother,

I need your advice on the Sponsorship transfer of my Parents. My Father used to work here in Saudi Arabia but after 60 he was retired and went back to Pakistan. Now We all brother and sisters are settled in different part of the world and they are alone in Pakistan. I have invited them here in Saudi Arabia on visit visa and I wanted to transfer them on my Iqama. Please suggest me how it would be done and whats the procedure.

Thanks

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...

Hi! here's my story..Im a DH and i came here since 2006 of October after 5 months i runaway coz my employer did not gave my salary but still im working here as a servant in other family and now they want me to be legally stayed here in saudi arabia..They already called my employer but on vacation so they cant take any action..Is it possible that i can still work here?

Expatguru said...

Anonymous,

You are under great risk now. The first thing you must do is to report to your embassy. In all probability, you would be deported to your country. If you want to work with your new employer, it is impossible to get your papers transferred to him because anyway you would have been reported as a runaway by your ex-sponsor and hence technically, you are an absconder. I feel sorry for your predicament, but my sincere advice to you is to approach your embassy immediately and request them for an emergency certificate. You would then be able to leave the kingdom honorably, rather than being treated as a criminal. Good luck!

shahs said...

Dear Expat Guru,

My iqama expires on may 2012. Am having family status visa. As my wife is pregnant, she is going home and the date of delivery is july 2012. She would not be able to come to renew the visa.Is there any procedure so that i can renew the visa without her prescence in KSA?

Expatguru said...

Shahs,

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...

hi.. I hav a question n wd b highly grateful for ur response.
I am currently 7 monthd pregnant n my husband is in ksa. He has got his iqama n my visa too, bt v r not sure if as per pre req my medical wil b cleared.am i allowed to come at this time as per saudi law?

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.

Anonymous said...

HI Expat Guru,

Can i know the documents and procedure for applying family visa.

and also need to know documents and procedure for getting visit visa to my wife

Expatguru said...

Anonymous,

These are two entirely different topics. Please fill in your query in the form using the link in the top right corner of this blog, mentioning your iqama profession, for further clarity. I charge a nominal fee for my consultancy, which would get you a detailed, personalized reply by email.

shaheera said...

my mom and i wanna travel to saudi arabia. i have my sister and her husband residing in saudi arabia, is it possible for them to sponsor me and my mom for a visiting visa?

Expatguru said...

Shaheera,

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

chintan said...

Hi, I am on Business Visa Valid for 30Days, and i have already Extended the Visa for next 30Days, but the visa officer didn't put the final extension stamp, do i have chance of Renewing my visa again for 30days ?

Expatguru said...

Chintan,

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Asad Abbas said...

Dear Brother Expatguru,
My family is in Saudi Arabia and the validity of their visit visa is more than two and half month, now I have to go to Dubai for some personnel work, i heard from one of my friend that i can't leave saudi arabia while my family is here on visit ? Is there some thing i should be worried about or its only the stories ? i went to Jawazat but couldn't find any satisfactory answer... your kind response and help in this regard will be highly appreciated. Asad Abbas

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Abu.Ashhad said...

Very nice and intresting blog for those who has spent some time in KSA :)
BTW i wouldnt like to share my experience but to cut long story short, please be very careful in Saudia. Blogger is absolutely right and you have to be apply at least 10 days before for re newal.
I did the mistake to give passport for re newal one day before expiration and the concern saudi person forgot to sent my passport for re-newal. Guess what??? nothing I spent almost 6 months at relative home and meanwhile he was trying to got extention for my visa because we dont want to go through deport process... anyway it cost me a lot and facing consequances still after two years :(
anyway its indeed helpful information from the blogger and we should thanks to him!

AHM said...

I am in Saudi arabia, and I want to get my bachelors degree attested to change my status from single to married and get my wife here. Can I get the required attestations here in Saudi or Do I need to send the degree to India for attestation.

Thank you.

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Anonymous said...

I am face big problem yesterd was my flight to banglore i had come on vist visa me and my husband face lot of problem me and my two children were above to go to india when i showed the ticket he no flight to banglore today on 11 my visa got expired on we went tosaudi airlines today got. tono that flight left at8:45its which had to go 1:45mif night my ticket was confrimed now what should i do me and my husband is in trouble. pls help me

Expatguru said...

Don't worry. There is a grace period of 15 days. Leave by the next available flight.

Anonymous said...

Thank a lot for u help may god bless u

Abdul said...

Dear Concern,

First of all i am very thankful to you to create this page for help of expats in the saudi arabia.

I want little help from your side. I have bring my in laws here on dated 18th July 2012 in visit visa which is only for 1 month. now i want to extend, my question is when should i extend this visa. how many day before i could be done. and what is the Ramdan timing and how many days of vacation during ramdan, and vacation when ll be start.

Thanks

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Anonymous said...

Dear Sir,
I am from India and working in KSA as a labor now my wife she get a job as nusrse and she will be here in next march 2013,but now we have been blessed with baby so how can bring our baby here,what is the proceedure for it.your advice is always help us alot..

Thanks alot

Rahim

Expatguru said...

Rahim,

Unfortunately, you will not be able to sponsor your wife as long as your iqama profession is a labourer. However, if your wife has a contract which allows her to bring your baby, you both can rent an apartment and stay together as you are husband and wife. But if your wife cannot bring your baby as per her contract, consider whether such a job is really worth it for your wife, because your baby has to be alone in India in some one else's custody, while the parents will be earning in Saudi. This is a decision you have to take. All the best.

Anonymous said...

My wife's visit visa expires on 26th September 2012. She is pregnant and her due date is around 4th November. I want the delivery done here in KSA. Is it possible to extend the visit visa on medical grounds. I have already taken a medical report from Dallah Hospital translated and Stamped & signed by the doctor. Would the ministry extend the visa for 1.5 months beyond the expiry date? Your reply would be much appriciated. Thank you.

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Naseem Pasha said...

Dear Bro,

I plan to apply for visit visa for my in-laws, as we are expecting in Jan-2013.Can I apply a visa for my mom-in-law first & after a month gap apply for my father-in-law, as my mom-in-law plans to come fisrt during delivery time. Hope to have ur valued answer.
Regards,
Pasha

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Anonymous said...

Dear expert guru, just give me an advice regarding the following issue, I brought my mother In law on a visit it visa on last December 2012 for 3 months and I make the proper extension for another 3 months on February before its expiry date, when I was looking for the date for the next renewal it is on the May 28 2013, but over the renewal stamp they put another stamp as "FINAL EXIT". As I know that it is possible to extend 2 times after the arrival, so can you give me an idea is it possible to get an extension. Really we want it
my e-mail id is - bejoythomas94@yahoo.com
thank you

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Anonymous said...

salam,,,i received visit visa for my mother in law for 1 month.with in how many days do i have to take to ksa...i mean the validity period. and i want to extened the visa in july for another 2 or 3 months , pls can anyone tell me wheather its possible in july as it is the period of ramadan.pls i am confused with these procedures,,do someone help me.

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Arvind Singh said...

Hi Guru,


I am in saudi on visit visa valid for 90 days and 15 days stay.

I got and extension once and now i cannot extend it again so i am doing exit/entry every 14th day.

But now as my 1st entry date was 12th Sept 2013, my 90 days validity will be over by 10th Dec.

Now i have done my last exit/entry on 14th/16th Nov, now can i do an exit/entry again on 28th/29th Nov and then return back to my home country for a new visa on 14th Nov which is coming after my 90 days validity period.

Thanks
Arvind

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Anonymous said...

Dear Expatguru,
i want to bring my wife on visit visa.can you please tell me , how many months she can stay here after extending visa. i heard that usually they dont extend visit visa during time of ramadan and hajj. pleae reply me..
Thanks
Akf

Expatguru said...

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Anonymous said...

Hi,

am on a business visa in KSA for 90 days which s valid till 13.3.14. My passport expires on 04.06.14. Will I be able to renew my VISA as I will not have 3 months passport validity after 13.3.14.

Expatguru said...

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