Expatriates working in Saudi Arabia have unique problems not found elsewhere. One such issue pertains to those whose kids are above 18 years, but are still dependent on their parents working in the kingdom. Expatriates usually send their grown up children back home for higher studies. It is quite a pain to be away from them, and more painful if one has to undergo the process of visit visa for one's own kids, just because they are over 18 years.
Saudi law states that any male above the age of 18 years cannot be included in the expatriate's iqama (resident visa) as a dependent. Most expatriates enjoying family status, but having their kids back home studying in school / college face a dilemma. What if their kids need to visit them? Is taking a visit visa the only option?
Unique problems have unique solutions, and here it is. Let's say that the kid was earlier part of your iqama, but has now gone back to your home country for pursuing his education. Now you want your child back in the kingdom for a visit, but do not want to undergo the hassle of a visit visa. Afterall, he was once part of your iqama, right? For such cases, a provision has been made by the Saudi Government to bring them on separate iqamas. Here is the procedure for the same.
First, get a letter of introduction from the school or college where your child is studying. The letter has to mention clearly the course / class which the kid is studying and the date of admission. It has to be signed by the Head of the Institution with the seal of the school / college.
Now, this letter has to be translated in Arabic. Attach the original letter, the translation and your original iqama along with SR1500/- and submit the above to the passport office in your area, through your company's Government Relations Officer. Of this SR1500, SR500 is for the iqama booklet and SR1000 is for renewal for 2 years. I would strongly advise you to get the iqama renewed for 2 years to avoid unnecessary paperwork at the end of each year.
Since your kid's details are already there in the computer in Passport office, there is no need to provide any other document. Soon, you would receive a separate iqama for your child, using which he or she can visit you as often as required. The procedure for renewal of your child's iqama is the same as what applies to you. This would save the trouble of applying for a visit visa each time he arrives in the kingdom.
I would like to add here that this is applicable only for the male children above 18 years. Female dependent children above 18 years can continue to stay under their father's sponsorship till they are married.