No change in family visa rules Saudi Arabia-Official


This rule effect thousands of people who are living without their families

DAMMAM: Government officials have denied recent reports that there have been changes in visa rules for the dependants of expatriate workers. Reports in the English and Arabic media had claimed that high-earning expatriates working in the Kingdom on low-category work visas would be allowed to bring their families into the country on permanent resident visas.“Those reports are not true,” said a Dammam isteqdam official who requested anonymity.

“The family visa is very much linked to the profession on your iqama. We have issued and are issuing family visas to only those in white-collar jobs such as engineers, doctors and executives. The financial status of the applicant is only one of the conditions.”

According to him, nonprofessionals, such as those who are listed on their iqamas and work permits as laborers, masons, electricians and so forth, will have their applications for family visas rejected automatically. “The rules are clear-cut. Professionals — yes; nonprofessionals — no,” he said.

The general assumption in government circles is that those listed as laborers or drivers on their iqamas will not be able to meet the expenses of their families.

However, there are many expatriates in the Kingdom who are working in top jobs and are earning healthy salaries, yet are only classed as laborers or similar on their iqamas.

Take Abdul Kareem’s case, for instance. He arrived in the Kingdom from India in the late 1980s.

Armed with a bachelor’s degree in commerce, he took up a job at a prominent bank as a typist or tiba’a.

In the years that followed, he rose through the ranks and became a manager in one of the bank’s branches. However, he could not bring his wife and four children to the Kingdom because his iqama still classed him as a typist.

“I even produced a letter from my bank proving my salary to the isteqdam guys. It was more than SR10,000 then. They were sympathetic to my case but were helpless,” he told Arab News.

Abdul Kareem instead took the easier route of inviting his family over on Umrah visas. “The bank had shifted me to Jeddah, and that helped me reunite with my family on and off,” he said.

Like Abdul Kareem, there are hundreds of expatriates working in the Kingdom’s private sector in top jobs who have been designated by their employers as laborers to avoid penalties from the Labor Office for not meeting Saudization targets.

Low-category professions are exempted from rules that govern the implementation of Saudization or nationalization of jobs.

Expatriates in situations similar to that of Abdul Kareem have tried asking their companies to change their professions on the iqama. In many cases, they have succeeded.

“However, that option became too difficult with time. It is just not easy to change the profession on your iqama anymore. It is a very cumbersome process and needs a lot of wasta (influence) and money,” said Sarwar Shakoor, a Pakistani national working as an administrator at an Alkhobar-based IT firm. “I instead invite my family on visit visas.”

News from Arabnews

By SIRAJ WAHAB | ARAB NEWS

Published: Mar 19, 2010 23:21 Updated: Mar 19, 2010 23:21

Disclaimer: Many times at my blog I have explained that I am not a lawyer or legal adviser to anyone. I am simple person who is working in Information Technology field in Saudi Arabia. A lot of people are asking me questions in blog comments and I cannot say ‘NO’ to them or remain silent on their queries. I try to help them because I know they are suffering in their lives regarding their families. And to reply blog comments I have to spare a lot of time from my busy life. As I have gone through all this process, (1. Documents attestation from Pakistan and Saudi Arabia, 2. Change of Profession, 3. Applying for a family visa, 4. Stamp visa to passport from Saudi Embassy and finally get my family here in Saudi Arabia) So I only can provide a guide-line or information. I am not affiliated with any Recruiting Agency, Travel Agency, General Services Agency or Legal firm. I cannot guarantee what information I provide here is 100% accurate as per Saudi Arabian law. I will not accept any claim of misguidance, fraud or any other thing of same kind. Thank you. (Author)

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416 Responses to No change in family visa rules Saudi Arabia-Official

  1. naseer says:

    hello iam an indian,my proffession is steel fixer,.can i got family visa or family visiting visa

  2. syed umar says:

    assalam u alikum.
    Sir!
    I want bring my family in KSA on a perminent visa.
    My profession on iqama mentioned as a ” FANNI KHARBAI TAMDIDAAT”
    ( ELECTRICATION TECHNICATION). Is is elegibale for obtained family visa? If yes, so kindly let me know which docoments are required to take visa? As
    I ‘ve my DAE three years diploma duly attestesd by MOFA,EDUCATION DEPARMENT,TECHNICAL BOARD & SAUDI CONSLATE in pak. I also have my marriage certificates & children B form duly attested by MOFA & SAUDI CONSLATE in pak.I am waiting for your reply.
    Jazakallah

    • Prem says:

      If the profession is Technician, yes you could take you family…
      My profession was Technician Electronics and I bring my family, it was not an easy process though.

  3. adnan says:

    ASLAM-U-ALIKUM iam drafts man and i have one year diploma in mechanical draftsman and my designation on iqma is stone mason can i change designation with one year diploma
    i waiting for ur reply thanks

    • tanveer says:

      Brother i have also my iqama الرسام عام draftsman and 3 year diploma but i can’t to get permanent family visa.

  4. mohsin says:

    Asalam o alaikum,

    Brother, could you kindly advise me as I m confuse to decide weather should I join a saudi company, problem is explained below:

    I have got an offer from a company as electrical design engineer and they were providing me engineer visa, but suddenly they called me and told me that there engineers visa are expired for now so they are asking me to join the company with technician visa. As I will arrive in saudi the company will convert it as engineer visa. And they will be giving me family visa after probation. What do u say in this matter.
    Will they change it or they are telling lie just to make me join them and should I trust them and join them. Is this happen usually.

    Warmest regards and jazakAllah
    Mohsin

    • Mr. Rain says:

      Brother,

      Don’t accept the technician visa, latter you will be having trouble while applying for family visa.

    • Hussain says:

      It depends, but I took the risk; my company sent my accountant visa; but after 2days; they called me and told that they talked with agent and your all documents need at least two months to get stamped; and we need you very urgently; so please come on labour visa and later we will change your profession with 1month.

      I trust them, and came to KSA on Labour visa; even I didn’t tell this thing to my parents and family; just have fear that maybe my family stop me to accept this offer cause of visa.

      But once I came, they told me that we cannot able to apply to change ur visa profession bbefore 6months; I was shocked to hear it; but they were saying that this rule has been passed just last week, the moment we told you that we will change your profession within one month, at that time there is no such rule. And we did changed the profession for a lot of our employees.

      Then I waited for 6months; and then managed to change my visa profession(Thanks God).

      But at the end it took 8months altogether to reach my family at here in KSA from the date I land at KSA.

      So, its not a easy work to change the profession; but all depends;
      A lot of people at here used to come on labour visa and after that their company change it to another profession….

      Regards,

  5. IMRAN KHAN says:

    Assalm o alikum brother,,o i am coming to saudi from dubai for one month but after i will get residence visa in saudi,,i am a site supervisor in my visa and will be in saudi vis same designation ,,am i eligilbal for family visa? and please inform me about fees of visa.thank,,imran khan,UAE

  6. abid hussain says:

    Please Give Me web Address Form For family Visit Visa

  7. Hammad Khan says:

    Hy Imran,
    Thank you for your post.
    I am a job seeker from Pakistan and my employer is asking me to come to KSA on a driver visa, they say they will change it, once I am there. is it possible? Also if I get a driver visa from my friend in saudi, can i change my profession on it once I get another professional job? if yes , how much time it takes.

    • Prem says:

      no its not easy to change the profession!
      Please read the article properly… the author has provide such a brilliant and helpful witeup and its clearly mentioned there…

  8. thajudin says:

    ألكتروني صيانة حاسبات IS MY IQAMA PROFFISSION .IF POSSIBLE TO GET FAMILY STATUS IN SAUDI ARABIA

  9. fatimah says:

    is there a required amount of salary?

  10. Prem says:

    Brother Yasir,
    Thanks for your effort in compiling these information and sharing it online.Awesome work!
    I’ve seen the pain of a lot of people, wishing to spend their life with their life but unable to do so because of the visa rules and regulations.
    Warm regards,
    Prem

  11. syed umar says:

    assalam u alikum.
    Thanks for reply,nowadays I heard a new news about visa that is if your visa is fanni(technician),
    then you are not able to call your family in KSAon perminent visa only visit is possible.
    Before one week I go istakdaam office, they rejected my request & told me this news.
    If you know any agent who can arrange visa for me, kindly let me inform.
    I will be very thankful to you.
    Jazakallah

  12. Kausar Alam says:

    Assalamu alaikum,

    Dear Imranbhai,

    I want to know that is there any scope or chance to extend visit visa for more than 9 months?

    Please reply.

  13. 0wais says:

    dear Mr Imran….
    u r Doing Great Thing By Providing Info To The Persons about Their Problems .. i am Working in saudiarabia and i need Info about My iqama that My Profession is Written on IQAMA is MUaKIM mawad gazaiya…….. means Food Sanitizer ..just want to know that am I able to Bring MY family…
    thanks in Advance for ur info..
    t

  14. Mustafa says:

    Asalam-0-alaikum brother.
    I need a little assistance from you. I wanted to know that can i get a visa for my wife, i have a iqama and my sponsor is my dad abd he is on an investor visa. Iam studying abroad at the moment and i thin iam only on a family visa yet. I donot work there yet but i have iqama from my father. So is there a possibility i can get a visa for my wife who is a british muslim.
    Thank you bhai. I will be grateful for your help.

  15. hamza says:

    I have applied for permanent family visa twice, first time they issued the yellow paper but it wasnt uploaded online, i checked and got to know they lost my file, than i replied and got the yellow paper again. Still its not appearing online on moi website and the embassy in pakistan says that if it is not appearing online then they cannot issue the visa. Any suggestion on what should I do, or has anyone faced similar problem?

  16. santhosh says:

    family visa(iqama) allowed or not for moh nurses pls give me a answer …

  17. bowshiya says:

    hi brother….. my husband is a computer technician a private sponser in ksa…. i have a child…. shall we get family visa. pls reply

  18. Khilji says:

    Dear all,
    Please help me,
    I am selected in good company of KSA, i am engineer,
    company said you have not enough experience, so You will consider as technician,
    now consultancy / Agent said You go to Riyadh on labor visa and he said it Will change in saudi arabia
    Although my degree has been attested from saudi cultural attache and royal embassy of saudi arabia,
    Now situation is that Engineer to technician to labor visa.
    Please suggest me
    can company change my profession after reach riyadh.

    Please please please give me ur advise. . . . . . . . . .

    • Kaushar ALAM says:

      Dear Khilji,

      Please don’t accept labour visa otherwise you will suffer to much here.

    • Abdullah Omar says:

      If you have planning to bring your family here in future; then my suggestion is not to come in labour visa. Those are excuses of the employer. I am facing the problem as i came here in labour visa (they promised me same with you). So, come with proper profession in visa. May Allah guide you.

  19. Mohammed Yunus says:

    Dear Sir,
    My Iqama profession is house driver, I want to go final exit taking new technician visa with me, but I heard from agent that I can not come on technician visa as my previous iqama profession is HOUSE DRIVER. Is it true. Please advice me….Thanks in advance, Jazakalla Khair.

  20. Salman says:

    Dear Brothers,
    Can I bring family as a permanent Family resident if not than how about Visit Visa on “Computer Technician Operator” (فني مشغل الحاسب الالي) Iqama profession in Saudi Arabia, if yes than kindly reply and its urgent i will be looking forward to replies from my brothers out there.

    • Kamran iqbal says:

      Salman
      My Profession is مشغل الحاسب الالي and my family is here on visit visa so you can bring your family with out any issue ..

    • Yasir Imran says:

      This profession seems to be suitable for family visas. Prepare your documents and visit Istikdam office. The visa officer will confirm you.

  21. asak, dear friends can a married brother can call his married sister on visit visa.plz reply me

  22. Mohammed Shakeel says:

    Salaam
    My Iqama Profession is كحرباأي تمدىدات منزلية can i get permanent family visa and also i have only sslc certificate.Please Advise me.
    Thanks & Regards
    Mohammed Shakeel

  23. Usman says:

    Please any body provide me information…..

    I am on Labour visa my profession is Maless( Plasterer ). I want to change Profession…. Is it possible for me to change profession while i have not more then two years only 5 months… Is it possible for me to change profession before 2 years ago….. ??

  24. Mohammed Yunus says:

    Dear Sir,
    My Iqama profession is HOUSE DRIVER, I want to go final exit taking new technician visa with me to come back again but I heard from some people that I can not come on technician visa as my previous iqama profession is HOUSE DRIVER and they will not stamp on technician visa . Is it true. Please kindly advice me….waiting for your reply, Thanks.

  25. Salman says:

    Thank You Kamran Bhai and Yasir Bhai, also one thing more that visit visa can extend to 9 months right??? if Yes than after 9 months i send my family back to pak and than again i apply for their visa after one month will that also be stamped or not because here some of my friends saying that if my family stayed here for more than 6 months i.e. ( 3 visit visa extensions) than after exit i cant bring my family for another whole year…is that true….

  26. Sameer MN says:

    Dear Yasir,

    I am an indian working in in a company in jeddah. my iqama profession is Fanni Hasib Ila (Computer Technician). My education qualification is Highschool. So is there any way to get permanent visa for my family without degree certificate ?. Or any other way ? Please help me brother ….

    • Yasir Imran says:

      Your profession is eligible for a family visa. Go Straight to Istikdam office and apply for a family visa. Only you need to provide an attested Graduation Degree or a Technical diploma.

  27. Sanaullah says:

    Dear Friend i am civil engineer working in riyadh but my company head office is in damam is it possible for me that i will apply for permenant family visa in riyadh

    • M zaib says:

      yes you can Apply for Permanent family visa in Riyadh if you do chamber of commence here.

  28. pappu says:

    hello dear all ,
    be sure your education qualification trade, Job title on Iqama and Job title on your Visa should be matched for family permanent visa other wise don`t waist your time and money, for example for a funni kherabai it should have diploma in electrical trade, Iqama title should be funni kherabai and visa should be same funni kherabai

  29. majid says:

    hi Imran,
    dear i am working in a company in finance deptt but my vis is muaqim mawad ghazaia… food sanitizer can u please let me know that i am able to apply for family visit visa or not

  30. Mahmood ur Rahman says:

    Salam Dear all
    My father is working in KSA as teacher. He send me a visit visa last year and I wen there. Now I want to know that can he send me a visit visa again and can he send a visit visa for my wife and daughter?
    Waiting for reply

    • hamid says:

      Selam kako dobiti vizu za cjelu porodicu bez nekih komplikacija

    • Yasir Imran says:

      Please write in English.

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