How to Apply for a Permanent Family Visa in Saudi Arabia

By Mohammed Ameen

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How to Apply for Permanent Family Visa in Saudi Arabia

Applying for a Permanent Family Visa in Saudi Arabia involves a few important steps and requirements that expatriates need to be aware of. This guide aims to simplify and clarify the process, ensuring you have all the information you need to bring your family to the Kingdom.

Eligibility and Preliminary Steps

Before applying for a Permanent Family Visa, ensure you meet the eligibility criteria, particularly concerning your profession, as Saudi Arabia restricts this option to certain professions like doctors, engineers, and accountants​​. The first step involves checking your Iqama status to ensure it’s valid for more than 90 days and verifying your profession’s eligibility for a family visa​​.

Also Read: How to Apply for a Family Visit Visa in Saudi Arabia

Online Application Process through Absher

  1. Visa Fee Payment: Pay the visa fee of SAR 2,000 on your Iqama​​.
  2. Absher Portal: Log into your Absher account, navigate to “EServices” > “Expatriates Affairs” > “Family Visa Service,” and select “New Family Visa Application”​​.
  3. Application Form: Provide detailed information, including your salary, level of education, dependent’s details (name, passport number, age, religion, relationship to you, and Port of Boarding), ensuring all details match passport information​​.
  4. Submission and Notification: After submitting the online form, print the application confirmation for referance. You’ll be notified via SMS with your application number.

Istiqdam Office Application

If you’re unable to apply online or if your application is rejected due to eligibility issues, you can apply through the Istiqdam office. This requires booking an appointment and submitting the required documents in person​​​​.

Required Documents

To apply, you’ll need:

  • Istiqdam appointment.
  • Istiqdam Form for Permanent Family Visa with company seal & signature.
  • Copy of your Iqama and Saudi visa stamped on your passport.
  • Passport copies of all visa applicants.
  • Degree certificates, marriage certificate, and children’s birth certificates, all attested and translated into Arabic.
  • Salary Certificate and GOSI Certificate mentioning your salary.
  • Other specific documents based on individual circumstances.

Post-Application Steps

After the application, it’s a waiting game. You will be notified through the Absher system when your visa is approved, and you’ll receive a visa number. This number is crucial for the next steps, which include processing the visa in your home country. The visa’s validity is usually one Hijri year from the issue date​​.

For family members arriving in Saudi Arabia, the final step involves applying for their Iqama. This includes a medical test among other formalities​​.

It’s important to note that the visa process involves various fees and requires careful attention to detail to ensure all documentation is correctly submitted and authenticated. This overview simplifies a complex process, so always refer to official sources or legal advisors for personalized advice and the most current information.