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FAMILY VISIT VISA DETAILED PROCESS IN SAUDI ARABIA

FAMILY VISIT VISA DETAILED PROCESS IN SAUDI ARABIA

To whom all we can invite in family visa :
We can only invite the following persons in Saudi Arabia family visa either it is visit or permanent.
Mother, Father, Wife, Children, Sisters, Mother in Law, Father in Law.





How to apply for family visit visa Saudi Arabia procedure :

Saudi Arabia may not be a place of fun or entertainment to the expatriates who are staying alone far from their country. They have an option of feeling home by bringing their family either in visit or permanent visa depending on their Iqama/Muqeem professions. permanent visa has more benefits than visit visa, as it does not have tensions of renewing. If visit visa has a validity of 3 months (90 days), It is possible to renew it 1 more time, that is up to 6 months. Renewal may be unsuccessful in the months of Ramadan and hajj.

Documents required in applying Family Visit Visa Saudi Arabia :

Only benefited professions are applicable for applying family visa. If your iqama or muqeem profession is not benefited one, request your sponsor to change your profession to benefited one.
1. Original valid Iqama/Muqeem of Saudi Arabia
2. Passport Copy
3. Passport copies of family members to whom you are inviting.





Fill Online application for family visit visa :

FAMILY VISIT VISA DETAILED PROCESS

You are the kafeel of the family members you are inviting on family visa, So put your name in place of kafeel while filling the online form.
1. Visit Ministry Of Foreign Affairs, Choose English as language at top right.
2. Click on Individuals, Choose Resident.
3. Select the one you are looking for, Choose 90 days for visit visa.
4. Fill the form and submit.
5. Take a print out of it .




Submit your application to Chamber of commerce :
1. Sign and put the date on the printed application.
2. Take sign and stamp of your sponsor on the printed application.
3. Visit to chamber of commerce of your city where your employer is registered.
4. Pay fee of visa application approximately 30 SR to chamber of commerce.
5. After submitting, You will receive a print out from chamber of commerce.

Check your application status online :
It may take a week or more to process your applied family visa. Keep patience and check your status everyday.
1. Go to MOFA website
2. Choose Application Submitted to mofa
3. Enter your application number, Iqama number and image code.
4. Click Inquire.





Submit your Approved application to Saudi Embassy :

Once your family visa got approval, Send copy of your application or the number of your application to your family member and let them contact nearest agent (will charge) for further process in Saudi embassy of your home country. 

Documents required for this process are Original passport of visa applicant, Your Iqama copy, Your Passport copy, 4 passport size photographs.
For married sister : 
Authorization letter from husband.
For Mother in Law or Father in Law :
Marriage certificate and copy of the passport and iqama of your wife.

If your Application Rejected :
It is common sometimes your visa application may reject, Do not bother, Apply again and again till you succeed. Sometimes it may accept 4th time, sometimes it may accept first time only. So do not loose hope.





FAMILY VISIT VISA EXPIRATION :
Once visa is approved Saudi embassy have 3 months of time for stamping, Once visa is stamped, Applicant should travel within 3 months else your visa will expire.

EXTEND FAMILY VISIT VISA :
1. If your visa is issued for 90 days you can extend it for 1 more time.
2. If your visa is issued for 30 days you can extend it for 5 more times. For detailed process of renewal follow this article "Family Visit Visa Extension".

OVERSTAY :
Do not think of overstay, It is illegal, As you are the sponsor of your family you only responsible for it. A fine of SR 25,000/- is imposed on iqama even you stay for single extra day.

FAMILY VISIT VISA DETAILED PROCESS IN SAUDI ARABIA

CHECK YOUR SPONSOR NITAQAT COLOR CATEGORY

HOW TO CHECK YOUR KAFEEL (SPONSOR) OR COMPANY NITAQAT CATEGORY COLOR IN SAUDI ARABIA

Nitaqat system is introduced to get more jobs to Saudi nationals in both private and public sectors. Depending on Saudi nationals in your company, your company may get Platinum Or Green or Yellow or Red category. 





REQUIREMENTS TO CHECK NITAQAT CATEGORY:

Take your iqama or one of your colleague iqama to check nitaqat system category of your company or kafeel(sponsor) allotted by Saudi ministry of labor. Follow the below steps to check.

CHECK NITAQAT COLOR RED GREEN IQAMA





1. Visit Saudi Ministry Of Labor website by following this link "www.mol.gov.sa".

2. Type your iqama (Muqeem) number in second text box "رقم اللقامه " as shown in above image.

3. Enter image code in fourth box which is just below the image.

4. Press Enter  or click on "بحث".



You can see any of the color Platinum, Green, Yellow or Red. Which is your kafeel or company nitaqat system with your name. If you are color is red you are free to transfer your sponsorship to any other company.

Related Article :

CHECK YOUR SPONSOR NITAQAT COLOR CATEGORY

NITAQAT CATEGORIES OF EMPLOYER OR COMPANIES IN SAUDI ARABIA

NITAQAT CATEGORIES OF KAFEEL (EMPLOYER) OR COMPANIES IN SAUDI ARABIA

Nitaqat category is introduced by ministry of labor in mid of 2011 to provide more jobs to Saudi nationals than expatriates. Nitaqat category is categorized in 4 colors, Every company will be in one of these four categories which are Red, Yellow, Green and Platinum. 






These categories are allotted to the company on the basis of Saudi employees on that company.

WHITE CATEGORY :

White cateory is assigned for those whose employees are lessthan 10 with one saudi employee, it is not covered under nitaqat system.

PLATINUM AND GREEN CATEGORY :






Platinum or green cateogry is alotted to those companies whose Saudi employees are about 40% (for platinum) and 12% (for green). Platinum and green color Nitaqat system have benefits like
1. Easily getting new visa in every 2 months.
2. Can renew Iqamas before 3 months of expiry.
3. Easily can change of employees professions.
4. Accept new employees under red or yellow categories.

NITAQAT CATEGORIES IN SAUDI ARABIA RED YELLOW GREEN PLATINUM


YELLOW CATEGORY :

The company will fall in yellow zone if their saudi employees are about 7%. 

Yellow category have advantages with disadvantages like
1. Get one new visa for 2 employees sponsorship depart.
2. No transfers from another sponsors
3. Unable to renew iqamas for those employees who completed 4 years.
4. Unable to stop those employees who want to move their sponsorship's to green or platinum category.





RED CATEGORY :

A company having 4% of Saudi employees will qualify for red category in nitaqat system. Red category kafeel or employer does not have any benefits from ministry of labor like
1. No new visas for expatriates
2. Unable to accept another company employees
3. Let the employees go for green or platinum companies
4. Unable to renew iqamas of employees
5. Unable to change professions





Related Article :
NITAQAT CATEGORIES OF EMPLOYER OR COMPANIES IN SAUDI ARABIA

JOB CHANGE OR SPONSORSHIP TRANSFER OR TANAZUL

NAQAL KAFALA OR JOB CHANGE OR SPONSORSHIP TRANSFER

JOB (SPONSORSHIP) CHANGE OR TANAZUL IF YOU ARE ON COMPANY VISA:

Saudi Arabia has been the best place for employment to expatriates whether they are freshers (New visitor) or experienced. But, Changing job or Naqal Kafala or transferring your sponsorship (Tanazul) from one company to another company in Saudi Arabia is very difficult. However there are only two ways to do a job change or tanazul for those who are on company visa. 





First way is go for final exit and come with new visa. 
Second way is transfer your sponsorship to another company, if your employer agrees (rarely possible). Employer never agrees transferring you to another company as it is hard and lengthy process to get new visa.


NAQAL KAFALA SPONSORSHIP TRANSFER JOB CHANGE

SPONSORSHIP(COMPANY) UNDER RED CATEGORY:

If your company category is in red, you can get easily transfer to another company without revealing your first company. you can check your company category by following this link.





JOB CHANGE ON OWN (PAID or AZAD) VISA :

If you are on your own visa (Azad visa) then you can switch easily from one company to another company without transferring sponsorship to one company, but  azad visa is no more entertained in Saudi Arabia and treated as illegal if they caught.

THINGS TO DO BEFORE CHANGING SPONSORSHIP (NAQAL KAFALA) :

1. Read your current company contract, terms and regulations.
2. Assure you got offer letter and request letter from new employer requesting for transfer.
3. Always be pleasing and kind to current employer, satisfy him (else he have right to complaint on you).

THINGS NOT TO DO BEFORE CHANGING SPONSORSHIP (NAQAL KAFALA):





1. Do not reveal your mind planning to any of your colleague or employer.
2. Do not think of Exit/Re-Entry Visa.
JOB CHANGE OR SPONSORSHIP TRANSFER OR TANAZUL

TRAIN SERVICES IN SAUDI ARABIA

HOW TO TRAVEL FROM TRAIN IN SAUDI ARABIA

Its easy and comfortable to travel in Saudi Arabia by train, As the railways provide luxurious trains to travel from one place to another place in Saudi Arabia. This luxurious features in trains are WiFi access, Air conditioning, Comfortable Seats, Place for prayer, Separate compartment for ladies and families. Inner design of trains are similar to flights.  Similar : Alfursan Frequent Flyer Card





As Saudi is one in top positions on road accidents, It is better to choose train for long journey. If you want to travel from Riyadh to Dammam, you can also choose sharing taxi, which will charge you more than 100 SR. Unfortunately Saudi Railways are still in development, Big projects are awaiting to finish soon. For now Saudi Railways have only train services are

1. Direct Riyadh to Dammam

2. Direct Dammam to Riyadh

3. Riyadh To Dammam via Abqiq and Hufof railway stations.

4. Dammam To Riyadh via Hufof and Abqiq railway stations.





In between these two cities, Two more stations Abqiq and Hufof, where via trains will halt for few minutes (5 to15 minutes).

Saudi railways train

If you are assuming trains will be faster than your vehicle, then you may be wrong. As for now the train speed limit is only 150 km per hour, Train will not go beyond this speed, By this speed the train will travel from Riyadh to Dammam or Dammam to Riyadh about 500 km in 4 hours journey. In future they are going to increase the speed. Related : Expats population in Kingdom of Saudi Arab

- As per recent article in Arab news, From June 1st 2016, The trains will increase their speed and you can reach your destination Riyadh or Dammam in just 3 hours 40 minutes.

HOW TO BOOK A TICKET OF TRAIN





1. Go to railway station, Before one day of travel for booking your ticket. Sometimes (luckily) you get just before few hours of train departure.

2. Online Booking, You can book online your ticket from saudirailways.org website.  See Also : SAPTCO Bus Service

- While booking online you must select "PAY ONLINE" which will give you 3 days time to pay online by aloting bill reference number. 

- You can pay for your ticket through your internet banking or atm by entering bill reference number in SADAD section of banking.

Note : Without Iqama or passport you cannot able to travel in saudi railways trains. Recommended : Umrah Package from Riyadh by bus

UPCOMING RAILWAY PROJECTS





1. Makkah to Madina train via Jeddah and Kaec railway stations

2. Madina to Makkah train via Kaec and Jeddah railway stations.

3. Riyadh to Jeddah, Jeddah to Riyadh.


4. Dammam to Jubail, Jubail to Dammam
TRAIN SERVICES IN SAUDI ARABIA

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