Archive for October 2015



Our blog reader Mr. Abdul Noman Malik , want to share his message about the error "Your application cannot be processed; because it does not fulfill Istiqdam e-service business rules", while "applying online permanent family visa through MOI official website". You can read the message below as he wrote.

Dear Gentlemen, I have gone through this blog in detail and i have found most people concerns related to Online Permanent Visa system not working for them and they have received message: Your application cannot be processed; because it does not fulfill Istiqdam e-service business rules.

Please be very clear that Online Visa Application system is currently working ONLY FOR following Professions (with conditions):

2. Doctors
3. Professors
4. Financial Analyst

The online system would work if Stamped Visa on your passport has Engineer Profession. The online system will not work if you changed your profession to Engineer after coming to KSA as your basic 1st profession in Visa was non-engineer. Also, Visa profession should be as a Professional Degree Title e.g., General Mechanical Engineer, General Electrical Engineer, Civil Engineer. The professions like Maintenance Engineer, Operations Engineer will not work for online family visa application.

All other Eligible Profession other than above mentioned requires appointment from Istiqdam. I hope this would help.




Mr. Fouad Anwar shared his valuable experience of permanent family visa in Saudi Arabia with our blog, He want to share this experience with those all expatriates who are applying for permanent family visa through Istiqdam. It will be glad if it is useful for some one. You can read his message below.

Dear Brothers and fellow expatriates, I wish to share some key points about my experience in this regards.

1. I am a resident of Jeddah but my Iqama is issued from Riyadh.

2. I tried to apply online but got the same message as many others have been getting. I think the procedure is closed now. Before my marriage, i used to get the message to pay SR.2000 for visa fees to proceed with the application. But after marriage, the message changed and i had to approach isteqdam.

3. I applied through Jeddah isteqdam. For this I needed to have the form and company letter attested from the CoC in Jeddah and also along with them you need to have the C.R (sijil tijaariyah) of your company that you have a branch in jeddah.

4. The company letter should mention the profession exactly as mentioned in your iqama.

5. My degree and marriage certificate were already attested by the Saudi Embassy and Saudi Culture but needed MOFA attestation. Jeddah MOFA did not attest it as my iqama was from Riyadh so I had to go to Riyadh MOFA to attest them. This means MOFA can only be done from the city mentioned in your iqama.

6. Though my appointment was after 2 days, i did not want to wait for that long as my documents were all ready. So, i kept trying to get an early appointment, kept refreshing and luckily found it for the very next day. (quite unbelievable)

7. Finally, i reached isteqdam at around 9.30 am even though my appointment was at 11 am. It doesnt really matter at what time your appointment is. If you are lucky, you may get a token very early. Different people have different opinions in this matter.

8. The only fault he found out was that my degree was translated from a translating company whose license had expired so he refused it. He just asked me to get a new translation from some other translating company. I immediately rushed to the office opposite the isteqdam gate and got it done in half an hour. Went back to the same person on the counter. He checked it and accepted. After sometime my name was called and i collected the yellow slip.

9. In case of any kind of emergency, you may approach the office exactly opposite the isteqdam or the stationary beside it. They have all the things you need.

10. You should carry the originals of all the documents you are submitting. You should submit only the copies (Passport, Iqama, Marriage, Degree etc.) Only the form and the company letter should be original.


I have the yellow slip with me now and i scanned and mailed it to my agent in India. He says that it takes sometime for the MOFA number to appear online. So, I need to wait for a few more days.



The Sultanate Of Oman is issuing Oman On Arrival Visit Visa for GCC residents having a valid GCC residence Identity with an eligible profession. Citizens of GCC countries do not need visa to enter into the Sultanate of Oman.

Conditions and required documents for Oman Visit Visa On Arrival for GCC Residents :

1. Only selected professions of GCC residents are eligible to get Oman Visit Visa On Arrival. Find your profession in this article "Oman On Arrival Visa for GCC Professions".

2. Valid Residence Identity of any GCC Country ( Saudi Arabia, United Arab Emirates, Kuwait, Qatar, Bahrain).

3. Valid original passport with a minimum validity of six months.

4. Fill the On Arrival Visa application form and submit to entry passageway staff at Oman Muscat International Airport with required statements.

5. Families or dependents of the applicant are avail for this benefit as long as they are together, dependents must have a passport with a minimum validity of 3 months.

6. All nationalities who are residing in one of GCC country is benefited to avail this facility.

7. Expatriates is benefited only if they are visiting directly from one of GCC country.

8. Visitors must hold a valid return air tickets.

9. Visa Fee: 5 OMR (Nearly 48 SR)

Visa Validity : 28 days

Visa Extension : 1 Week ( 51 OMR)

Overstay Fine : 10 OMR per day




Residents of Saudi Arabia, United Arab Emirates, Kuwait, Qatar and Bahrain are eligible to get the Sultanate of Oman Visit Visa On Arrival without sponsor, If they have a valid resident Id and if there profession is one from the below category list. For instructions and required documents refer this article "Oman Visit Visa On Arrival".

1. X ray technician
2. Writer
3. Wireless operator
4. Vessels supervisor
5. Vessel captain
6. University professor
7. Typist
8. Treatment specialist
9. Translator
10. Tourism adviser
11. Technologist
12. Teacher
13. Surveyor
14. Supervisor
15. Stores inspector
16. Stewardess
17. Sport trainer
18. Specialist
19. Senior consultant
20. Scientist
21. Sales executive
22. Reporter / announcer
23. Referee
24. Project in-charge
25. Project evaluator

26. Programmer
27. Program analyst
28. Production executive
29. Production assistant
30. Printing press operator
31. Preacher
32. Pilot officer
33. Pilot
34. Physician
35. Physic
36. Pharmacist
37. Nurse
38. Non-commissioned officer
39. Musician
40. Military officer
41. Mechanical engineer
42. Mechanical assistant
43. Mechanic generators
44. Manager
45. Lecturer
46. Lawyer
47. Laboratory technician
48. Journalist
49. Instructor
50. Hospital technician

51. Health observer
52. Head of department
53. Goldsmith
54. Geologist engineer
55. Geologist
56. General manager
57. Football player
58. Food observer
59. Expert
60. Employee Engineer
61. Electronic technician
62. Electronic engineer
63. Electrician
64. Draftsman
65. Designer
66. Deputy manager
67. Deputy general manager
68. Department supervisor
69. Dentist
70. Dent surgery
71. Decoration designer
72. Crew
73. Coordinator
74. Consultant
75. Computer manager
76. Computer engineer
77. Commercial partner
78. Commercial agent
79. Chemical
80. Chancellor
81. Captain
82. Businesswoman
83. Businessman
84. Budget expert
85. Broker
86. Banker
87. Aviation engineer
88. Author / writer
89. Athletic planner
90. Artist
91. Architect engineer
92. Archaeologist
93. Aircraft crew
94. Agricultural supervisor
95. Agricultural engineer
96. Actor
97. Accountant



Ministry Of Interior has decided to issue Kuwait On Arrival Visa for GCC Residents (Saudi Arabia, UAE, Bahrain, Kuwait and Oman) with certain professions (mentioned below). GCC Residents will get on arrival form to fill at Kuwait International Airport. Valid Resident Identity should provide at Kuwait Airport.

Instructions and Requirement of Kuwait On Arrival Visa for GCC Residents :

1. Valid passport with a minimum validity of 6 months from the date of arrival in Kuwait.

2. Valid Iqama or residence permit of GCC states with a minimum validity of 6 months from the date of arrival in Kuwait.

3. Passengers must hold a return ticket.

4. GCC residence permit holder or Saudi Iqama holders should get and fill on arrival visa form from Maraheb Services at Kuwait Airport.

5. Residence address in kuwait must be register while applying for visa at airport visa counter.

6. Blacklisted passengers in State of Kuwait are not allowed.

7. Validity of on arrival visa is 3 months from the date of issue, Stay period is 1 month from the date of entry.

8. Visa Fee : 3 KD, Overstay fine : 10 KD per day.

9. Eligible GCC states (Bahrain, Qatar, Oman, Saudi Arabia, UAE) Professions for Kuwait on arrival visa.

  1. Businessman
  2. Computer Programmer
  3. Consultant
  4. Diplomatic Corps
  5. Doctor
  6. Engineer
  7. Journalist
  8. Judge
  9. Lawyer
  10. Manager
  11. Managers & Representative of Commercial Companies & Establishments
  12. Members of Public Prosecution
  13. Owners
  14. Pharmacist
  15. Pilot
  16. Press & Media Staff
  17. System Analyst
  18. Teacher
  19. University Graduates
  20. University Teacher

10. Beside GCC states, 35 more countries will get on arrival visa from Kuwait International Airport.
Andorra, Australia, Austria, Belgium, Brunei, Canada, China, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hong Kong, Iceland, Ireland, Italy, Japan, Liechtenstein, Luxembourg, Malaysia, Monaco, Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Poland, Portugal, San Marino, Singapore, South Korea, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, UK, USA, Vatican.

Kuwait On Arrival Visa For GCC Residents



Ministry Of Interior Qatar approved 201 professions of (Gulf Corporation Council) GCC Residents (Saudi Arabia, UAE, Kuwait, Bahrain and Oman) who are eligible to get Qatar Visa On Arrival at any border of Qatar or from Doha International, Qatar Airport. To know whether your profession is listed or not, Use Ctrl+F and type your profession in this article "Eligible professions for Qatar on Arrival Visit Visa".

Requirements for Qatar Visa On Arrival for GCC Residents:

1. Original GCC Resident Identity Card or Iqama with a validity of minimum 6 months.

2. Original Passport with a minimum validity of 6 months.

3. If you are flying through air, You must need a booked return ticket.

4. Exit re Entry Visa of the country from where you are traveling.

5. Approved Profession from the Ministry Of Interior, Qatar.

Qatar Visa On Arrival for GCC Residents
Fee Details of Qatar Visa on Arrival :

1. Qatar On Arrival Visit visa issuance fee for GCC Residents : 100 QR 

2. For each Accompanied person of Applicant : 50 QR

4. Validity of Qatar On Arrival Visa : 1 Month.

3. Possible Extension for 3 months with a fee of 100 QR per month for applicant and 50 QR per month for each accompanied person.

4. Fine for Overstay in Qatar 200 QR per day.



Ministry Of Interior Qatar approved 201 GCC Resident professions who are eligible to get "On Arrival Visit Visa of Qatar". Qatar Visa for Saudi Iqama holders or any other GCC residents with the below professions will get Visit Visa On Arrival from Doha Airport or from any border of Qatar.

1. Zoology Specialist
2. X-ray Technician
3. X-Ray Specialist
4. Well Drilling Technician
5. Weather expert
6. Veterinary Doctor
7. University student
8. University Professor
9. TV or Radio Programs Presenter
10. TV Cameraman
11. Travel or Tourism Agent
12. Translator
13. Train Maintenance Technician
14. Trader

15. Tourist Guide

16. Tourism Agency Manager
17. Theatre Manager
18. Television Manager
19. Telecom Technician
20. Teacher / Instructor
21. Systems Analyst
22. Surveyor
23. Surgeon (All specializations)
24. Statistics Specialist
25. Sports Trainer
26. Sports Representative
27. Sports Medicine Specialist
28. Speech Specialist
29. Special Needs Teacher
30. Sociologist
31. Ship Supervisor
32. Ship Maintenance Technician
33. Ship Captain
34. Secretary or Manager of Library
35. Scientist
36. School Manager
37. Sales Representative
38. Sales Manager
39. Sales Executive
40. Road Controller
41. Research & Studies Director
42. Religious person
43. Regional Director
44. Referee (sports)
45. Radio or TV Transmission Technician
46. Quantity Enumerator
47. Quality Controller
48. Psychiatrist
49. Prosecutor
50. Proofreader
51. Program Producer
52. Program Designer
53. Professor
54. Professional Security and Safety Technician
55. Production Director

56. Procurement Representative
57. Printing and Publishing Manager
58. Press Photographer
59. President or Director of a University
60. President or Director of a Club
61. Police Officer
62. Player (All sports items in a sports club)
63. Pilot
64. Physicist
65. Physician (All specializations)
66. Pharmacist
67. Pharmaceutical Technician
68. Partner
69. Optical Technician
70. Operations Analyst
71. Nutrition Specialist
72. Museum Manager
73. Ministry Undersecretary
74. Mining Technician
75. Microscopic Technician

76. Medical X-ray Specialist
77. Medical Therapy Specialist
78. Medical Equipments Technician
79. Medical Analysis Specialist
80. Media Specialist
81. Media Person
82. Media Manager
83. Media Controller
84. Marketing Representative
85. Marketing Manager
86. Marketing Executive
87. Maritime Controller
88. Marine Transport Manager
89. Marine Traffic Controller
90. Marine Navigator
91. Manager or Director of any government departments or companies
92. Manager (All types)
93. Male or Female Nurse
94. Maintenance Manager
95. Literator
96. Library Manager
97. Legal Researcher
98. Legal Expert
99. Lecturer
100. Lawyer / Advocate

101. Land Transport Manager
102. Land Hostess
103. Laboratory Manager
104. Lab Technician
105. Lab Specialist
106. Judge
107. Journalist
108. Jeweler
109. Investor
110. Investment Manager
111. Insurance Manager
112. Institute Manager
113. Information Systems Expert
114. Hotel Manager
115. Hospital Manager
116. Horse Breeding Technician
117. Head of Prosecution
118. Geology Technician
119. Geologist (General)
120. General Supervisor

121. General Specialist
122. General Professional Trainer (Industrial/Agricultural/Commercial)
123. Gardening Specialist
124. Foodstuff Technician
125. Food Controller
126. Flight Technician
127. Finance/Economics Expert
128. Finance Manager
129. Farm Manager
130. Executive Secretary
131. Executive Manager or Director
132. Engineer (All specializations)
133. Employees at the Embassies in the GCC countries (Except Support Services Jobs)
134. Electricity Manager
135. Economic Analyst
136. ECG Technician
137. Earthquakes expert
138. Director
139. Diplomat (Members of diplomatic corps)
140. Dental Technician (Fixing)

Qatar Visa for Saudi Iqama Holders

140. Dental Technician (Fixing)
141. Decoration Designer
142. Customs Specialist
143. Customs Clearer
144. Cruise Ship Guide
145. Correspondent (Newspaper/Radio/TV)
146. Cooperative Society Manager
147. Control Equipments Technician
148. Consultant (All types)
149. Consultant (All types)
150. Computer Programmer
151. Company or Factory Manager
152. Commercial Manager
153. Commercial Broker
154. College Dean
155. Cinema or Television Producer
156. Cinema Director
157. Cinema Cameraman
158. Chief Justice
159. Chemist (All Specializations)
160. Chairman / Executive Director
161. Chairman (All types)
162. Career Counselor
163. Captain of Ship/Cruise/Carrier/Steamship
164. Businessman
165. Business lady
166. Broadcasting Manager
167. Breeding Specialist (Animals/ Birds/ Bees)
168. Banking Business Manager
169. Banker
170. Bank Official

171. Bank Manager
172. Aviation Trainer
173. Aviation Technician
174. Aviation Guide
175. Author
176. Auditor
177. Astronomer
178. Assistant Pilot
179. Assistant Pharmacist
180. Assistant General Manager
181. Assistant Engineer (All specializations)
182. Artist (Actor, Musician, Composer, Poet, Painter, Singer…etc)
183. Army Officer
184. Architectural Draftsman
185. Archeological Researcher
186. Archeological Prospector
187. Archeological Director
188. Aquatic Specialist
189. Aircraft Takeoff Controller
190. Aircraft Maintenance Technician
191. Aircraft Landing Controller
192. Air Transport Manager
193. Air Navigator
194. Air Hostess
195. Air Controller
196. Agricultural specialist (General)
197. Administrative Researcher
198. Administrative Manager
199. Administration Coordinator
200. Accounts Manager
201. Accountant / Accounts Verifier / Auditor



On Arrival visa in Dubai, UAE has been stopped since October 2015 for GCC Expatriates, However now you can apply online dubai visa. Please follow the below procedure to apply e-Visa for Dubai.

Required Documents :

1. Passport size photograph.

2. Valid original Iqama or Resident Identity Card with a minimum validity of 3 months from arrival date.

3. Valid original Passport with a minimum validity of 6 months from arrival date.

4. Credit card for online payment of Visa application.
Online Application for Dubai Visa

Instructions :

Validity of Visa : 30 days from the date of Issuance.
Stay Period : 30 days from entry date.
Extendable : 30 days.

Procedure for Online Application For Dubai Visa:

1. Visit Ministry Of Interior UAE official website ""

2. A notification of instructions will appear on the screen, Read it carefully, Once you read click on "Accept". Click on "GCC Residents" topside of the left menu.

3. Once you clicked on "GCC Residents", You can see an application form which you need to fill online.
Online UAE Visa Application

Emirate : 
Select the Emirate city from where you are entering into UAE from the available Emirate cities Abu Dhabi, Dubai, Al Sharjah, Ras Al Khaimah, Al fujeirah. If you are entering in Dubai, You can select the city "Dubai".

Port Of Arrival :
Select the appropriate port based on the selected Emirate city from the available options of Port Of Arrival, If you are entering into Dubai Airpot you can select "Dubai Airport".
UAE Online Application for GCC EXPATS

Applicant Details :

- Enter your Full Name in English as mentioned in passport, Then enter your Full Name in Arabic, After that enter your First Name, Middle Name and Last Name in English and then in Arabic.

- Enter Date of Birth, Birth Country, Present Nationality, Previous Nationality (If available).

- Select your profession by entering few letters of your profession, If your profession is Programmer, just write on it and select from the displayed list. For your wife you can select "Housewives/Students/Retired" profession.

- Enter your Passport Details, Passport Number, Passport Type, Date of Issue, Date of Expiry, Place of Issue, Country of Issue, As mentioned in your passport.

- Enter your GCC details, Residence Number, Date of Arrival, Country of Issue, Arriving From, Residence Issue Date, Residence Expiry Date, Sponsor Name, Sponsor Address.

4. Click on "NEXT", Once you filled all the above information.

5. UAE Address Details :
UAE online eVisa Application

- If you know the address where you are going to stay, you can enter the details, otherwise just select Emirate, City and enter Email ID.

- If you are traveling with your dependents or family members you need to add them in Accompanied Information. Click on "NEXT".

6. Fee Details :
UAE Visa Fee Details for GCC Expats

- In this step you can see the fee of online E visa including Service Fee, Application Fee and Issuance Fee.

7. Document Details :
Requirement of Dubai Visa

- Upload your Picture, Resident Identity or Iqama and Passport Copy, Click on "Review", once you upload.

- Once you review all the detail, "Post" the data and confirm the payment by paying it through credit card.
Procedure to Apply for E-Visa of UAE (Dubai) for GCC Residents

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