Archive for February 2016
PHILIPPINE EMBASSY ALERTING FILIPINOS LIVING IN KSA
Last week Philippine Embassy in Riyadh issued an advisory notification to all the Filipinos living in Saudi Arabia about the current situation in kingdom amid reports of imminent war.
The advisory of Embassy dated Feb 24, 2016 as follows "Philippine Embassy in Riyadh advises the Filipino community to remain calm. "There is currently no reason to be concerned about the safety and security of filipinos in Saudi Arabia. The Embassy shall provide regular updates on the situation in Saudi Arabia as the need arises". Similar Article: Saudi Embassies Around the World
The Philippine Embassy in Riyadh asking all Filipinos living in Saudi Arabia and Yemen to register with Embassy through its website by entering Name, Occupation, Birth Date, Address in Saudi Arabia or Yemen, Passport Number, Passport Issue Date and Expiry Date, Region and City, Contact Details including Phone and Email, Employer Name, Contact Number, Relative Name, Email and Mobile Number in Philippines. It is important for all Filipinos to register as the embassy will contact you regarding important updates, services and advisories on important matters to filipinos in Saudi Arabia. For registering follow this link "Registration for Filipinos living in KSA".
There are many rumors of "World War 3" around social media networks and all over the internet. Families of expatriates are worried as the false warnings and fake alarms rising day by day. Related Article : Death Compensation in KSA
It was published in many news articles that Saudi Arabia and Turkey with 20 other Arab countries are preparing their armed forces for invasion in Syria. Recommended : Emergency Numbers
It was also in news that 350,000 soldiers, 20,000 tanks, 2450 warplanes and 460 military helicopters have been deployed in northern Saudi for a military drill named "Northern Thunder". You may also like : Claim Death Compensation
PERFORMING HAJJ WITHOUT PERMIT OR TASREEH
Performing Hajj without a legal Tasreeh or permit is illegal in Saudi Arabia, If caught your fingerprints will be recorded and send back to your local city with pending violation strict action. Trending : Download Hajj Permit online
As per the Passports Department recent announcement, Number of expatriates who violated Hajj rules last year was deported already. As fingerprints of these expatriates are recorded at the time of Hajj and left them to go to their local cities. They were caught while they came for renewing their iqama's or muqeem cards and for exit re entry permits, As the MOI Absher services was already blocked to them. Those all expatriates sent to the department of expatriates deportation for further process. Related : Activate Absher Service
Those who were caught on Hajj violation and their fingerprint was recorded are banned for 10 years from entering into the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia after deportation. Recommended : Performing Umrah on Visit Visa
At the time of Hajj more police forces will deploy to the holy sites of Makkah region, In order to protect the rights of legal permitted pilgrims to perform hassle free Hajj pilgrimage. You may also like : Hajj Registration for Residents
Local residents and citizens who want to perform Hajj should register on Hajj Ministry's website by selecting the authorized Hajj operators. Instead of becoming victim of fake Hajj operators which will lead you to violation of Hajj. Similar : Check your Hajj Eligibility
Expatriates without legal permits or tasreeh will be deported to home country for violating the rule while Saudi citizens will be penalized with a fine. This rule was first implemented in the year 2014, when they caught 15000 illegal pilgrims in the year 2013. Recommended : Check MOI Information
14 RIYAL FREEDOM 251 SMARTPHONE IN INDIA
Freedom 251 is the name which became unexpected famous in India from last 2 days. As Ringing Bells company which was established in 2015 launched a smart phone for Rs. 251/- which is less than 14 riyals or 4 US dollars. Yes you heard right World's cheapest smart phone ever heard.
Many Saudi Arabia Expatriates of India ordered there gadgets online for 14 riyal with a shipping address of their home country, From the day it was published on news websites. Freedom 251 is a mobile phone with basic features of smart phone having android 5.1 lollipop with the specifications of 8GB storage, 1GB RAM, 3.2 Mega Pixel Camera, 0.3 Mega Pixel Front Camera, 4 Inch screen with a VGA resolution and 1450 mAH Battery.
As per the website www.freedom251.com , They are promising to deliver your gadget within 4 months of order through courier with a charge of 40 rupees, Once you booked it online, To book your gadget you need to mention your shipping address, Earlier it was redirecting to payment page once you ordered. Now it is mentioning they will send you payment link to your email id with in 48 hours once you ordered. But now it showing "Bookings are closed" in the first phase.
As it is Indian brand smartphone, There will be pre installed government service applications of Women Safety, Swacch Bharat, Fisherman, Farmer, Medical, Whatsapp, Facebook, Youtube, etc,. The provider is also giving warranty of 1 year for gadget, One user can book only one gadget using one email, It means same user can buy another gadget with different email.
Due to load of lot of users on website, The website is crashing many times, It is displaying a message to wait for 24 hours for some users. If you are serious in ordering this gadget then you can use your mobile for ordering, Even website crashes mobile website is allowing to book gadgets.
PROCEDURE TO CLAIM DEATH COMPENSATION IN SAUDI ARABIA
Legal heirs should follow the procedure after the death of an expatriate to claim the death compensation of the deceased person in the form of End Of Service Benefits or Blood Money or GOSI Compensation. Recommended : Death Compensation of an Expatriate
1. CONTACT NATIVE COUNTRY EMBASSY :
In case of death of any family member in Saudi Arabia, Firstly you should contact your home contry embassy in Riyadh. The procedure is simple if any of your family member living in Saudi Arabia, If no one is staying in Saudi Arabia, then you should contact Ministry Of Foreign Affairs in your country, They will tell you the procedure to follow, just adopt that procedure. Recommended : Saudi Embassies Address
LEGAL HEIRS CERTIFICATE :
Legal heirs of the deceased person should apply for the legal heir certificate which will be issued by Statutory Authority of your native country either by Civil Judge or district Magistrate. All the legal heir's of the deceased person should be mentioned in the certificate including their relationship. In case of Legal heir is spouse (wife or husband) then year of marriage must be include in the certificate. If legal heir is minor then his guardian relationship should be mentioned in the certificate. This certificate must be attested from home department of State, Ministry Of Foreign Affairs (MOFA) and Saudi Embassy of home country.
POWER OF ATTORNEY :
You must provide a power of attorney to someone who is responsible for the proceedings to the court. It may be a family member or relatve or embassy of your home country for legal proceedings of the court. It is always better to assign it to home country embassy in Saudi Arabia to carry proceedings of the court. The power of attorney must be translated into Arabic and English then it must be attested from the home department of State, Ministry Of Foreign Affairs (MOFA) and Saudi Embassy of home country. Recommended : Saudi Embassy Attestation
2. SUBMISSION OF DOCUMENTS :
Once your Legal Heir's Certificate and Power Of Attorney is ready with all 3 attestations, Now you need to submit it your home country embassy in Riyadh. Then your home country will handle all the procedures for claiming the dues or blood money on behalf of you. Recommended : Expatriate Death Procedure
SHARIAH RULES :
Non Muslim legal heirs are not permitted to take anything from the Muslim deceased person inheritance. Even any compensation of Blood Money or End Of Service benefits, The Saudi Government will not discharge any kind of funds even legal heirs accepts Islam after the death of deceased person. Recommended : Non Muslims Death procedure
DEATH COMPENSATION FOR EXPATRIATES IN SAUDI ARABIA
If an expatriate dies in Saudi Arabia during work or in road accident or murdered then deceased person's legal family members can claim the death compensation in the form of End of service benefits or GOSI compensation from sponsor, blood money from the accused of the deceased person's death in case of murdered or road accident. Recommended : Procedure to follow for Death of an Expatriate
GOSI compensation for Deceased Expatriate Family:
If an expatriate dies in Saudi Arabia during any accident in work, His family members can receive a lump sum compensation equivalent to 84 months of his salary as GOSI compensation. Calculation of GOSI compensation is based on average salary of last 3 months however it should be below SR 330,000/- Recommended : Non Muslims Death in Saudi Arabia
End of Service Benefits on death of an expatriate :
Before burying the deceased person body, It is sponsor responsibility to deposit the end of service benefits of deceased person to Ministry Of Labor. Ministry Of Labor will send that money to his native country Embassy in Riyadh, From there it will transfer to home country and then to legal heirs of the deceased person. Recommended : End Of Service Benefits in Saudi Arabia
- In case of sponsor not agreeing to deposit end of service benefits to deceased person family, then they can register a case against the sponsor in one of Saudi Arabia Labor Courts. Recommended : New Amendments in Saudi Labor Law
Blood Money (Diya):
It is rule in Saudi Arabia, If a person dies unnatural death because of you, whether it is intentionally or accidentally then you need to face death execution or you can pay blood money to deceased person's family, if they are ready to accept. Recently Saudi Arabia Government set blood money amount to SR 300,000/- for unintentional or accidental cases and SR 400,000/- for murder cases. Recommended : Sending Dead Body to Home Country
SHARIAH RULES :
Non Muslim legal heirs are not permitted to take anything from the Muslim deceased person inheritance. Even any compensation of Blood Money or End Of Service benefits, The Saudi Government will not discharge any kind of funds even legal heirs accepts Islam after the death of deceased person. Follow Up : How to Claim Death Compensation
HOW TO CHECK FINAL EXIT VISA STATUS
Here we are answering "How to check final exit visa in Saudi Arabia" using MOI and MOL. Ministry Of Interior and Minsitry Of Labor provided so many useful services for Saudi Arabian citizens as well as expatriates in their official website portals.
1. Visit Ministry Of Interior official portal by following the link www.moi.gov.sa You can also click on the service "Public Query of Exit/Re-Entry Visa Status" in MOI website.
2. Enter your "Iqama Number", "Sponsor ID", "Image Code" as shown in the image. It is cumpolsary to enter your "Visa Number" or "Passport Number" in order to track your status, Once you entered, Click on "VIEW" button. Recommended : Check Sponsor ID
This service is also used to check the status of Muqeem re entry and exit of individual employee or his family.
HOW TO CHECK FINAL EXIT VISA USING MOL (Ministry Of Labor) :
To check your final exit visa status in MOL database, You can use the service of "Checking Nitaqat color" or follow the below procedure.
1. Visit Labor Ministry official portal by following the link www.mol.gov.sa
2. In the second text box "رقم الإقامة", Enter your "Iqama Number" then "Image code" as shown in image in the box "رمز التحقق" and then click right hand side below button "بحث".
If your Final Exit visa issued you can see "Khurooj Nihae" in Arabic "خروج نهاي". As shown in below image. Recommended : Saudi Final Exit Visa Procedure
If your final exit visa is still in the process or you are still working you will see "علي رأس العمل" or "On the Job" status, Referring image below.
ACTIVATE MOI ABSHER SERVICE REGISTRATION
Ministry Of Interior Saudi Arabia provided so many methods to activate your online registered MOI absher service. If you did not registered yet, you can register by following this article "MOI Absher Service Registration".
METHODS OF ACTIVATING ABSHER SERVICE REGISTRATION :
1. ACTIVATE MOI ABSHER THROUGH BANKS : If you hold bank account in any of these banks (Al Rajhi Bank, Riyad Bank, Bank Albilad, Bank AlJazira) then you can activate through following method.
AL RAJHI BANK :
Internet Banking : Login to your net banking account, Choose "Services", then select "MOI Registration", Read description of the service and "Accept", Confirm your information by clicking "Proceed", Once you finished you will get SMS of activation.
ATM Machine : Visit nearest Al Rajhi ATM, Use your ATM card, Choose "Other Operations", Then select "Portal of the Ministry Of Interior", Check your information and complete the registration process, Once you finish, You will get SMS of activation.
Phone Banking : Call 920003344, Enter Customer Number, PIN and select number 5, Then number 4 to activate the absher service.
- RIYAD BANK :
Internet Banking : Login to your net banking website, Look for "Government Services", Authenticate it, You will get SMS and activate it by logging to your absher service account.
NCB BANK (AL AHLI BANK) :
Phone Banking : Call 920001000, Enter your details, Press number 4, After that press No 2, and at last press 5. You will receive SMS of confirmation of your registration.
ATM Machine : Use your card for accessing the service select "Activate MOI Online E-service", "Agree" the terms and conditions, confirm your mobile number by clicking on option "Correct", You will get a confirmation SMS of activation.
BANK ALBILAD :
Internet Banking : Login to your net banking through bank Albilad website, Once you login, Look for last option at left side "MOI Portal Activation", Click on it, Read terms and conditions and click "PROCEED", You will get SMS and your MOI registration will be confirmed.
BANK AL JAZIRA :
ATM Machine : Visit nearest ATM Machine of your Al Jazira Bank, Select the services dedicate for MOI registration. Click Activate, You will confirmation SMS of registration.
2. ACTIVATE THROUGH SELF SERVICE MACHINES :
It is also possible to activate MOI absher service registration through Kiosk self service machine, For that you need to use your index finger, Iqama and mobile number. For detailed procedure and locations of self service machine read this article "MOI self service machines".
3. ACTIVATE BY VISITING OFFICES :
MOI SAUDI ABSHER SERVICE REGISTRATION
The procedure for MOI Saudi Absher Service Registration is modified from the earlier one as we explained in this article "Register for MOI Abhsir". As the Ministry Of Interior Saudi Arabia upgraded its official website portal.
PROCEDURE FOR MOI SAUDI ABSHER SERVICE REGISTRATION :
Visit Ministry Of Interior website www.moi.gov.sa English version. Click on "New User".
1. Enter your deatils as explained below,
- "Identification Number" is your Iqama or Muqeem number without Iqama number you cannot make account.
- In "E-Mail Address" you can enter your correct and working Email, Then re enter your mail in "Confirm E-Mail Address".
- Default "Preferred Language" is Arabic, You can choose it as English.
- Enter your "Mobile Number", It should be your personal number, Mobile Number is very important to access your account any time from anywhere.
- Then check the little box beside "I Confirm that I have read and accepted the Terms and Conditions", Click on "OK" button.
2. Now you will receive SMS Code on the mobile number you entered, Your page will be redirected to another page as you can see in below image.
- Enter "Activation Code" as you got in SMS code, Enter "Identification Number" its your Iqama Number you entered earlier, Now Click "OK".
3. Now you can see another page asking you to enter details like "USER ID", "PASSWORD" and "CONFIRM PASSWORD", Click on "OK".
- You can enter your "USER ID" as you like, You can also use "-", "_" and "." in between your user id.
- "PASSWORD" and "CONFIRM PASSWORD" should be same, It is compulsory to use "Number", "Lower Case letter" and it should be more than 8 characters.
4. Now you can see a message on your screen "To activate your account, Please bring your Valid ID, Signed and completed registration form, Where you can print it or fill it when you visit one of activation center". Recommended : Absher Service Activation procedure
DOMESTIC, REGIONAL & INTERNATIONAL AIRPORTS IN SAUDI ARABIA
Saudi Arabia holds six International Airports out of which Jeddah Airport (King Abdulaziz International Airport) is one of the busiest and biggest airport in Saudi Arabia, While the country capital Riyadh Airport (King Khalid International Airport) holding the second biggest airport in Kingdom.
RIYADH : RUH
King Khalid International Airport, Riyadh, Riyadh Province.
JEDDAH : JED
King Abdulaziz International Airport, Jeddah, Makkah Province.
DAMMAM : DMM
King Fahd International Airport, Dammam, Eastern Province.
MADINA : MED
Prince Mohammad Bin Abdulaziz International Airport, Madina, Al Madina Province.
YANBU : YNB
Prince Abdul Mohsin Bin Abdulaziz International Airport, Yanbu, Al Madina Province.
AL HOFUF, AL AHSA : HOF
Al Ahsa International Airport, Al Hofuf, Eastern Province.
REGIONAL AIRPORTS IN SAUDI ARABIA :
ABHA : AHB
Abha Regional Airport, Abha, Asir Province.
BURAIDAH : ELQ
Prince Nayef Bin Abdulaziz Regional Airport, Buriadah, Al Qassim province.
JIZAN : GIZ
Jizan Regional Airport, Jizan, Jizan Province.
HAIL : HAS
Ha'il Regional Airport, Hail, Hail Province.
TABUK : TUU
Tabuk Regional Airport, Tabuk, Tabuk Province.
TAIF : TIF
Ta'if Regional Airport, Taif, Makkah Province.
DOMESTIC AIRPORTS IN SAUDI ARABIA :
AL BAHA : ABT
Al-Baha Domestic Airport, Al Baha, Al Bahah Province.
AL JAWF : AJF
Al-Jawf Domestic Airport, Al Jawf, Al Jawf Province.
AL WAJH : EJH
Al Wajh Domestic Airport, Al Wajh, Tabuk Province.
ARAR : RAE
Arar Domestic Airport, Arar, Northern Borders Province.
BISHA : BHH
Bisha Domestic Airport, Bisha, Asir Province.
DAWADMI : DWD
King Salman Bin Abdulaziz Domestic Airport, Dawadmi, Riyadh Province.
GURAYAT : URY
Gurayat Domestic Airport, Gurayat, Al Jawf Province.
NAJRAN : EAM
Najran Domestic Airport, Najran, Najran Province.
HAFAR AL BATIN AL QAISUMAH : AQI
Al Qaisumah/Hafar Al Batin Domestic Airport, Hafar al batin, Eastern Province.
RAFHA : RAH
Rafha Domestic Airport, Rafha, Northern Borders Province.
SHARURAH : SHW
Sharurah Domestic Airport, Sharurah, Najran Province.
Al-ULA : ULH
Prince Abdul Majeed Bin Abdulaziz Domestic Airport
TURAIF : TUI
Turaif Domestic Airport, Turaif, Northern Borders Province.
WADI AL DAWASIR : WAE
ATM CASH & POS WITHDRAWAL LIMITS IN KSA
Being an expatriate in Saudi Arabia, It is always better if you have a knowledge of cash withdrawal limit of your debit card through bank ATM machine, limit of purchase at POS (Point Of Sale) through your debit or credit card and limit of funds transfer through internet banking. So that in case of special needs you take wisely decisions.
MAXIMUM LIMIT FOR PURCHASE AT POINT OF SALE (POS) :
All the banks in Saudi Arabia sets its debit card limit for purchase at any point of sale (POS) upto SR 60,000/- (Sixty Thousand Saudi Riyal) per day, Earlier it was SR 20,000/- (Twenty Thousand Saudi Riyal) per day. This step was taken as per the needs of their customers. Recommended : Telemoney remittance
WITHDRAWAL LIMIT OF BANK ATM MACHINE :
- Any debit card in Kingdom of Saudi Arabia is set with a withdrawal limit of maximum SR 5000/- (Five Thousand Saudi Riyal) per day through any nearest ATM machine while the minimum withdrawal limit is set to SR 50/- (Fifty Saudi Riyal).
- These withdrawal limit in bank ATM machine is set up to last hour of the day that is up to 23.59 (11.59 PM) only not on a 24 hours interval, For Example, If you withdraw an amount of 5000 riyals at 23.55 (11.55 PM) then you can withdraw another 5000 amount after 00.01 (12.01 AM) if you need to withdraw more, then you have to wait for the beginning hours of the next day. Recommended : Riyadh Bank
- However there is NO LIMIT OF WITHDRAWAL, If you go direct to your bank counter with cash withdrawal form. Recommended : Send Money to Home Country
- Similarly there is not withdrawal limit for cheques unless you claim it with your Iqama or muqeem identity card. Recommended : National Commercial Bank
- Limit of transferring funds through internet banking per day is SR 20,000/-.
- Limit of transferring funds through internet banking per day is SR 20,000/-.
- If you are using International debit card then your withdrawal limit is equivalent of 5000 Saudi Riyal if your bank international bank does not have any limit. Recommended : Enjaz Bank Albilad