Archive for August 2016

RUMORS ON INCREMENT OF IQAMA RENEWAL

RUMORS ON INCREMENT OF IQAMA RENEWAL FEE 1438

Rumors of "increasing fees for the renewal of Iqama from 2400 to 6000 Saudi riyals" from 1438 hijri is roaming on social media networks, If you see such news do not believe it, just skip it. Our blog readers continuously asking it from last few days in comments and messages, we responded them 'till now, there is no official announcement like that'. 




As many people are asking the same question, Today we thought to write on it, The passport department also confirmed that it is a rumor and warned people from trusting it, spoke person of General Directorate of Passports, Talal Al -Shalhoub, told in a statement to Arab news. You May Like : Online Visit Visa Application

RUMORS ON IQAMA RENEWAL FEE OF 6000

Regarding a question on family visit visa fee of 2000 riyals, It is officially announced that all types of entry visa will be 2000 from 1st Moharram 1438 (2nd Oct 2016). Recommended : Jawazat Iqama Visa Fees New




- Here every entry visa includes all types of visas like Hajj visa, Umrah visa, work visa, etc,. Kingdom will bear the fee of 2000 SR for those who are coming first time on Hajj visa or Umrah visa. Similar : Umrah on Family Visit Visa




- If you ask visit visa fee applicable for each person or per family, For that you need to wait, As it is not clear that family visit visa fee for each person or per family. Much more details on this fee structure are yet to come, So be patient till government release a note. Related : Saudi Work Visit Visa




- However few visit visa's got approved just after the Hajj and National day holidays, Few still are waiting to be approved. See Also : Saudi Visit Visas closed till Hajj


DOWNLOAD YOUR HAJJ PERMIT FROM MOI

CHECK OR PRINT HAJJ PERMIT (TASREEH) FROM MOI

Hajj Ministry Saudi Arabia and Ministry Of Interior (MOI) together provided a service for local Hajj pilgrims to check or print(download) their Hajj print online. Residents of KSA, who successfully applied and paid Hajj fee for this year can get their Hajj permit (Tasreeh), This article will help you to print your hajj permit from MOI official website. Recommend : Procedure to book hajj through Ministry portal




Procedure to check and print Hajj permit for residents of Saudi Arabia :



1. Visit official Ministry Of Interior portal on www.moi.gov.sa then click on "E SERVICES" then from left side select "HAJJ PERMIT" available at last, After that select "PRINT HAJJ PERMIT BY PILGRIM". Or simply you can go through this link "www.moi.gov.sa" you can open this link only when you have your own absher account.

DOWNLOAD OR PRINT HAJJ PERMIT FROM MOI

2. Now enter the Iqama number(For Expats) or National Identity Number(For Saudi's) in first text box of "USER NIN/IQAMA". Related : Hajj packages in Saudi Arabia

3. Select your calendar preference "HIJRI" for Arabic calendar date of birth or "GREGORIAN" for English calendar date of birth. You can enter your date of birth using slash like "DD/MM/YYYY" or select from calendar. Similar : Saudi Arabia Family Visit Visa closed till hajj






4. Enter the Image code in the next text box, As shown in the image just below text box, after you entered, Click on "CHECK HAJJ PERMIT STATUS". See Also : Facts about Hajj without permit





5. If you have a hajj permit you will see a message like "The entered ID holder has hajj permit with شركة الرحلة المباركة المحدودة for the year 1437", If you do not have a permit you will see "The entered ID holder does not have hajj permit". You May Like : Hajj Status of Expats


CHECK HAJJ PERMIT STATUS

6. To download or print the Hajj permit, You can click on "PRINT".




CHECK PRINT DOWNLOAD HAJJ PERMIT STATUS

CONVERT UAE DRIVING LICENSE TO SAUDI DRIVING LICENSE

UAE DRIVING LICENSE TO SAUDI LICENSE FROM DALLAH DRIVING SCHOOL

Our blog reader Mr.Nadim shared his valuable experience of "Converting UAE Driving License to Saudi Driving License" with us, And he want to share his experience with all our readers, So that it will be useful for the person who need it.





Process for converting UAE driving license from Dallah Driving School Riyadh:

MAKE SAUDI DRIVING LICENSE FROM UAE DRIVING LICENSE

Required Documents :

- Two recent passport size photographs.

- Original Saudi Arabia's Iqama and UAE driving license. See Also : Check your Iqama Sponsorship

- Photocopies of Passport, Entry Visa page, Saudi Iqama and UAE driving license. Recommended : Saudi Driving License Renewal




Procedure for Converting UAE driving license to Saudi Driving License:

1. pay the licence fees either through Saudi online banking or you can also pay through agents in Dallah school. Similar : Driving License Saudi Arabia

2. Get the driving license form from agent on the main entrance he will charge SR 4/-.

3. There is one room for blood test and eye test who charges SR 150/- and gives you the report and fills your form. Read this : Check Traffic Violation




4. Then go to the main building and go to counter 6 and inform the police office in the counter that you want to change your UAE licence. He will stamp your file and ask you to go to other side counter 2. 

5. Go there and submit the file and your original UAE licence. Related : Visit Visa for Dubai online

6. In next 5-10 minutes they will announce your name and will handover the new Saudi driving license.

7. They will take your UAE license and no driving test required.




DRIVING LICENSE FEE SAUDI ARABIA :

Total cost for making 10 years Saudi Driving license from UAE driving license is = 400+150+4 = SR 554/-.

All the best!
Nadim

IQAMA FOR NEWBORN BABY IN SAUDI ARABIA

EXPERIENCE ON IQAMA FOR NEWBORN BABY IN SAUDI ARABIA

I would like to share my recent experience (from Riyadh Passports Head Office - King Fahad Road) on Iqama issuance of my newly KSA borned baby, I hope many are searching for the same through blogs. I received the Birth Certificate from Al Ahwal Madani on 18/07/2016 and I shared the same experience through this blog here "Experience on Birth Certificate". After the Birth Certificate I made Passport for my baby and I thought everything was over, But its not. These whole experience was presented by Mr. Nandu.




Normally Baby Iqama's are issued by Company HR or Moqib of the respective companies. So I contacted our Moqib and when our Moqib went for Jawazath they refused the application. They informed that, this work must be done by the Sponsor of the Baby, that too via online appointment (This new policy is active in Riyadh only at this moment). I tried online via Absher to make the appointment. I tried 3 Days continuously and I couldn’t make it. Recommended : Birth Certificate Appointment Online




- I thought that the system has stopped issuing appointments and I read same complaints everywhere in the Internet. Our HR gone Jawazath directly and reported this issue. They informed him that “Try until you get the Appointment”. The next day also I started trying and with the blessings of God finally on 02/08/2016, I was able to book the appointment. The appointment date was 09/08/2016 11AM (Today). Similar : Add New Born Baby Under your Iqama




Today Morning 6.45AM, I reached the Jawazath Head office which is located in King Fahad Branch Road. I went to the Counter near the car parking. By 7.30AM Staffs arrived and they issued tokens to everyone those who hold appointment irrespective of the appointment time. NOTE: I had seen many people without Appointments are also present and some lucky guys with solid reason got the service done without appointment. See Also : Dependent Iqama Procedure




As per the token I was guided to a counter and an officer in Uniform was in charge. Read this : Online Dependent Exit Re Entry Visa

Documents required by them
- Duly Filled Iqama issue form with Company seal (2 color photos of baby must pinned in it)
- Birth Certificate of Baby in Original and 1 copy of it.
- Baby Passport in Original and 1 copy of it.
- Copy of your Iqamas(Your+Wife)(Keep original)

IQAMA FOR NEWBORN BABY IN SAUDI ARABIA

The counter staff issued Iqama with in 2 minutes. The same time dependant list in Absher got updated and everything is over. Hope this experience may helpful for anyone in this situation.

Thanks and Regards
Eng Nandu Naroth Thazhath

REMIT SHOULD NOT EXCEED EXPAT INCOME

REMITTANCE OF EXPATS SHOULD NOT BE MORE THAN THEIR INCOME

Saudi Labor ministry is planning to implement a new rule to control the flow of money out of the country. The decision definitely supports the local Saudi economy but has thrown lemons at expats life.  According to the rule, the Saudi government will make a statistical report of the expats income and outflow.  




Bounded by the law an expatriate shouldn’t transfer money more than his income. This rule would put an end to illegal flow of money pooled from non-ethical sources. The amendment is applicable to any expat who works and gets paid in the kingdom of Saudi. According to Saudis population, 9 out of 10 employees in each sector are expats, such that these laws are very important ensuring an economic stability to the kingdom of Saudi. Recommended : No Tax on Outward Remittance




- Saudi Labor minister Adel Fakih added that this decision would revert millions of riyal back to the country, which shall be used for the development of the country. They also focus on ending illegal business, criminal activities, smuggling and other non-ethical sources of income by implanting such a law. According to the department of statistics, around 11 million of the total population are expatriates, which constitutes around 30% of the whole population of Saudi Arabia. Similar : Proposal of Tax on remit




- A huge amount of money is transferred from Saudi to different parts of the globe especially India, Pakistan, and Bangladesh. The government also emphasize on ‘Saudization’ or providing maximum job opportunities to Saudi nationals over the expats. As a part of it, the government already implemented several laws to encourage national job vacancies. Earlier this year Saudi government passed a law to replace expats from telecom industry and to be replaced with Saudis. As part of it, many lost the job and shifted to other industries. See Also : Enjaz Bank India Rate




- The government aims at a unified network of money transaction linked by the expat's bank account such that it would be easy for the government to keep track of the remittance status. Prior to that they will collect the salary status of each expat and do a timely comparison to keep track of their strategy. Read this : Riyadh to Philippine peso

REMIT SHOULD NOT BE MORE THAN INCOME


- Though this decision is soothing to Saudis, it doesn’t seem so with immigrants. Many raised queries against this rule as many claims that this would distress their sideline works and legal off chart earnings. Last year alone nearly 10000 expats lost a job due to modification and implementations of new laws and regulations. You May Like : Transfer Money Overseas

NEW PENALTIES FOR TRAFFIC VIOLATIONS

NEW AMENDMENTS IN TRAFFIC RULES

Based on the decision of Ministry Of Finance and Ministry Of Economy and Planning, The cabinet  and the Council of Ministers, revised the penalties of traffic violation (added new amendments), which is going to effect from the new Hijri year (01-01-1438) that is October 2, of the year 2016.  Next : Revised Visa Fee Scale




PENALTIES FOR TRAFFIC VIOLATIONS :

- Added new amendment in Article 68, Accidents involved drivers should stop the vehicle at the scene and should inform to the concern department, He also have to provide the possible help to the injured in the accident, If he fails to do so, A fine of maximum SR 10,000/- or imprisoned for a term not more than 3 months or both. Recommended : Check Traffic fines online

- For crossing a red light signal and for using illegal number plate you will be fined SR 3000/-




- New amendment is added in Article 69, Stunt driving is a traffic violence, Violator will be penalized with SR 20,000/- including seize of vehicle for 15 days. Similar : Drivers License

- For second violation, violator have to pay a fine of SR 40,000/- with seize of vehicle for 30 days.

NEW AMENDMENTS IN TRAFFIC VIOLATIONS

- For third violation, He must pay a fine of SR 60,000/- With a seize of vehicle. Violator will be present to the court in all the above cases. If the vehicle is stolen or rented one, Their will be no seize of the vehicle. See Also : Renew Driving License




- Article 70 New amendment, Any one who seizes the driving license or istimara of other people or gives it to mortgage will face a fine minimum SR 1000/- or a maximum of SR 2000/-. You May Like : Driving Using Mobile Phone

REVISED NEW VISA'S FEE IN SAUDI ARABIA

REVISED NEW VISA'S FEE TO EFFECT FROM 2nd OCT 2016

Based on the recommendation of Ministry Of Finance and Ministry Of Economy and Planning, The cabinet  and the Council of Ministers, took a decision to revise the visa fees and penalties of traffic violation which is going to effect from new year of Hijri calendar (1st Muharram 1438) that is 2nd October of 2016. Related Article : Jawazat Services Fee Scale



The below mentioned Exit Re Entry Fee Scale is applicable for all visas like Work Visa, Family Visa, Business Visa etc,. It covers all types of Visas. Related : Family Visit Visa Fee from 1st Muharram 1438

Single Exit Re Entry Visa Fee Scale :

- Expatriates Single Exit Re Entry visa for two months is SR 200/- and SR 100/- for each additional month till the expiry date of your residence permit. Read this : Check exit reentry Visa Status

NEWLY REVISED VISA FEE IN SAUDI ARABIA

Multiple Exit Re Entry Visa Fee Scale :

- Multiple Exit Re Entry visa fee will costs SR 500/- for three months and SR 200/- for each additional month till the validity of your iqama. Similar : Multiple Reentry Exit Visa




- Foreign visitors Multiple exit re entry visa will costs SR 3000/- for six months, For one year it will be SR 5000/- and for two years the charge will be SR 8000/-  Recommended : Check Kafeel Name

Haj & Umrah Visa Fee :


- There will be no fee for first time Haj or Umrah entry visa, From second entry you will be charged SR 2000/- You May Also Like : Facts About Hajj without Permit

- Government will bear a fee of SR 2000/- for first time Hajj and Umrah pilgrims and it is costing about 2 Billion Saudi Riyals every year.




Transit Visa Fee:

Saudi Transit visa fee costs SR 300/-

Exit VisaFrom Seaports :

Expatriates with Final Exit Visa from seaports have to pay a fee of SR 50/- See Also : Final Exit Visa in Saudi Arabia



REVISED VISA'S FEE SCALE IN SAUDI ARABIA

KING SALMAN ORDER RESOLVE ISSUES OF DISTRESS WORKERS

KING SALMAN ORDER TO RESOLVE THE ISSUES OF UNPAID EXPATS

Saudi Arabia's King Salman ordered to resolve the issues of unpaid workers, To fulfill this order, An amount of 100 million Saudi riyals is to be deposit in Saudi Arab fund account. Necessary steps would be taken to stop the repetition of such incidents in the future of the Kingdom.




Government will not issue payments to the contracted companies till they resolve their employees unpaid dues. Thousands of complaints are registered from Saudi Oger workers and other companies employees, that they are not getting their salaries from the past nine months.




Ministry's inspection team found that Saudi Oger and other companies violated its employees contracts by not providing them health insurances, food and maintaining of accommodation. As per the order of King Salman, Ministry will take following measures of distress workers whose companies failed to address their issues. Related : Saudi Sponsor Details

Free Services to workers and Due to the company :

KING SALMAN ORDER 100 MILLION FUND FOR DISTRESS WORKERS


- Supply of food and drinking water to the workers, Maintenance and cleaning of their accommodation, Free medical services at their camps.




- Renewal of residence permits would be done for those who want to stay in the company. See Also : Renew Iqama Saudi Arabia

- Transfer of sponsorships without any fee with the help of concerned embassies. Recommended : Transfer Iqama Sponsorship without kafeel

- Issuance of final exit visas and free transportation service from Saudia Airlines to their home country for those who wish to leave the kingdom with the help of concerned embassies. Similar : How to check final exit in Saudi Arabia




- Labor authorities will authorize legal agencies to pursue unpaid salaries of employees.

All the above services will be offered freely to the distress workers, later Finance ministry will deduct it from the floundering companies accounts as dues. You May Also Like : Claim Compensation

CAREEM PRIVATE TAXI SERVICE IN KSA

CAREEM A PRIVATE CAB TAXI SERVICE IN MIDDLE EAST

Careem is a private taxi service or online app cab booking service in Saudi Arabia and middle east countries, By accessing this application you can book a private car or limousine right from the place where you are. You can signup from this link "Signup for Careem Taxi" and get free SR 20 to SR 30 credit to travel any place within minutes right from your place .




Careem is in Saudi Arabia since 2 years with 300k users and 6k cars, Most of the expatriates and citizens are using this service, For now kareem taxi is successfully operational in various cities including Riyadh, Jeddah, Dammam, Dahran and Khobar. Recommended : Penalty of Using Cell phone while driving





- Careem application is also available on Play Store and IOS with 4+ stars, For Signing Up in Careem, You need to enter your Name, Mobile Number, Email, Password and use this Promo Code "HZU95W17G1" for getting free credit of SR 30 balance in your kareem account.

CAREEM TAXI PRIVATE CHAUFFEUR SERVICE
Procedure to use Careem Taxi for booking private Cab or Limousine :

1. Login to your careem application on your smartphone or online website www.careem.com




2. In home screen you will see a map and a pin to select, You need to move that pin to your current location, So that it will show a time for reaching taxi to you, If the time shown is okay for you. Similar : Penalty for Eating while driving in KSA

- Make sure you select "GO" from the above menu, You can also choose any options from "ECONOMY", "BUSINESS" and "MAX (For 6 Seats) ", You need to click on "RIDE NOW" and then "YALLA".


CAREEM PROMO CODE FOR SR 50 CREDIT

3. Once you clicked "YALLA", If you have credit on your current, It will show a message "You currently have credit of SR 50 in your account, Would you like to use the credit for this booking", You can click "YES", If you want to use credit.





4. Thats it, Now Careem will find a nearest cab to you and will send you a message with details of driver and car including car model and car number. Related : How to apply for Driving License in Saudi

5. Within specified time or before the time, Careem cab will be near to you, You can travel to your destination.
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