Posted by : Aahil Shaik Saturday, September 25, 2021

Jawazat : Exit Re-Entry visa cannot be converted into Final Exit visa while the Expat is outside Saudi Arabia

The General Directorate of Passports (Jawazat) in Saudi Arabia has confirmed that exit re-entry visas of expatriates cannot be converted into a final exit visa, while the exit re-entry visa holder is outside the Kingdom. Follow Saudi Expatriates on Google News

Ban period for Expats who failed to return on Exit Re-Entry visa :

Saudi Jawazat clarified that, expats who left Kingdom on exit re-entry visa and failed to return before its expiry date will be banned from entering into Kingdom for a period of 3 years.

- The ban period for expat to start after 2 months of the expiry of exit re-entry visa. However, there will be exemptions for dependents of expats and those who come on a new visa under the previous employer. See Also : More than half million of expatriates left Saudi Arabia in one year

- There is no way to convert an exit re-entry visa into final exit visa to avoid the ban while the worker is outside the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, added the Passports department.

- In case of dependent's the family head can contact the Jawazat and cancel the iqama for dependent and later apply for permanent family visa again as the exit re-entry visa is not applicable to dependents.

- The main aim of imposing ban is to prevent workers from switching jobs using these visa. Recommend : Paid fee cannot be refunded, in case of cancellation of exit re-entry visa

- The travel ban of 3 years for violating exit re-entry visa rules stops a working expat from entering the Kingdom on work visa, permanent family visa and family visa. However, one can enter on Hajj or Umrah visa.

For Domestic Workers : 

 - While the domestic workers who failed to return to Saudi Arabia will be automatically removed from Absher system 6 months after the expiry of the validity of their exit re-entry visa.

- Domestic workers will be removed from the Jawazat's system 30 days after the expiry of their exit re-entry visa, in case of reporting their failure to return is communicated through Absher's Tawasul service for Messages and Requests. See Also : Jawazat sets the conditions for extending exit re-entry visa

- Employer or sponsors can able to cancel their notification sent to Jawazat through Tawasul can canceled within 15 days of reporting.

Exit Re-Entry visa cannot be converted into Final Exit visa while the Expat is outside Saudi Arabia -

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