Children’s Visit Visa can be converted to Iqama

The Saudi Arabian General Directorate of Passports (Jawazat) has made it clear that Children under the age of 18 who are on visit visa accompanied by parents who hold normal iqama can have their visas converted into residence permits (iqama).

It was also revealed by Saudi Jawazat that a person’s identification can be renewed if the family’s head of household is located within the Kingdom but one of his dependents or companions is located outside of it.

Those who are currently located outside of the Kingdom and have paid the necessary cost through a payment service can prolong their exit re-entry visa on the Absher platform.

The expiration of the expat’s iqama does not preclude the possibility of renewing the visit visa, as was made clear in the Jawazat.

The maximum length of time for an extension of a family visit visa, as stated by the General Directorate of Passports, is 180 days. If the visitor’s visa has not been extended by the time it expires (after three days), a fine will be imposed.

Jawazat urged people to follow strictly to visa rules and depart the Kingdom before their visa expired, stressing that visa validity was a need for exiting Saudi Arabia.

The Passports office further stated that it has no responsibility for the issuance or approval of visitor visas, and that anyone interested in providing visitor visas should contact the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

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