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Saudi Arabia provides One-month automatic iqama extension for expats abroad

The Directorate General of Passports (Jawazat) has automatically extended the validity of residency permit (iqama) of expatriates who are outside the Kingdom. The extension is for a month and without any fee, in line with the directives of the highest authorities.

The Jawazat said beneficiaries of the move are expatriates outside the Kingdom having exit and reentry visa and who have commercial trades as their professions. The extension is for a month from the date of expiry of iqama during the period between August 1 and 31.

As per Jawazat the new arrangement has been made in coordination with the Ministry of Human Resources and Social Development, and the National Information Center.

Earlier in July, the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Salman had approved extension of the validity of the expired iqama of expatriates who were within the Kingdom and outside for a period of three months without any fee or fine.

The Absher app of the Ministry of Interior had also announced that the extension of the period of the exit and reentry visa service will be available for domestic workers and family members of expatriates. The conditions for provision of this service included that the person shall be outside the Kingdom and there is validity for the residency permit (iqama) covering the extension period.