Apply for Permanent Family Visa through Istiqdam

The biggest problem expatriates face in Saudi Arabia is bringing their families to the Kingdom. The social environment in Saudi Arabia is very dry and if one does not even have a family, it becomes drier. Below, I will be explaining in detail how can one bring his family in Saudi Arabia on a permanent visa (Iqama).

Ministry of Interior has also started the online process of applying for a permanent family visa for some specific professions. We have covered this procedure in this link “Apply for Permanent Family Visa Online“. However, it is important to mention here that below procedure is still valid to apply for a permanent family visa.

Documents Requirement to Apply for Permanent Family Visa through Istiqdam

The most important hurdle in bringing the family on the permanent visa is your profession on Iqama. Visa for the family can only be issued if you have a good profession on Iqama. List of professions who are eligible to bring families on permanent visas can be seen by clicking here. “List of Professions eligible to Apply for Family Visas

If profession on your Iqama is suitable to bring your family to Saudi Arabia on a permanent visa, you will have to change your profession. A detailed guide to change the profession can be read by clicking here. “Change your Iqama Profession

If you want to change profession, you will have to send your original degrees to your native country for attestation by Saudi Embassy and Saudi Culture Office. We have also provided in detail the step by step process of getting degree attestation from these two institutions in this article. “Attest Degrees for Saudi Arabia”. However, if you have a degree issued by Saudi University, there is no need to attest it.

If you are intending to bring your wife and children here in Saudi Arabia, next step is to get the marriage certificate and birth certificates of children (along with Arabic Translation) attested by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in your country, then Saudi Embassy. I have covered this topic in detail in this link “Procedure to Attest Marriage Certificate for Saudi Arabia

Process in Saudi Arabia to Apply for Permanent Family Visa through Istiqdam

Now, I assume that you have all these documents in your hand in Saudi Arabia. It means Iqama profession is suitable, you have your attested degrees, attested marriage certificate and attested birth certificates of children along with attested Arabic translated copies.

You will have to go to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Saudi Arabia to Attest Documents from MOFA. If these are not stamped by MOFA, Jawazat will not accept it. It is better to go there at around 10 am in the morning. You will find it very crowded at 7,8 is. Make sure you have translated all these documents from an approved translator of Saudi Arabia. They are not going to attest it without translation.

You need to take a letter from your sponsor directed to Jawazat requesting from them to process a visa for your family. It needs to be attested by the Chamber of Commerce of the city where your employer is registered. We have listed down some important points for attestation of documents from Chamber of Commerce. I would recommend you to read them before personally visiting the chamber of commerce.

If your profession is related to Engineering, you need to get membership of Saudi Council of Engineering and accountants will have to get membership of SOCPA “Procedure to get SOCPA Membership

You also need a form to be filled in Arabic as an application of the permanent family visa. You can ask government relations officer of your company to give you a copy of this form. This form needs to be filled, signed and stamped by the Kafeel. If you do not find this form from the Government Relations Officer of your company, you can take a copy of it from Istiqdam office.

You will have to book an appointment with Istiqdam office online. The procedure to book an appointment with Istiqdam is given in this link. “Procedure for Book online Appointment with Istaqdam

You need to submit visa fee of SR 2,000/- per family through SADAD. Try to pay this fee from your internet or phone banking. It is always preferable to pay it from your personal bank account. I have explained the procedure of making payment in this link. “Payment of Fee for Permanent Family Visa“. However, if you are a government employee, you are exempt from making such payment

Now you need to ask for Government Relations Officer of your company about the Jawazat Office you need to visit. There are several Jawazat offices in big cities. If you are living in Jeddah, you need to go to Istiqdam Jawazat Office situated in Rehab District. Moreover, you need to visit the Jawazat office of the same city from where your Iqama is issued.

Try to go to Jawazat Office before it is opened in the morning. You will see people standing in the queue; you should also be in this queue. When gates are opened, try to enter early and get token. You will be required to appear to the counter at your token number.

You need to submit attested degrees along with the translation, attested marriage certificate and attested birth certificates of all your children, copies of passports of all the people applying for the visa, a copy of the Iqama and letter from the sponsor stamped by Chamber of Commerce.The Degree Certificate translation should be done from authorized centers only. Some of the translation centers don't have a license so be careful. A list of few approved translators in Jeddah is given in this link.

Take copies of all the original documents and submit them to the window at your turn. Whenever there are some attested documents, make sure you have taken a copy of the main document as well as attested stamps. He will check the documents and will ask you to wait for a while.

After around 30 minutes, you will be called again at the window and if everything goes fine, you will be given a yellow slip. Check if the names and other details mentioned on the yellow slip are the same as mentioned in the passport and other formal documents. If any information in the yellow slip is not correct, you can go back to Istiqdam within 3 working days.

Divide all documents as Two Section All Originals & All Photocopies,

  • Visa application form with company seal & authorized signature. It is better to type in English capital letters and stick in the place where you should write the names of wife & child/children
  • Degree certificate- attested & translated
  • Marriage Certificate- attested & translated
  • Birth Certificate- Attested & translated
  • Salary Certificate- original & Chamber attested
  • Passport copy of wife- front & back page
  • Passport copy of Kids- Front & back
  • Visa copy – from your passport
  • Iqama Copy
  • Appointment Letter
  • Receipt of SR 2000
  • Although they rarely ask for it, it is better to keep a copy of Commercial Registration and Zakat certificate of company you are working in. Someone has commented that Jawazat officer asked for it from him.

Process in Native Country to Stamp Permanent Family Visa on Passport

Now, you need to send this Yellow slip to your native country to your family. It is always advisable to take services of some agent in this regard. Overseas employment agents are expert in these kinds of processes and they have relations inside Saudi Embassy. It is easier for them to get it stamped.

They will charge you from SR 400 to SR 500 per passport and take care of all the requirements.

The Validity of Yellow Slip issued by the Istiqdam office is one year as per the website of Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

In some countries like Pakistan, Saudi Government has established Etimad Centers. You do not need to contact agents in case Etimad Centers are established in your native country. You directly go to them with the report of medical test. They will process the permanent family visa for you. Charges of Etimad Center are also same as mentioned above. You will have to take an online appointment at Etimad Center and the procedure of taking an online appointment at Etimad Center is explained in this link.

All your family members will have to go through a medical test before applying for a visa to Saudi Embassy. The agent will give a token for every family member and they will have to appear for the test in designated laboratories.

If you have Eitmad centers in your country, there is no need to take the token. You can directly go to the approved laboratory for test. The report of the test is required to be submitted to Saudi Embassy to stamp the Visa. I have already published an article on this subject, have look at it, “List of Medical Tests for Saudi Visa”

If there is anything wrong in the result, some people will ask for the bribe to get it clear. Please never give money to them. There will be a test in Saudi Arabia as well and you will be deported if found problematic there.

Once the Iqama is processed, your family will receive a call from the agent. Once you are done with the above steps, you can check the status of permanent family visa online.

Process to adopt after Arrival in Saudi Arabia to Apply for Iqama

When your family has reached to Saudi Arabia, you need to apply for their Iqama. Please be noted that the major work has been done. You will have to appear in a medical test in Saudi Arabia. This medical test is not very critical, you will pass it easily. This test is only performed in the designated laboratories of the government. The complete procedure to apply for the first Iqama for your family has been given in this link “Procedure to Apply for First Iqama for Dependents in Saudi Arabia

  • Samuel Almonte

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  • Maz

    Hope it might help someone.
    Family visa can be processed from the a country of resident of the family, if the family is not in their home country. Attached a copy of Family resident visa in the application and fill the form with the city family will apply for in the country they reside in. Istikhdam will give the yellow paper with city of the country your family is residing in. They will be able to apply from that city embassy/consulate.

  • Faisal

    You may now apply for family visa through MOI portal Absher. The process is simple and online, you do not have to go to istiqdam office for getting the yellow slip. Simply do the following;
    1. Login to Absher
    2. Fill the family visa application form
    3. Print it and get it signed by your sponsor and attested from chamber of commerce.
    4. If your profession and salary info is as per MOFA rules it would be accepted instantly or in 2-3 days.
    5. You have to check the status of the visa on MOFA portal visa.mofa.gov.sa, Do not wait for the status to change on Absher.
    6. Print or email the visa paper to your spouse to proceed with Etimad or visa offices in your country.

  • junaid

    Process in Saudi Arabia: point no. 7 says “Moreover, you need to visit jawazath office of same city were your iqama is issued” Now in my case my company is register in Jeddah and since i have iqama issued from Riyadh i went today to submit my isteqdam documents the officer their directly rejected saying you need to submit this in Jeddah. kindly need your advice………..

  • ochnk alts

    Hi Juneid, I have similar situation as yours. However I haven’t applied yet, still in the process of preparation. I wonder if you can provide me your contact (email or whatsapp), as I would like to consult about few things.

    Thanks.

  • What is written on the face of your iqama? Jeddah or Riyadh?

  • Raza Khan

    now a days whichever Iqamas are issuing these are all without city name
    just written ” Electronic Services خدمات اليكترونية “

  • haidar ali

    dear fasil, my profession in my iqama is electric technician, while i have degree speicliaed in HR and having job as hr assisntnt manager,
    i don,t have any diploma as electrecian, can i apply for permanent family visa,and will they ask me to provide electrical diploma ? pls ans

  • Habib ullah janjua

    Hi All.
    News is if your Kafeel is with name of (Shummari,Zahrani,kathani) you cannot get permaent family visa.
    I got my attested B.com degree from all concerned departments. Going to apply family visa.My profession is Muhasib zbaen.
    Any help….please?

  • Gopi Chandiran

    Dear mr steve ,
    i have M.sc electronics degree but iqama is electronic technician can i get permanent family visa.

  • Mark

    Same situation as Junaid. My iqama issued in riyadh, but im working in jeddah and planing to process here in jeddah jawazath office . any advice for us?

  • Habib ullah janjua

    Hi Muhamamd.
    I got to know if your Kafeel is with name of (Shummari,Zahrani,kathani) you cannot get permanent family visa.
    I got my attested B.com degree from all concerned departments. Going to apply family visa.My profession is Muhasib zbaen.
    Any Guidance ….please pelase?

  • There is no reality in in it. Do not worry!

  • JT

    Hi Steve.
    I know this is a bit off topic but i couldnt find the exact discussion to ask this question on.

    My Wife is currently on a 6 month exit re-entry visa and I am due to go on final exit. If she as a dependent of mine does not go on a final exit will the rule of not being able to enter KSA for 3 years be applicable to her.

    Thank you for you help as always steve, you are god sent.

  • This rule applies only to employees not on dependents

  • Mohammed Rizwan

    If the city on your Iqama say’s Jeddah, then you need to apply from Jeddah.

  • JT

    Dear Steve. Thank you my friend.

  • Navith M

    Assalamu alaikum to all,

    My profession is ” Data Entry Operator” , is this profession is eligible for family visa.?

    Please let me know if any one have an idea.

  • Alan

    Thank you Mr. Steve, I got my yellow slip today. I followed the steps above except MOFA attestations as they allowed with only Saudi embassy attestation, maybe (just maybe) in my case. The front desk officer took my appointment paper and take a glimpse on my Istiqdam form and let me wait and sit for about 25 minutes then call my name again by visa issuing officer that it takes only 5 minutes for him to verify all my documents and issue yellow slip to me.

  • Ask me for help

    Hello Guys.. ..
    Recently Applied Visa…..i applied it on 5th august and my family came in 31st august. . .it has processed very fast…..happy…..
    A thing to note is that if your son is more than 17.5 in hijri age they will reject it……. If officer accepts but mofa will reject… its like that …. 17.5 and all means 16+ in gregorian……be carefulll…..if willing to being bring son please apply it before he becomes 17…….

  • Ask me for help

    Any body wants a trick to get appointment for permenant family visa ?????

  • Syed Zohaib Shah

    Dear Steve,I am working here in Saudi Arabia since from 7 years,I came on Labor visa then later my company changed my profession to Safety Officer(fani aman wo Salama) as I already working as a EHSS Supervsor,Dear now one company offer me a good status for the same job,I am going now on final exit from the current company and want to come back with other company visa,there is no real degree for Safety officer, only on some courses like OSHA company are selecting people,please tell me as i will wait for your reply that i need to attest my simple BA degree for safety officer or no need I can come on safety officer visa without degree attestation? As i said there is no degree for safety officer. Your Reply will be highly appreciated.

  • Habib ullah janjua

    Hi,

    I Got YELLOW SLIP from istakdam is this visa i sent to my native country Pakistan. But i have to wait for online approval of yellow slip?
    How many days it takes to approve. what is the next step?
    Any help Thanks

  • taimur malik

    I need permanent family visa for my wife…….my iqama profession is computer technician (fanni haasib aali). I have Master degree in MS(TN) which is attested from saudi embassy and saudi cultural office…… my marriage certificate also attested from saudi embassy……my salary is 4000 SAR….
    Can i get the family visa?
    plesase reply…

  • Habib ullah janjua

    Thanks steve for this i got yellow slip yesterday. what about yellow slip is this visa or i have to wait and check online?

    Thanks for help

  • Bilal
  • taimur malik

    habib ullah please can you share the information that how much minimum salary required to get family visa?

  • Habib ullah janjua

    Mine was 8000 but am not sure how much exactly required….

  • taimur malik

    my salary is 4000 SAR…..Can i get the visa?
    My degree is attested from Saudi embassy and Cultural office…

  • Adnan Masood

    Hi Steve,
    I need your help in sorting one problem for wife visa.
    I applied for family visa and visa issued by Istakdam. My wife went through the GAMCA Medical test in Lahore Pakistan and the medical center have declared her unfit due to HBs Antigen positive. Now how can I get the visa stamped, my wife will be a resident and not entitled to work in KSA. Can you please guide through to resolve this?
    Your support is highly appreciated.
    You can send me email at [email protected].
    Thanks…

  • Ali Salman Zaheer

    yes please

  • Misbah Ghouse

    Hi admin, I just want to know my salary is 5000 including all allowances. Am i eligible to apply family visa.
    Or is there any salary cut off?
    Pleas reply

  • Hima

    just write u have more than 5000 sar while apply the application online , and the most important is your job title in your visa first time u come and if it accepted or not and compatible with your passport

  • Hima

    yes u can put when apply the application online write salary at lest 5000 , dont worry no one will ask prove

  • taimur malik

    Hima thanks for your kind reply….. but i discuss with my company that please give me salary certificate of 5000….. but they said no we will not give you…….. they said we will give you the certificate with respect to your actual salary which is 4000…

  • jawad khan

    Hi Steve,
    I hered that from one of my friend he told me now u can get family permanent visa just take your salary certificate with chamber .minimum your salary is 3600 after that you can get family visa.they need 6 month account statement.is this true? confirm me steve

  • jawad khan

    dear bro i want that trick .

  • jawad khan

    bilal did u get that trick

  • Hima

    why u need it , u apply for the visa online , and just write the salary in the form is more than 5000 , thats it
    u know brother the most important is to be your job title in your visa in the passport and the iqama is the same , and its allowed to make istikdam online

  • Adnan Masood

    Hi Admin,
    I need your help in sorting one problem for wife visa.
    I applied for family visa and visa issued by Istakdam. My wife went through the GAMCA Medical test in Lahore Pakistan and the medical center have declared her unfit due to HBs Antigen positive. Now how can I get the visa stamped, my wife will be a resident and not entitled to work in KSA. Can you please guide through to resolve this?
    Your support is highly appreciated.
    You can send me email at [email protected].
    Thanks…

  • taimur malik

    it’s not same brother…because i came here on Labor Visa and then I change my profession to Fanii haasib aali…. so i need this paper and i have to take the appointment for visa…

  • Mohamed Kasim

    1. Copy of Passport of your dependents.
    2. Copy of Marriage Contract attested in Saudi Embassy in your home country(If you have Original along with MOFA attestation in KSA then it will be perfect , But if you dont have it then dont worry as Attested Copy is enough).
    3. Your Iqama Copy & Original Required for Verification.
    4. Your Passport Copy & they may ask Original for Verification.
    5. Visa application form with COC stamping.
    6. Sponsor letter with COC Stamping.
    7. Attested Educational Qualification from your Home country ALSO NEED TO ATTEST IN KSA.
    8. If you are Engineer then you need to bring the letter from Saudi Council of Engineer. Also please keep it with you the Accreditation Certificate.

  • Muhammad

    Hello everyone, Need advise please as I am in serious trouble.
    I applied for my family VISA through Istqdam and they reject. Officer in Isteqdam said that your entry VISA in saudi arabia is “personal driver”. however before applying I attested my masters computer science and changed my profession to computer network technician.
    But still they rejected saying that you entered in KSA on “personal driver” VISA. now I dont know what to do. Some people are saying you have to pay 10-12k SAR to get visa.
    Anyone can help me out? shall I pay 10k to a middle man to get family VISA?
    Please help

  • MOHAMMED HASHIM

    Hi everyone, need advise please.
    I came to KSA on “aamil mamaari” (construction worker) visa and changed my profession to “computer network Technician” and working in a construction company head office as IT Support Engineer. My engineering degrees are not attested from the Ksa embassy in India. Now when I prepare for my Family visa I don’t have enough documents to prove my profession as technician except a CISCO CCNA certification (cannot be attested and not translated). I have a salary of 4500 SAR and the company provides me the salary certificate for this purpose. Will the Istiqdam accept my application successfully?
    Please reply needed urgently.
    Thank you in advance.

  • Nainar

    Yesterday(11.10.16) I visited Istiqdam for family visa.

    My iqama profession is Engineer. But my visa Mechanic.I submitted my Engineering certificate which is attested in Saudi cultural, Saudi embassy and mofa in india.

    They ask me to get my degree attested from MOFA, saudi arabia and also GOSI certificate.

    Also i saw many people send back to get their GOSI certificate.

    Getting MOFA attestation is very simple. Just visit MOFA with transalation to attest. 30SAR is the charge. No need GRO.

    To get GOSI ceritificate, Visit gosi.gov.sa website and register yourself. You have to register as a “Contributor”. Then generate the certificate. Before you revisit Istiqdam, verify the salary is same as the mentioned in the company letter.

  • Mohamed Naleem

    No need any statement. Confirmed.

  • Mohamed Naleem

    no problem, even 4000 SAR acceptable, In sha Allah

  • Mohamed Naleem

    Thilina How are you?
    This is Naleem from Srilanka,
    How could i contact saudi embassy in srilanka.
    I need your assistant.
    Mobile number?

  • Abi

    Dear Muhammad,

    I am too in same boat facing this issue. But I have seen people came with Labour Category and also with their family.. I don’t know, how..

    Post your thoughts, when you get a away…
    ———–
    Please brothers, kindly give us your suggestions to come out of this issues. In spite of have good degree, we are suffering to bring our family due to this issue.

  • Muhammad

    Hello Abi, plz contact me
    0593225959 we may help each other or can exchange information. Thanks

  • Zaheer Shaikh

    Salaam Everyone….

    Alhamdu lillah..
    I got my family visa last week.. follow the steps mentioned above..
    there is nothing to worry if your all documents are as per requirement..
    I got MOFA attestation in just 2 mins.. but it is very difficult to get ur number.. Try to reach MOFA as early as possible in the morning.. I reached there @ 4.45 AM.
    Then took the appointment of Istiqdam through MOI and reached there on time..
    Get the token, wait for my turn..
    On my turn I handed over my all documents to Officer, he checked and varified with my original docs..
    Then he asked me to seat there..
    After 15 mins he shouted my name and gave me the yellow slip.. Alhamdu Lillah..

    Thank you very much Steve for your information..!!!

  • Shujaat Iqbal Farooqui

    I was having my degree attested from Saudi Culture and embassy. Buy after marriage when I was about to call my wife here I lost my original degree but I’m having the photocopy of the attested degree. Can this help. Because I need to call my wife as soon as possible

  • Shujaat Iqbal Farooqui

    Congratulations

  • Thilina Rajinda

    Hi Naleem, Sorry for delay respond. Hope you have got the answer already. If you did not get it just refer as below:
    Address: 43, Horton Pl, Colombo 00700, Sri Lanka
    Tel. +94 11 2 682087
    Google map: https://www.google.com.sa/maps/place/Embassy+of+Saudi+Arabia/@6.9115267,79.8691655,267m/data=!3m1!1e3!4m5!3m4!1s0x0:0x3e3844b1016de5e5!8m2!3d6.9118387!4d79.8691581?hl=en

  • Mohamed Naleem

    Dear Thilina,
    Can i have your contact number or email? please
    Thanks

  • Syed Bilal

    Dear Shujaat Farooqui,
    I am sorry for your loss. Officer at ISTAQDAM Office will ask for the original Degree/ Certificate to check all the stamps over it.
    99%, chances are against you. If you have any Police Report for the Loss of Original Documents, you can take that with you and try your luck.
    From my personal experience, they don’t change their rules; Original Reuired means Original Required.
    Did you try to apply online from Abshar Account? There you don’t need any Original Documents.
    All the best.

  • Rean

    Brother,

    I am also in “Computer Technician” profession. I came directly in that visa. which means, my passport also stamped as “Computer Technician”. I could apply permanent visa ONLINE one year before for my wife. But now I tried to take it for my son, and I cannot. It says, “requirements not matching with istiqdam business rules”.

    Do you know wny it is showing like this? now computer technician cannot get online visa?

  • Rean

    Brother,

    What are the documents you submitted to Istiqdam? Is it mandatory that the application form should be filled manually?? Please list out the documents you submitted there… It will be really helpful for others.

    Thanks in Advance

  • Zaheer Shaikh

    Dear,
    Following are the documents,
    1. Degree, marriage certi, birth certificate attested from your home county then MOFA attestation from KSA.
    2. Application form to be filled up in arabic, but the family member names must be in english as per passport. (Can be filled up in computer if u have soft copy)
    3. Above form stamped with your employer
    4. Introduction letter from company stating your salary and mentioning all your details like iqama no., passport no, your position, nationality. It is to be stamped from chamber of commerce
    5. SAR 2000/- pay for family visa and its print out
    6. Appointment letter
    7 Valid iqama
    8. visa copy

  • Rean

    Thank You So Much! Allah Bless You!

  • Rean

    # 3 Should the application form be stamped by Chamber of Commerce? or Only Employer Stamp?

  • Hima

    some friends like u and they told me Computer Technician not allowed now should be programmer. i dont know the difference .
    u should try ask passports themselves

  • Zaheer Shaikh

    Only employer stamp on application form..

  • Asif Shehzad Khan

    congratulations brother, could you pls connect with me on whats app, as i am unaware of this process and need some help. my whats app is 00966591144455. Jazak Allah Khair

  • Syed Bilal

    Dear All,
    I have got the Yellow Paper for my Wife today from Riyadh Istaqdam.
    If anyone needs to know the experience or any point, please feel free to ask.

  • Syed Bilal

    Chamber of Commerce is also required. Be on the safe side.

  • Syed Bilal

    Chamber of Commerce is also required. Be on the safe side so you will not face any 11th hour trouble

  • Anish K

    Dear Bilal, On what day did you manage to get an Istiqdam appointment and how far is advance could to book an appointment. My company is insisting to book 10 days in advance.

  • Syed Bilal

    I got the appointment for Tuesday on Sunday Morning. The appointments were available for the next 4 days only.
    You dont have the option to choose as per your need. All you can do is to check and book from the available days.

  • Anish K

    Riyadh appointments for family visa are open for next week. Please hurry up. All the best

  • Anish K

    Hi Syed, I got the appointment today for 7 Nov. So it is indeed possible to book upto 10 days in advance. But I do agree that the people should book a open slot as soon as it becomes available.

  • Syed Bilal

    Thats great! Congrats! Appointment system has no particular rules. We r getting appointments on different days and on different timings.
    Just say Thanks to Allah whenever you get one 🙂

  • Hameed

    I have a legally adopted child. should i apply for his permanent family visa online under son category or there is some other procedure for applying. And after online application submission, do i need to go to COC with my employer or its not needed

  • Umair Shah

    Please give some guidence for istiqdam form
    Only family members name should bebin English ?
    Regarding translations of marraige certificate and degree they should be done from the same city where you are applying for istiqdam ?
    Translations need to be attested by MOFA ?

  • Umair Shah

    Dear in my company letter they mentioned all but passport number is not mentioned is it ok ?

  • Zaheer Shaikh

    Iqama detaisl are mentioned thats enough.. don’t worry..

  • Umair Shah

    Thanks bro
    Jizak Allah Khair

  • Syed Bilal

    Dear Umair,
    Please fill all the details in Arabic but write the name of the person for whom you are applying, as it is written in the passport (english).
    You can get the MOFA attestation from any city, it is not required to get the attestation from the same city.
    But apply in the same Istaqdam Office from where your Iqama was issued.
    Degree should be translated from authorized translator, but no need of MOFA on translated document

  • Syed Bilal

    dear sir, i really respect for your act of humanity. adopting someone is a big act of courage and humanity. is your name there in the passport as a father ?
    if not, i dont think so that it will work, otherwise half of the population from all other countries would be here through this process of adoptation.
    Please confirm from someone wise, i m just a man with no knowledge, i just have some experiences of my life with me.

  • Syed Bilal

    congratulations! great.
    with or without saudi, if Allah is with you 😉

  • Jhong

    Hello Mr. Syed! Congratulations and thank you for your enthusiasm to assist people you would have inquiry regarding applications through istiqdam. I would like to ask only if I could possibly take a family permanent visa for my 14 years old son since I’m a female and Laboratory Specialist by profession. I have read from many blogs that the usual applicants are male only. Kindly provide me your opinion please. Thank you!

  • Syed Bilal

    Hi Mrs. Jhong,
    I m surprised with your over whelming comments.
    As per my knowledge, a mother can sponsor her kids. I have seen real life examples. One of my friend is living here and his sponsor is his own wife.
    She got a job and all 3 kids and husband came with her.
    So dont worry about it.
    Please make sure that u have all the required documents to get the VISA of your son.
    If u need any other information, feel free to ask 🙂

  • Jhong

    Thank you so much for giving that hope. I just got an istiqdam appointment just today for Thursday, November 3 and hopefully I could obtain the yellow slip with Allah’s will. Again thank you so much Sir!

  • Jhong

    Istiqdam appointment for riyadh is opened! Hurry!

  • Jhong

    Istiqdam appointment for riyadh is opened, hurry!!!

  • Syed Bilal

    Inshallah, are all your degrees and documents attested by MOFA here in KSA and also in your home country by Saudi Cultural Mission ?

  • Jhong

    Yes Sir.

  • Syed Bilal

    Thats great.
    Wish you all the best.
    Take all the required documents with you.
    If your file is complete, there r more chances for you to get Visa.
    I m sutre you are aware of list of required documents.

  • Syed Bilal

    Appointments for Riyadh Istaqdam are still available. Hurry up and get one

  • Umair Shah
  • Umair Shah

    Thanks bro

  • Jhong

    Thank you so much Sir!

  • Syed Bilal

    I have no idea about the notes what are they ?

  • Malgi Mohammed

    Bilal Bhai please do let me know if Riyadh istaqdam appointment availability.. trying so hard but cannot get one 0562666187 is my mobile #

  • Malgi Mohammed

    Salam Mrs. Jhong please do inform me of Riyadh istiqdam appointments when the website is open to 0562666187. Trying from many days but cannot get one. Thank you very much

  • Ali Salman Zaheer

    try on thursday night (friday morning) after 12:00 am. you will see appointments for whole week.

  • Malgi Mohammed

    Salamalaikum Mr. Ali Salman, i tried this past Thursday(Friday night), atleast until 1AM but didnt get one. Is there any whatsapp group for real regarding istiqdam appointment discussion? if so please help me get added in that group 0562666187 is my saudi #.. thank you so much

  • Ali Salman Zaheer

    wa salaam. i think they update it every 2 weeks maybe. i tried once at 12 am but didn’t find anything. when i tried on another week i could see appointments for the whole week. not the same week appointments, but the next week after. some people said they got their appointments on sunday at 7-8 am as well. so i guess all we can do is keep trying at the magic times

  • Malgi Mohammed

    Thanks Mr. Ali Salman. Hoping that i will get the appointment soon.

  • Ali Salman Zaheer

    Inshaa Allah brother.

  • Usama Khan

    Mr Bilal, just one question: how strict are they regarding checking degrees?

  • Taseem

    Dear bilal .. please tell me what documents required to visit istiqdam? Actully my iqama profession is computer tech and my degree is MBA Finance already attested.

  • Syed Bilal

    Please note the below List of required documents:
    . Orignal Degrees, attested from Saudi Embassy in your home country and MOFA in saudi arabia. Also Translation of Degrees.
    . Orignal Marriage Cettificate, attested and translated from Saudi Embassy in your home country and MOFA in Saudi Arabia.
    . Your Passport copy
    . VISA Page photo copy, on which you entered in KSA
    . Valid IQAMA Copy
    . Copy of Passport of Spouse
    . Introductiom Letter from Kafeel, attested from Chamber
    . Istaqdam Form, signed by Kafeel and Stamped, also attested from chamber.
    . Copy of appointment letter at Istaqdam.

  • Malgi Mohammed

    Dammam istiqdam appointments are open.. please inform if Riyadh appointments are open

  • Asif Shehzad Khan

    It means your visa will be updated in two weeks on MOFA site but it is updated almost within 4 working days

  • Asif Shehzad Khan

    Hi Friends: Is there anyone who was able to bring a physically challenged wife to Saudi Arabia on a permanent family Visa? Earliest comments are much appreciated.

  • Umair Shah

    Iqama doesn’t matters . The main thing is Chamber of Commerce.
    But in your case CoC is Riyadh . Can you update us what happened to your case ?
    Whenever you get Chamber of Commerce name of the city is written and you have to take appointment in that city.

  • Umair Shah

    Brother take appointment in the city where your company has Chamber of commerce .

  • Aby Thykkodathu

    Dear Bilal Bhai,

    Do I need to pay 2000 SAR per family member or just 2000 SAR for the entire family (wife + 2 kids)? I am raising this concern on the grounds of recent change in fees for visit visas.

    Kindly advice…

  • Jhong

    Hello Sir! Have you already taken your appointment? Now I’ve checked appointment is open for Riyadh.

  • Ali Salman Zaheer

    Riyadh appointments are open now. hope u get it

  • Ali Salman Zaheer

    Riyadh, Dammam, Jeddah all open! Hurry and book!

  • aira

    Salaam to all. You mention that female not allowed to apply on line. Do u mean i have to go directly to istiqdam? More information please. Or Anyone can help. I’m working at government hospital as a medical laboratory. This time my husband n kids with me tru visit visa. N I want them permanent visit visa.anyone Please help

  • Ashnas Memon

    “Your application cannot be processed; because it does not fulfill Istiqdam e-service business rules.” You can book an appointment with Istiqdam and submit your occupation to be studied manually. To Book an appointment, please click here (Istiqdam appointments system) why show this message online family visa

  • SAJID MOIDEEN

    Hey Admin,
    I got one query
    My permanent family visa has been stamped on wife’s passport today . However the travel agent says I need to get my Iqama renewed before she travels else she will be denied entry into Saudi Arabia. My Iqama expires mid of Feb and I have booked tickets for her Mid of December . Could you share your thoughts

  • Rizwan Shah

    Hello… my profession is Computer Technician. And my degrees are from commerce background… my education doesn’t match with my profession nature which is mentioned on iqama…
    It’s … Fanny Hasib e Ali…

    Do i still apply for the family visa.. or should i neecls change iqama profession as accountant or something like that.. pls advise

  • Gibe

    me and my wife are working here in Saudi Arabia, but in different company. we want our daughter to be with us for permanent visa so that she can go to school here, she is 10yrs old. what are the requirements needed to process. pls help.

  • Jojo

    Sir, good day! I want to apply my wife for permanent family visa. where can i get the form from istiqdam? is it available here in dammam or i have to go to riyadh where my iqama was issued? thanks in advance for your help.

  • Yoseff

    Hi there,

    I really appreciate your help please. My husband is trying to pay 2000 riyal and both the website and atm is giving him error code.

    He brought his first wife on a residence visa but now she has left with final exit visa. He has now one child under his sponsorship but no wife. Could that be the reason?

    Am i not entitled for a permanent visa? Is there any other way to apply.

  • Ahmed

    Hi Sir,
    Could you please help me to fill family visa form, as i know this should be filled in Arabic only. My dependents name are in english in their passport. Should i write their names in english or arabic in family visa form.
    Please advise.

  • Robert Jones

    Hello Mr. Steve,

    A freind of mine visited Riyadh Istikdam today. He has a bachelor degree in Science. His iqama profession is sales respresentative (مندوب مبيعات). He was told that he cannot get residence family visa on sales representative profession. I have all the degrees and documents with all the attestations. My iqama profession is also Sales Representative. My degree is BCOM?

    Is it true that sales representative is not eligible for family residence visa?

  • In order to get the permanent family visa, your degree should match with the profession. If he has a bachelor’s degree in Science, what is he doing in Sales field unless his employer is a science related company? In the same way, your degree should support your profession to get this visa.
    Sales Representatives are entitled to get this visa.

  • Raza Khan

    Dear Mr. Steve,

    I’m here in saudi arabia having my family as on permanent family visa.
    My contract with my company is “single” so i bring my family at my own responsibility, Their housing,food ,inssurance …ect every thing i’m paying myself , company have to pay nothing for him…

    Now my company asking me to send my family as on final exit because this is illegal by saudi labor law that if someone having no family status in contract he can’t keep family here in KSA on permanent family visa.

    In this regard Pls. need your opinion if my company telling true? is there such a labor law existing

    Pls. guide me

  • Robert Jones

    Dear Mr. Steve, My degre is Bachelor of Commerce. Is this degree matching with sales representative position?

    Also, can you help me to get appointments for Ridyah. It says no appointments available?

    Appreciate your quick reply.

  • Raza Khan

    Dear Mr. Steve & All,

    I’m here in saudi arabia having my family as on permanent family visa.
    My contract with my company is “single” so i bring my family at my own responsibility, Their housing,food ,inssurance …ect every thing i’m paying myself , company have to pay nothing for him…

    Now my company asking me to send my family as on final exit because this is illegal by saudi labor law that if someone having no family status in contract he can’t keep family here in KSA on permanent family visa.

    In this regard Pls. need your opinion if my company telling true? is there such a labor law existing

    Pls. can any one reply

  • It is not like this, Labor Law does not cover family and children matters. As per CCHI (Council of Cooperative Health Insurance) rules, an employer needs to pay the insurance expenses of the entire family of the employee.

    However, you can sign another undertaking with your employer that you will pay them back the insurance expenses incurred on the renewal of insurance of your family.

    If they still persist, ask them for a reference in Saudi Labor Law

  • Raza Khan

    Dear Mr. Steve, My discussion going on with management regarding above issu, i will let you know finally . .

    Meanwhile Pls. i need to know one more thing, if my employer not agree to cover inssurance of my family within company inssurance group even i’m ready to pay them back insurance expenses then Pls. advise if
    is it possible ? that i can make new inssurance (myself) with an other registered inssurance company for me and my whole family.
    in that case i will having 2 inssuance 1 from my company for me only and 2nd with my family from other inssuance company.
    my last iqama renewal has done same like .

    Pls. advise if this time also it will work ? Because i hear somewhere in blog that now we can’t make inssurance by ourself separately same like above i mentioned, only employer can make it for you and entire family.

    Pls. advise and thank you very much for your time

  • Mohammed Ali

    Assalamu Alaikum,
    Brother could anyone please clarify a few doubts of mine.

    1. While filling the form it asks Second name & third name of the dependent. So shall we enter “-” in that columns?? Need a clarification on this as I’ve heard It’s not correct and instead we should enter our own name (husband’s name along with wife’s name as we do while applying visit visa)

    2. As said by one of our brother here, we have to go to the last counter in CoC for tafeel (Riyadh CoC), So shall we take the CoC stamp from other counters & go to the last counter for tafeel or we can go directly with our application to the last counter & he would do both the CoC stamp and tafeel?

    Any replies would be really appreciated
    Jazak Allah Khair
    May Allah bless us all and make our hardships easier…ameen

  • tonyhawk

    Yellow slip issued on 23-12-2016 sent to Pakistan. Eitmiad Center Informed that visa is not updated online on MOFA. How to ask the istiqdam to update it to mofa or shall I visit mofa for getting the update?
    Can anybody guide in this?

  • tonyhawk

    Not updated yet over a week has passed anyone have idea what to do to get it updated online?

  • tonyhawk

    Dear Mr. Bilal,
    Have you succeeded in stamping the visa in home country? Any idea that how to check if visa has been updated on mofa online?

  • Syed Bilal

    Yes Alhamdulillah. It took 3 days to complete the process in Pakistan (my homeland). I sent all the documents and my booked the appointment. My wife submitted the Original documents with the FEE.
    Alhamdulillah she is here with me these days 🙂

  • tonyhawk

    JazakAllah alf khair for your timely reply Allah bless you.
    In my case it has been updated on mofa i have just checked it.
    the guy at eitimad DHA has misguided my family and said it has not been updated. Need to visit eitimad center again and show status to them.
    Eitimad DHA is always deserted and empty so I recommend all not to go there rather visit ftc branch on sh faisal.
    Anyway brother so happy to hear that you are with your family indeed it is a big blessing.
    jazakAllah khair again for your help
    May Allah reward you and your family with the best of both worlds

  • Syed Bilal

    I will second your opinion. FTC Karachi is the best place to apply. Do not apply at defence outlet. I have done 4 VISA appointments at FTC shahra e faisal and all 4 were successful and on time.

  • Li

    Hello Mr. Steve,
    I am a FEMALE NURSE, and according to the list of professions eligible to avail for this visa, I can apply. I want to make sure if i can apply a dependent visa for my HUSBAND? Is it possible sir?

  • ahkiehs

    hi anyone.. im a nurse female. is there a chance that i can take my husband on permanent visa? please reply

  • Muhamed haneefa

    Dear Mr.Steve,
    Kindly tell me about sponsor certificate model for applying visa. In our company they are not helping to my friend to provide this certificate due to the lack of knowledge about this. If we show any model certificate, surely they will make ready and will provide to my friend. Awaiting for your reply. Thanks,

  • Nabil Huda
  • Muhamed haneefa

    Thank you brother..Jazakallah..

    Hani

  • fazal

    Dear Bilal… I have 2 year Electrical Technician diploma can i apply for family visa my profession is Electrical Technician

  • fazal

    Assalamu Alaikum… I have 2 year Electrical Technician diploma can i apply for family visa my profession is Electrical Technician

  • Syed Bilal

    Yes! You may apply. Be careful with the documentation.

  • fazal

    Thnx bilal bhi, But i heard saudi embassy in not attest diploma 2 years

  • Syed Bilal

    I am not sure about the documents. But you are eligible for family visa

  • Zeeshan Qadir

    Hi,

    Any one got an appointment for Riyadh in recent days? I am trying but getting No Appointment Message.

  • Sheldon Cooper

    Just got the yellow page Alhumdulillah

    Appointment are hard to get on short notice. U need to wait a month or so. Or keep refreshing the page unless u get lucky

  • Sheldon Cooper

    Ok guys, Alhumdulillah I got the appointment. Let me share you the process in details :

    All you need are these documents :

    1. Original Degree (Bachelors/ Masters) attested from Saudi Embassy, Saudi Culture. It is advice to attest the degree from MOFA (in KSA) as well, sometimes they ask for it sometimes they don’t.

    2.Translation of Original Degree (from local area, KSA) with this mention “This document is attested/Tasdeeq from MOFA, Embassy and Culture”

    3. Original Marriage and Certificate attested the same way as Degree Certificate. Better to have MOFA (from KSA) as well.

    4. Translation of Marriage Certificate, the same way as mention in point no. 2.

    5. One letter from your company stating you salary in section (your basic salary, home allowance, transportation e.t.c.) and that they have no issue to allow you to bring your family. Needs Chamber of commerce Stamp.

    6. Isteqdam form (also known as Visa form). Needs to be attested from Chamber of commerce (open 24/7) as I’ve seen them asking for CoC stamp from few people. This form also needs to be signed and stamp by your company.
    Also one the form, you need to write your visa number (You can find that on your visa which is on your passport, the top right). You can write from hand or fill on computer. Here are the links to download the form.
    https://i0.wp.com/prosaudi.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/09/permanent-family-visa-application-form-saudi-arabia.jpg

    7. Birth Certificate in case of children. I don’t know whether it needs to be attest or not but it will be better to attest it the same way as marriage certificate.

    8. Passport copy of you, your wife and kids

    9. Copy of your Iqama and Visa (the picture of visa is in passport).

    10. Your original Iqama and passport.

    In case you need to ask something else, drop me an email [email protected]

    Wish you all the best of luck ^_^

  • mohammad aziz

    Does anyone have any idea about attestation of birth certificate issued by Indian Embassy in Saudi Arabia. New regulation is that if any child born to a mother who is on visit visa will not be issued birth certificate by Ahwal-Madni. They can only apply for birth certificate in the embassy. My question is does this birth certificate also require Saudi Embassy Attestation, Saudi Culture Attestation & MOFA Attestation in Saudi Arabia to apply for permanent family visa.

  • Muhammad Ajmal Niaz

    Dear All,

    I heard that if you have SOCPA membership then you do not have to provide istiqdam with the accounting degree. Membership with SOCPA will be enough to support your profession.

    Is this true?

    Thanks
    Muhammad Ajmal Niaz

  • Shafi Ullah

    Would you please inform me that executive Secretary profession which degree is enable for Family visa.

  • Feroz

    No permanent family visa for Executive Secretary profession, i recently applied (thru Istiqdam) and was rejected.

  • Morphious

    Zeeshan try in the morning after fajar. I got it on first attempt in the morning, that is the time.

  • Morphious

    try in the morning after fajar. I got it on first attempt in the morning, that is the time.

  • Morphious

    try in the morning after fajar. I got it on first attempt in the morning, that is the time. it will work.

  • Shafi Ullah

    I have Bachelor of Art in English honors (Attested from Saudi consulate) and my Iqama profession is Executive Secretary so we can get family visa from Istiqdam Please advice

  • Feroz

    Update your appointment to later date, SOCPA membership is mandatory for ACCOUNTANT profession

  • Feroz

    Your profession is according to degree (B.A), but you cannot get permanent family visa with this profession. It`s better you change profession which is eligible for family visa & according to degree.

  • Zeeshan

    Thanx bro

  • Qurram

    SCOPA membership card is enough or do we also have to show the application status of the educational certificate whether its in process or completed.

  • Feroz

    I hope SOCPA membership card is enough

  • Feroz

    Dear Steve

    1) Is “Senior Financial Auditor” profession eligible for family visa.
    2) Does above profession is related to B.COM
    3) Does the above profession need to register with SOCPA

  • Shafi Ullah

    My Dear Friends, will you please help me that Which profession is easy to get family visa from Istakdam office, I have Degree in (B.A) honors English Attested from Saudi Consulate. Thanking you,

  • Qurram

    1. yes
    2. no (i too have auditor profession with BCOM but it was rejected since BCOM holder should have accountant profession)
    3. SOCPA is needed for all accounting related professions

  • Feroz

    Thanks for the info
    Which profession did u opt for
    I heard ACCOUNTANT profession will b soon reserved for Saudis, so any other profession which relates to B.COM and eligible for family visa

  • Shafi Ullah

    My Dear Friends, will you please help me that Which profession is easy to get family visa from Istakdam office, I have Degree in (B.A) honors English Attested from Saudi Consulate. Thanking you,

  • Qurram

    -change profession to accountant
    -once your family comes to KSA
    -change back your profession to relevant or which will not be reserved for saudi’s

  • abu

    Hi ferroz

    May I know your qualification pls. Are u holding M. B. A degree. Why they have rejected your application since this profession is already there in the list.

  • Shafi Ullah

    My Dear Friends will you please help me that I have Bachelor of Art (English Honors) Degree attested from Saudi Consulate and Mofa so please help me that in which Iqama profession I can get the permanent family visa. Thanking you,

  • Feroz

    Thanks for informative inputs

  • Feroz

    Hi Abu

    B.Com. On application form when they saw profession “Executive Secretary” immediately they rejected saying this profession is not eligible for family visa.They didn`t even check my qualification.

  • abu

    Thanks for your prompt response. May I know in which istiqdam office (dammam or Riyadh) did you applied. Now did you got visa. If so through which profession you applied

  • Feroz

    Riyadh. Yet to apply again

  • abu

    Insha Allah u will get it soon.

  • Adeel Chaudhary

    Dear Qurram,
    Can you please provide me your contact?Need to discuss something
    0505677795

  • Ayub Pathan

    Could anyone add me in Riyadh Istiqdam Appointments whatsapp group(0553510159)

  • Ghulam Murtaza

    bro muhammad kasim i need your help, can u help me? my whatsapp num 0502916034

  • Feroz

    Riyadh Istiqdam appointments open from 30.03 to 13.04

  • Qurram

    Hello

    Finally i got the family visa today…. Excellent step by step guide by @stevejobsksa:disqus

    required documents were

    Filled, COC stamped application form
    Company letter to isteqdaam to issue visa – COC stamped
    Degree certificate attested with translation
    SOCPA card for finance & accounting profession (*attach a copy)
    marriage certificate attested with translation
    Iqama copy
    your passport copy (*take a copy of the visa page as i see many people were sent to bring a copy of stamped visa)
    family passport copies

    I see now SOCPA card plays a vital role now and istiqdaam doesn’t accept without SOCPA.

    Good luck

    Regards
    Qurram

  • Rahul Kulkarni

    @disqus_p3xzvPtJz3:disqus : Can you please send me the Isteqdam family visa form. I am not finding it anywhere. I asked my company n they dont have. I have appointment next week. Thank you. [email protected]

  • Adeel Tiwana

    What if someone dont have a formal degree ? Marketing specialist profession on iqama. What will be the procedure?

  • Feroz

    Dears

    Alhamduillah, finally i got the yellow slip today.

    I have been following this blog for few days and it helped me a lot in documentation & procedure with istaqdam, registration with SOCPA.

    As stated below by @disqus_p3xzvPtJz3:disqus , SOCPA is mandatory for any accounting/finance/auditing related profession.

    Thanks @Steve:disqus for creating this blog.

    Regards

  • mumtaz ali

    dear brother could you please explain me i also wanna bring my family
    please give me a misscall on this number
    0507698714

  • mumtaz ali

    dear Feroz need your kind help i wanna bring my wife please need your kind help
    whatsapp me 0543770291
    or call me 0507698714
    i will be very thankful for your kind help.

  • Thanks a ton for the appreciation!

  • Ali Zain

    yellow slip validity?

  • amjad

    Steve can you tell me the exact time for appointment when it will be open iam trying since 3 days at every time but yet i can’t succeed. any persone share the experience highly appreciated.Thanks.

  • ADHIL

    What some one may not have a formal degree.Is it acceptable to apply with diploma ?

  • Feroz
  • A_s

    Dear All,

    Thank you for your valuable comments below.

    Currently, I am much confused about getting SOCPA membership or not. I tried to find something official related to this requirement but couldn’t find anything. My company’s RO is saying that it is not required (may be he is not updated). my profession is “Financial Analyst”.

    Would really appreciate your support in clearing this matter.

  • Shafi Ullah

    Dear Friends will you please help me that I can get permanent visa on my B.A Degree which is attested from Saudi Consulate and Mofa. The Degree is B.A honours (English) your help will be highly appreciated.

  • Feroz

    If FA is the visa stamped profession then u can apply resident family visa online (no need of SOCPA, according to my knowledge )

    If u have changed profession after coming to Saudi , then u can’t apply online n have to visit istaqdam. If u want to take chance, first apply w/o SOCPA, if they reject bcos of SOCPA ( chances will b bright of rejection) then immediately get registered , it will take 3-4 working days to get membership card. Once u get card take copy n go to istaqdam (w/o apppointment) with all other docs

    NOTE: Any profession related to Accounting / Finance / Auditing needs to get registered with SOCPA

  • Feroz

    Dear

    I would suggest try applying once with same profession n degree , If they reject ( chances will b bright as they stopped giving resident family visa for Executive Secretary profession) ask them which profession is suitable for ur degree to get family visa

  • Feroz

    Riyadh appointments open

  • amjad

    yes i got for monday , so what you suggest me for monday an appointment day .

  • A_s

    Thank you for your comment Feroz.

    Are you sure that a new appointment is not needed, if first appointment remains unsuccessful?

  • abu

    Hi ferroz

    Happy to hear that you got yellow slip. May I know by which profession do you got approved.

  • Feroz

    Yes, myself have experienced. make sure not to take long gap after rejection (try to make within a week)

  • A_s

    Thanks Feroz. Appreciate your support. I suppose, its better to go with SOCPA evern for the first time.

  • Feroz

    “Senior Financial Auditor” (مراجع مالي أول), degree B.Com

  • Feroz

    Welcome, Thanks for appreciation, that will be good

  • Feroz

    Arrange all the document as below serial and submit

    1) Online Appointment ticket
    2) Visa Application form to be filled with Chamber of Commerce attested
    3) Company letter to Istaqdam- with Chamber of Commerce attested
    4) Passport copy with Visa stamp
    5) Iqama Copy
    6) Degree/Diploma certificate with Attested & Arabic translation
    7) Marriage Certificate with Attested & Arabic translation
    8) Passport copy of Wife & Children
    9) Child birth certificate with Attested & Arabic translation
    10) Payment copy of SR 2,000

  • amjad

    Thanks Feroz Bhai i have arranged all, you mentioned in above.
    i dont have Engineering profession but i have degree with attestation so any difficult to reached there

  • amjad

    Dear Feroz please share your whatsapp No and your email for more clearification if i faced there.

  • amjad

    Thanks Feroz i got yellow slip yestarday

  • amjad

    what will be process in Pakistan now ?

  • Feroz

    Alhamduillah, Congrats

  • Feroz

    Don`t know much (as i`m from INDIA) but i read here in comments to contact ETIMAD center

    Below link provides all details
    https://www.etimad.pk/etimad/html/PK/English/visa_information.jsp

  • mohammad aziz

    Hi, Can anyone tell me if I can apply for new family visa if my previously issued yellow slip expires, ie. more than 1 year has passed without endorsement. The old family visa is still showing in moi. Some people are saying I need to cancel that first. If anyone knows please help.

  • Rahul Kulkarni

    Hello All,
    I got the yellow slip Thursday (13 April), thanks to everyone here for your support.

  • Shafi Ullah

    Mr. Mohammad Aziz, This Yellow Slip mean visa is valid till 2 year from the date of issue. under 2 years you can use any time same visa.

  • mohammad aziz

    Is it your personal experience?? If so please share more details as at what year did you face this problem, etc.

  • Feroz

    Yellow slip (resident visa) validity is 1 year as of its issuance from the granted entity

    It is for Work visa 2 years validity

  • Feroz

    Yellow slip (resident visa) validity is 1 year as of its issuance from the granted entity

    It is for Work visa 2 years validity

    You can check on MOFA website

    http://www.mofa.gov.sa/sites/mofaen/aboutMinistry/MinistryDepartments/ConsularServices/Pages/GeneralAdministrationofVisaControl36415.aspx

  • A_s

    Congrats..
    Share your experience please.. how did you present your documentation and what happened at jawazat office etc… thanks

  • Faizan Ahmad

    Hello All,
    I have B.A (Bachelor of Art) Degree and Marriage certificate and Birth Certificate attested from india saudi embassy and MOFA attested from Dammam Saudi Arabia. everything is ready but last week when i visited istiqdam office dammam they rejected. My Profession is Computer Technician, So any body knows what profession suitable for Bachelor of Art degree to get Permanent Family Visa.

    Please Help. My Contact No. and whatsapp No. 0550201289

  • Rahul Kulkarni

    To share my experience: Particularly this page really helped me a lot, if you go through all the comments below you will automatically get the complete idea of the process and likely difficulties to occur.
    For me biggest problem was getting appointment, i applied on 6th March n i got appointment nearly after 40 days. No slots were available in near march. I was bit disappointed to wait so long.
    Some people say u need to keep watching MOI everynow n then they open the slots anytime, i did that but i could not get any early dates.
    Next step i collected all the required documents (with attestation in home country), company letter, Istaqdam form etc.
    I also did the MOFA for my Degree & marriage certificate in Riyadh, many people say its not required but i was not ready to take any chances.
    MOFA was very easy process visit the MOFA office in Shameshi n within 2 mins its done (provided u should already have Saudi attestation in ur home country).
    On the day it was simple i was there 45 mins before my slot was @ 8AM, as you enter inside u need to submit the copy of ur appointment and wait for ur turn.
    They will be calling the names, i was 8th in number and before me 6 of them got rejected and only 1 got the yellow slip.
    I was worried a little bit as i saw the Saudi officer was not all in good mood. But when my turn came up, i was lucky that i got the yellow slip. He dint ask much he just asked to show the original Degree & Marriage certificates.
    One question he asked was where i want to get the visa stamped in India (Mumbai or New Delhi), actually in India we have Saudi Embassy in 2 cities so. For me i choose Mumbai as my agent told me so. It all depends on the contacts your agent has.

    One advice: Keep all the documents mentioned with all the relevant attestation and stamps. Then the process will go very easy.

    All the best …:-)

  • Thanks a ton for your detailed feedback.

  • Falak Shair

    Hello sir
    I want to know how much time saudi embassy karachi takes to issue work visa
    An agent giving me work visa I’ve given him my all attested documents plz tell me

  • A_s

    Anyone here.. got visa on the basis of ACCA certification?

  • 0090

    I feel that there is alot of confusion over SOCPA in this group.

    I am a Pakistani and my profession is financial analyst and i got the yellow slip last week while the istaqdam staff didnt ask for SOCPA from me. Also i know several people from accountant profession who were given yellow slip without having SOCPA.

    So not sure why people in this group are saying that SOCPA is mandatory for finance professions as i haven’t came across a single case among people i know from finance background who got rejected on the basis of not having SOCPA membership.

  • Adeel Khan

    i just came here 6 months ago, my salary is 5500 SAR, will that cause any difficulty to get family visa? i have all the papers ready just waiting for change of profession on my iqama

  • Shadab LABROO

    I have mistakenly taken appointment for visit visa , can I use same appointment for my permanent family visa application.

  • Raza Akram

    Hi everyone, I need to apply for the Family Visa,
    1. I have my degree attested from Saudi embassy and culture Pakistan.
    2. I am also registered in SCE.
    3. Marriage certificate and DOB form is also attested from Saudi embassy Pakistan.
    4. Please confirm that marriage certificate and DOB form translation should also be attested from Saudi Embassy Pakistan or not,
    5. and usually when they open the appointments for istiqdam as i cannot apply for visa online.
    6. and What else is required?

  • Raza Akram

    I think you cannot apply.

  • mohammad aziz

    Brother I got my wife’s visa stamped few days back. It was issued two year ago. Issued in Ramzan of 2015. Again plz only if it showing valid in absheer system. Mine was.

  • Feroz

    From which region (JED/RUH/DAM) u got yellow slip.

  • Imran

    Did any minimum salary restriction. i got 3000 SAR, but i have all required document. my iqama profossion computer tecniciain

  • Feroz

    I think you were LUCKY or may be the rule have changed and they didn`t update on MOFA website.

    The Information i provided was based from MOFA website

    “Second: Visas of Iqama (Residence Permit):

    As for residents wishing to recruit their families (their wives and sons), or any of their relatives for residence, he has to pay SR.2000 for one permission regardless number of visas.

    Contacting this administration should be after 15 days as of its issuance from the issuance entity. Regarding the resident employees in the government sector, they are exempted from paying the fees.

    They have to contact accompanying the origin of recruitment permission issued by the granted entity together with a copy of his Iqama (residence permit), which proves that he is working with the government sector and that he should bring an identification certificate from his work to prove that he is still on duty.

    Then, the administration will authorize the consulate to issue the visa.

    Validity after its issuance is one year as of its issuance from the granted entity vide the origin of the collection order or the origin of recruitment permission concerning the government employees who are exempted from paying the fees.”

  • Zain

    Ali please send me the detail my profession support specialist and my degree business Administration i am eligible for fmily visa

  • Abdul Kadir

    Hello,

    I have membership in saudi council of engineering but don’t have attested degree certificate………can i apply with SCE certificate for permanent family visa without producing my degree certificate.
    in my iqama mentioned profession is general mechanical engineer

    hope to get your response……….

  • Zain

    AOA,,,i need the family visa my iqama profession i s اخصائي مساندة support specialist
    but me Degree BBA honers 4 year i will Apply this Profession can you please help me

  • Ghulam Murtaza

    hi dear, today i visit istiqdam office.they reject my application he said need to stamp from saudi culture office.i have three year diploma associate engineer in electrical (DAE).before i not stamp form culture office only MOFA and saudi embassy.so what i will do now???? now i have too tension plz help me 0502916034

  • Moahmed Imran

    Bro, if u r
    an engineer no need certificate attestation as you already done in your home
    country. Just go with online and pay 2000SR and submit everything through
    online. That’s enough.

  • Moahmed Imran

    that’s not a problem, check your profession if it’s accepted one then you can apply family visa.

  • Moahmed Imran

    Dear Steve please answer my question. I brought my family
    here, I took medical insurance for my family and I am paying medical insurance
    fee every month and my question is if I want to send my family to home country
    for 6 month is it required to pay insurance fee every month during her absence
    in Saudi Arabia. Please confirm.

    Your advice is highly appreciated.

  • Moahmed Imran

    Dear Bro, please answer my question. I brought my family
    here, I took medical insurance for my family and I am paying medical insurance
    fee every month and my question is if I want to send my family to home country
    for 6 month is it required to pay insurance fee every month during her absence
    in Saudi Arabia. Please confirm.

    Your advice is highly appreciated.

  • I think you are paying medical insurance charges to your employer every month who has already paid to the insurance company for the full year. So yes, your family is insured for the full year and you will have to pay the same.

  • Moahmed Imran

    Thank you so much for your speedy reply and appreciated for your useful Blog.

  • rana zain

    yes you can get visa easily

  • Raza Akram

    no man, actually i changed my profession, so i am not eligible to apply online.

  • Ali Ahmed

    hi
    i have appointment for riyadh istaqdam but my sponsor from jeddah,
    can i apply from riyadh
    pleas let me know

  • abu

    Hi shafi
    Did u applied family visa with Executive secretary designation. If so kindly let me know whether they accepted in istiqdam or not

  • abu

    Hi ferroz

    Do we need GOSI certificate for applying permanent family visa. If so for what purpose they are asking. If it is for salary verification may I know how much salary should be quoted there in the certificate for getting visa

  • abu

    How much salary should be mentioned in gosi certificate for getting visa

  • Sultan Ahmed

    Appoinment avaailble for jeddah region.

  • Sultan Ahmed

    Appoinment avaailble for jeddah region.

  • Ghulam Murtaza

    today i got the appointment,

  • waseem ahmed

    Thanks for the detailed info. I have my Iqama issued from and City mentioned as “Riyadh” can I book appointment for family at Jeddah as there are no slot for Riyadh for next 1 month?

  • Hujat

    Hi to Everyone,

    Please inform me when Istiqdam appointment is open for booking in Eastern Region (Dammam). 0599875441

  • Raza Akram

    Hi Guys, just to update you all, I have got the yellow slip on Thursday, it is very easy to get the yellow slip if you have all of your documents ready.

  • qwerty

    Did they ask for Police Clearance Certificate for Dependents? in Damam they are asking

  • Did they ask for Police Clearance Certificate from the Home Country?

  • Hi @disqus_BgUXEnvvNn:disqus, Did they ask for Police Clearance Certificate for Dependents?

  • qwerty

    I am actually operating Whatsapp Group for Dammam Appointments for Permanent Family Visa,

    My Appointment for Permanent Family Visa in on 14th June, 2017.

    One of the group member visited Dammam Istiqdam yesterday (5th June, 2017) and he told istiqdam official made announcement on Speaker that all applicants must provide the Police Clearance Certificate for the Family Members from the Home Country and attested by Saudi Embassy of home country.

  • Syed Minhaj Uddin

    Yesterday I went to Istiqdaam Jeddah, they asked me Police clearance certificate and returned 100% people without visas due to non availibility of Police Clearance Certificate :(, Any one with complete information what they wants?

  • Syed Minhaj Uddin

    Can you tell whether the police certificate of myself is required or spouse?

  • Syed Faizan Ahmed

    Steve Can i have your mobile number – need to discuss a matter urgently

  • Thanks Kevin for the update!

  • qwerty

    I would be happy If I could help you on this. I will visit Istiqdam tomorrow without appointment and will try to understand this new requirement.

    If they are really asking Police Clearance Certificate only for Family Members you wish to bring in saudi arabia than it is easy task. but to get police clearance certificate for yourself is little complicated.

  • Syed Minhaj Uddin

    I went today again they postponed the requirement till EID now they are processing without police certificate , Today ALHUMDULILLAH I got yellow paper , ALHUMDULILLAH SUMMA ALHUMDULILLAH

  • qwerty

    Wow….Congrates, Hope they implement this in dammam istiqdam also.

  • GHULAM SHABBIR

    I have appointment in Riyadh after EID.
    anybody can confirm me that the PCC of family is must need??

  • qwerty

    Syed, How did you come to know about this and then you visited istiqdam?

  • Syed Minhaj Uddin

    I visited to take complete information about police certificate, and i came to know they have postponed till EID ALHUMDULILLAH

  • qwerty

    @stevejobsksa:disqus They are now issuing yellow slip in dammam without police certificate till Ramadan Eid.

  • abu

    Can anyone pls confirm on this. Is It necessary for all nationality

  • Nazeer S Muhammed

    Oh really
    So no need to submit pcc before Eid
    Can i visit their today

  • Great! Thanks for the help!

  • rafeh

    Dear Steve, do we need to submit police clearance certificate with other documents to etimad to process permanent family visa?

  • Sardhar Khan

    Dear steve,My friend got yelloow slip for his family from riyadh istiqdam office.
    He has 3 yrs diploma in electrical eng and he changed his iqama profession from Funny kharabai to funny handis kharabhai and he got the visa.Alhamdulillah.
    Please update in ur blog.

  • Raza Akram

    Hi, @steve, No body asked for Police Clearance certificate in Riyadh.

  • Raza Akram

    Hi Kevin,
    Nobody asked me for PCC.

  • Raza Akram

    @@subihanaz:disqus Aoa Rafeh, Today my family submitted the application in Eitmad Lahore, they did not ask for PCC. So don’t worry about it. two years ago they used to asked for PCC.

  • Syed Minhaj Uddin

    Istiqdaam office told me that after eid it is required to have attested Police Clearance Certificate with thumb prints and picture on certificate, (New Requirement Istiqdaam office Saudia), so if you are preparing your docs and planning to visit istiqdaam after Eid, prepare this PCC to avoid any surprises 🙂

  • Prasanna Venkatesh

    No appointment available in dammam.. do you know any option

  • Prasanna Venkatesh

    No appointment available please help

  • Syed Minhaj Uddin

    There is only one hour for which MOI appointments opens in Jeddah its somewhere between 7:30-9:30 A.M secondly try the mobile app which is like Moi.gov.sa/wps…. because I was trying on desktop version it was not appearing and acessible on mobile site , Best of Luck, however I dont know about dammaam in Jeddah outside istiqdaam office there are agents which will login through your account and give appointment in 30 SAR

  • Prasanna Venkatesh

    No appointment available plz help

  • I hope they don’t implement it.

  • Prasanna Venkatesh

    thanks sir. I will try.

  • abu

    Hi ferroz

    Do we need to translate the marriage certificate in saudi or else translation done in home country is enough. Pls clear this since I have appointment on Thursday

  • Ghulam Murtaza

    Alhamdulillah ,today I got my yellow slip,

    They didn’t check anything except my original certificates whether attested by mofa Saudi.i want to say thanks everyone, really i get the all information on this website.again thanks every one

  • Ghulam Murtaza

    Dear bro today i got the yellow slip plz i need your help, what i will do now?
    1:this yellow slip need to send pak or just send copy there?

  • Ali Zain

    thnx bro

  • Ghulam Murtaza

    bro how we check online visa

  • Saeed

    Hi mr. Ghulam Shabbir.. Could you please give you your number or contact me on my number : +966-532130736

    I want some help about 2 year diploma.

  • Saeed

    Congratulations..Sir please do share your experience..

    This time they didn’t make problem of CULTURE stamp?

    Please also tell what documents did you take with you..?

  • Saeed

    Salam All.. Please can anyone confirm if 2 year ATTESTED diploma is accepted by Istqdam? My profession is Sales representative.

  • Ghulam Murtaza

    Bro 1st of all i attested my diploma and marriage certificate from MOFA and saudi embassy in home country then also stamp from MOFA here in saudi after that make it translation bhot documents. When 1st time vist there they make objection need to attestation from cultural office home country. So i confirmed from Pakistan cultural office only flow the HEC stamp but HEC not stamp diploma. So i was very sad one my friend told me go again there so yesterday i went there he checked my diploma after just he sad were you need visa i told him karachi, even he not sad any thing, that’s all

  • Feroz

    No GOSI certificate is needed

  • Feroz

    Hi
    yes u need to translate (from authorized translations centers) again the marriage certificate here in Saudi

  • Raza Akram

    check on your MOI account, it will be displaying there as well,

  • Raza Akram

    WAS, Ghula Murtaza,
    Better to send your original visa to process in PAK, i sent my original slip. Also take the snapshot of your Absher accounts of your Dashboard section as they asked my family for this, i think they need to know the sponsor id. which is given there.

  • Muhammad Ajmal Niaz

    Asalamualaikum,

    Today i got my Yellow Slip Alhumdulilah, i would like to thank Life In Saudi Arabia Team for the efforts they have made so people like me can easily process the whole thing.

    Regards,

    Muhammad Ajmal Niaz

  • Aboobuckar

    Please add me in Dammam group.. my whatsapp number is 919952005852

  • Aboobuckar

    When and at what time the appointments are open at Dammam. I am trying daily but unable to put on. Kindly assist me.

  • GHULAM SHABBIR

    059-6772216

  • abu

    Hi ferroz
    Alhamthuillal today I got a yellow slip. May I know the further procedure. Do we need to send this original yellow slip to home country or else copy of it. Can u please provide details on this.

  • We have published the procedure for Pakistan somewhere in the blog. You need to send it to your home country

  • abu

    Hi Steve
    Do for India too we need to Send the original to home country. How long it will take to display visa number in mofa site. Once after getting visa number only do we need to start the procedure in home country

  • Feroz

    Alhamduillah.. Mabrook. Copy is enough, for more documents u can check with authorized agents in India

  • Ghulam Murtaza

    Dear broi want to talk to you.i want to know process in Pakistan. plz send me your num or contact me WhatsApp , 0502916034

  • abu

    Thank you

  • Ghulam Murtaza

    Dear bro, i want to know how how visa processes in Pakistan? 1:can we go directly etimad center with out appointment? 2: my family have nic card and passport, can need overseas card (English card) or no need?

  • Muhammad Sheeraz

    no appointments are available plz anybody help me yar 0535345645

  • Muhammad Sheeraz

    but brother saudi embassy will never attest this police clearance certificate because they will attest only degree plz guide me whats app me 0535345645 i need your help

  • Muhammad Sheeraz

    aslam o alikum brother i have a book appointment in august but by mistake i have delete the appointment now i have the soft copy of this appointment plz guide me can i use this bcs now appointments are not available. Plz help me 0535345645

  • Muhammad Sheeraz

    Rzaz bhai can i take your cell number. plz whatsapp me on my no 0535345645

  • Raza Akram

    yes Bro, 0595131711

  • Raza Akram

    check on your MOI account, Go to the Labor importation section you will find the visas issued there.

  • Ghulam Murtaza

    Dear bro possible visit to etimad with out appointment or must be need appointment? Plz explain method

  • Tasnim Tahir

    I need information regarding the date of vocation due, for one year contract vocation due on after 11 months or 12 months similarly for 2 years contact vocation due on after 22 months or 24 months, please advise

  • Raza Akram

    Yes bro, I submitted my family’s application without appointment.

  • Raza Akram

    Hi Gentleman, It will be open, you need to check many times in a day, Sometimes it takes long but definitely you will find it.

  • Anjum

    Is PCC / police clearance rule being implemented or not after eid? Did anyone got successfully yellow slip without PCC recently? Plz share ur experience

  • Nauman Malik

    Dear Sardar Could you please share your friends contact number because i have same diploma and profession.
    My contact number is 0591611561
    I hope his experience will also useful for me

  • Danya Shaukat

    Hi How it long it take for yellow slip when one get all done from native.Country

  • Hakeema saleem

    is female or woman can apply permanent visa for his 2 yrs old daughter?

  • Yes, she can. If she qualifies above-mentioned criteria.

  • Hakeema saleem

    Alhamdullilah and thank you very much sir steve for your reply,god bless

  • Anjum

    can you tell whether police clearance certificate is required for family visa? because till the end of ramadan they were accepting applicatons without it but what they require now can you tell? from someone’s successful expereince in shawal

  • Sathyesh Mp

    Please help me… when i am extending visit visa in abshir showing msg like this The ”’Client is not authorized to use this web service”. what is the reason.i have limited days only.expiring on july 16.

  • Hakeema saleem

    they mentioned above that they need letter from company?request letter from company and salary certificate are the same?

  • TARIQ SHAH

    Steve please let me know that visit visa open or not ???

  • Raza Akram

    from your company you need one letter that is the salary/request letter.
    2nd you need Istiqdam visa request form filled by your company or you can fill it. and both letters must be attested from Chamber.

  • ظهير محسن طه

    Hi Steve. My wife is working as Assistant Pharmacist in King Khaled Eye Specialist and she wants to apply a dependent visa for me but the hospital won’t give her permission, can you please advice us what to do?

  • GHULAM SHABBIR

    Hello Mr. Steve,
    can you tell whether police clearance certificate is required for family visa? my appointment from Riyadh.
    Please urgent.

  • GHULAM SHABBIR

    Hello Mr. Anjum,
    can you tell whether police clearance certificate is required for family visa? my appointment from Riyadh.
    Please urgent.

  • GHULAM SHABBIR

    Is PCC / police clearance rule being implemented or not after eid? Did anyone got successfully yellow slip without PCC recently? Plz share ur experience

  • Atif Khan

    Brother i got the yellow slip today. No one asked for the police clearence certificate

  • GHULAM SHABBIR

    Congradulation. Thanks

  • Gaza

    Assalamualykum brother, do we have to submit any certificate from SCE ? my profession is Mechanical Engineer.

    I was not able to apply it online so i am going to isteqdam office to submit my documents.

  • Atif Khan

    Although i’m not an engineer and not sure about the requirements for engineers but i read online that it is required for engineers

  • Raza Akram

    Hi Gaza,
    you need a letter to istiqdam, get it from SCE. if you have the certificate from SCE then take its copy with you and keep the original as well.

  • Kalluri Ashok

    Hi steve, i got appointment for istiqdam in jeddha.. istiqdam form filled in arabic with one of my saudi friend. But i have doubt in the form where we have to mention visa stamping location in home country.please help me

  • You should check where are consulates and embassies located in your country. You need to fill the nearest consulate or embassy city name in this column.
    However, it is better to take this information and pay SR 15 to an agent sitting outside the Jawazat office to fill a new form.

  • Kalluri Ashok

    Thank you steve for your information

  • Kalluri Ashok

    Al hamdurilla i got yellow slip yesterday with in 10 mins. I reached jeddha istiqdam office at morning 6am but office opened at 8 am. Only 25 people came for 8 o clock appointment. They check all my documents and issued yellow slip. No need to take Police clearence certificate .

  • Jamal

    Hello Mr.Steve,

    Good Day !

    I need your useful information about my Iqama Profession,Since it is a Fanny Mechanic in the Iqama can I apply for a Family Visa Through Istiqdam? Because Right now am in Jeddah for some project assignment and my company and COC located in Riyadh so I want to make sure before i visit Riyadh Istiqdam. I have all the required documents in my hands but people are saying Fanny profession stopped issuing Visa.

    Please help me to find a good way to proceed.

  • John Reyes

    For kabayan Only filipino i can help you how to process all documents to bring your wife here in Jeddah Saudi Arabia

  • John Reyes

    Just for free just to share my experience..

  • Amjath khan

    Hello Mr.steve.
    Thank u for your clear explanation about very important thing.
    You said, if medical was unfit don’t give bribe to clear it. But now a days most of center ask bribe. In case we didn’t give money and our report was unfit how can go for the next process. Please explain.

  • GHULAM SHABBIR

    Hello Mr. Steve,
    Dear All,
    I have 3 year Diploma of associate engineer (civil) and my iqama profession is “Civil engineering draftsman”. I have appointment in Isteqdam office Dammam.
    my question is they ask about Saudi council of Engineering certificates or Card????????????
    I am not an engineer and i am technician.
    Please share if anyone have experience about this issue.

    Thanks,

    Regards,
    G. Shabbir

  • adeel khan

    Dear All,
    i got appointment for tomorrow (5 oct 2017), i do not know arabic at all, only i can speak english/urdu.
    Will this create any difficulty ???
    please advise.

  • Kalluri Ashok

    Hi steve..
    I want to apply new iqama for my wife.. she recently came saudi on permanent visa and medical test finished . For applying iqama need health insurance need compulsory ?
    Without insurance cant get iqama?

  • Enam Bhatkar

    Do we have to fill in ARABIC or ENGLISH?
    or only the name we should write in English and rest in Arabic?

  • ahmed kiani

    Very Useful and detailed oriented explanation. I have got visa for my family within three months of receiving my iqama. Its very helpful page. Good jobs Steves. Only few things which are wrong such my position was listed in the list of position which are only from saudi and visa is not granted on it. But I received within 5 minutes without any hassle at all. Steve I would like to write a detailed explanation to get the documents complete fast and few tips that are very useful. Where can i share them with you?

  • Thanks a lot for the appreciation.
    I would appreciate if you can tell me what is your iqama profession?
    You can always reach me at [email protected]

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