No Extension of Family Visit Visa beyond Six Months (180 Days)

Readers of this blog know that the maximum validity of the visa issued initially for 3 months was 270 days. It means you could extend it to a maximum period of stay of 270 days. Visa initially issued for 90 days was extendable for further two times. If it was issued initially for 30 days, it could be renewed 6 more times hence the maximum period of stay would be 210 days for the family visit visas initially issued for 30 days. It is very easy to apply for visit visa online and its extension can also be applied online. However, recently The Directorate General of Passport has announced that the family visit visa cannot be extended beyond six months (180 Days) in any case.

Extension of Family Visit Visa online beyond 180 days was stopped online a few months ago. But people were able to go to the Jawazat and extend the visit visas of their sponsored manually.  However, due to a recent announcement, it has been clear now that the visit visa for the sponsored will no more be extended beyond 180 days or six months. The period of the visa will start from the date of arrival to the Saudi Arabia. However, I would still recommend you to visit Jawazat and try your luck. Read the following mentioned useful comments.

Useful Comment

AHJ, Dear, I tried to extend my Wife’s Visit Visa online today but it showing the below Message;

The first page shows. “The total Visit Visa period should not exceed the permitted period of 180 days from the date of entry ” on the Second page when press EXTEND VISA button, the below message appears

“The visit visa cannot be extended, because the visa duration after extension will exceed the allowed limit “”

Is that mean the Visa cannot be extended, It is second time extension, first time extended by visiting Jawazat, this second-time extension trying to done online. Visa was initially issued for 90 days and the first extension was also for the period of 90 days. It has made the total period of stay in the Kingdom for 180 days. Steve has written in his article, that total stay can be of 270 days but they are not renewing it the third time. Can someone help me?

Answer by Mohtasham Khan

Dear all if you guys are facing an as same issue like mentioned above. Just visit Jawazat and do it manually. The procedure to manually extend the visit visa is explained here “Extension of Family Visa”. Although with the latest regulations, it is not possible to extend visit visa after 180 days but you people can still try your luck.

  • Arooj Azeem

    Asalamoalikum i am from makkah i came here in 10th of may 2016 can i extend my visa 1st time near hajj plesae reply

  • Chona Lucila Enriquez

    Good day sir. How long does it take for the entire process in converting visit visa to iqama and how much do we need to pay. Thank you

  • rafid

    If you don’t mind would you please send me the sample letter from your sponsor? Here’s my yahoo: [email protected]
    your response is highly appreciated.

  • miss uzma

    Dear sir, i just want to get an information.My parents are on permanent visa in KSA but we 2 sisters are on visit visa we could not get permanent visa because we are above 18 years and we are someone told us that we will have to submit an application in the MOI that kindly convert their visit visa into permanent.we have ready each and every document but we don,t know that in which department we will have to submit this application jeddah MOI or Riyad MOI kindly guide me i need someone who knows saudi govt rules and regulations.

  • syed
  • Stuart

    Dear Mr. Samir,
    Visit visa for your family extended or not as I am facing same issues?
    Thanking you,

  • Ayub Shaikh

    Dear steve visit visa can be renewed in the month of june or july

  • jam

    Dear China, did you find out the way to convert visit visa to Iqama? And how much we need to pay for my family wife and two children?
    Stev, do you have answer or not for above queries?

  • jam

    Did Someone get extension beyond 180 days ….can somebosy share his experience for the help of others..

  • Naveed

    Dear Stevee, my wife is sick and cannot travel can i produce any medical reason to get few days extention.

  • Emaan Omair

    Visit vesia feessss

  • md dularay

    Dear Sir

    Please advise us how many time we can extend our family visit visa…?
    It will be finished 180 days coming 15/09/2017
    Any ideas extend more than 180 day…?


  • Aadil Shaikh

    Hello @afrim did u get the visit visa converted into an iqama or no??
    If yes pls revert asap i need help

    [email protected]

  • Aadil Shaikh

    Is the work done?? Or u had to send ur wife back ??

  • Aadil Shaikh

    Was it approved??


    Hello brother did you manage to extend visa beyond 180days..?if yes what is the procedure

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