Coming back on new visa with other profession on visa

There is a lot of confusion among the expatriates living in Saudi Arabia about coming back on a new visa with another profession on a visa. There has been a concept in the expatriate communities that if you are already working on a high-class profession and your company issues you final exit; you cannot come back to Saudi Arabia on any other profession. I have heard that there had been a rule in Saudi Arabia 5,6 years ago restricting employees to come from any other profession to Saudi Arabia. If you had worked as a Financial Analyst in Saudi Arabia, you were not allowed to come on a new visa with the profession of Grinding Machine Operator or something like that. However, these rules have become history. Current rules in this regard have been explained below.[irp]

After processing of final exit on your passport, you can come back to Saudi Arabia on a new visa. There can be two situations in this case. Either you will be coming on a profession which is higher than the profession you were already working in Saudi Arabia, or the new profession will be lower than that. We have dealt both scenarios below.

Coming back on new visa with higher profession on visa: If the profession on your Iqama while working in Saudi Arabia was a lower category likes “Labor” and after processing of final exit, you are coming back on a new visa with higher category profession like “Accountant”. There is nothing to worry about. No one will raise any question as far as you have degrees supporting your profession.

Coming back on new visa with lower profession on visa: If the profession on your Iqama while working in Saudi Arabia was a higher category likes “Financial Analyst” and after processing of final exit, you are coming back on a new visa with a lower category profession like “Grinding Machine Operator”, there can be a lot of problems. Although generally they don’t stop anyone from processing the visa but Saudi Embassy has the right to stop the visa. It is fishy, isn’t it? How come a Financial Analyst becomes a Grinding Machine Operator? Normally people get lower category profession on visa since higher category professions are not available. In this case, it is my suggestion to get at least general labor “Aamil Aadi” visa. There are least chances of it getting detected.