Visas Issued by Saudi Arabia before Oct 02, 2016 are not being honored by Saudi Embassies

The Saudi government announced on 9th of August 2016 that they are going to increase visa fee for some categories of visas from Oct 02. 2016. Now the new visa fee has actually been implemented. We have written detailed articles about the new visa fee and you can read them in the below link. Today many of our readers have reported that they had been issued Visas from Istiqdam or MOFA in Saudi Arabia when their families approached Saudi Embassies or Etimad centers in their respective countries, they refused to process their visas. I have reproduced their comments below. I will be sharing all comments related to this topic in this article, so please stay tuned.

Also Read:  Expats living in Saudi Arabia are banned from Street Trading

Development on October 07, 2016: Syed Atiq: One of my friends submitted the yellow slip (prior to issued 1st Muharram) to Etimad office Pakistan. They accepted and issued E# without fee hike 2000 SAR, they charged only 4500 RS for an online appointment. his case only for residence permanent family visa, let’s hope for the successful result.

Development on October 06, 2016: Syed Atiq: My Friend just called Etimad Office in Islamabad and they said that they just received instructions from Saudi Embassy that they will process the visas issued prior to 1st Muharram. I told him that my wife has an appointment in Etimad Office by tomorrow, so he said no problem. Bring all the documents and they will process it.  Let’s hope for the best.

Development on October 05, 2016: Syed Irtiza Haider: On Etimad Website the following news is appearing “IMPORTANT NOTICE- In effect from1-Muharram 1438 corresponding to 02 October 2016. As per the instructions from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, invitation letters dated prior to Sunday, 02 October 2016 will not be accepted for processing new visa requests. Travelers are requested to obtain a new invitation letter to process their applications. An invitation letter is mandatory for application processing.”

Syed Hafeezullah: I got my family visa from Istiqdam (yellow slip) a couple of days before Ramadan, being the only son I tried to get my mother’s visit visa so I can get my mother too with my family, well I got my mother’s visit visa on 17th Dhul Hijjah and submitted family as well as mother’s visit visa on 26th September (before Muharram) yesterday as of 3rd October my mother’s visa status on etimad’s website was [[[Your passport (Enjaz No E*********) is ready for collection at the Visa Services Center, Karachi on 03-Oct-2016. If you have opted for Courier service, please await further SMS.]]] than today got a call from Etimad, that your visa is rejected and you need to pick up the passport and fill refund form.

Development on October 04, 2016: SIM: I got the information from one of Mumbai direct agent of Saudi consulate. Saudi consulate in Mumbai is not accepting any passport for stamping because the staff of consulate themselves is not sure about the exact changes and charges. They are also clueless about these changes.

Shakeel Ur Rehman: A new development is noted today, my family went to Etimad center today for processing Permanent Family visa with yellow slip issued by Istiqdam (yellow slip was issued one Month ago), The Etimad center has refused to process it and told that all the visas issued by MOFA KSA (Permanent or Visit) before 1st Muharram 1438 are considered invalid, they further told me that I will have to go again for renewal of the visa to Istiqdam. I went to MOFA Riyadh today, they also told me that wait for a couple of weeks, the system is upgrading only after that you will have a clear idea how to proceed further.

Syed Atiq: I got the information from Pakistan that Saudi Embassy is not stamping any type of visa until their website updated, I believe it will be regularized in a couple of days. All passport for visa stamping were returned due to system upgrading as per new fee hike, if somebody has any information please do share. My family medical is done and they went to the Etimad office. Unfortunately, they are not accepting due to the system not showing proper guideline of the fee hike.

Also Read:  11 days salary cut down for all government employees from Oct 01, 2016

HamzaSK: I have new information for you. One of my Egyptian friends got a visa from Saudi Arabia before Oct 2. Yesterday his family gave visa for stamping in Saudi Embassy but they refused. They told that the visa is not valid. You can apply for a new visa in Saudi Arabia.

Politik: Agent from the Philippines told me that all applications were rejected because of the new fee and they were a shock of the new fee.

  • Mohammad Awais

    I Get Visit Visa on 23 September and get Appointment on 28 they took the Slip and Passport and Submitted all Documents by Etimad office even on Enjaz Portal the Application are Showing…

    But Get a bit worried after Reading this News Lets See and Hope we Will Get a Better Result.

    Best of Luck for All

  • Pretty Angel

    Today my parents gng eitmad in Khi they not accept n sayz plz come after 2 days

  • Mohammad Awais

    I Understand that they didn’t accept it today.
    But what about those Application which been submitted before 2 October. and They allotted the E Number I am worried about that if any one who have any latest information plzz Share

  • Sejo

    am here in riyadh on work visit visa, my visa validity get finished by 07 oct, Friday, today i submitted for extension, i dont know what will happen.

    can any one tell whether they are issuing the extension of current visa those who already in Saudi Arabia

  • Pretty Angel

    U chk online through enjaz number

  • Syed Hafeez Ullah

    i got my family visa from istaqdam (yellow slip) a couple of days before Ramadan, being the only son i tried to get my mother’s visit visa so i can get my mother too with my family, well i got my mothers visit visa on 17th zilhujj and submitted family as well as mother’s visit visa on 26th September (before muharram) yesterday as of 3rd October my mothers visa status on etimad’s website was [[[Your passport (Enjaz No E*********) is ready for collection at the Visa Services Center, Karachi on 03-Oct-2016. If you have opted for Courier service, please await further SMS.]]] than today got a call from etimad, that your visa is rejected and you need to pick up the passport and fill refund form. waiting for family visa status it is still in process.

  • Syed Hafeez Ullah

    they are rejecting it

  • Mohammad Awais

    Syed Hafeez Ullah,

    ” Pick up the passport and fill refund form”

    Are they are going to refund the earlier fee which submit, because on the Etimad Portal there in the Visa Fee Condition they wrote ” Non Refundable ”

    Please Confirm ??

  • Syed Hafeez Ullah

    this refund is for my Mother’s visit visa, not for my family, its status is still in process

  • Syed

    I have submitted passport of my mother for visa stamping on September 26 in Etimad and they sent it to embassy on 28th. Same day visa was endrosed. Now i heard from one of my friend who also submitted passport same day to Etimad that yesterday etimad returned the passport and said embassy is not accepting. You should re-apply. Alot of return is coming because Etimad didnt submit passports on-time.

  • syedatiq

    Any updates for stamping family visa in their respective countries ?

  • Syed Irtaza Haider

    I just called Etimad Office in Islamabad and they said that they just received instructions from Saudi Embassy that they will process the visas issued prior to 1st Muharram. I told him that my wife has an appointment in Etimad Office by tomorrow, so he said no problem. Bring all the documents and they will process it.
    Lets hope for the best.

  • This is really ridiculous. They should not do it at least on the applications submitted before Oct 02

  • syedatiq

    Good news and what about the fee?
    lets hope the best

  • Sim

    WHAT ABOUT THE FEES ? IT WOULD BE NEW OR OLD ?

  • syedatiq

    Can you add me on whats up 009 66 567149628?

  • Syed Hafeez Ullah

    Syed Irtaza Haider, Which number did you called on can you please share urgently ?

  • Shakeel Ur rehman

    Yes, I called Etimad center also, they told me that they are accepting the 1437 cases now, however there is still confusion about permanent family visa fee, since if you apply for new appointment the visa category for “Resident” is not appearing there on their website.

  • Syed Irtaza Haider

    0092-51-4432708

  • syedatiq

    God news , lets hope for another good news regarding the residency fees

  • Pretty Angel
  • Mohammad Awais

    But as Mentions in Below Comments they are Accepting 1437 Hijri Visa Application what about That?????

    Its So Confusing really all People are worried…

  • Pretty Angel

    Ya confusing too much .. My father called eitmad ofc Khi today he sayz not start working plz call tomorrow

  • Syed Hafeez Ullah

    below are numbers of Etimad KHI FTC and DHA branch:

    FTC Branch: 0092 21 35641680 – 85
    DHA Branch: 0092 21 35881462

  • Syed Hafeez Ullah

    I called them few mins back they said they will accept the visa but will charge the new fee, this is regarding visit visa, but no update yet about the family residence visa or about its fee

  • Salman Rasool Lodhi

    if you apply for single visit family visa which is for 90 days…. can it be extended… please let me know if anyone knows…

  • Shakeel Ur rehman
  • Waheed Khan Marwat

    dear shakeel still in etimaad website the residence visa is still not showing

  • Shakeel Ur rehman

    Yes, Waheed,
    We will have to wait for couple of days so that website is updated, its better to visit once website is updated.

  • Tanzeel

    Shakeel Bro ;

    I have also passing through by same case , i got the visa on 28th Sep ,but once my family submitted passport but embassy rejected , please advise what i need to do , shall i ask my family to visit Etimad office again ??? 0549870179

  • Tanzeel

    Really Bro ;

    I am also passing through same situation , i got visa on last week but its rejected from Embassy while it went to stamp … what we can do advise

  • Shakeel Ur rehman

    Please try now for appointment, Etimad appointments with new fee are open now for all categories.

  • Mohammad Awais

    Yes i also Submit my Family Passport on 28 Sep in Peshawar,
    Still i didnt get any Messege or any thing from Etimad.

    Just waiting for Update

  • Tanzeel

    Shakeel ;

    But first we have to clarify as this is very important that , are they going to stamp the previous visa which they issue before 1st Oct or we need to apply again the new visa ???? what did they told you ??

  • Politik

    The agent in the Philippines informed me that for family permanent visa there is no increase but for visit visa it will be 2000 SAR. They will submit the passport of my wife tomorrow. Hopefully the embassy will accept it since the visa notice from MOFA issued before October 2.

  • Politik

    and I will pay more than 30 thousand pesos for the visa stamping including agent fee.

  • Pretty Angel

    Any update about fees??

  • Shehzad Asif

    Hi,

    Any one can share experience here about Etimad fees submission in Pakistan for resident visa after 1st Muharram. Is it with 2000 SAR additional fee or old fee?

    Regards,
    Shahzad

  • Zainab Mohideen

    Hi do anyone know what’s the visit visa extension fee ? Firstly we paid 2000 for family visit visa and then should we pay another 2000 for extending for another 3 months or just 100 sar only ? I need answer please with proof

  • Syed Bilal

    No one has the proof but it will 100 riyals for extension. We will only get the proof after few months, once some one will extend and share the example.
    Hope for the best

  • Syed Bilal

    It says 62K on their website.

  • Syed Bilal

    They are keep on updating 🙂

  • Syed Bilal

    Yes it can be extended

  • syedatiq

    No hike for Resident visa, website shows only 4500 Rs

  • syedatiq

    No hike for resident visa, website shows only 4500 rs in pakistan

  • syedatiq

    you need to take again appointment.
    there was no hike for resident visa fees

  • syedatiq

    they will accept

  • syedatiq

    Resident visa fees not effected by the new regulation
    please check ETIMAD website.
    earlier there was showed 62K, Now they were corrected on yesterday evening
    lets hope for the best, that this is the final version

  • Siddiqui

    for those whose visa stamping has been rejected….I have called to etemad center they are telling i need to re submit my family permenant visa case with new increased fee…

  • syedatiq

    Family permanent visa no increased fees as confirmed in Pakistan

  • Tanzeel

    Mine is Visit Visa , My family has submitted the same application as Etimad said they are going to receive same application with revised fees ….

  • Tanzeel

    Are you talking about Permanent visa or Visit visa , Etimad has accepted the same Visit visa which was rejected before now they said as per new instruction they will endorse the visa but with new revised fees …… Advise

  • syedatiq

    Visit visa fees increased by 2000 SAR, Previously I was talking about only permanent visa.
    Now you need to pay 2000 SAR additionally compare to paid prior to 1st Muharram

  • Mohammad Awais

    For Family Visit Visa How they inform its rejected or Accepted?

    Still i didn’t get any Notification or SMS from Etimad?

    Can anyone Guide me how could i check ?

    because on Etimad Portal the status is same Also on Enjaz Portal its Showing the Same Status?

  • Mohammad Awais

    Do you have any latest update on Visit Visa??

  • We will have to wait till the time they accept first case of resident visa without additional fee.

  • syedatiq

    One of our blogger submitted today his wife permanent visa without any additional 2000 SAR.
    Lets hope for the best that stamping process should be successful.

  • Pretty Angel

    Ya my parents gng today they accept visa with new fees

  • Mohammad Awais

    How Much They took the New Fee?

  • Pretty Angel

    1lakh 23 thousands for both

  • Mohammad Awais

    Hmmmm OK

    Best of Luck Now,

    I check my Application status on Enjaz its Showing ” Request Rejected ”

    One Last Thing When you Get Visa? 1437 or 1438 ?

    Any News About are they going to Accept the 1437 Application or We have to Start all Process Again???

    Thank you for your useful Information

  • Pretty Angel

    Luckily my parents in law cum tommorrow they submitted old fee m they collect passport 30 zilhajj

  • Asif Qureshi

    I want to ask if we need to submit only 2000 for one family when applying for permanent visa or 2000 per passport? please inform. Its good news that there is no hike in the resident visa fee in pakistan.

  • Asif Qureshi

    Atiq, can you tell us if they are still charging 2000 sr per family or 2000 per passport here in KSA?

  • syedatiq

    in KSA I don’t know exactly after 1st Muharram
    let me check and get back to you

  • syedatiq

    in KSA I don’t know exactly after 1st Muharram

  • Asif Qureshi

    Ive applied for visit visa online (havent got it yet) for my family but now i am thinking if there is no fee change in resident visa, i should apply for permanent visa. I am not sure what will happen if they approve my visit visa and i submit another permanent visa application. Do you know anything about it? Many thanks!

  • syedatiq

    where you applied ? in KSA then there was no issue to apply permanent visa as well. I have passing though same situation. first i applied visit after ramadan and got it, one month later I applied permanent visa which was also successful.

  • Pretty Angel

    1437 .. Ya they accept application with new fees n permanent residential visa also accept with old fee u chk updated etimad site

  • Pretty Angel
  • Mohammad Awais

    i have a question when they submitt passport for this visa??

    they wrote 2000 SR ???

    its mean they stamp in 3 Days? or what?

  • jaan

    Please any one clairfy that the fees of visit visa is per applicant or per pasport mine have two person wife and son in one application

  • Ghulam Hasan

    Hello Mr. Steve greetings,hope you r doing fine.I would like to ask you that I want to send my family back to Pakistan for good without final exit as I don’t want through final exit due to 500 SR per passport the final exit fee.Here my question is that would it affect my resident permit renewal once the exit re-entry visas for my dependants get expired.FYI I am also going with my family on exit re-entry visa but I will come back.

  • Mohammad Awais

    Per Passport

  • Rahim

    Hi steve and everyone
    since they are accepting visit visa applications submitted before 2nd october now..my doubt is will they charge us old fee or new fee of 2000sr??

  • jaan

    Ooops that,s realy very bad

  • jaan

    They will charge the new fees

  • Rahim

    Ohk it means 2000sr…that’s really bad..
    may Allah bless us more rizq and sustenance ameen

  • Pretty Angel

    They charge sr 2000 n 15000 pkr rupees total my parents pay the new fees

  • jaan

    Dear pretty angel i have family visit visa wife and son how much they will charge me as u mentioned that my parent have been charged 15000 pkr how plz explain?

  • jaan

    Dear Raheem iam also in the same situation if you have any updated information then olz share it with us

  • Pretty Angel

    2000 riyal for visa fees n 15000 process fees

  • Pretty Angel

    But I heard in 2 or 3 days more wait may b they charge old fees

  • jaan

    Thanks dear pretty angel but 2000 per pasport or per application

  • Pretty Angel

    Per passport … We have 2 passport mother n father so we pay 4000SR

  • Sania Akbar

    Have u applied for both of your parents at the same time? means one visa paper/number was issued? or there was different paper/number for each individual i.e mother/Father..? because there is difference in both the cases.

  • Sania Akbar

    I think in that case there should be one fees. Please let us know once you r done with it.

  • jaan

    Sania akbar i have to wait because 4000 sar is very expensive

  • Sania Akbar

    we r waiting too..n we have to wait too.because even then the govt may take some decision. I have to call three ppl on visit visa. that’s again not possible for anyone to bear the ticket and visa expense too. Please let us know if and when you are done with it… thanks

  • Pretty Angel

    Yes one visa paper one number issued

  • Sania Akbar

    still hope for best 😏

  • Rahim

    Ok in sha Allah. .keep praying

  • Pretty Angel

    Website show fees chk again

  • Mohamed Naleem

    Dear All, (I’m Naleem from Srilanka)

    Please any one clairfy that i got Permanent family visa Yellow slip from saudi istigdam office before muharram (1437) Hence is there any problem for me to process for further step or not? it will acceptable now?
    kindly share your opininon.
    Thanks

  • Sim

    no problem for you….

  • Mohamed Naleem

    Thank you dear “sim”

  • Rahim

    Hi everyone. .my passport has gone to saudi embassy for visa endorsement. .my doubt is whether they require ticket copy too as I didn’t give it..I am feeling nervous now..is it mandatory to submit ticket copy too as still I didn’t purchase my ticket

  • Rahim

    Is ticket copy is required to be submitted at Saudi embassy for visa stamping..I didn’t purchase yet

  • Mohammad Awais

    No I don’t Think they required Ticket,

    Simple if you get visa stamped then you will buy ticket.

  • Rahim

    Thanks ..I was v bothered about it

  • jaan

    No jan its not require and how much you paid for stamping

  • imran

    On Visit Visa Even if you are travelling for the first time to KSA they are charging you 2000K????

  • Sim

    Any news from anywhere regarding old visit visa acceptance ?

  • Rahim

    Saudi embassy asked for birth certificates of me and my child..this is v frustrating..any idea whether it should be translated into arabic?the agent said no need but I am confused

  • Rahim

    Saudi embassy asked for birth certificates of me and my child..this is v frustrating..any idea whether it should be translated into arabic?the agent said no need but I am confused..Please reply anyone soon who faced such issue..

  • Sim

    Why they are asking ? I mean for which service ?

  • Rahim

    For visit visa! Is marriage certificate too required??

  • Politik

    Saudi Embassy in Manila accepted and stamped the passport for visit visa of my wife. It was approved by MOFA last September 20.

  • Mohammad Awais

    With New Fee?

  • Politik

    Yes we paid 2000 SAR or its Ph Peso equivalent

  • Mohammad Awais

    When did you Submit After 2nd October or Before ??

  • Politik

    after 2nd of October. The agent submitted it in the embassy on 5th of October. It was rejected because of the system upgrading and it was release yesterday with stamped in the passport.

  • Rahim

    But for me today they rejected to stamp saying that single trip 30 days should be there not 90days

  • Rahim

    Dear steve
    I had got my visa approved before 2nd october ..then we gave for visa stamping on 5th October so they asked for birth certificates. .we submitted the birth certificates aling with other documents but they gave a v lame excuse of rejection stating that single trip which is of 90 days is changed to 30 days..then how come people from different parts of world are getting their visa’s stamped successfully and going to saudi Arabia. .my visit visa is same as them.i am v much ready to pay 2000sr too..I am v dissapointed and shattered..please help and reply anyone soon

  • Rahim

    I am feeling extremely sad as I waited v patiently..since I came to know that they are accepting old application of before 2nd October I got happy and submitted all the required documents. .they demanded later birth certificates but still they giving v lame excuse of single trip 30days instead of the usual 90days..Please kindly advice me whether should I change my agent and try again because I can see many other peoples passport stamped with visa’s. .kindly help n advice pls anyone soon

  • Politik

    oh.. ours was approved for 90 days..

  • syedatiq

    Any Updates/new development of permanent residence visa ?

  • Sim

    If they are asking for sar 2000 fees then it should be 90 days not 30 days…

  • Sim

    how many days mention in your Visit visa application from MOFA 30 or 90 ?

  • Rahim

    Ya true for so much of high price they should give 90 days..I have applied for single trip 90days

  • Rahim

    Single trip 90days

  • Rahim

    Visit visa

  • Rahim

    Is it compulsory to submit translated arabic copy of my birth certificate to the saudi embassy for visa stamping??my agent said no need but I am confused..pls reply

  • Rahim

    Is it compulsory to submit translated arabic copy of my birth certificate to the saudi embassy for visa stamping??my agent said no need but I am confused..pls reply me

  • Rahim

    Is it compulsory to submit translated arabic copy of my birth certificate to the saudi embassy for visa stamping??my agent said no need but I am confused..i need a quick reply

  • jaan

    No Rahim its not compulsory yesterday my family visa was submitted in etimad centre along with my son below than four month and today my pasport was delivered by courier service so its take only 24 hours for stamping why you not take direct appointment with etimad

  • Rahim

    Are you going saudi or your wife and son coming to saudi??.
    As relationship proof if husband is bringing wife to saudi on visit visa marriage certificate is required. .
    In my case my father is bringing me to saudi on visit visa in sha Allah so have to submit copy of my birth certificate as relationship proof. .
    Jus got doubt whether the saudi embassy require translation copy of my birth certificate in arabic??

  • Malik Jee

    Dear All
    Can any one brief me about below point,As per Ehtimad services

    CCHI insurance is mandatory for all visit visa applicants.

    So this insurance what purpose which Ehtimad services will charge separately? ??

  • Malik Jee

    Dear All
    Can any one brief me about below point,As per Ehtimad services

    CCHI insurance is mandatory for all visit visa applicants.

    So this insurance what purpose which Ehtimad services will charge separately? ??

  • Rahim

    What does cchi means??

  • Malik Jee

    Council of cooperative health insuarance

  • Naveen Kumar

    https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/feaf4b4943d7d498dbb58f6aedfdfe2d6df482b2cf5e2b2cb0e62904a88a3dbc.jpg

    For Permanent Visa, as per the Old fee they issued(Stamped) Visa in INDIA.

    Yellow paper received on 20 Sep 2016 in Saudi. (Paid 2000 Saudi Riyals)
    Medical report (Paid 4500 Indian Rupees) & Passport given to Agent On 03 October 2016, (Paid 5000 Indian Rupees per Passport)
    Visa Stamped on 24 October 2016.

  • syedatiq

    I also got stamped and my family already arrived in saudia arabia last week
    applied previous fees

  • Naveen Kumar

    Congratulation. Please update if any changes in the Iqama & Insurance Process.

  • ZEESHAN ANWAR

    Dear All,

    My parents Visit Visa issued before 2nd October 2016, i asked from Etimad thru e-mail and get the following response.

    Quote:
    Dear ,
    thank you four your mail

    Any valid visa processed at Etimad will be applicable for new visa charges

    regards

    Etimad Team

    Any body stamped VISA without paying new fee who has the same case, please reply.
    Thanks

  • Adnan Ashraf

    No, if you get your visa stamped after 2nd Oct, Etimad will charge the new fee regardless of when the visa was issued from MOFA, SA.

error: Content is protected !!