How to get a final exit visa in Saudi Arabia?

Saudi law allows expats to request the final exit visa خروج نهائي for themselves as well as to apply it for their dependents through Absher. However, there are some rules to follow and things to do before getting the final exit visa from Saudi Arabia. 

Self Final Exit Visa – Employees

Requirements

After the new Saudi labor law reforms, employees can request their own final exit visa through Absher if they meet the following conditions;

  1. There must be no car/vehicle under his name.
  2. The final exit visa of all dependents is issued (explained below).
  3. All dependents on family visit visas have left Saudi Arabia.

Procedure

  • Log in to your Absher account https://www.absher.sa/
  • Click on the “Services” tab under My Services.
  • Select “Passports” from the given options.
  • Click on “Visa Requests“.

Request for Final Exit Visa - Employees

On the next page;

  • Scroll down until you find the option to “Create Request for Visa“.
  • Request Type: Final Exit Visa.
  • Agree to the terms and conditions.
  • Click on the “Confirm” button to request the final exit visa.

Acknowledgment: I acknowledge that I have known the penalty of breaching the contractual relationship and it includes the prohibition of returning to work in Saudi Arabia permanently.

Request for Final Exit Visa - EmployeesIf you do not meet any of the above-mentioned requirements to get the final exit visa, you would receive the following error message.

Error Message: Sorry, you are not eligible to create a visa request, please contact with General Directorate of Passports.

Sorry, you are not eligible to create visa request, please contact with General Directorate of Passports.

New Rules for Final exit visa

The following rules are applicable if you are requesting a final exit visa through Absher;

  1. The employer will have a period of 10 days to approve or reject the request.
  2. If the employer approves the visa, the employee will have 5 days to issue the final exit visa.
  3. If the employer rejects the visa, the MOL will review the objection and make the decision on it within 10 days from the initial request.
  4. If the employer does not respond within 10 days, the request would be deemed accepted.

Request for Final Exit Visa - EmployeesKeep in mind that this service is just an option, your employer can still get your final exit visa through his system.

The final exit visa obtained in this way has a validity of only 15 days. – Saudi Gazette

Dependent Fee and Final Exit

At the time of issuing the final exit visa, the dependent fee for your family members must have been paid for the next 60 days.

Example

  • Final Exit Issue Date: 20 June.
  • Iqama Expiry: 15 July.
  • The dependent fee is already paid until 15 June i.e. 25 days.
  • Dependent fee to be paid: 60 – 25 = 35 days.

Apply for Final Exit Visa – Dependents

Requirements

In order to apply for the final exit visa for dependents, the following conditions must be met;

  1. There must be no car/vehicle under the dependent’s name.
  2. The dependent fee is paid for 60 days from the date of the visa.
  3. Valid Iqama.
  4. Passport Validity at least 60 days.
  5. The dependent is inside Saudi Arabia.
  6. No unpaid violation.

Procedure

  • Log in to your Absher account https://www.absher.sa/
  • Click on the “Services” tab under Family Members.
  • Select “Visa Services” from the given options.
  • Click on the “Next” button.

Apply for Final Exit Visa - Dependents

On the next page, you will find the list of all dependents;

  • Select the dependent by clicking on the “More Details“.
  • Select “Issue Final Visa” from the given option.
  • Agree to the terms and conditions.
  • Click “OK” to proceed with the issuance of the final exit visa.

Apply for Final Exit Visa - Dependents

  • Agree to the terms and conditions.
  • Click on the “Issue Final Visa” button.
  • If you want to take a print of the final exit visa, you will find the option on this screen.

AC3052E: Insufficient Funds

If you try to issue a final exit visa for your dependents without paying the dependent fee, the following error message will appear.

  • “AC3052E: Insufficient Funds.”

AC3052E: Insufficient Funds

Rules for final exit

Final Exit Letter/Print

Although it is written on the Absher website that there is no need to print the final exit visa, Saudi embassies ask for a final exit letter if the same person applies for a Saudi visa in the future. Therefore, it is better to print the final exit visa at this stage.

Final Exit Letter/Print

How long can I stay in Saudi Arabia after the final exit?

How long can you stay in Saudi Arabia after stamping your final exit visa?

  • The validity of the final exit visa is 60 days from the date it is issued.
  • The validity of the final exit visa requested from the employer (explained above) is 15 days from the date it is approved.
  • Once the final exit visa is issued, the Iqama validity becomes irrelevant.
  • There is a fine of SR 1,000 for not leaving Saudi Arabia within its validity. However, there is no fine to cancel the final exit visa within its validity.

how long i can stay in saudi after stamping final exit visaHuroob and Final Exit

Once the final exit visa is issued, the employer does not have the authority to file Huroob.

Where to surrender iqama on final exit?

There is no need to surrender your Iqama with Jawazat after the final exit is processed. While applying for the final exit, you agree that you will collect and discard the Iqama cards of your dependents.

Things to do before final exit

There are certain things you must do before requesting your sponsor to issue a final exit visa. Some of these things are mandatory as required by Saudi law for the final exit procedure while others are optional.

Things to do before final exit from Saudi ArabiaMandatory things to do before the final exit 

  1. The payment of the dependent fee for 60 days from the date of the issuance of the final exit visa.
  2. Resignation with an appropriate notice period.
  3. Pay all traffic violation fines.
  4. Sell your vehicle or transfer its ownership.

Optional things to do before the final exit 

  1. Get the police clearance certificate from Saudi Arabia.
  2. Get the End of Service Benefits and transfer them to your bank account in your home country.
  3. Pay off all postpaid internet/mobile bills/electricity bills. Although Saudi Gazette has published that Jawazat has linked the issuance of final exit with the settlement of all dues, it is not yet implemented.
  4. Cancel your Ejar contract. In case you want to continue the lease, you can pay the landlord for some months and he will not cancel the lease.
  5. Disconnect Landline and Internet Connection.
  6. Pay off loans and credit card bills. Read: Final Exit with an unpaid loan
  7. Close your bank account before leaving Saudi Arabia on final exit.
  8. The flights normally allow 46 Kg luggage per passenger so it is better to use cargo service to send your belongings from Saudi Arabia.

Final exit without Kafeel

Before the new labor reforms, people had to file a case in Saudi Labor Court to get the final exit without Kafeel approval. However, following the procedure explained above, now you can easily get a final exit without employer’s approval after completing your contract.

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Steve has been living in Saudi Arabia since 2013 and writing about Saudi rules, regulations, guides, and procedures since then.