Arab News arranged a helpline for two hours on June 04, 2014 for the general people to call and discuss their problems to the Col Muhammad Al-Hussain, a spokesman the Jawazat (Passport Office) department. Mr. Muhammad took many calls and answered procedural queries and cleared the concepts of many people. It is really a good step taken by the Arab News to facilitate the expatriates working in Saudi Arabia. Although, he could answer calls of only a few people but still it is a ray of hope for other 10 million expats living in Saudi Arabia.
While answering many questions, someone asked Mr. Muhammad if he can convert his family visit visa into Permanent family Visa (Iqama) while his family stays in Saudi Arabia. Mr. Muhammad confirmed him that he can do it if he is eligible to apply for Permanent family Visa (Iqama). However, this approval will be granted upon permission of Ministry of Interior. People thought Mr. Muhammad is the spokesman of Jawazat (Passport Office) department so if he is stating this, there must be truth and reality in it. However, later on, it was published again in Arab News that the visit visa cannot be converted to Permanent Family Visa. The official referred above stated in his official statement to Arab News about it.
Is it possible to Convert Visit Visa into IQAMA?
Mr. Muhammad just pointed out that family visit visa can be converted to Permanent family Visa (Iqama) but he did not explain the procedure. There are so many steps through which a person has to go through if he wants to apply for Permanent family Visa (Iqama). For example, the requirement of going through the medical test in your home country as well as in Saudi Arabia is only for Permanent family Visa (Iqama). It is not the requirement of family visit visa. The family visit visa can be converted into Iqama only if both the parents are working in Saudi Arabia under different sponsors and one of the family members has brought his/her children on family visit visa. We have explained the procedure in detail in this article. Recommended: Convert Family Visit Visa into Iqama for Kids (Parents have Iqama)
Now let’s talk about another scenario. The applicant has brought his family (wife and children) on family visit visa and now he wants to convert it to permanent family visa or Iqama. We have the procedure which he needs to adopt but we have not heard of even a single case of success. All the times, application was refused by the Ministry. But still, there is nothing wrong in trying your luck. Recommended: Procedure to Convert Family Visit Visa into Permanent Family Visa
Source: Arab News