One of the mistakes people do when they decide to leave Saudi Arabia permanently means at the time of going on final exit visa is “not getting police clearance certificate” from the Police Department.
Generally, you don’t need it if you are planning to stay in your home country but if your plan is to go to European countries, USA, or Australia for work purpose, they need police clearance certificate from all the countries you have lived in your life.
Even if you don’t have such plan of visiting these countries, I would strongly recommend you to take it before your final exit, you never know about the future.
In this article, I will be explaining step by step procedure of getting police clearance certificate from the police department during your stay in Saudi Arabia. The procedure of getting police clearance certificate from your home country is explained in this article.
Letter of Endorsement: First of all, you need to apply for a letter of endorsement to your embassy. The standard form of application for a letter of endorsement is available in embassies of all the countries.
You will have to fill the application form, pay the fee, attach copies of your Iqama and submit it your embassy. Time of processing varies from embassy to embassy. Generally, it takes around one week to process this letter.
The embassy sometimes asks to share evidence of employment in Saudi (i.e. offer letter) and evidence for why you need the PCC (i.e. immigration letter from respective country, etc.).
Better to go with these printouts since the shops around the embassy charge a killing. Procedure to get Letter of Endorsement from Pakistan Embassy is explained in this link.
Attest documents from MOFA: After receiving the letter of endorsement from your embassy, you will have to Attest Documents from Ministry of Foreign Affairs. Make sure you visit there with the copy of your passport and Iqama.
You will receive a form there which have to fill and submit back to the MOFA along with a letter of endorsement of a copy of your documents. Here you need to pay a fee of SR 100/-. There is no need to translate the letter of endorsement issued to you by your Embassy in Arabic. MOFA will attest it without translation.
Mr_OCD: The biggest hassle is the MOFA attestation due to huge backlog from the previous days. I went there at 6:30 AM, stood in the queue for 2.5 hours, got a token number of around 160 and left (as we were advised by the guards to leave due to the max limit of 120-130 attestations per day).
The next day, those who had a token from the previous day were prioritized and I was given a token number of about 30. It was a one hour wait from here.
Police Station: Once Ministry of Foreign Affairs has attested your letter, you need to go along with the whole set of documents to the police station. It is better if you go to the police station along with government relations officer of your company.
If you go alone, you might have to face a problem or they may not entertain you. Make sure your fingerprints scanning have already been done. You can check it online if your fingerprints scanning is done properly from this link.
A police officer will tell you about the expected date of getting the police clearance certificate. It is better to go at least 3 days after the expected date mentioned by the police officer to collect the certificate. Each and every applicant applying for PCC needs to visit Police Station.
The police station you need to visit;
- (If you are in Jeddah) is the one right behind ISLAMIC DEVELOPMENT BANK. The branch for making PCC's is located in this police center.
- If you are in Riyadh, you need to visit Police Office Deera near the court.
- If you are living in Dammam, you need to visit Police Station located diagonally opposite the Governor House in Dammam
After collecting the Police Clearance Certificate (PCC), better to translate it in English which will help you in your future. Make sure you Attest Documents from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs one more time.
Zeeshan Qayyum: Department of Criminal Evidence (Jeddah) is not taking fingerprints nowadays since they have all record – but they are giving 3 weeks times to take your certificate. Advice for all the people planning to take this certificate it is better to visit them earlier instead of the eleventh hour.
- No Need for exit confirmation for PCC (You can just mention in your embassy that you are planning to have exited in near future – apart from embassy nobody ask for exit).
- In case of emergency exit Department of Criminal Evidence can issue PCC immediately if you show the ticket.