Saudi Residency Law treats the overstayers very strictly. Overstayers here refers to the people who continue to live in Saudi Arabia even after expiry of their visa. If someone overstays their visit visa, there are harsh penalties imposed on them and their sponsors.
Penalties on the Over Stayer of visa
If someone is caught by the authorities and his or her visa is already expired, he will be immediately detained in the Saudi Detention Center. After detention, they will have to pay for the expenses of returning back to the country so that they can be deported. Saudi Authorities may impose a ban of some years upon the residency law violators.
Moreover, Saudi Authorities also hold the right to impose some fine on such persons. Gulf News has reported that a plan to ban the deported expatriates from one GCC country from entering on work visas in any other GCC country has been finalized. To know about the status of the implementation, click on this link “GCC Wide Ban on Deported Expatriates of GCC Countries”
Penalties on the Sponsor of Over Stayer of Visa
Every person enters Saudi Arabia with the guarantee of someone. In the case of work visa or business visa, this is a Company or Saudi person. In the case of Umrah visa, this is some agents and in the case of a family visit visa, it is the expatriate Saudi resident.
While we are not sure about penalties which could be imposed on the companies or Saudi Person, an expatriate becoming Kafeel of family visit visa is fine with the heavy amount if his family overstays in the Kingdom. It is very important to mention here that expat living in Saudi Arabia on Iqama takes the responsibility of the family members entering the Kingdom.
- If a visitor overstays his visa for the first time, he will be fined SR 15,000/- followed by the deportation.
- If a visitor overstays his visa for the second time, he will be fined SR 25,000/-, 3 months jail followed by the deportation.
- If a visitor overstays his visa for the third time, he will be fined SR 50,000/-, 6 months jail followed by the deportation.
Precautions to Avoid Such Situation
I have already explained the problems you may have to face if your family overstays in Saudi Arabia. However, by adopting certain precautions, you can avoid such unfavorable condition.
1-Book the ticket at least 3 days before the date of expiry of family visa so that in the case of even delayed flight, you have enough margins to cover yourself.
2-Some people get confused by the Hijri and Gregorian dates. When it is written on the family visa “3 months” it means three Hijri months. You can use a converter available on the internet to get the Gregorian date. There can be a difference of one day in conversion, so be cautious and conservative in your approach.
3-Never ever even think to take benefit of the grace period of 15 days which can be given extremely emergency situation.
Source: Arab News