The validity of Family Visit Visa: All of us know that residents with certain professions can bring their families to Saudi Arabia on family visit visa. Family visit visa is normally issued for 1 to 3 months and it can be extended up to a maximum 180 days. I have explained the procedure of applying for family visit visa in this link.
Many people bring their families before Ramadan so that they can spend Ramadan in Saudi Arabia and go to Makkah and Madina to worship. Some people, who bring their families here during Ramadan, also have an intention to keep them here until Hajj time.
They have been asking me questions about the procedure to get Hajj Permit for Visit Visa Holder in Saudi Arabia. I will explain this in further detail.
No more Family Visit Visas before Hajj: Every year, Saudi Government stops issuing family visit visas one month before Ramadan. Check the specific dates in this regard in this link “No more Family Visit Visas before Hajj”.
Just with the beginning of Ramadan, they stop extending family visit visas as well. The purpose of doing all this exercise is to stop these family visit visa holders from performing Hajj.
No Hajj Permit to Visit Visa Holders: Saudi Authorities don’t grant permission to family visit visa holders to perform Hajj in Saudi Arabia. In other words, you cannot get a Hajj Permit for Family Visit Visa Holders in Saudi Arabia.
If you have a plan to perform Hajj without Hajj Permit, just forget about it. There are strong penalties and deportation with the permanent ban to the sponsor as well as visit visa holders if they are caught by the authorities.
Apply from your Country: If your family wants to perform Hajj, better to ask them to apply from your country Hajj agents. This is the only legal way for them to come for Hajj.
If any agent in Saudi Arabia asks you to pay him money for the Hajj Permit of family visit visa holder, don’t go for it. There is no Hajj permit for the visit visa holder and he would be handing over a fake permit to you. Don’t risk your career and job for the sake of some money.