How to convert family visit visa to Iqama?

You can convert family visit visa to Iqama or permanent family visa in Saudi Arabia for your children only if the following two requirements are met;

  1. Both parents have an Iqama.
  2. Children are below 18 years old.

It is worth noting that you cannot covert a family visit visa to Iqama for your wife, mother, father, mother-in-law, or father-in-law.

Requirements to convert family visit visa to Permanent Visa

  1. Children's Birth Certificates.
  2. Children's Vaccination Cards.
  3. Children's Original Passports.
  4. Iqama copies of parents.
  5. Medical Insurance for children.
  6. Marriage certificate attested by the Saudi Embassy.
  7. NOC Letter from the Employer of the parents duly attested by the Chamber of Commerce.
  8. Filled visa application form to convert family visit visa to Iqama.

convert family visit visa to IqamaHow to convert family visit visa to Iqama?

Step 1: Visit Jawazat.

Once you have all the above-mentioned documents, go to the Jawazat office in your city which deals with family matters. 

Step 2: Contact an Agent.

Contact any agent sitting outside the Jawazat building to fill the visa application form. He will charge around SR 20 and guide you about the window where you need to submit your documents.

Step 3: Submit the documents.

Submit all your documents on the prescribed window, the Jawazat officer will verify them and stamp the passport to cancel the family visit visa on your children's passport.

Step 4: Cancel the family visit visa.

Jawazat officer will handover a form that needs to be filled in Arabic. You can take the form to the same agent who filled your application form. 

Step 5: Pay the permanent family visa fee.

Pay the permanent family visa fee of SR 2,000 for the whole family.

Step 6: Pay the dependent fee.

Pay the dependent fee up to your Iqama expiry date for all your children.

Step 7: Convert Family Visit Visa to Iqama.

Go back to the same window with the filled form and the payment proof, Jawazat officer will convert family visit visa to Iqama or permanent family visa in Saudi Arabia.

convert family visit visa to permanent visa

Step 8: Print the Iqama.

Now check if your children are added to the list of dependents on Absher. In the case reported to us, it took them 10 days to appear on Absher. Once they start appearing, you can go to any Jawazat center to print Iqama.

convert family visit visa to IqamaSource: Arab News

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