How to extend family visit visa in Saudi Arabia?

After your family members have arrived in KSA, you need to extend their family visit visa through Absher to keep them with you for a longer period of time. In this article, we have explained the family visit visa extension procedure in Saudi Arabia through Absher as well as Istiqdam applicable in 2020.

Family visit visa extension rules

  • A single-entry family visit visa is issued initially for 30 days which can be extended 5 more times up to 180 days.
  • A multiple-entry family visit visa is issued initially for 90 days which can be extended 1 more time up to 180 days.
  • However, due to the suspension of flights during coronavirus pandemic in 2020, the government has allowed the extension of family visit visa up to 270 days online.
  • You can apply for the visit visa extension 7 days before and 3 days after the visa expiry. Recommended: What to do if a family visit visa expires?

Step 1: Get the Insurance

First of all, you need to get medical insurance for the extension of a family visit visa.

Step 2: Pay the Visit Visa extension fee

Step 3: Extend family visit visa through Absher

Once you have arranged the above-mentioned requirements, the next step is to log in to your Absher account and click on the  “Services”
button in the “Family Members Services” tab.
https://www.absher.sa/

A new window will open where you need to click on the “Extend Visit Visa” button.

The next screen shows a set of instructions for visit visa extension in Saudi Arabia and you need to click on the “Proceed” button. As you can see in the screenshot below, in 2020, the maximum period for the extension of a family visit visa through Absher is 270 days due to coronavirus pandemic in Saudi Arabia.

family visit visa extension saudi arabia 2020

Now you can see all the family visit visa holders under your sponsorship with their passport number, visa number, border number the date of entry, and the visit visa expiry date. You need to click on the “Extend Visa” button.

family visit visa extension saudi arabia 2020

Finally, you need to verify details, accept the terms and conditions, and click on the “Extend Visit Visa” button.

family visit visa extension saudi arabia 2020

Congratulations, you have successfully extended the family visit visa of your family member in Saudi Arabia.

  • Single Entry Family Visit Visa: Visa extension 30 days.
  • Multiple Entry Family Visit Visa: Visa extension 90 days.

family visit visa extension saudi arabia 2020

How to extend family visit visa beyond 270 days?

In case you are not able to extend your family visit visa through Absher,  you will receive the following message. In this case, you can follow the below-mentioned procedure to extend the visit visa beyond 270 days.

“Sorry!! the visit visa (VV) cannot be extended, for further information, please contact the passport department.”

Requirements

Try to extend the family visit visa through the procedure explained above and when the error message comes, take a screenshot of that.

Make one PDF file for each family member with all the below-mentioned documents to upload it to Absher.

  1. Error Message Screenshot.
  2. Passport of the visa holder.
  3. Visa detail from Absher
  4. Insurance details.

Family Visit Visa Extension

Once you have arranged the above-mentioned requirements, the next step is to log in to your Absher account and click on the  “Services”
button in the “My Services” tab.
https://www.absher.sa/

On the next screen click on the “General Services”.

On the next screen, select “Messages and Documents”.

On this screen, you need to select the following settings to extend family visit visa beyond 270 days.

  • To: General Directorate of Passports
  • Service Name: مشاكل التأشيرات
  • Subject: “Extend Single Entry/Multiple Entry Visit Visa”
  • Message: Explain your problem.
  • Attachment Comment: Visa error message.
  • Attachment: Attach the PDF file you have created before.
  • Your family visit visa will be extended within one day.

Special character not allowed: Remove all the (. ! ?, ‘ “ etc) special characters and you should be good to go.

Extend family visit visa through Istiqdam

You can also visit the Istiqdam to extend the family visit visa. However, these days due to coronavirus pandemic, they are not entertaining manual requests.

Requirements

  1. Original Passport of the visa holder + Copy.
  2. Original Iqama of the sponsor + copy.
  3. A duly filled form to extend a family visit visa.
  4. Passport size photograph with white background.
  5. Payment of visa extension fee.
  6. Valid Medical Insurance for the visa holder.
  7. A letter from a doctor in case of a medical emergency.

Visit Jawazat

Once you have all the required documents, you can visit the Jawazat office for the extension of the family visit visa. The officer will check your documents and extend the visa.

In case of a medical emergency, make sure to visit Istiqdam along with the above-mentioned documents within the validity of the visa and the officer will extend it for 15 days beyond the maximum period of time.

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