How to extend family visit visa in Saudi Arabia? 2021

In this article, we have explained the procedure to extend the family visit visa in Saudi Arabia;

  • through Absher.
  • after 270 days.
  • through Istiqdam.

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.
  • 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. 

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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.

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

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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.

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How to extend a family visit visa after 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 after 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 the family visit visa after 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. 

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 confirmed ticket for the family member if the total stay during COVID-19 restrictions is more than 180 days. 
  8. 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.