How to book Istiqdam appointment for family visa?

Sometimes you need to book an appointment with Istiqdam to apply for a permanent family visa, a family visit visa, or a housemaid visa in Saudi Arabia. Here is how you can do it.

Book Istiqdam appointment

First of all, login to your Absher account and click on the “Appointments” tab. https://www.absher.sa/

On the next screen, select the option “Expatriate Affairs”.

Click on the “Proceed to Service” button.

On this screen, you need to select the purpose of taking the Istiqdam appointment.

istiqdam appointment for family visaSelect the city in the selected region.

Now the Absher account will show you all the available Istiqdam Appointments in green color. Select the appointment as per your convenient time.

  • Green: Available Appointments.
  • Red: Already Booked Appointments.

Book Istiqdam appointmentAfter selecting the Istiqdam appointment time, the system will take you to the confirmation page where the time, date, map location, and all the requirements for the family visa or housemaid visa are written. You need to confirm the appointment details.

Book Istiqdam appointmentFinally, you would be able to see a confirmation page. It is better to print the page and take it with you on the day of the appointment.

Book Istiqdam appointmentCancel Istiqdam Appointment

If you try to book another appointment after the confirmation of the first appointment, the following message appears.

  • You have reached maximum number of valid appointments per person.

In this case, you need to either cancel the current appointment or edit it. In order to cancel your current Istiqdam appointment;

  1. Log in to your Absher account.
  2. Click on “Appointments”.
  3. Expatriate Affairs.
  4. Cancel or Update the Istiqdam Appointment.
  5. Confirm Cancellation.

Cancel Istiqdam AppointmentError Messages

Sometimes you get the following error messages while booking the Istiqdam appointment. Here is what you need to do in such a situation;

No Appointments Available

Try again another time. You should try at least once every day until you get the appointment.

No Appointments AvailableThis Service Group is not available in any branch of your selected Region

The service you have selected i.e. permanent family visa, family visit visa, or housemaid visa is not available in the entire region. Please select a different region.

This Service Group is not available in any branch of your selected Region

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