Online Procedure to Apply for NICOP from Saudi Arabia

NADRA Pakistan has launched an Online Procedure to Apply for NICOP from Saudi Arabia. Pakistanis living in Saudi Arabia had to stand in the long queues in front of NADRA to apply for the NICOP.

Even after entering the building of NADRA, the procedure to apply for NICOP takes almost one full day. Now with the introduction of Online Procedure to Apply for NICOP from Saudi Arabia, many people will be relieved.

A new National Identity Card for Overseas Pakistanis (NICOP) card can be issued only if you do not hold a NADRA card previously. If you do, then you must apply for the National Identity Card for Overseas Pakistanis (NICOP) in the modification category.

Before issuing a National Identity Card for Overseas Pakistanis (NICOP), three very important steps have to be taking into consideration.

STEP 1: Firstly, find out what documents are needed to be submitted along with the fees as well. For a new National Identity Card for Overseas Pakistanis (NICOP), documents such as a valid copy of Pak/Foreign Passport, birth proof along with the translated copy in English attested by Pak mission or embassy, copies of Parent CNIC is a requirement.

If the child National Identity Card for Overseas Pakistanis (NICOP) is applied within 6 months of the birth, then the passport is exempted. For a modified National Identity Card for Overseas Pakistanis (NICOP), different documents would be required depending on the type of modification.

As for the fees is concerned, each process has a different number of fees required. The National Identity Card for Overseas Pakistanis (NICOP) modification/reprint fee is PKR 12,000 and for other processes, fees structures vary.

STEP 2: Once you are done with step one, coming to step two now where you prepare everything you have. Make sure you have a valid debit or credit card so you can pay the fees through online banking without any hassle.

A portrait photograph has to be taken which should be 45 mm high and 35 mm wide. The photographs should not be any old than 6 months; they should be clear and focused, a white background behind is necessary, a close-up of your head and shoulders should be clearly visible, it must be only of you with no objects or people near you in the picture and lastly, keep your eyes clearly open and do not wear reflecting glasses or objects like sunglasses or hats.

Also, remember, you cannot use photos cut down from a larger picture. The red eye should also be eliminated from the picture.

STEP 3: You are now ready to apply for your National Identity Card for Overseas Pakistanis (NICOP). Open this link and follow the simple steps below:

Click on the green Get Started button at the top to launch the Pak-Identity Application System

Register your account there

Create an application in the appropriate category

Provide details for the following:

  • Personal
  • Spouse / Parents
  • Relatives

Scan and upload your photograph

Scan and upload the supporting documents

Download and print the special fingerprint form on A4/Letter page size.

Capture your fingerprints on this form with the help of the Fingerprint Tutorial.

Scan and upload the fingerprint form.

Scan quality must be a minimum of 600 dpi in Grayscale.

Download and fill the witness form. Provide details of two witnesses. Each witness must be a valid National Identity Card for Overseas Pakistanis (NICOP) holder.

Scan and upload the witness form.

Review the information you provided and sign the declaration

Provide your address for card delivery

Pay application fee online with your Credit Card/Debit Card.

The application process starts after the form has been submitted and takes up to 7 days for processing and 5 more days for international shipping.

Applicants from abroad can check the progress of their card by logging in to the website and signing in to their registered account. For applicants checking from Pakistan, simply send a text to 8400 along with your tracking code. Good luck!

Source: NADRA

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