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After visa issuance by the MOFA, you must be keen to know the latest rules of 2020 for the validity and extension of single and multiple entry family visit visa in Saudi Arabia.
Saudi Visa Validity before stamping
Once the visit visa is issued by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Saudi Arabia, it can be stamped by the Saudi Embassy in your home country within 90 days of its issuance date.
Let’s say if a family visit visa is issued on the 1st of Jan, it would be valid until the 30th of March. In other words, the Saudi Family Visit Visa Validity before stamping is 3 months.
Visa validity after stamping
Once the visa is stamped in your home country by the Saudi Embassy on the passport, it is valid for 3 months or 90 days from the date when it is stamped. Normally, the date on which a visa is stamped is written on the stamped visa.
In other words, Saudi family visa validity after stamping is only 3 months or 90 days. Please make sure to read what is written on the face of the family visit visa before relying on the information provided on the blog.
It is also important to note that the Saudi Embassy doesn’t stamp the family visit visa after the end of Ramadan. It is better to plan ahead and apply for it at the beginning of the month of Ramadan.
Extension of Family Visit Visa
Single-Entry Family Visit Visa
According to the latest rules of family visit visa applicable in 2019, if the single entry family visit visa is stamped for 30 days, it can be extended for 5 more times. Taking this into account, the total stay in Saudi Arabia will be of 180 days.
It should be noted that the MOFA has stopped issuing a single entry visa with the validity of 90 days. The new visa is issued for a period of 30 days only.
Multiple Entry Saudi Family Visit Visa Rules
The one-year multiple-entry Family Visit Visa of Saudi Arabia is stamped for 90 days on your passport. The one-year multiple-entry Family Visit Visa can be extended one time with the total duration of stay for 180 days.
The visit visa holder will have to travel out of Saudi Arabia after completing 180 days' duration and enter back the country to continue staying for another 180 days.
Check the validity of Saudi Visit Visa online
- Login to your Absher account.
- Click on the “Dashboard” given on the upper-right corner.
- Look for the Visit Visa tab and click on the “More Details” link.
A new screen will open where you can see the name, passport number, visa number, border number, the date of entry and the date of expiry of the Saudi Visit Visa. You need to extend the family visit visa within its validity.
When Visit visa is closed in Saudi Arabia?
Many people ask when the Saudi visit visa is closed in Saudi Arabia. What is the expected closing date of the Saudi Visit Visa?
It is important to note that the MOFA stops issuing a family visit visa from the 1st of Ramadan so it is better to plan ahead and apply for it at least one month before the start of Ramadan. In other words, the Saudi visit visa closing date is the first of Ramadan.
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