The Reason Why Most Expats Are Pushing for Saudi Green Cards and Hopes To ’Make it Happen Soon

Saudi green card benefits: A ‘permanent’ card is what any immigrant  would aim for, before deciding to go to any country. Most developed countries like the USA have their green cards such that if anyone is thinking about going to stay in the country for work or permanent residence then they can use it. This green card guaranties safety for the immigrants of their lives and even that of their families.

In Saudi however, in the past years, there has been the use of Iqama (now Muqeem) as a legal document of residence. The procedure of getting Iqama and the way it works was close to that of a green card but did not guarantee the expatriate’s longevity or had limitations to some point. However, things are changing now and news about the introduction and issuance of Saudi Arabia Green Card are spreading far and wide besides being welcomed with great joy and anxiety.

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How to Change the Iqama Photo?

How do you change the Iqama photo? Well, once you have passed the immigration desk in any of immigration department in Saudi Arabia, a photo of you has to be captured, this photo is used in your Iqama, driving license and some many legal document specific to its use. This is also used to confirm one’s identity and originality, changing this photo is one of the services government offices such as Jawazat offers.

For various reasons you may be required to change the picture on the Iqama, this may include facial changes such as development of beards, unappealing picture and many other. In a case of changing your photo you will have to follow the following procedure. The Jawazat offices are the most reliable government facility to acquire your desired Iqama photo.

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30 Iqama Professions That Are Restricted to Saudi Expats in 2016

The most important thing in life is to life is to live happily with a job that can put bread on your table and provide the basic need for the survival of you and your family. The same applies for the expatriates living in Saudi Arabia.

It is apparent that it is virtually impossible to get into Saudi Arabia with your family without having a suitable job or enough income on neither Family Visit Visa nor the Permanent Visa. Although,  it is possible to change the profession on your Iqama if it is not suitable, in order to bring them in the country.

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How to Replace a Lost Iqama…and Its Surprising Penalties?

Iqama is the most essential document for you as an expatriate in Saudi Arabia. The consequences that you could be prone to in case you are caught without your Iqama would be a jail term, a fine or even worse of deportation.

It is a must by the Law that you should carry your original Iqama wherever you go to while you reside here in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.

In case you would like to have a look at whatever you would be facing as penalty and fines due to traveling minus your Iqama then read further:

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How to Pay for Single and Multiple Exit Re-­Entry Visa Fees?

Long gone are those days when we need to stand up and wait for long lines that are queuing in the banks for us to pay our bills and other much needed payments.

With the help of internet and computer, we no longer need to waste our time traveling to banks and waiting in line to pay the fees we need to settle. Thank God for internet banking, this made our banking experience easier and more convenient.

This article will tackle how you can make payments for the deposit fee for your exit re-entry visa using internet banking. Though we are using the example of SABB (Bank) on this sample process, rest assured that the process for the other banks are just almost the same.

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How to Cancel Your Saudi Exit Re-Entry Visa Online?

You have just paid for the exit re-entry visa in whatever forms (online or manual) and excited to go out of the country then suddenly, you have to change plans. Now, as an expat, one of the most important things for you to do is to cancel the visa. Knowing how to cancel your visa is as important as knowing how to apply for it since penalties as much as SR 3,000 may be imposed.

The following information will explain the importance of cancelling the exit re-entry visa; as well as the step-by-step procedure on how to do the cancellation.

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How to Apply for a Transit Visa of Saudi Arabia?

Are you travelling somewhere via Saudi? Well, if your layover in the Kingdom is more than 12 hours, you need to apply first for a transit visa. This article will talk about the procedure of applying for Transit Visa of Saudi Arabia. Specially for the Muslim people who are booking their tickets via Saudi Airlines, and schedules a lay over of 72 hours in Jeddah for them to perform Umrah.

Accordingly, when you apply for this document you should mention that you will be applying for a transit visa and your stay is more than 12 hours. If your stay is more than 12 hours and you don’t have a visa, immigration officers will not allow you to board the plane. Women are not allowed to apply for the transit visa if they are not accompanied by one of their Mahram relatives. Take note that transit visas are not issued during the Ramadan and Hajj season.

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What to Do If Exit Re-Entry Visa Expires While You Are Outside KSA?

When you go out of the Kingdom, for whatever purpose, and you need to come back at a specified time, you need to have an exit re-entry visa that is issued by your sponsor or Kafeel. Likewise, you need to come back to Saudi Arabia within the period specified on your visa.

However, what if your visa has expired and you are still outside Saudi? What do you need to do?

On normal situations, a person whose visa is already expired will not be allowed to come back to Saudi Arabia since the document is no longer valid.

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How to Reprint Exit Re-entry Visa for Dependents Online?

If you are an employee, you need to have a copy of your exit re-entry visa from your sponsor (employer) to go out of Saudi Arabia. However, if  you have dependents that need to have an exit re-entry visa, then you can issue it all by yourself as you are considered as the sponsor of your dependents.

Now, there really are instances wherein the copy of this visa is unfortunately lost. You can always ask a copy of it from your sponsor. But if you want to do the re-printing by yourself and not to bother them, then it is also possible and that you can have access to a copy of your exit re-entry visa personally. Please take note that some procedures may have already changed after this writing.

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How to Get a Copy of a Lost Exit Re-Entry Visa via Online?

When you decide to go out of Saudi Arabia, an exit re-entry visa is issued by your sponsor. If you are an employee, then your sponsor is your employer. If you are a dependent, then your sponsor is the one where you are under like your father or husband.

Now, what if you are on a vacation you lost the copy of your exit re-entry visa? Will you be able to get a new copy?

Normally, if you lost your exit re-entry visa, you can always ask your sponsor for another copy. However, he will have to follow certain steps in order to re-print your exit re-entry visa from the Ministry of Interior. In cases when your sponsor is out of reach or if you are shy to ask for another copy again, then you can request it by yourself through following these step by step procedure in obtaining another copy of your exit re-entry visa online.

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