1-month visa extension for Saudi expats; Ministry lists beneficiaries

By Rahul Vaimal, Associate Editor
  • Follow author on
Saudi Arabia
Representational Image

Saudi Arabia’s Directorate General of Passports (Jawazat) has automatically extended the validity of residency permit (iqama) of expatriates who are outside the Kingdom by a month at no additional cost.

Officials at Jawazat stated that the extension will be beneficial to expatriates who are outside the Kingdom with valid exit and re-entry visas and have commercial trades as their professions.

The one-month extension will be from the date of the expiry of the visa (iqama) during the period between Aug. 1 and 31.

The official statement from Jawazat added that the new arrangement has been made in coordination with the Ministry of Human Resources and Social Development, and the National Information Center.

Earlier in July, Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Salman had approved the extension of the validity of the expired iqama of expatriates who are within the Kingdom and outside for a period of three months without any fee or fine.

The Absher app of the Ministry of Interior had also announced that the extension of the period of the exit and re-entry visa service will be available for domestic workers and family members of expatriates.

The conditions for the provision of this service included that the person shall be outside the Kingdom and there is validity for the residency permit (iqama) covering the extension period.