SAUDI ARABIA

SAUDI ARABIA, Royal Embassy of

 

Address :                             128 H.V. Dela Costa cor., Sanchez Streets,

                                                Salcedo Village, Makati City

Tel. No. :                              856-4444 / 812-9997

Fax :                                       856-5365 / 856-5366

Website:                              www.saudiembassy.com.ph

Name of Ambassador:   H.E. ABDULLAH AL HASSAN

                                                Ambassador Extraordinary & Plenipotentiary

 

Visa Requirements

 

                A Working Visa will be granted and issued by the Embassy generally based on the working permit issued by the Ministry of Labor.

 

Working Visa

 

First: Position

 

  1. The educational attainment as well as the work experiences by the person to be recruited must conform to the position for which he recruited as indicated in the working permit.

 

  1. If the sponsor or his representative wants to amend or change the position. Category or nationality, the concerned authority on this matter is the Ministry of Labor.

 

Second: Religion

 

  1. Working visas intended for the holy places in the Kingdom will be granted only to Muslim.

 

  1. The religion of babysitters who will work in the Kingdom should be Islam

 

  1. Working visas for butcher will be granted only to Muslims.

 

Third: Address of the Employer

 

                The employer whether individuals, companies or establishments must provide the recruitment agents their landline telephone numbers or cell phone numbers which should be attached on the passport of their employees.

Fourth: Age of Recruited Workers

  1. The age of recruited workers shall not be below 21 years old in general with the following exemptions:

 

  1. Dressmakers who will work in dress shops must at least be 30 years old.
  2. Workers in women’s textile and ready-made garments shops must at least 40 years old.

 

  1. Barbers must at least be 35 years old.

Fifth: Terms and Conditions for the Issuance of Working Visa for Drivers

  1. The valid driving license of the holder who will work in the Kingdom in such category should contain the following information:

 

  1. The holder’s profession.
  2. The driving license category
  3. The validity period
  4. Date of issue validity

 

  1. The working  visa for driver category will not be granted unless the applicant presents a valid, undamaged, unaltered or untampered driving license

Sixth: The name of the applicant must be ternary (With Middle Name)

Seventh: Medical & Health Terms and Conditions

  1. Applicants to work or reside in the Kingdom must obtain medical certificates from any accredited medical clinic or medical centers by Embassy as a basic term and condition forte granting or issuance of visa.
  2. The visa guidelines and instructions prohibited the entry into the Kingdom for work purpose of those who are afflicted with Hepatitis (B & C).
  3. The visa guidelines and instructions prohibit the entry into the Kingdom of those who are afflicted with AIDS.

Eighth: Clearance certificate (NBI Clearance) & Certificate of Good Moral and Right Conduct

                It is required that any worker entering the Kingdom for work purposes to have clearance certificate (NBI Clearance) and a certificate of good moral and right conduct.

 

Ninth: Employment Contract

                There must be an employment contract between the employer and the recruited worker duly attested by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs or by any of its two branches. The Embassy must be provided with a copy of a contract.

Tenth: The rules and regulations applicable in the Kingdom do not allow any worker who cannot read and write.

 

Eleven: Validity of Working Visa

  1. The validity of working permit to recruit workers is two years effective from the date of its issuance by the Ministry of Labor.
  2. The validity of the issued entry visa on the passport is (90) days maximum effective from the date of its issuance by the Embassy.
  3. The validity of residence permit stamped on the entry of the passport is (90) days effective from the date of entry of the bearer into the Kingdom

Twelfth: Repetitions of the issuance of working visa which has been used in the recruitment of domestic worker or private driver.

                The entry visas to the Kingdom or special work categories like family driver or domestic worker after his/her repatriation/departure to his/her country after he/she is found to be unfit/unqualified for the job during the three month probation period will be dealt as expired working visas. However, the Ministry of labor will compensate the employer of such used / expired working visa through the issuance of a new working visa as replacement without any charge or fee.

Thirteenth: Certificate of Unused Working Visa

                The Embassy does not issue certificate of unused working visa for all working visas whether expired or valid. Such certificate can be obtained from the Ministry of Labor.

Fourteenth: Working visa fee is (50) Saudi Riyals payable to the Embassy.

PROCEDURES FOR THE ISSUANCE OF WORKING VISAS BY THE EMBASSY

 

  1. Working visa slip or its copy.
  2. Electronic authority from one of the National Recruitment offices in the Kingdom from the employer authorizing recruitment agency in Philippines. For domestic workers, an authority duly authenticated by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs is required in the present time.
  3. Medical Certificate issued by one of the medical centers accredited by the Embassy.
  4. Educational attainments’ certificates for professions such as engineers, medical doctors and nurses. Such educational certificates must conform to the professional categories appearing the working visa as well as for work and technical experiences’ certificates.
  5. Clearance certificate (NBI Clearance)
  6. The passports’ minimum validity should at least be six months.
  7. The aforementioned requirements should be submitted to one of the accredited recruitment agencies by the Embassy which will pay the prescribed visa electronically of S.R. (50) which is equivalent to (14) US Dollars through the ENJAZ website.
  8. The passport will be submitted by representatives of the accredited recruitment in the Embassy’s counter at 9:00 am and will be collected on the same day at 3:00 pm without limitation on the number of passports submitted.

 

 

 

RESIDENCE VISA

 

                To obtain a residence visa in the Kingdom, the applicant must obtain an approval from the residence purposes.

 

-          Entry visas for residence purposes in the Kingdom can be granted to wives and minor children whose ages do not exceed 18 years old as well as to unmarried daughters.

-          The validity of residence visa is one year effective from the date of its issuance by the issuing authority.

-          An applicant must undergo medical examinations.

-          The residence visa fee is (50) Saudi Riyals and will be paid upon submission of visa application

-          Terms and regulations for the residence in the Kingdom prescribed for legal children are applicable also to adopted children after of verification of adoption legal documents.

 

PROCEDURES FOR THE ISSUANCE OF RESIDENCE VISAS

 

  1. Residence visa slip or its copy with number and date of issuance of the visa.
  2. Proof of the kinship or marital relationship (marriage contract with regards to wife, birth certificates of children) duly authorized by the Philippine Department of Foreign Affairs.
  3. Residence visa application should be submitted through an accredited recruitment agency by the Embassy.

 

TEMPORARY WORKING VISA

 

-          The temporary working visa at the present time is issued in the Kingdom by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

-          Visa fee is (50) Saudi Riyals.

-          Educational attainments’ certificates should conform to the profession/category appearing in the approved visa.

-          There must be a contract or agreement between the recruiting authority in the Kingdom and the Philippine company or establishment/manpower supplier.

 

PROCEDURES FOR THE ISSUANCE OF TEMPORARY WORKING VISA

 

  1. Temporary working visa slip or its copy with n umber and date of issuance of visa.
  2. The temporary working visa application with the attached aforementioned requirements should be submitted through an accredited recruitment agency by the Embassy.

 

VISIT VISA

 

VISIT VISA FOR BUSINESSMEN

 

                Such visit visa for businessmen will be issued directly by the Embassy based on the electronic invitation from any company or establishment in the Kingdom or without invitation if the Embassy identifies that the applicants belong to the business sector. The businessmen will be granted a business visa with a v validity of 12 months and with multiple entries, if they are the companies or establishments’ proprietors, chairmen of the boards, or their representatives or managers who are working in such companies or establishments, whether they men or women.

 

REQUIREMENTS FOR THE ISSUANCE OF VISIT VISAS FOR BUSINESSMEN BY THE EMBASSY

 

-          Documents confirming the identity of the concerned person should be presented.

-          Copy of the company’s commercial registration.

-          Visit Fee is (1,000) Saudi Riyals

-          Visit visa for businessmen will be granted with a validity of 12 months and with multiple-entry.

 

PROCEDURES FOR THE ISSUANCE OF VISIT VISAS FOR BUSINESSMEN

 

-          The visa application with the attached aforementioned requirements should be submitted through an accredited recruitment agency by the Embassy.

 

COMMERCIAL VISITS

 

                Such visa will be granted / issued by the Embassy directly or based on the electronic invitation from the Kingdom for the following categories:

 

-          For foreign companies and establishments’ representative whose applications are submitted through the Councils Of Chambers & Industry in the Philippines or if they posses letter of invitation from the Chambers of Commerce and Industry in the Kingdom and they do not have commercial elation with the companies and establishments in the Kingdom.

 

-          For businessmen, investors or their non-resident representative provided that the applicant has an invitation from the Saudi company or from the Saudi Chamber of Commerce & Industry and a letter from the applicant’s country’s Embassy confirming his commercial identity.

 

-          For engineers and technicians and others who have commercial identities and exercising commercial are administrative activities in the company o establishment for which they are working based on their actual business identification cards and submitted documents.

 

-          Those who are holders of diplomatic passports and entering the Kingdom  on unofficial duties and who submit their application to visit Saudi companies and establishments will be granted ordinary commercial visit visa with exemption from visa fee.

 

-          With regards to women, they will be granted visa with prior approval from the Kingdom, except if their arrival in the Kingdom are as members of commercial delegation or with a legal chaperone (Mahram) accompanying them.

 

-          The businessmen have a right to be accompanied by their families (wife and children) and the latter will be granted accompanying visit visas.

 

REQUIREMENTS FOR GRANTING COMMERCIAL VISIT VISA

 

  1. Copy of the electronic letter of invitation duly attested by Saudi Chamber of Commerce and Industry.

 

  1. The Company where the applicant is working must submit a request letter addressed to the Embassy indicating threats to the applicant’s commercial identity duly attested by Saudi Chamber of Commerce and Industry.

 

  1. Valid passport with a validity period of at least six months.

 

  1. Visit visa for businesswomen with legal chaperone (Mahram) or if her Mahram is residing in the Kingdom will be granted or issued directly by the Embassy.

 

  1. Single entry visa fee is (200) Saudi Riyals equivalent to (54) US Dollars with a validity not exceeding 30 days.

 

  1. Multi Entry visa fee is (500) Saudi Riyals which is equivalent to (134) US Dollar with a maximum validity of 180 days and 30 days stay for every visit or entry to be calculated effective from the date of entry to the Kingdom. It is worthwhile mention that the validity of the issued visit visa will be calculated starting from the date of issuance of visa by the Embassy

 

PROCEDURE FOR GRANTING COMMERCIAL VISIT VISA  BY THE EMBASSY

 

  1. The requirements will be submitted through one of the accredited recruitment agencies as listed in the Embassy’s website.

 

  1. The recruitment agency will download the visa application and pay the visa charge electronically.

 

  1. The passports will be submitted through the representatives of the accredited recruitment agencies to the Embassy’s counter daily at 9:00 am and will be collected on the same day at 3:00 pm.

 

  1. Without limitation on the number of passports submitted.

 

WORKING VISIT VISA WILL BE ISSUED DIRECTLY BY THE MINISTRY OF FOREIGN AFFAIRS OR BY ONE OF ITS TWO BRANCHES OR BY THE EMBASSY BASED ON THE ELECTRONIC INVITATION DULY ATTESTED BY THE SAUDI CHAMBER OF COMMERCE OF PERFORMING COMPANIES AND ESTABLISHMENTS IN TE KINGDOM AS FOLLOWS:

 

                Persons who no commercial identities can be issued working visit visas such as (engineers, doctors, lawyers, university professor, lecturers, computer programmers, technician, professionals and other complying with the following terms:

 

  1. Internationally recognized educational certificate (if the required is an engineer, the educational certificate possessed by the applicant must conform to whatever appears in the directive for the issuance of visa from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs or by one of its two branches. The same will be applicable for the rest of professions.

 

  1. Employment contract with establishments registered in the Kingdom with Philippine company or establishment.

 

  1. Work experience of the applicant in his field of profession must at least be two years.

 

  1. Working visit visa will be granted at a maximum validity of 30 days for single entry or 90 days for multiple entry visa.

 

  1. Visa fee for single entry working visit visa is (200) Saudi Riyals equivalent to (54) US Dollars and valid for not more than 30 days while visa fee for multiple-entry working visa is (500) Saudi Riyals equivalent to (134) US Dollars.

 

  1. The visa applicants passports must be valid for at least six months and at the same time he is allowed to returned anytime to the country where he came.

 

PROCEDURES FOR THE ISSUANCE OF WORKING VISIT VISA

 

  1. The aforementioned requirements will be submitted through one of the accredited recruitment agencies as listed in the Embassy’s website.

 

 

  1. The recruitment agency will download the visa application and pay the visa charge electronically.

 

  1. The passports will be submitted through the representatives of the accredited recruitment agencies to the Embassy’s counter daily at 9:00 am and will be collected on the same day at 3:00 pm.

 

FAMILY VISIT VISA

 

                All entry for family visit purposes will be granted inside the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia to the persons who have kinship or blood relations with the visa applicant and will be issued by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs or by one of its two branches, after filing-out of electronic visa application form through the Ministry’s electronic website: http://visa.mofa.gov.sa

REQUIREMENTS FOR THE ISSUANCE OF FAMILY VISIT VISA

 

  1. Family visit slip with number and date of issuance of the visa.

 

 

  1. Proof of the kinship or marital relationship (marriage contract with regards to wife, birth certificates of children) duly authenticated by the Philippine Department of Foreign Affairs.

 

  1. Visa Fee if (200) Saudi Riyals.

 

PROCEDURES FOR THE ISSUANCE OF FAMILY VISIT VISA

 

  1. The aforementioned requirements will be submitted through one of the accredited recruitment agencies as listed in the Embassy’s website.

 

 

  1. The recruitment agency will download the visa application and pay the visa charge electronically.

 

  1. The passports will be submitted through the representatives of the accredited recruitment agencies to the Embassy’s counter daily at 9:00 am and will be collected on the same day at 3:00 pm.

 

TOURIST VISA

 

                Tourist visa will be granted as follows:

 

-          Tourist visa is granted to the following countries:

(European countries, two Americans, Japan, Socialist China, Nationalist China, Singapore, Malaysia, Brunei, South Korea & South Africa), through the application to be submitted by one of the accredited companies which will submit the applicant’s passports to the concerned Saudi Embassy after it has obtained visa numbers.

 

-          The arrival of tourist and their stay must be under the supervision and hosted by the concerned agency duly licensed to exercise and offer services in reception or transporting or arriving tourists from outside the Kingdom including the supervision of their stay and departure.

 

-          The tourists shall come in groups in such a way that each group of tourist shall compose of at least four tourists.

 

-          The age of the woman tourist required to be issued a tourist visa should at least be 30 years old. Otherwise, in order to enter the Kingdom, she is required to be accompanied by a legal chaperon (mahram)

 

-          The tourist program and sites visitations shall exclude the holy places which are restricted for Non-Muslims (Makkah Al-Mukkaramah & Medina Al-Munawarah).

 

-          The tourists’ applications from the aforementioned countries which are nor existing in their countries will be treated in accordance with the prescribed treatment for tourist who are coming from other countries, that they should come in groups and the concerned agency duly licensed by Saudi Supreme Tourism Authority which will undertake the submission of their visa applications.

 

-          Anyone who desires to come to Saudi Arabia for tourism purposes can obtained information about licensed Saudi companies by visiting the Saudi Supreme Tourism Authority website: www.sauditourism.com.sa, as he may obtain tourist visa through communicating with the Saudi Airlines Offices or its accredited general sales marketing agents outside the Kingdom under the program “Discover the Kingdom”.

 

ENTRY VISA FOR MEDICAL TREATMENT PURPOSE IN PRIVATE HOSPITALS

 

Entry visa of this kind will be granted in accordance with the following:

 

-          The patient will send request to the private hospital in the Kingdom for treatment as per the specific form attached with medical reports of the patient.

 

-          The request form will be submitted by the treatment hospital after his authentication by the Health Affairs Office of the Ministry of Health to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs or to the one of its two branches.

 

-          The validity of medical treatment visa is (90) days

 

-          Visa fee is (200) Saudi Riyals

 

ENTRY OF DOCTORS TO ATTEND FELLOWSHIOP EXAMINATIONS

 

                Filipino doctors, male or female, who desire to take up fellowship examination that will be held in the Kingdom, must send their request for issuance of entry visa to the Saudi Council for Medical Specializations. After the of the Council’s approval on their entry to take up such examinations, the Embassy will be directed to issue appropriate entry visas.

 

EXTENSION OF EXIT AND RE-ENTRY VISA

 

-          Extension of exit and re-entry visa will be done directly by the Kingdom Embassies outside the country in accordance with the following terms and conditions:

 

  1. The applicant for the extensions of exit and re-entry visa has not stayed outside then Kingdom for a period of more than seven months effective from the date of his departure from the Kingdom.

 

  1. He shall have valid residence permit (Iqama) in the Kingdom.

 

  1. He should present a no-objection duly signed letter from his sponsor/ employer indicating approval for extension and attested by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

 

REQUIREMENTS FOR THE EXTENSION OF EXIT AND RE-ENTRY VISA BY THE EMBASSY

 

-          The extension of re-entry visas will be done by the Embassy directly in accordance with the following terms and conditions:’

 

  1. A.      Fort the worker in the Kingdom

 

  1. The worker’s residence permit must be valid.

 

  1. The period of stay of the applicant outside the Kingdom must not exceed seven months from the date of his departure from the Kingdom.

 

  1. He must submit a no-objection duly signed letter from his sponsor/ employer indicating approval for extension and attested by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

 

  1. B.      For the Children of the Residents in the Kingdom

 

-          The children of the residents in the Kingdom who are studying in the Philippines are accompanied by their mothers.

 

The period of stay outside the Kingdom must not exceed (13) months effective from the date of their departure from the Kingdom. Including submission of whatever documents as proof of their continuous study in the universities or school as well as submission of letter from their families residing in the Kingdom duly attested by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs showing that their families are still working in the Kingdom.

 

 

 

 

 

 

PROCEDURES FOR THE EXTENSION OF EXIT AND RE-ENTRY VISA

 

  1. The application for the extension of re-entry visa should be submitted through an accredited recruitment agency after complying with all terms through the website of Enzaz electronically.

 

  1. The passports will be submitted through the representatives of the accredited recruitment agencies to the Embassy’s counter daily at 9:00 am and will be collected in the same day at 3:00 pm, without limitation on the number of passports submitted.

 

TRANSIT VISA

 

-          Transit visa will be granted to a passengers who are exceeds his transit period waiting for his next flight for (12) hours in accordance with the following terms and conditions:

 

  • The transit period of the passenger for his next flight shall not exceed (72) hours
  • The passengers must have valid entry visa to the country of destination
  • The passengers must have confirmed airline ticket to the country of destination
  • In case the passenger who desires to obtain transit visa is female, she must be accompanied by a legal chaperone (Mahram)

 

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