Saudi Arabia Work Visa


Why do you need a Saudi work Visa


If you want to work in Saudi KSA  you will need to have a work visa for Saudi Arabia, the work visa will entitle you to enter the kingdom and work for 90 days during which time your sponsor (employer) will convert your visa into an Iqama or residency permit enabling you to stay and work.


How easy is it to get a Saudi Arabian Work Visa


If you can find work in Saudi Arabia then getting the Saudi Work Visa can be relatively simple as long as the company you are going to work for has not employed too many expatriate workers in relation to the number of Saudis they employ and that they are not trying to employ you for a position that has been designated for Saudis only.

Saudi Arabia Work Visa

Work Visa for Saudi Arabia

Many jobs now cannot be filled by non-saudis such as positions within the HR department of a company. You may find that a company employs you for one position but when you look at the paperwork for your visa it mentions a completely different job position as the company is not able to employ you in the position they want you for. This can result in senior management in companies having visas and iqamas that say that they are electricians or even just “labor”. This may not be a problem in most cases but if your visa is as labor or a driver then you may have problems with regards being able to use banking facilities and in being able to have weekends escaping to Dubai. They say that you can change your job description, however I have never known anyone who has managed to do so.

If a company has exceeded its quota of work visas it may try to bring you into the kingdom on a Saudi business visa for a short time whilst it sorts out the problem, I had this for almost a year with a company I worked for and it caused me many problems.


Application Process for Saudi Work Visa


The initial application for your work visa is made by your sponsor in Saudi Arabia who will get you a visa number which will be sent to you to allow you to process your visa – if the company can get the visa approved and has not been blacklisted for having too many expats.

This visa number will be sent to you and you should then carefully read the website for your local Saudi Embassy as to what their requirements are. They will typically require copies of signed contracts in Arabic, legalized educational certificates and legalized medical reports covering items such as HIV and lung function.

Most countries now require you to go through an agent to get your visa, the agent will help advise you as to what paperwork you require and ensure that it is completed correctly, this process however can take a couple of weeks to complete to as long as a month.


Getting your Iqama



Saudi Arabia Residency Permit - Iqama

Your Saudi work visa will be valid for 90 days, at the end of this probation period the company employing you has to convert the visa into a residency permit or Iqama or if you fail your probation get you to leave the country. You Iqama is a small credit card type card that you have to carry with you at all times as your ID. The Iqama will allow you to make use of the banks, western union, hire cars, even something as simple as getting a Sim card. Without an Iqama it can very difficult to do anything in KSA as they will rarely accept any other type of ID.


Can you work for someone else in KSA


The rules in KSA are very clear, you can only work for your sponsor, if you are working for someone that is not your sponsor and you are caught (inspections do happen) then you can be deported after spending some time in prison. Those people that think they can buy a work visa then come to Saudi Arabia are being misled, they can only officially work for the person that has sponsored them, not anyone else. That being said there is a very healthy illegal labor market for maids, drivers, nurses and other workers throughout the kingdom, but if you are caught you will be in trouble. You also run the risk of not being paid as if your employer is not your sponsor it is against the law for them to pay you for services and some unscrupulous employers do bring in labor short term and then not pay them.


Transferring Sponsorship


If you want to take another job while you are in KSA you can’t just quit and go work for the new company offering you more money and better conditions; you have to get a letter of no objection from your current sponsor to allow your iqama and work visa to be transferred. Not all sponsors will allow this and I have heard from many people who have been refused a letter a NO to enable them to transfer their sponsorship. These people then either have to finish their current contract with their sponsor and leave or they leave before ending their contract. In both cases however without the letter of no-objection they will have to wait one or two years before they can return to Saudi Arabia to work for another employer.


Can you return to Saudi Arabia if you leave

If you have left your employment and your sponsor has given you a letter of no objection then you can return to work in Saudi Arabia as soon as you find a new sponsor. If however you have not been issued with a letter of NO then you will have to wait for between 1 and 2 years depending on which country you come from.

If you did not leave at the end of your contract, but failed to return when using a exit/re-entry visa then you need to check the status of your old Iqama number on the MOFA website, if your sponsor has reported you as a runaway or some other case then it will show when you search your iqama number. If this is the case do not try to return unless you can get your sponsor to drop the case.

If your Iqama has not been reported in any way then you will have to wait 1 or 2 years before you can return to Saudi Arabia.

The only way around this is if you have been lucky enough not to have had your biometric data recorded (fingerprints) as you can then just “loose” your old passport with any old Saudi visa in it and reapply.


I hope this article gives you all of the information you need about your Saudi Arabia work visa, if you need any further information feel free to leave a comment below.

138 comments for “Saudi Arabia Work Visa

  1. September 5, 2012 at 8:38 pm

    I am Computer Operator / Data Entry Operator and my working experience is more than 03 years. I need a job in your Company. I am orphan, unemployed and head of my family. If you give me a chance I shall be very thankful to you.
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  2. aldwin
    September 10, 2012 at 10:03 pm

    very helpful information.

  3. uzair
    October 7, 2012 at 9:27 pm

    I stand to correction, but you also need a police clearence along with the mentioned documents when applying at your nearest KSA embassy. In my country it takes 6-8 weeks, so plan accordingly !

    • February 9, 2015 at 12:14 pm

      I need arjent job I am very very interested to do job in soudi I am hard worker I have completed my in computer science engineering

  4. richard
    October 11, 2012 at 1:57 am

    i didn’t return back to saudi arabia last year and my re-entry visa expired last january 9, 2012,unluckily i had submitted myself to thus biometric data recorded (fingerprints). it’s been a year now since i came here in the philippines, my questions is when can i return to saudi arabia and work again for a new sponsor?
    hope you can help me with this.. thank you

    • admin
      November 7, 2012 at 5:29 pm

      Hi Richard,

      after 1 year you can apply for a new visa even if you did not go “final exit” on your last visa.
      However if you left any debts in Saudi you may find yourself arrested if you return. If you don’t have any debts then no problem at all!

      • Bhogz
        May 7, 2013 at 9:31 am

        Good day amdin!
        Same as Richard, my last vacation is december 2011 then unfornately not returned, my visa expired and my iqama expired last aug. 2012 and submitted my self thus biometric data recorded(fingerprints).can i returned with new employer this year?.

      • vicky magpayo
        January 22, 2016 at 1:13 pm

        hi..what to do if the employer didn’t give the salary within 1year?please help me what to do

        • vicky magpayo
          January 22, 2016 at 1:20 pm

 sister work in saudi and she already finished her 2 yr contract but she receive her salary twice only..and im asking asking her why and she said because i dont know..please can you help me so that my sister will get her salary for so long..thanks

  5. Zai
    November 27, 2012 at 1:35 am

    Hi. I left saudi arabia for 1yr now. I was able to use my credit card here in my country when i came from saudi. Now im planning to go back again in saudi, will it cause any problem? Im planning to pay my bills if i started having my salary again. Tnx

    • admin
      December 10, 2012 at 9:09 pm

      Hi Zai

      If you have left debts behind within Saudi Arabia that is against the law. You will be arrested on your return and held until you repay your debts – you will not be able to work there to repay your debts as you will be jailed. If you want to return to Saudi Arabia pay your debts first.

  6. yinus
    December 4, 2012 at 7:03 am

    I really wanted to work in saudi arabia no work here so borring no good economy i av 3years workin experience,work with telecom in my country but computer operator,pls help me,am even good marketer

    • abdelkader bichiba
      May 1, 2015 at 9:39 am

      Dear: guys
      Im a nurse with more than 22 years of experience living in usa and im looking to move to saudi arabia or qatar to work as nurse , can you please help on how to get a work visa or permit
      thank you

  7. bilal
    January 8, 2013 at 4:26 am


    • admin
      January 25, 2013 at 8:02 pm

      Hi Bilal

      You will be able to apply for a new visa after one year.

      • Ravikant
        June 18, 2015 at 5:43 pm

        I want a data entry visa for soudi arbia

    • September 8, 2014 at 1:38 am

      Dear Bilal,
      I have the same case as of yours.Kindly tell me if there is any progress or any other information.My Visa will expire in November.

    January 8, 2013 at 8:42 pm


    • admin
      January 25, 2013 at 8:04 pm

      Hi Syed

      The “azaad” visa is not legal – you can only work for your sponsor within Saudi Arabia and if you are caught working for someone else you will find yourself in a lot of trouble as will your sponsor. Your best bet is to find an actual job and apply for it and have them sponsor you officially.

  9. January 26, 2013 at 1:20 am

    labour department website shows as حالة العامل: متغيب عن العمل

    • admin
      January 26, 2013 at 2:38 pm

      Hi Bilal

      I do not read Arabic so I cannot translate what the labor office has to say!
      However if you did not return at the end of your vacation then you will need to wait at least one year before you are able to apply for another visa. You should not face problems when you return unless you have left debts unpaid in which case you could be arrested as leaving debts is a criminal offense.

      • May 29, 2015 at 5:24 pm

        Hi friend . Can i ask something
        In this month of july i want to go exit coz my contract is finish . Can i come back in saudi for new job new visa new employer.
        How many months or year to wait ?? Plzzz give me advice . Thank you so much

  10. Shaheer
    January 29, 2013 at 2:09 am

    Hi I was working for the NGHA in riyadh. I came towards the year and wish to not renew my contract but it was advised that to work in al madinah i would be re hired after returning back to London.
    I am now looking to apply in dubai hospitals. Would I still need a letter of no objection for dubai even i worked in saudi ?

  11. January 31, 2013 at 2:22 pm

    Please inform how can get the Saudi work visa I am working in uae but I want work in Saudi Arabia please suggest me how can can get the Saudi visa if u provide the Saudi visa please mail me

  12. mhon
    February 10, 2013 at 12:32 am

    hi! can anyone help me here, i am 1yr a
    nd 3months now in jeddah but until now i dont have yet my iqama. is there any effect when i left the kingdom? and if i want to go back again will cause me problem or not?

  13. Abu
    February 13, 2013 at 2:54 pm

    Dear Sir,

    I am an Indian and got selected as mechanical engineer in reputed saudi construction firm in jeddah b4 4 month?

    My visa processing is taking lots of time from the day of selection. After a long wait (2 months) I received the offer letter, invitation letter and visa slip copy from the employer. Now I have submitted my degree certificate for saudi embassy attestation which is also getting delay. Please advice whether it is common in saudi jobs. I am also afraid of the validity of my visa. My medical got expired already.

    Can you give me some details on this situation.?????

  14. shakeel mohammed
    February 21, 2013 at 3:05 pm

    i Want a job visa some buddy help me please.i did not have any any buddy help me or suggestion thank you.

  15. Mohan
    March 1, 2013 at 8:00 pm

    How many days it took to get a saudi arabia visa, if am from India plz tel me 🙂

  16. Mohammad Helal Uddin
    March 16, 2013 at 11:11 am

    Md.Helal uddin
    my county in Bangladesh

  17. kurara
    March 19, 2013 at 1:03 am

    hi good day I left KSA last Nov.2012 for the final exit and end of contract but my previous company has not give me No objection letter.I’m cleared by the hr. company the only letter that i had is a letter with an exit stamp given by the airport personnel.Then I already got another job in KSA. but with different field.I also loss my old passport with old saudi visa. during my stay here in the PHIL.when my bag stole somewhere manila.I have my new passport..I have my schedule f flight next month..Can I return to saudi arabia without any problem.

  18. March 20, 2013 at 5:23 pm

    I am Computer Operator / Data Entry Operator and my working experience is more than 06 years. I need a job in your Company. I am orphan, unemployed and head of my family. If you give me a chance I shall be very thankful to you.
    Contact: +9203224024322

  19. April 8, 2013 at 10:02 pm

    i had my re entry last march 2012 but i did not come back,,its been a year now,,ang iwant to go back but this for family visit visa ,,,is there any problem?before i was aworking visa..thanks

  20. Uday
    April 9, 2013 at 1:39 pm

    Hi, Need some inputs………..I got KSA Work visa in 2006 from saudi hospital but Did not go to saudi arabia due to some reason, Now my current company wants to process new work visa for me, Please let me if there is any issue of concern…..Please reply…..

  21. Azar
    April 20, 2013 at 4:03 am

    i m selected computer operator in rapco group at dammam … it is a good company ???

  22. Domar
    April 20, 2013 at 1:29 pm

    I have an Offer as Process Engineer but my Visa is Mechanical Technician is this possible or okay on this scenario? Thanks

  23. mie
    April 24, 2013 at 8:47 pm


  24. anjela de torres
    May 2, 2013 at 11:04 pm

    My company hasnt issue dmy iqama yet and it has been six months since I arrived KSA. And now I have decided to return home because my company isnt really good. Do I need an iqama to get a final exit? But I still intend to come back to another employer.

  25. Irfan Qureshi
    May 5, 2013 at 4:19 am


    I need a free visa for KSA Please alow me any job.

  26. dr asma
    May 5, 2013 at 4:36 am


  27. Anil Kumar
    May 11, 2013 at 11:37 am

    Dear Sir,
    I got offer from one of uk base company to saudi,Offer indicates that 3 weeks in dubai and then for saudi,I got flight ticket and jabel ali free zone visa,I postpone this offer
    After that I got one new offer which have better benefits than before ,Wjich is same for saudi ,Passport is with Me,I spoke to uae HR-He told Me that If u fail to come to Uae,Your going to loose this job and after that Your Visa will be 1 Year banned,
    I wish to join New offer ,could You please guide Me?

  28. Ghazi
    May 21, 2013 at 1:58 pm

    Someone pls get a job for me in KSA. Driver or any job. I’m 50, from Malaysia. Can speak Arabic and English. My contact no: +60196097272

  29. Abdullah
    May 28, 2013 at 2:28 am

    Thanks for that good information. By the way, if you can tell me how much private driver visa Saudis can get. Now i’m working as a family driver in a saudis family. I want to be transferred to another family and my sponsor give me permission of that (although he said he so surprised). But he said after he can get new driver visa. I’m just afraid that he will give me exit visa suddenly and send me back to my country (Indonesia) since now he has two driver (including me), so can he still get the third visa without send back the existing driver ? i don’t want to go back to my country. it will cost me a lot of money to come back here again. thanks for your help.

  30. Nabeel Asif
    May 28, 2013 at 3:39 pm

    As per the google translation, the meaning of

    حالة العامل: متغيب عن العمل


    Working condition: absent from work

  31. Nabeel Asif
    May 28, 2013 at 3:44 pm


    I need your advice to accept an offer letter from a company (HR Type Company) who hires me but appointed me some other company (Bank).

    Is it safe or this mean I work for someone else in KSA ?

    Waiting for your early response.

    Nabeel Asif

  32. June 11, 2013 at 8:53 pm

    i will work in saudi arabia – riyadh on next month july 2013. my designation is accountant. my salary will 1600 Saudi real, but my visa is plumber visa not accountant visa. my qualification – B.COM-MBA-FINANCE-POST GRADUATION DIPLOMA IN COMPUTERIZED FINANCIAL ACCOUNTS FROM JADAVPUR UNIVERSITY- DOING P.HD-FINANCE. MY QUESTION IS HOW I WILL GATE MY FRESH VISA ACCORDING MY DESIGNATION LIKE ACCOUNTANT VISA. BECAUSE I WILL MARRY AFTER 2 YEARS, THEN I WILL APPLY FOR FAMILY VISA.

  33. Toms
    June 29, 2013 at 5:18 pm

    I am working as an office assistant in saudi. I dont have any certificates. My visa is “labour” i can continue this job in this vissa or need change job position. without certificate its possible to change the profession?

  34. Abdul Muiz
    July 3, 2013 at 10:41 am


    Any advice would be greatly appreciated. I’ve come to Saudi Arabia on a work visa & now have my iqarmah. I’m still in the 3 months probation period of my contract with my employer. I’d like to leave now & according to my contract both my employer or myself can leave without notice during this probation period.

    My question is: Now I’ve informed my employer of my intent to terminate my contract & leave, they’re threatening to blacklist me & saying I won’t be able to return to Saudi with another employer. Is this possible as I’ve not broken my contract, don’t have any outstanding debt & intend to leave on a final exit?

    Your advice would be greatly appreciated as I’m a little worried now.


    Abdul Muiz

    July 3, 2013 at 10:43 am


  36. Fawad
    July 20, 2013 at 8:40 pm

    i came KSA one month before on work visa (90days visa stamped on passport). my iqama is still under process. Can i travel in emergency back to Pakistan and come back on same 90 days visa?

  37. Expat
    July 27, 2013 at 3:51 am

    My husband has been in KSA for almost 3 months on a business visa. His employer keeps assuring him that they have filed for his Iqama and that the process is at its final stages at the labor dept. The only hold up, is that it is the month of Ramadan and things tend to get slower.
    Meanwhile, he is getting his visa extended without leaving KSA.
    My questions are:
    1 – Is there a chance his employer could be lying to him about his Iqama? Since it is taking more than 2 months in the final stages.
    2 – Is it possible for him to get his visa renewed without leaving KSA.
    Please advise.

    Thank you very much

    • vicky magpayo
      January 22, 2016 at 1:08 pm

      what to do if your iqama was lost?

  38. Ray
    July 27, 2013 at 10:54 pm

    My previous employer was having financial and management issues so they started making things very hard on me. I thought the easiest way is to leave the company/country. For this reason I left Saudi Arabia in March, 2008 on re-entry and never came back. When I arrived to the US, I sent email to my employer stating that I had to leave the country without notice because of personal reason. The CEO did not appreciate that and took it personally. Few weeks later, I received an email from the company with termination letter as lacking for skills required for the job. Honestly, I have never looked back and figured out if they did anything against me personally. Today, July of 2013, I received an offer from great company and really interested with the offer… My question is, would my ex-employer have taken an action to prevent me from entering Saudi again? If they did, is there any grace period? How will I know? Please advise….

  39. Bilal
    July 30, 2013 at 7:52 pm

    Dear Admin, Need to know I am working through manpower company my 12 months contract is going to end in sep 13. I got offer from another company for full Time permanent job.I need to know whether i need to get no objection certificate or not. I am completing my 12 months contract and also informing them on time.

  40. Leo
    August 14, 2013 at 12:28 am

    Dear sir,
    I have got IQAMA and with multi reentry VISA.
    The first exit should be within 90days and 6 months to return from departure.
    I indeed left KSA and returned within 90 days.
    But my question is that when I want to leave KSA the second time, is it should be in 90 days from the issued date of VISA?
    Thanks my friend!

  41. Muhammad Ali
    August 22, 2013 at 4:45 pm

    Dear All,

    I need my Visa Number, from where i get visa number?????

  42. Syed Balkhi
    August 26, 2013 at 5:31 am

    HI SIR,

  43. September 28, 2013 at 12:36 pm

    I am Computer Operator / Data Entry Operator and my working experience is more than 03 years. I need a job in your Company. I am unemployed and head of my family. If you give me a chance I shall be very thankful to you.anybody help me……
    Contact: +919058760900

  44. Syed Hassan
    October 24, 2013 at 5:26 pm

    I have just received a job visa from a HR recruiting company for KSA…They said i can come and work for any company under their sponsorship as they are HR recruiting company…Is it true?Will that create no issues for me?HR recruiting company CEO is my brother thats the reason i am getting this chance…should i go on this visa?Please advise

  45. mang boy
    November 9, 2013 at 11:11 pm

    hi there..
    sir what if 90 days visa expired and still no iqama, and it is still under process.. what should be the necessary documents that should be carried with, in case authorities ask for them. thank you so much..

  46. east
    February 3, 2014 at 11:36 pm

    hi,please help me,i workd in saudi arabia 1yr. Ago,i g0t my visa then and it was indicated that im muslim but the truth is im n0t a muslim,because our agency did n0t explained it to us after that 2yrs c0ntract i exit and then apply for an0ther plce in saudi,its 1 yr ago i g0t my new visa and n0w my religi0n is n0n muslim,my empl0yer ask me ab0ut that.i d0nt kn0w if its g0nna be a pr0blem to me and will it affect to get my iqama?please please help me thank you

  47. MalikATK
    February 8, 2014 at 1:54 am

    I got employment visa stamped on my passport in Pakistan as Engineer work visa, but did not travelled to Saudi Arabia on this visa. But now i donot like to go KSA and instead plan to join company in UAE.
    Is it is necessary to do cancellation of this 90 days KSA work visa before applying for UAE residence visa or in my case not required as i did not enter KSA on this work visa. Please advise.

  48. kim
    February 15, 2014 at 10:14 pm

    admin ihav big problem i guest,can you give me some advice. I left ksa,last year, more than 4 months i think, thats my first contract in ksa, in the airport, they put stamp in my exit visa, one of the officer check my passport without taking my iqama, i have no idea promise, i dont know that i should return back my iqama,as you can see, the officer in airport did not tell anything about my iqama. now i have my iqama in my homeland. I have a new visa under my new employer, i will be going to ksa maybe this month. can you give me some advice on what to do…

  49. March 3, 2014 at 7:25 am

    salam alaikom please sir give me advise i dont no what i will do the amnesty is finish until now my documents processing.if my documents not processing how will i go to al shumaisy who is the responsible to sent me in my country until now im working withou equama 4 cleaners and 1 in insurance

  50. Muhammad Naveed
    March 4, 2014 at 1:50 am

    dear sir,
    i came to pakistan 1.5 year before on re-enrty visa, recently i checked on MOFA website about iqama status the result is ” absent from work” my questions are:-
    1- can i go back to saudia with any other employer now?
    2- should i wait till the MOFA of KSA publish different status result?
    3- should i wait 0.5 year more or till the status change on MOFA? website.

  51. Zia.ur.Rehman
    March 9, 2014 at 2:30 am

    I am Zia.ur.Rehman from Pakistan. I joined a company as Engineer with Visa of their Sister company. After two year of service when I returned to Pakistan for annual leave on exit-re-entry visa. I faced some administrative issues for going back to KSA and I was not returned. During this course of time I have intimated the status to my employer/company time to time. Now all my issues have been resolved and I have contacted my company and they have sent new visa for me, but the sister company sent my status as “Absent from work” to JAWAZAT which I have checked on MOL (Ministry of Labor KSA) web site. Now my company has hold my new visa. Please suggest me what I have to do now and what the rule in my case is? I have read your answer above and observed that I have to wait for 1or 2 year. My question is from which date this time will start. Either from date of exit or date of reporting as absent from work and what time required in my case 1 year or 2 year. I will be very thankful to you.

  52. wilbert victoria
    March 29, 2014 at 1:49 pm



  53. April 11, 2014 at 8:07 pm

    dear sir,
    I am nuruzzaman hossain.
    I am bangladeshi.
    I am electrician with almost 3 years of indutrial experiance. I need work visa in saudi arabia. But how can i get a work visa to go there???
    Sir. I am very poor man.
    Can u provide me a detail for a good (sponsor).
    I am very very thans full for you.
    Nuruzzaman hossain

  54. Ali
    May 7, 2014 at 11:00 pm

    Very Helpful Information.
    I have a question. I uae to work for a company in UAE (Abu Dhabi). I resigned in Nov 2013. If I get a job in KSA or any other GCC country or even in UAE will I have to wait? I have the letter for acceptance of my resignation from my employer of Abu Dhabi. Can I consider the letter of acceptance of my resignation as a Letter of No Objection?

  55. ruth
    May 12, 2014 at 12:25 am

    good day.i am currently working here in saudi arabia as a dental assistant for approx. 8 yrs iqama and work visa is as a medical it possible for me to change my work visa to dentist since i am applying for the provincial nominee program of canada and they informed me that my work visa and cert of employment should match.what agency is responsible for this?thank you and hope to hear from you soon

  56. Ali
    May 29, 2014 at 2:21 am

    In India,we have the Badge number on the driving license of the taxi drivers.Do I require the badge number on the license to get a driver’s visa for KSA.I just hold a normal driver’s License and can I use this to get the visa.

  57. Hector A. San Gil
    June 18, 2014 at 5:23 pm

    I would like to ask query regarding my emergency exit last May 27,2014, it so happened that my mother died untimely last May 22, 2014 and I just arrived in Saudi Arabia on May 19,2014. I asked my employer that I will go home back to the Philippines for the internment. I was informed that my Iqama is not yet process and I can leave only by EXIT VISA through MOFA, and I made it May 27,2014. I am now planning to return to Saudi Arabia through new employer. Is it possible for me to return back to Saudi Arabia without any restrictions?

  58. Rohit Jain
    June 25, 2014 at 5:36 am

    Is the work visa single or multiple entry? In how much you get the iqama?
    If you fail to get the iqama on your first work visa, can you get second work visa?

  59. Niyi
    July 2, 2014 at 2:35 am

    I got a Full time student Masters admission at KFUPM with full scholarship but was told the Visa is not transferable under any condition. Please what does it mean.

  60. Ahmed Salih
    July 9, 2014 at 5:57 pm

    Hi Admin,
    I came on vacation on last october 2013 on re entry visa. Due to some reason i couldn’t travel back but i had some bank loan now a new company has hired me. I would like to know whether there will be any issue on entering saudi arabia. How can i check online for iqama status

  61. masum billal
    July 9, 2014 at 7:55 pm

    assalamo Alaikum.please tell me much time open work visa in saudia arabia for bangladesh?

  62. masum billal
    July 9, 2014 at 8:06 pm

    Assalamo alaikum.i want comeing Saudi Arabia. can you help me.

  63. MKB
    July 11, 2014 at 12:38 pm

    I am a qualified Accountant. At present I am working in UAE with accounting Manager visa. I am moving to Saudi. Company is offering salary of SAR 40k but visa title as an Accountant. Whether accounting manager visas are not issued in Saudi or reserved for specific categories. Please update

  64. Asif Razzaq
    August 4, 2014 at 6:56 am

    Hi. If I get to Saudi is there any way to get the Iqama same day if I do it all myself without relying on my employers? Past employees tell me that the company I am joining tske a mpnth to get the Iqama but have known some people do it all themselves and get it on a day or two days?
    is this true?

  65. Deevan
    August 7, 2014 at 10:38 pm

    Dear Sir,

    I need some help regarding my problem, sir i have case from bank and from my sponsor in Dubai since 2011 and i am afraid to face them and not going back in Dubai. Now i have someone in Saudi Arabia who want to help me to work again as it is long time i am out of work.
    Please advise if it is ok that i will go to work in Saudi or i will get arrest on arrival at Saudi Arabia.
    please help me to make my mind to start some work again.
    Thank you and God Bless..

    August 10, 2014 at 4:49 pm


  67. Ahmed
    August 25, 2014 at 4:00 am

    Hi Admin,

    Is still the NO letter applicable for Egyptians?

  68. Malik Shaheryar Khan
    August 28, 2014 at 3:45 pm

    I am from Pakistan,I want to know how long it’s take before you get visa?…

  69. Khalil
    September 12, 2014 at 11:57 pm

    I want IQAMA VISA…how to get visa for work or visiting purpose

  70. ,Mudassir Ahmed
    September 25, 2014 at 4:20 pm

    i want job in saudi arab i am 22 years old and i am student of i am very good in technology like computer and all.

  71. ,Mudassir Ahmed
    September 25, 2014 at 4:23 pm

    I am Computer Operator / Data Entry Operator and my working experience is more than 03 years. I need a job in your Company. I am very good employe. If you give me a chance I shall be very thankful to you.
    Contact: +919836473532

  72. Jolas
    October 2, 2014 at 2:17 am

    Hi,I have taken a emergency vacation last year and didnt return in saudi arabia. I dont have any debts, my iqama is only good for 1year and need to renew. i had submitted myself to thus biometric data recorded (fingerprints). I wanna come back again with new sponsor is it possible? hope you can help me thank you

  73. jayne
    October 2, 2014 at 8:23 pm

    hi.. i just wanted to ask a question.. been working here in ksa 4 aalmost 8 months now.. but then my employer still not giving me my iqama.. i often ask them why and then they just always answered me than there is a problem in labor.. but we already fix it.. but then until now i dont hav my iqama.. my passport is wid them.. i only have my passport copy with there stamp.. what shud i do? plz help me.. ur answer makes me decide what to do.. thanks!

  74. October 15, 2014 at 2:37 pm

    I am geolgist in sudan oil fields for 11 years looking for visa in KSA and ihope that to hear goods news from you.

  75. chimedza magura
    October 15, 2014 at 4:53 pm

    got a job as a teacher in Saudi Arabia, it’s now 2 months waiting for visa,

  76. chimedza magura
    October 15, 2014 at 4:54 pm

    it’s now 2 months waiting for a Saudi Arabia work visa, got a job as a teacher, how long should l wait

  77. Mohammad Rizwan
    October 16, 2014 at 2:56 pm

    I am Accountant / Financial Accounting of companies and my working experience is more than 03 years. I need a job in Saudi Arabia

  78. magurachimedza
    October 19, 2014 at 7:54 pm

    what’s the maximum time one can spend waiting for Saudi Arabia work visa

  79. Luis
    October 21, 2014 at 2:06 am

    Hi My name is Luis and I am very new here in KSA. I am still in my probation period of 90 days and I have one or 2 doubts witch I would like you to answer. I have a contract of 1 year working for a Saudi company.
    Before reaching the 90 days can I leave the company and get hired by another company which offers me better conditions?
    If I comply with the contract (12 months) and then leave my company can I be sponsored by another Saudi company immediately or I will have to wait a certain period of time (one year, 2 years)?
    In this last situation as I am leaving the company after ending my contract will I need the NO letter so that I can be hired again?

  80. Psr
    October 21, 2014 at 11:25 am

    Hi Admin,

    I worked in Saudi Arabia for 4 years. I went to vacation knowing that my iqama and re-entry permit will expire in 1 week time. I intentionally planned that because of 3 months delayed salary of my previous company. I worked in china and finished my 1 year contract, Just recently ,i have received a good offer in saudi arabia refered to me by my local friend working in govermnent office.
    My question was, if i am going to have problem going back to saudi arabia, problem entering the immigration of Saudi Arabia and my new employer can apply for my new visa? Is this possible.
    Your prompt reply will be highly appreciated. Thank you.

  81. Zain
    November 10, 2014 at 11:57 pm

    i have got job offer from a well reputed telecom company in KSA. i am telecom engineer and they hired me on the post of telecom engineer.but they are sending me labor visa and told me that they will change my employment status once i will arrive in the kingdom. what should i do?

  82. November 18, 2014 at 2:25 pm

    Can i go back india within probation period still balance 20days only. Ineed Back To My Kafeel he Dont Want to Send Me Back Hold My Padsport. So please Give Me Advice

  83. Mohamed
    November 20, 2014 at 6:12 pm


    I worked in saudi arabia from the 06 Jan & 05 Mar of 2013 i had to return to South Africa on a emergency leave but did not return on time
    when I was ready to return the sponsor was no longer interested in me returning I left with a multi entry visa on the 05 March 13.Now i have a new sponser can i apply for a new work visa to return back to saudi arabia in Januaru 10 2014 Please advise

  84. November 20, 2014 at 6:46 pm


    I worked in Saudi Arabia from the 06 Jan until 05 Mar of 2014 I had to return to South Africa on a emergency leave but did not return to Saudi Arabis on time that I should
    when I was ready to return my sponsor advised me via mail he longer was interested in me returning. I left with a multi entry visa on the 05 March 13.Now I have a new sponser can I apply for a new work visa to return back to Saudi Arabia on the 10 Januaru 2015
    Please advise

  85. safiyah
    November 23, 2014 at 4:42 am

    Hi can u help me, my husband supposed to go exit 3 days back but was hold by the immigration because his old iqama resurfaced when they type his new iqama then asked him to go to muzahimiyah here in riyadh. What do you think is the problem. March 2013 he go exit then came back june 2013 with new sponsor.

  86. arlen
    November 27, 2014 at 11:53 pm

    i have a friend who was never handed iqama since her arrival here, then her employer brought her to a relative then left her there. she managed to escape and now working but the owner of the shop wants to know the number of her iqama. is it possible to trace the number of her iqama with her having the number only of her passport? how and where? thanks in advance

  87. Azeem
    December 9, 2014 at 3:51 am


    Currently I am working in Saudi, I got offer in other company in saudi arabia. My current employer asking me to sign a undertaking that I will not come back to saudi for one year. Is it yo possible to come back, if I signed the undertaking.

    please clarify. Awaiting for your reply please.

  88. Tim
    December 14, 2014 at 11:31 pm

    Iqamah is marked “متغيب عن العمل” meaning absent from work. Can one still return for work to Makkah, KSA? Thank you very much.

  89. Khalid
    December 28, 2014 at 7:35 pm

    Hello admin,

    i Want to ask a question in regards to Entry-Exit issue.
    I came back to my country on entry exit and didn’t go back to Saudia. for some reasons.Now my iqama and Visa has expired. I want to inquire if i can go on another job in Saudia or there is some sort of ban?

    Also please tell me that if there is a ban of one or two years,does that ban starts from the date i left saudia or it starts from date of iqama expiration?

    Please inform .

  90. Vasif
    February 19, 2015 at 6:28 am

    Assalamu alaikum friend is in saudi now went on Driver visa..but as he a graduate he want to work in a company.He attended interviews but he is rejected due to not having Aamil visa..Can he b able to convert his visa into Aamil without returning to home??/please reply……

  91. February 23, 2015 at 9:49 pm

    my name is kawish i have more then eight years expreinence in Bank Alfalah i want to get job in saudia so please guide me

  92. February 23, 2015 at 11:41 pm

    Hi i just wanna ask if you are blackisted in kingdom of sau6di arabia..then you go a vacation in 6 months its not a thre a possible to come again after 1 year?

  93. February 25, 2015 at 8:58 pm

    hello sir,,i am system and networking engineer in india in software compnay Abacus Counsultacy PVt.and i want work in Saudia and i have 3.5 year experience in hardware & networking engineer so plz update me,,,,thanks

  94. Lawrence
    March 26, 2015 at 6:09 pm

    Application for working permit visa, I got Certificate in Mobile Crane and Excavator Operator and at the main time am doing course for Concrete hand testing

  95. Ravi kumar
    March 27, 2015 at 11:18 pm

    I am in Saudi, Damman in Al KHobr and I am working from January 30 2015 and I have completed 2 months, but I have a problem with sponsor and I don’t like to work heir I am planning to go back to my country…. he told me one job and he is making me to do all kind of jobs… please help e out… can I go back to my country with in 90days or I need to get Reliving letter from sponsor please let e know please please please please help me out from this

  96. Carmen
    April 11, 2015 at 2:08 am

    Good Evening,

    I wondering if you can help me.
    I have my 90 day working visa as I am here on my probation. I want to go to Bahrain just for the weekend. My boss is happy with this yet I’m not sure what I need to do because I haven’t got an Iqama yet?!?. With my 90 day work visa can I get a entry/ exit visa for the weekend? Very many thanks for your help. Carmen

  97. Sahil
    April 16, 2015 at 11:58 pm

    Dear Friend,
    where shall i check my iqama on MOFA website..can u please give me exact page of that website? i cam recently from saudi on exit re entry.

  98. DonavanRhines
    April 25, 2015 at 2:19 am


    I’m not sure if this is still active as the last comment was posted a couple of years ago but I have a quick question.

    If I have a valid Saudi work visa in my passport what happens if I don’t go? Will i be blocked from getting a work visa in other gulf countries?

    Basically, I’ve just received my saudi work visa from the embassy here in London and Ive changed my mind about going. What, f any. will be the repercussions.

    Thanks in advance.


  99. Asad javaid
    May 13, 2015 at 12:54 pm

    i am asad. I recently got job in saudia. My visa was stamped for 90 days and only 4 days left for expiry. If my company will not send me ticket in 4 days will i have to apply for new visa ? And my company said that if my visa get expired i can still travell on that visa all they have to do i right a letter to saudi embassy in pakistan . Is that true ? Kindly reply me urgently on my email address

  100. Amir hossin
    May 17, 2015 at 11:29 pm

    December 4, 2012 at 7:03 am
    I really wanted to work in saudi arabia no work
    here so borring no good economy i av 7years
    workin experience,dubi work with telecom in my
    country but computer operator,pls help me,am
    even good marketer mobile number 008801836087834 Bangladesh

  101. May 23, 2015 at 5:43 pm


    I am holding a working entry visa and under process for by my company and my visa is 90days validity if the company not process for this 90 days period .what is the maximum penalty just in case I am not consider to the block listed for 5-years in the kingdom if they failed to change my working visa to convert in iqama

  102. mizanur rahman
    May 25, 2015 at 7:57 pm


  103. Euniza
    June 21, 2015 at 7:20 am


    I just want to know how can i apply transferable i need an employer to do so.??i have lots of job interview but i always failed coz they want a tranferable can i get that???can i apply it personaly?

    • admin
      September 30, 2015 at 4:01 pm

      Hi Euniza, visas are transferable by the approval of your sponsor only.

  104. Zeeshan
    June 24, 2015 at 5:24 pm

    Good Day,

    I came from Saudi Arabia on exit/ re-entry visa but due to some reasons i can’t go back, and now my iqama has expired.

    Now i got a new job in Saudi Arabia, and I clearly informed agent that “I returned on exit/ re-entry visa” and as per Arab news “there is 3 years of ban on not returning on Exit/Re-Entry” (plz refer the link from Arab news regarding 3 years ban for violating exit re-entry visa and but he(agent) is telling that he will take the exit paper and will get my visa stamped.

    I would like to know from u that is it possible task what he is telling.

  105. Mahmood
    July 1, 2015 at 1:55 am

    Hello Sir, Appreciate your response. I have a job offer from ministry of health KSA and I accepted it last week- I send copies of my and dependents passport as requested for visa process and mobilization date as Aug 01. When should I expect to get visa? Do the company should already have my visa secured before they hired me or this will take some time?

  106. satheesh
    July 13, 2015 at 5:23 pm

    Dear Admin

    I am an Indian , seletced to a company and iqama in their company name and working in their sister company, has different name and another location in KSA. My office timing is 10 hours a days and our boss forced me to work more than 12-14 hours in day. Also I selected as Computer Programmer and working as a Secretary. So, now i really fed up with the current job and boss said some others, if they want to leave this job, they have to pay him 9000 SR atleast, otehrwise he will not allow to leave this company. I need to go to india from this company. So , how can i go to india legally and without paying any money to my boss. I still not signed any agreement in this regard ( Payment). Salary is also not regular. Please help me.

  107. dolor labajo
    July 15, 2015 at 9:11 pm

    hi admin!!!

    I have question in my mind that need some answer. what if im not return in Saudi Arabia after my vacation in Philippines my application visa in another country would be affected?because i don’t finished my contract in Saudi.

    im looking forward of your response admin.thank you very much.


  108. mario
    August 2, 2015 at 5:56 pm

    my question is how many years ill ban before return and Saudi i leave Saudi with exit-reentry visa[single]if i return is there no problem about the fingerprint at Saudi Arabia immigration i leave Saudi 2014 i finish my contract in Saudi i hope you can advice

    • admin
      September 30, 2015 at 3:11 pm

      Hi Mario – depending on the country you are from it is between 1-2 years before you can return.

  109. mario
    August 2, 2015 at 6:01 pm

    can you check my iqama #2309885487 if there is a voilation
    i only did not return to my company is my driver license in saudi arabia

  110. Sakir
    August 5, 2015 at 1:58 am

    !i want a job in sauda arab plz contact me 9905051562

  111. Asif Mahmud
    August 28, 2015 at 11:06 am

    Can working visa be extended? Say , I am working for a sponsor and the contract is for 3 years . Is there any chance to extend the visa with that sponsor or another sponsor? How easy or hard it is to find an employer there ? Do sponsor and employer mean the same thing ? And what about the sponsor or employer ? Does he need to be a Saudi citizen (Not talking about companies) ? If not then which kind of visa he needs to have??

  112. Mubeen Jamali
    October 20, 2015 at 8:44 pm

    Aslam o Alium I am Mubeen form Pak Karchi

    I need a Saudi Arabic Labour Visa How to apply

    My content no 00923033092707

  113. jeny
    February 9, 2016 at 5:26 pm

    Hi admin,

    i am planning to leave saudi arabia next month…i am working as a nurse in a university hospital but in company under.i have 3 year contract but i completed 2 year and plan to go back.but company wont give NOC but give exit visa and all other DOCuments.can i come back to saudi later?

  114. christian
    February 28, 2016 at 11:52 pm

    Hello, I am in a bit of trouble and i seriously start to worry. Here is my situation. I came to Riyadh in early November on a business visit visa, this visa was extended by 30 days then i think it was again extended by 30 days but i never saw the paper for this. My sponsor is not giving me definite informations about the process. I have ask many many times to see paper or anything showing that i have some legal “authorisation” to be here. I had to go and pass a medical visit, which i did and at the clinic i was told that there was a problem with my number (i think number given when entering Saudi) and they could not register the medical visit with the relevant administration. A few days later my sponsor ask me for my passport and one photograph and said he was going to get iquama (i wanted to go with him but he said that only Saudi could go into the office, is that true?) He gave me back my passport the day after but no iqama. Now he is saying that i need to get work visa before i can get iqama. It is soon going to be 4 months i am here and have no legal papers. i am very worried. Can someone enlighten me please !! am i being told stories, lied to or is this normal? Any help, any advices will be very welcome. I hold a french passport but come from living in the UK.. Again sincere thanks for any help.

  115. nabeel
    April 4, 2016 at 2:23 am

    Dear Admin,
    Good day

    I am working in a firm since last four years. My iqama renewed in Jan.
    I have got new job in another city. They are giving me visa.

    Kindly advise if there is no problem to get new visa from saudi embassy after my final exit by current company.

  116. Eleanor
    April 15, 2016 at 5:14 pm

    Hello – if the current work visit visa is expiring in 2 weeks, can i apply for the new one before this one expires?
    I work for a recruitment agency in London and we are always looking for professional visa agents who can work with us on projects. Anyone who has good knowledge of if this area please contact me and we can work with you on a consultant basis.

  117. vicky pelnac
    April 28, 2016 at 6:11 pm

    Hi admin,My name is vicky,,i wonder if you can help me regarding my situation..My contrac is due to finish this coming sept 2016,but my boss refuse to renew my visa.. so ive decided to go back to philippines,but i was told that i have to finish my contract..,Yes , I understand that my contract is 2 years.but its unfair on my part working without visa.. i hope to hear your responce,

  118. Philip
    May 17, 2016 at 11:15 pm

    Hi, I had first gone to saudi arabia in june 2013, and finished my contract and went on exit in sept 2015, i returned in Dec 2015, but the new company terminated my contract by feb 2016, Now i am trying to get another visa stamped, but the consulate has rejected my application, as i have returned within 6 months of going on new visa.
    What are my options to get my visa stamped

  119. Paul
    June 22, 2016 at 11:59 am

    What is the situation today? I am looking at working for a company in Dammam?

  120. John James Anderson
    June 26, 2016 at 1:41 pm

    I’ve secured a job as a charge nurse in Saudi. When they’ve sent me my contract of employment, the job title is staff nurse. I’m not happy signing this, as it isn’t what I was offered, and doesn’t reflect my position, despite the salary being the same. They’ve told me that it’s to do with the visa, and that if I just sign it, they’ll change my contract when I arrive. I’m not happy signing this. I’ve heard that for some jobs in Saudi, when you get there, you end up not doing what you expected, but are stuck. If you try and get back home, you end up meeting all costs. I don’t want to be in this position. Anyone able to shed any light on this situation?

  121. rahza
    October 6, 2016 at 1:32 am

    I need some information.
    I m working in business visit in Riyadh. My employer extend my visa luckily I got 90 days extension. Now I asked my employer to start my work Visa process. And I want to go back Pakistan.but he is saying until your extension expire we can not process your labour visa.
    If we did you must again come with business visit as per law for next 3 months.
    Please suggest what is rule.what should I do

  122. yusoph
    October 11, 2016 at 9:00 pm

    Dear Admin,
    My first company declared for bankruptcy, so they give me a release, so i have a new company now, I just worked for 2 months. in my employment contract, its written that I have 3 months Probation.. Now I don’t want to continue my contract, because They didn’t give me a friday day off. I have a wife leaving together with me. they said; the reason that they cannot give a friday day off, because its a restaurant shop. now they will not allow me to transfer in other company, instead they will sent me for final exit. Do they have the right to sent me for final exit? is there anything that I can do to in order not to go for final exit? please answer my question/problem. it make me confuse. thank ou so much admin.

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