Saudi Residency Law treats the over stayers very strictly. Over stayers here refers to the people who continue to live in Saudi Arabia even after expiry of visa. There are several types of visas available and we have covered it in this article “How to get Visa of Saudi Arabia”. If someone stays even after the expiry of Family Visit Visa, Umrah Visa, Business Visa or work visa, there are harsh penalties imposed on them and their sponsors.
Penalties on the Over Stayer
If someone is caught by the authorities and his or her visa is already expired, he will be immediately detained in the Saudi Detention Center. After detention, they will have to pay for the expenses of returning back to the country so that they can be deported. Saudi Authorities may impose ban of some years upon the residency law violators. Moreover, Saudi Authorities also hold the right to impose some fine to such persons. Gulf News has reported that a plan to ban the deported expatriates from one GCC country from entering on work visas in any other GCC country has been finalized. To know about the status of the implementation, click on this link “GCC Wide Ban on Deported Expatriates of GCC Countries”
Penalties on the Sponsor of Over Stayer
- Every person enters to Saudi Arabia with the guarantee of someone. In case of work visa or business visa this is a Company or Saudi person. In case of Umrah visa, this is some agents and in case of family visit visa it is the expatriate Saudi resident. While we are not sure about penalties which could be imposed to the companies or Saudi Person, an expatriate becoming Kafeel of family visit visa is fined with heavy amount if his family overstays in the Kingdom. It is very important to mention here that expat living in Saudi Arabia on Iqama takes the responsibility of the family members entering to the Kingdom.
- If a visitor overstays his visa for the first time, he will be fined SR 15,000/- followed by the deportation.
- If a visitor overstays his visa for the second time, he will be fined SR 25,000/-, 3 months jail followed by the deportation.
- If a visitor overstays his visa for the third time, he will be fined SR 50,000/-, 6 months jail followed by the deportation.
Precautions to Avoid Such Situation
- I have already explained the problems you may have to face if your family overstays in Saudi Arabia. However, by adopting certain precautions, you can avoid such unfavorable condition.
- Book the ticket at least 3 days before the date of expiry of family visa so that in case of even delayed flight, you have enough margins to cover yourself.
- Some people get confused by the Hijri and Gregorian dates. When it is written on the family visa “3 months” it means three Hijri months. You can use converter available on internet to get the Gregorian date. There can be a difference of one day in conversion, so be cautious and conservative in your approach.
- Never ever even think to take benefit of the grace period of 15 days which can be given in extremely emergency situation.
Source: Arab News
Family Visit Visa
- What to do if Family Visit Visa Expires in Saudi Arabia?
- Apply for Family Visit Visa Online in Saudi Arabia
- Payment of Fee for Extension of Visit Visa through Riyadh Bank
- Guideline to Fill Online Application for Family Visit Visa in Saudi Arabia
- Procedure to check Family Visit Visa Application Status