Monday, September 26, 2016

How to avoid SR 2,000 fee on Family Visit Visa?

An announcement was made a few days ago about the increase in visa charges in Saudi Arabia. Saudi Arabia has increased visa charges of many categories of visa and one of those categories is “Single Entry Visas”. It has been announced that a fee of SR 2,000 will be applied on all single entry visas. The point of concern for most of the expatriates is that the family visit visa they apply for their parents, children and spouses is also Single Entry Visa, right now there is no fee to apply for Single Entry Visa but after 1st Muharram, it is expected to be SR 2,000. Recommended: Exit Re-Entry, Family Visit, Hajj, Umrah Visas Fee drastically increased

Ministry of Foreign Affairs had stopped accepting applications for the family visit visa online due to Hajj season. They used to reject every application with a message to apply after Hajj season. However, we have come to know that they have started accepting applications again. People who applied for visit visa for their families 3 days ago have received it today. Since visa fee is expected to be imposed from 1st Muharram, the family visit visa is free of charge right now.

I personally think that this is the perfect time to apply for the family visit visa. The validity of the visa issued by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs is 3 months. Furthermore, your family can travel within 30 days of the stamp. In other words, you will be having at least 4 months’ time to bring your family here if you apply for it today. If your family is coming to Saudi Arabia in next 4 months, you can apply for family visit visa right now. The detailed procedure to apply for family visit visa has been explained in this link “Apply for Family Visit Visa Online in Saudi Arabia

It is also important to mention here that the permanent family visa is not likely to be affected by the hike in visa fee. The fee for the permanent family visa is already SR 2,000 so it is unlikely to be changed.

The fee for single exit re-entry visa and multiple exit re-entry visas has also been increased significantly. The fee for single exit re-entry visa has been set to SR 200 for 2 months' visa and SR 100 for every additional month. The fee for multiple exit re-entry visa has been set at SR 500 for 3 months and SR 200 for every additional month.

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