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Saudi Arabia Visa For Indians - Definitive Guide
 
Saudi Arabia, or officially known as the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia is the home of one of the largest annual religious gatherings in the world. Being the world’s largest exporter of oil, the petroleum industry accounts for about 45 percent of Saudi’s GDP. Along with other industries such as agricultural, and tourism, Saudi Arabia attracts a large number of people. However, to enter the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, you will need a Saudi visa. 
What is a Saudi Visa?
A Saudi Arabian visa is a mandatory endorsement you require, to enter the country. Unless you belong to the list of visa-exempt countries for Saudi Arabia, you require a valid visa along with your passport. Whatever the purpose of the visit, the visa is essential. The visas are categorized into various types based on the nature of the visit, and the duration and number of entries of the visa depend on them. 
How to Get a Visa for Saudi Arabia?
The process of getting a Saudi visa for Indians is fairly straightforward. Based on the type of visa required, there are different processes. For visa application information on Saudi Arabia, the general steps are as below -

The first step involves finding out the type of visa you require, and if you are eligible for it.
You must then collect the necessary documents as per the Saudi Arabia visa requirement for Indian citizens.
Visit the website of the Saudi Arabia MOFA (Ministry of Foreign Affairs), and create an account for visa application.
Fill in the details on the form.
Pay the visa fee online and download the form with the MOFA number/reference number.
Attach your visa documents with the form.
Send the application to the nearest Saudi Arabian Embassy through a registered agent.
The Saudi government is extremely strict regarding the visa applications, and as a result, you have to complete the process accurately and genuinely. Any mistakes may cause in your visa rejection or delay. A rejected visa is not something you would want in your history as this may cause a lot of problems in the future visa applications.
Saudi Arabia Visa Types
There are several types of visa which permits you to visit Saudi Arabia. However, the main common types are - 

Tourist visa for Saudi Arabia - This category is issued for people travelling to Saudi Arabia to take part in tourism. Although since it has been only recently introduced, only 49 countries can apply online. The rest will have to apply offline.
Business visa/Commercial visa for Saudi Arabia - The Saudi Arabia business visa is issued as a short term visit to Saudi Arabia, for an individual whose sole purpose is to take part in business endeavours in the country. This can include taking part in business meetings, sales representatives, enquiring about potential business prospects, etc. The visa is normally issued for a period of up to 3 months. However, depending on a single entry, or multiple entries, it might also be issued for 6 months.
Family visit visa for Saudi Arabia - This visa is issued if the individual is visiting to meet a first-degree family member. For this, you will need an invitation letter from your family member in Saudi, as well as a few other documents. Similar to the other short stay visa, this is also issued for a duration of 3 months. However, the validity is 6 months.
Work visit visa - For people visiting the country for the purpose of work for a short duration, a work permit is issued. Unlike the work permit, the work visa only has a limited time. Keep in mind that you can only do non-commercial work while you are on this. 
Religious tourism visa for Saudi Arabia- Also known as the Hajj/Umrah visa, these visas are only for the religious pilgrimages of Hajj and Umrah.
Note: Indian nationals are not eligible to apply for the tourist visa as of now. The only mode of tourism allowed for Indians is religious tourism. However, the ministry is gearing up to introduce the Saudi tourist visa for Indians in the near future.
Saudi Arabia Visa documents required
Although the exact documentation required to vary depending on the type of permit, the general set of documents required for Saudi Arabia visa all types are as follows - 

A valid passport with 2 blank pages, and valid up to 6 months from the date of intended travel
The visa application form for Saudi Arabia duly signed and filled
2 Photos with white background 
A covering letter
Saudi Visa Photo Size Requirements
As per the Saudi visa information, these are the set of regulations for the photo - 
  • 2 identical passport size photos
  • Taken within the last 3 months
  • Coloured, with a white background
  • Saudi visa photo size - 35mm X 45mm
  • Face coverage - 85%
  • Neutral expression
  • Head position - centered
  • Eyeglasses -not permitted
  • Headwear - permitted only in religious cases
Where to Apply for Saudi Arabia Visa?
The applications can be submitted to either the Royal Embassy of Saudi Arabia in New Delhi or at the Royal Consulate General of Saudi Arabia in Mumbai by a registered agent. Saudi embassy insists that you submit the application via an agency.
Saudi Visa Process Time
The Saudi visa is generally processed fast. For a good application, it can be processed in about 4-5 days. However, in cases which involve other factors or complications, these can take longer up to 3 weeks.


 

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Saudi Employment / Work Visa Required documents :

Completely filled visa application form
The Applicant should have an original passport valid for at least 6 months and have two blank pages facing each other.
Two color photographs against a white background with full facial view.
Confirmed Air ticket.
A Covering Letter from the Indian Organization/ Individual Company, stating details of the business and contact addresses of Business Associate/s in Saudi Arabia. It is mandatory to have the designation of the applicant, nature of work to be mentioned on the covering letter and a company seal on it.
Invitation letter/ Electronic Authority Letter through Chamber of Commerce (to be arranged by the Sponsor in Saudi Arabia). Please note on invitation letter the designation should be clearly mentioned.
Online Medical Certificate from an Embassy approved Doctor.
Degree required as per the category applied for. Degree certificate should be first attested by the State Government HRD, than by Ministry of External Affairs (MEA), Government of India and thereafter by the Saudi Embassy.
C. R. (Company Registration) copy of the Inviting Company in Saudi Arabia.
The original “Electronic Wakala" (Power of Attorney) in the name of the Applicant or that of an Embassy approved Travel Agency is required.
Original PCC issued from the nearest Police Station duly attested by the Ministry of External Affairs, Government of India.
Note: Documents required are subjected to change as per the case

 

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Saudi Family Residence Visa :

Completely filled visa application form
The Applicant should have an original passport valid for at least 6 months and have two blank pages facing each other.
Two color photographs against a white background.
A copy of "Aqama" (Residence Permit) and a copy of the visa slip (to be arranged by the Sponsor).
Reference Slip issued from the Saudi Foreign Affairs Ministry.
Enclose proof of relationship (Copy of Nikah Nama for Wife or Copy of Birth Certificate for Child duly attested by the concerned authorities.
Sponsor passport copy of the first, second and last page.
Visa is valid for 60 days. Visa can be extended in Saudi Foreign Ministry.

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Saudi Work Visit Visa :

Completely filled visa application form
The Applicant should have an original passport valid for at least 6 months and have two blank pages facing each other.
Invitation letter duly attested by the Saudi chamber of commerce in the Performa approved by the Saudi Foreign Ministry
Two color photographs against a white background
Original Contract for temporary work under the applicants name signed by the sponsoring company and the applicant. The work period shown in the contract should match to the period in the visa period; the contract should be stamped from the Saudi Chamber of Commerce.
Original degree duly attested by the concerned authorities.
Certificate showing at least 2 years prior work experience in a similar/related field of work stamped from the Indian Chamber of Commerce. If the letter is from an overseas company, it should be stamped from the Saudi Arabian Embassy in that country.
Note: Documents required are subjected to change as per the case

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Business Visa Saudi Arabia:

Completely filled visa application form
The Applicant should have an original passport valid for at least 6 months and have two blank pages facing each other.
Two color photographs against a white background are essential.
Invitation letter duly attested by the Saudi chamber of commerce in the Performa approved by the Saudi Foreign Ministry (to be arranged by the Sponsor in Saudi Arabia).
C. R. (Company Registration) copy of the Inviting Company in Saudi Arabia.
A Covering Letter from the Indian Organization/ Individual Company on its letter head addressed to the Head of Consular Section, stating details of the business and contact addresses of Business Associate(s) in Saudi Arabia. It is mandatory to have the designation of the applicant, nature of business to be mentioned on the covering letter and a company seal on it.
A Recommendation Letter from the Chamber of Commerce. If applying from Mumbai, the letter should come from the Indian Merchant Chamber of Commerce.
Travelers on business trips (meetings, conference etc) are eligible for a business/commercial visit visa. The provision of Business Visa does not apply on those who have professional characters like Technicians, Engineers, Teachers, Lecturers & Professors of the university, Advocates, Computer Programmers, Mechanics and Doctors and others who do not have business features. They have to apply their requests through the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.Business Visa holders are prohibited from engaging in any remunerative activity, technical assistance.
Please ensure designation on invitation letter received from Saudi Arabia ministry matches with the designation of the applicant. Designation should be - Managers - Chief, Assistant, Purchase, Store manager, MDs, Partners.
Note: Documents required are subjected to change as per the case

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