Saudi expats may get resident permits period extended
The Directorate General of Passports (Jawazat) is working on the final phase of its new project to extend the validity of iqamas
Expatriates may soon get their iqamas (residence permits) renewed for a period of five years instead of one year as is the case at present.
The Directorate General of Passports (Jawazat) is working on the final phase of its new project to extend the validity of iqamas, informed sources told Al-Hayat Arabic daily.
The directorate will enforce the new project once it has been approved.
Earlier this month, the Directorate General of Passports announced that expatriate mothers who have children with Saudi men will get regular iqamas free of charge, without any need for a listed sponsor and for a validity of five years.
The Jawazat has started receiving applications from expatriate mothers.
According to a Cabinet decision, regular iqamas will be issued to expatriate women with children from Saudi husbands whether they are still married, divorced or widowed. There is no age limit for the children of expatriate mothers wanting to be issued with regular iqamas.
The Ministry of Interior has started a number of online services for expats through which they can get exit-reentry visas for their dependents, apply for visas, check the visa validity etc.
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