There are certain times when you decide to leave Saudi Arabia permanently. You may also want to leave the current sponsor and come back on a new visa. However, it is only possible once you have obtained a final exit visa. Jawazat is the only authority to issue it, and the ( Sponsor) kafeel, or the company is responsible for the procedure. Anyhow, You can also process the application.
However, The sponsor must grant permission for the process to take place, and also, there must be no dues on you, left unpaid.
Here we will cover the rules, laws, required documents, fees, procedure, validity, additional information, and FAQs for the final exit visa in Saudi Arabia. So before we start the guide about the latest method in 2019- 2020, first, let’s know about the rules, labor laws, and regulations.
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Law, Rules, and Regulations For Final Exit Visa
Jawazat Saudi Arabia states the following rules and regulations before applying for a final exit visa.
No Traffic Fines Left Unpaid
Make sure that you pay all the traffic fines. The electronic system notifies immediately and stops the applicant from availing the service.
Fill the Final Exit Visa Form
While filling the form, make sure the details exactly match with the features available on your passport. After that, hand it over to the Sponsor. He will sign it and make an attestation from Ghurfa Tujariyah. Also, provide a copy of your iqama. Furthermore, keep in mind that any small mistake in filling the form can delay the process.
Rules to Visit Jawazat
The jawazat won’t entertain you if you go there without the sponsor or a legal representative of your sponsor. Furthermore, It’s a rule that you cannot leave KSA unless your sponsor allows you to exit the kingdom.
Absher Fingerprint Registration
You must have enrolled in Absher with fingerprints. The new system needs every expat to register with Absher. So make sure that you are registered before applying.
As now the Jawazat is closed due to Corona pandemic, therefore the kafeel or the company will arrange it. Also, if you already have a final exit visa then you can ask the company to extend it. Because there are no flights or limited.
However, If you want to travel back to your native country, then you can use the “Awdah” service. you can access it through your Absher account. The service will help you to leave Saudi Arab by arranging flight tickets and other important procedures.
How To Apply For Final Exit Visa
To apply for the visa, you need the following documents and then start the final exit process, which we are going to discuss in detail.
The following documents are required.
- The final exit visa form correctly filled and attested by the employer.
- Original Passport of the applicant
- Original iqama of the applicant. And It must be valid.
- A No Objection Letter, NOL, by the employer,
- For a domestic worker ( Saiq Khaas, personal driver, maid, etc.), the employer must provide a clearance form attested by a local recruitment agency or Maid Care Center. It should clearly state that the applicant has received all dues ( salaries, any arrears, end of service benefits, etc.)
- In case an expat marries and divorces a Saudi national, then the divorce paper is required to present in jawazat.
The procedure is effortless; it is worth mentioning that if you are working in a company, the administration department carries out the process and informs you about the issuance of the visa. However, if someone is working with a kafeel, or the company allows to process the final exit visa, then he may need to follow the process.
Prepare the Documents
It is good practice to make a file and gather all the required documents. Jawazat needs all the documents for legal purposes. So be well prepared
In the next step, schedule a visit to the jawazat office with your kafeel. Either he comes along with you or may send a legal representative. In both cases, the process will continue.
Submit the Documents
The kafeel will submit all the required documents. Jawazat will check for any mistake. And if everything goes fine, the authorities will keep the docs, and after a few days, jawazat will issue the final exit visa.
Registering with Absher has many benefits. One is that you receive an SMS on your mobile phone on the completion of the requested service. So as soon as jawazat issues the visa, you will receive a message. Furthermore, you can also check the status of the final exit visa online. To do that, we are providing the method in detail.
Final Exit Visa Fee
The most exciting part of the whole procedure is that Jawazat doesn’t charge any fee for the final exit visa in Saudi Arabia. Which means it is absolutely a free service. However, if your iqama is expired, then you need to renew it. For Iqama, you or the sponsor has to pay a fine, which is 500 riyals for the first time.
As per the rules, Jawazat doesn’t start the procedure on an expired iqama.
MOI Jawazat Locations
There are plenty of Jawazat Offices throughout the Kingdom. We are listing for Riyadh and Jeddah City
- In Morning: Saturday to Wednesday from 09:00 am to 1:30 pm
- Evening Timings: from 04:00 pm to 09:00 pm
Please keep in mind that all the offices don’t open in the evening time.
- Flamengo Mall
The crossing of the south ring road, Hamza Rd.; 011-4403451, 011-4771100
- Al-Sadhan Mall Al-Selaimanyya District
North of Riyadh
- Ahara Mall at Crossing of King Abdulaziz King Abdullah Rds.; 011-4520329, 011-4771100
- Al-Sadhan Mall
Khurais Rd. east of Riyadh
In Jeddah, the office in the rehab district deals with most of the cases. However, you can visit the Tahlia office as well.
Al-Tahlia Trading Center
Al-Tahliya Road; 012-2635001
Jawazat Office Al Rehab
At Dakhna Road, after Tadaman al Arabi road.
Check Final Exit Visa Status Online
To Check final exit visa status, you have two methods. In the first method, if you are checking the status for a dependant, then you can use the online service of Absher.
Besides, the second method, You will use the “eserve visa” portal. It is a dedicated service to inquire exit, re-entry visas. We are explaining both ways in detail in this article.
Furthermore, we are providing a brief overview. To check the status,
- visit Eserve Portal
- In the first value, Enter iqama number or visa number. You can find it on your passport.
- In the second value, enter the passport number of date of birth. You can also enter the iqama or visa expiry date.
- Click on ‘Check’
If the jawazat has issued the visa, you will find it on the screen. Otherwise, you may have to wait a few more days. The next step is printing it.
Printing Final Exit Visa
To print final exit visa in Saudi Arabia, you must have an account on the muqeem service. You can access this service through the Elm portal. But unfortunately, only the sponsor can use and print documents. It is a paid service, and sponsors pay an annual fee.
Therefore to get the print out of the visa paper, you need to ask the kafeel or company.
Final Exit Visa Validity
The issuance of the final exit visa takes a few days. But when it is issued, the validity period is 60 days from the day of issuance. If you have received it, then you must travel within two months.
We have observed that sometimes companies delay the payments of the benefits, arrears, and end of service. If that happens, then companies mostly renew iqama of the applicant and cancel the exit visa.
The applicant waits until he receives the end of service benefits. After giving the arrears, companies apply for the visa, and the applicant leaves KSA as soon as possible.
You can leave Saudi Arabia at any time. However, at the end of the contract is the best time. The reason is that you will get the full end of service benefits.
Also, the Company can’t force you to change your decision. And you can receive a handsome amount of money in return.
However, it is essential to inform the company by writing a letter or notice. You must notify your sponsor as per your contract.
Few sponsors need to be informed before one month while some sponsors want the application, letter, three months before the end of the contract.
You can write a simple letter, describing why you are willing to go on final exit. You can also mention family problems in the letter. But if you don’t want to say any reason, write that you are not willing to extend your contract.
After writing, hand over the exit letter to the concerned person. If you are not sure how to write it, you can find plenty of letter formats and samples on the internet.
FAQs (Frequently Asked Questions)
- What if I don’t return to Saudi Arabia to fix my visa?
If you leave KSA on an exit re-entry visa, you need to come back and get a final exit visa. If you don’t return, Jawazat will impose a minimum ban of 3 years. And you won’t be able to enter the kingdom for the next three years.
- Can the final exit visa be canceled?
The visa can be canceled before its expiry. Its validity is 60 days from the date of issuance as the issuance takes a few days, so you can also cancel the request.
- Can the final exit visa be extended?
Unfortunately, there is no mechanism to extend it. However, you can cancel it within 60 days.
- How do I check my final exit visa status
You can check the final exit visa status by logging into your Absher account. In your dashboard, you can find the status of the visa. You can also visit how to check final exit visa status for the detailed procedure.
- How many days can I stay in Saudi Arabia after final exit?
The grace period that is allowed by Jawazat is 60 days. Anyone with a final exit visa must leave the kingdom within two months. If your employer wants to keep you on the job then he can cancel within the grace period without paying any fine.
- Can I come back to Saudi Arabia after final exit
Saudi laws don’t restrict anyone from coming back to the kingdom after the final exit. However, if someone is banned for a specific time period, then he can’t enter into Saudi Arabia until the restriction is over. For example, people deported due to huroob status, can’t come back for 5 years.
- Can I leave Saudi Arabia without an exit visa?
It is almost impossible to leave KSA without processing the exit visa. However, if you succeed in doing so, you will face a lot of troubles while trying to re-enter the kingdom. So always be on the safe side and do all the required legal procedures. So you may come back at any time as you want.
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