SAUDI ARABIA | Validity Period for Work and Commercial Visas Lengthened
In welcomed news from Saudi Arabia, the validity period and authorized length of stays have been increased for most foreign nationals traveling to the Kingdom on Work Visit Visas and Commercial Visit Visas. The nationalities affected and changes implemented are as follows:
- European Union and United Kingdom – Visit visas will be issued with 180-day, 365-day, or 730-day validity periods – an increase from the previous 90-day validity period. The authorized length of stay has been increased from the previous 30-days to 90-days for the new 365-day and 730-day visas. The 180-day visa will continue to have a 30-day maximum stay;
- All other nations – Visit visas will be issued with 180-day validity periods, an increase from the previous 30-day validity period. The authorized length of stay has been increased from the previous 30-days to 90-days; and
- United States – No changes have been made. Work Visit Visas and Commercial Visit Visas continue to be issued for 1825-day validity periods with authorized length of stays of 180-days.
The new longer visit visas do come with significantly higher application fees. Therefore, foreign nationals planning work or business travel to Saudi Arabia should consult their immigration advisors regarding the higher costs prior to application.