document attestation process (family visas and how to apply visa)

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#1 19 May 2012 09:59:52

malik.awan
malik.awan
riyadh

document attestation process (family visas and how to apply visa)

hey all,

document attestation is hell of a process in saudi arabia..especially if you bring your documents here with you and want to get them attested, i did the following

luckily i needed only 3 documents for FAMILY VISA
1- diploma
2- marriage certificate
3- birth certificate (in case if u have any children)

1- first you need to attest all these documents from MOFA (home country)
2- get them translated into arabic with trusted translators.
3- take these attestation to your (home) embassy and get them attested.
4- afterwards Finally take them to "wizarat kharjiya" MOFA (riyadh)

once its done you can easily apply for family visa..plz correct me if im wrong...as i done the same for my family visa...

all the above documents + origionals

1- letter from kafeel (salary Certificate) it has to be attested from "chamber of commerce" ghurfa tijariyah....( get the letter and get it attested by yourself) its easy.

2- VISA form correctly filled without spelling mistakes. it needs to be attested from kafeel and from "chamber of commerce" again you can do it yourself if its signed by kafeel.

and thats it..deposit 2000 SAR in bank and apply for visa..hope this helps..

#4 20 May 2012 07:38:36

Alliecat
Alliecat
Riyadh

Re: document attestation process (family visas and how to apply visa)

If you all agree this information is correct, we should add it to the Guide.

Last edited by Alliecat (20 May 2012 08:26:29)

#5 20 May 2012 08:14:38

malik.awan
malik.awan
riyadh

Re: document attestation process (family visas and how to apply visa)

Alliecat wrote:

If you all agree this information is correct, we should be it into the Guide.

to the very best of my knowledge this is correct as i am going through this process these days...
i had been reading alot and doing these things myself thats the only reason i know about the process

#7 23 May 2012 15:18:20

DrHassanMalik

Re: document attestation process (family visas and how to apply visa)

malik.awan wrote:

hey all,

document attestation is hell of a process in saudi arabia..especially if you bring your documents here with you and want to get them attested, i did the following

luckily i needed only 3 documents for FAMILY VISA
1- diploma
2- marriage certificate
3- birth certificate (in case if u have any children)

1- first you need to attest all these documents from MOFA (home country)
2- get them translated into arabic with trusted translators.
3- take these attestation to your (home) embassy and get them attested.
4- afterwards Finally take them to "wizarat kharjiya" MOFA (riyadh)

once its done you can easily apply for family visa..plz correct me if im wrong...as i done the same for my family visa...

all the above documents + origionals

1- letter from kafeel (salary Certificate) it has to be attested from "chamber of commerce" ghurfa tijariyah....( get the letter and get it attested by yourself) its easy.

2- VISA form correctly filled without spelling mistakes. it needs to be attested from kafeel and from "chamber of commerce" again you can do it yourself if its signed by kafeel.

and thats it..deposit 2000 SAR in bank and apply for visa..hope this helps..

SUPER post new expats  ! :one

#8 15 July 2012 19:01:37

maxmuneer
maxmuneer
alkhobar

Re: document attestation process (family visas and how to apply visa)

Assalamu alaikum,

I need to know is it compulsury to hold a digree certificate, and if it is a diploma should it be in the same field, i mean im working in a travel field and holding a diploma ,and my visa is sales executive

#9 15 July 2012 19:38:39

borntobemild

Re: document attestation process (family visas and how to apply visa)

the visa form does NOT require a chamber of commerce attestation. only the letter from the company needs to be attested and the same person's signature should be on the form with the same stamp.
this visa form needs to be filled out in arabic and the people sitting outside the passport office can fill it out for you in arabic if you pay them 20riyals perform. they can even deposit your 2000riyals via cellphone for you.

#10 15 January 2013 08:08:21

haideabb
haideabb
New Delhi

Re: document attestation process (family visas and how to apply visa)

I have been offered an employment for " HR Officer" in Jeddah. However my Iqama shall have position " Building Technician".
1. Am i eligible to bring my family in Saudi Arabia with this position?
2. What is the significant issue/impact of using " Building Technician" Visa to hire an HR Officer?

Kindly advice me on the same! emailtohaider[at]gmail.com

Regards

#11 15 January 2013 10:30:14

HRGuru
HRGuru
Riyadh

Re: document attestation process (family visas and how to apply visa)

haideabb wrote:

I have been offered an employment for " HR Officer" in Jeddah. However my Iqama shall have position " Building Technician".
1. Am i eligible to bring my family in Saudi Arabia with this position?
2. What is the significant issue/impact of using " Building Technician" Visa to hire an HR Officer?

Kindly advice me on the same! emailtohaider[at]gmail.com

Regards

Hello,

1. Usually Technician visas allow to bring family.
2. Impact can be legal - not allowed to have non saudi in HR professions ,so when checking comes you will have to "move" out of your office.

#12 15 January 2013 10:36:55

HRGuru
HRGuru
Riyadh

Re: document attestation process (family visas and how to apply visa)

FAMILY VISA APPLICATION PROCESS :

Step 1. Application Form, Original Certificate attested by Saudi Embassy, Copy of passport of dependants, Marriage and Birth Certificate Copies, Translated versions in Arabic for all relevant documents

Step2. Attest application from COC
Step3. Pay money to Bank
Step4. Deliver application to MOI & await feedback
Step5. Fill online application with MOFA       
Step6. Attest application from COC
Step7. Deliver to MOFA, Receive application ref number
Step8. Check MOFA website for visa release 2-3 DAYS

Delivery of visa.

#13 20 January 2013 16:34:13

FIROSE
FIROSE
kerala

Re: document attestation process (family visas and how to apply visa)

Dear friend,

I have attested B.COM certificate from home country and saudi but i would like to know marriage and birth certicate of my kids to be attested from anywhere or just arabic traslation is needed for aply family visa.

Kindly reply at your earliest,

Best regards,
Firose

#14 25 January 2013 16:25:50

M.YOUSAF579
M.YOUSAF579
Abbottabad

Re: document attestation process (family visas and how to apply visa)

I have got job in Saudia and moving very soon.Company has provided me family status in contract. I am engineer and my designation is Supervisor but I am given Visa of electrical Technician. I want to know following:
1  Is my designation in visa (electrical Technician) is capable for family visa?
2  What documents I must prepare before I leave Pakistan.
3  Where I must have done the attestation process?
4  What documents I will need in Saudia for family Visa?

Kindly let me know all.

#15 26 January 2013 07:04:47

HRGuru
HRGuru
Riyadh

Re: document attestation process (family visas and how to apply visa)

M.YOUSAF579 wrote:

I have got job in Saudia and moving very soon.Company has provided me family status in contract. I am engineer and my designation is Supervisor but I am given Visa of electrical Technician. I want to know following:
1  Is my designation in visa (electrical Technician) is capable for family visa?
2  What documents I must prepare before I leave Pakistan.
3  Where I must have done the attestation process?
4  What documents I will need in Saudia for family Visa?

Kindly let me know all.

1. Feni Kharbai or electrical technician could get family visa, I am not 100% sure (perhaps some one else in the forum could confirm). As far as I know it should, since I have seen telecom technician and other technician visas able to bring family.

2. Its always better to carry with you all documents as soft copy and hard copy - Education qualification, marriage certificate, passport copies, birth certificates of you and children if any etc .

3. Attestation for visa - the certificate attestation in all country follows more or less the same process- first you have get your certificate attested by the college / university, then ministry of higher education, then ministry of foreign affairs , then the saudi embassy (if in pakistan, you need saudi cultural attache before the embassy and you need an attested letter from your company to do so).

4. For family visa - after you get the iqama you can apply for family visa (more details on my previous posts : http://www.expat-blog.com/forum/viewtop … =16474&p=2 )

Regards,

#16 27 January 2013 08:25:07

M.YOUSAF579
M.YOUSAF579
Abbottabad

Re: document attestation process (family visas and how to apply visa)

thanks for your reply.
I have got all my educational and personal documents (marriage certificate and child birth certificate)attested from foreign office. also I will accompany all the original and photocopies of all my documents with me for further process.

I want to ask one more thing. My wife name in marriage certificate differs to some extent (as before marriage she writes her father name and now she writes my name with her name). Will it create problem during getting family visa. Her Passport and ID cards name is same.
kindly guide
Thanks

#17 27 January 2013 11:02:09

HRGuru
HRGuru
Riyadh

Re: document attestation process (family visas and how to apply visa)

M.YOUSAF579 wrote:

thanks for your reply.
I have got all my educational and personal documents (marriage certificate and child birth certificate)attested from foreign office. also I will accompany all the original and photocopies of all my documents with me for further process.

I want to ask one more thing. My wife name in marriage certificate differs to some extent (as before marriage she writes her father name and now she writes my name with her name). Will it create problem during getting family visa. Her Passport and ID cards name is same.
kindly guide
Thanks

If the name in the visa slip and passport match, then there shouldnt be any issues, since the marriage certificates usually uses the maiden name.

#19 09 February 2013 21:13:53

roshanjamal
roshanjamal
Riyadh

Re: document attestation process (family visas and how to apply visa)

Hi,
My family is now in visit visa (Saudi Arabia) and is it possible to make it permanent .My profession is Marketing Specialist.Also i have some queries.

1.My child birth certificate is attested by saudi embassy 2 yeras back.but in certificate child father name has some difference.my name is roshan jamaludeen in my passport and in my child birth certificate,my name is roshan jamal.will it affect for applying permanent family visa.

2. My profession has changed by nov 2012 from fenny aluminium to marketing specialist.after what period i can apply for family visa.

Apreciating your valuable reply for the same.

Thanks

#20 10 February 2013 07:49:05

HRGuru
HRGuru
Riyadh

Re: document attestation process (family visas and how to apply visa)

roshanjamal wrote:

Hi,
My family is now in visit visa (Saudi Arabia) and is it possible to make it permanent .My profession is Marketing Specialist.Also i have some queries.

1.My child birth certificate is attested by saudi embassy 2 yeras back.but in certificate child father name has some difference.my name is roshan jamaludeen in my passport and in my child birth certificate,my name is roshan jamal.will it affect for applying permanent family visa.

2. My profession has changed by nov 2012 from fenny aluminium to marketing specialist.after what period i can apply for family visa.

Apreciating your valuable reply for the same.

Thanks

Dear Roshan,

You can apply for permanent family visa now since its very difficult and rare to convert visit visa to permanent visa.

You would need to change the name of father in the child birth certificate in order to avoid any complications and rejections due to name mismatch.

You can apply for the visa any time, there is no rest period for such things.

Hope this helps.

#21 10 February 2013 08:02:24

roshanjamal
roshanjamal
Riyadh

Re: document attestation process (family visas and how to apply visa)

Thanking you very much.My child bith certificate is already attested by saudi embassy,name in the certificate is roshan jamal.but in kid passport surname is  roshan.Please help me

#22 10 February 2013 08:14:04

HRGuru
HRGuru
Riyadh

Re: document attestation process (family visas and how to apply visa)

roshanjamal wrote:

Thanking you very much.My child bith certificate is already attested by saudi embassy,name in the certificate is roshan jamal.but in kid passport surname is  roshan.Please help me

Even though its attested from Saudi Embassy, as I mentioned earlier, preferable to change in order to avoid complications that could occur due to change in name.

#23 19 February 2013 13:43:35

mohamedshaheen
mohamedshaheen
Abu Dhabi

Re: document attestation process (family visas and how to apply visa)

Assalamu alaikkum,

I have got few oppurtunities from Saudia Arabia. I would like to know that how much is the minimum salary by which we can apply for family family status in Saudia Arabia ? Is tht including everything or as a basic ?



Regards,


Mohamed Shaheen

#24 19 February 2013 15:06:42

HRGuru
HRGuru
Riyadh

Re: document attestation process (family visas and how to apply visa)

mohamedshaheen wrote:

Assalamu alaikkum,

I have got few oppurtunities from Saudia Arabia. I would like to know that how much is the minimum salary by which we can apply for family family status in Saudia Arabia ? Is tht including everything or as a basic ?



Regards,


Mohamed Shaheen

There was a requirement earlier for a total salary of at least SR.4000/- but since has been taken out as per my knowledge. But I have also heard cases where it has been rejected for peopl with less than 4000. Hence I would say safe bet is to point at 4K.

#26 24 February 2013 14:38:15

lely rahmat
lely rahmat
penang

Re: document attestation process (family visas and how to apply visa)

hi..thank you for your post. it helps me a lot.

so, we have to attest our document for 2 times...first, we do in our home country and second, we do at our embassy at Saudi..am i right?

how long the process will take?

thanking you in advance....

#27 25 February 2013 06:23:48

HRGuru
HRGuru
Riyadh

Re: document attestation process (family visas and how to apply visa)

lely rahmat wrote:

hi..thank you for your post. it helps me a lot.

so, we have to attest our document for 2 times...first, we do in our home country and second, we do at our embassy at Saudi..am i right?

how long the process will take?

thanking you in advance....

Yes, first with the ministry of foreign affairs in your home country and then with the saudi embassy. As to time , it varies from country to country and depending on Govt. Officials :D

#28 28 February 2013 09:22:06

mohamedahsan
mohamedahsan
Riyadh

Re: document attestation process (family visas and how to apply visa)

hi..
iam ahsan. i am working as a travel consultant in travel and tourism company. my visa is view designer, could i get family visa for this position. plz advice me.........

#29 28 February 2013 11:09:28

HRGuru
HRGuru
Riyadh

Re: document attestation process (family visas and how to apply visa)

mohamedahsan wrote:

hi..
iam ahsan. i am working as a travel consultant in travel and tourism company. my visa is view designer, could i get family visa for this position. plz advice me.........

View Designer, could you give it to me in Arabic. I believe it is allowed for designers - like web designer, graphic designer etc. So yours also will be allowed, Insha Allah.

#30 15 March 2013 00:10:07

mohammed abdul khader

Re: document attestation process (family visas and how to apply visa)

sir

i am indian. working in saudiarab.

iam hardware engineer . i want to change profession my company is agree to change profession. they said to me, bring certificates. for technician profession so that i can bring family on family visa

which diploma should i arrange like.

computer hardware engineer or computer technician or network technician.

please guide me i will be very thankful for this.


2. my wife is a teacher how can i see job in saudiarab. i want visa for my wife ..because some time i feels my company can transfer any where that i afriad.


please answer me i will be grateful to you.



1.computer

Last edited by mohammed abdul khader (26 March 2013 19:31:27)

#31 16 March 2013 06:22:15

HRGuru
HRGuru
Riyadh

Re: document attestation process (family visas and how to apply visa)

mohammed abdul khader wrote:

sir
i am an indian working in madina saudiarab. my head office in jeddah  company recently changed from bin laden to btam. and iqhama also has been changed .now my profession is GENERAL ELECTRICIAN.(KHARBAYI AAM).

i have bachlor of commerce degree. i have diploma hardware engineer.

sir my question is:
1.can  i get familyvisa on the genral electrician profession.

2.if not.then can i apply degreee certificate for family visa.

3. or  do i  need to changed profession.

4.if i really need to change profession, on this degree, which type of visa can i apply. like accountant(hasib).


please answer me i will be very thankful  to you.

1.can  i get family visa on the genral electrician profession.

No, this profession does not allow to bring family.

2.if not.then can i apply degreee certificate for family visa.

With the commerce certificate, yes you can get family visa but you need to attest it and then change your profession - preferable to Marketing Specialist.

3. or  do i  need to changed profession.

Answer above.

4.if i really need to change profession, on this degree, which type of visa can i apply. like accountant(hasib).

Accountant might be difficult, best is marketing profession, as mentioned above.

#32 29 March 2013 19:37:46

M.YOUSAF579
M.YOUSAF579
Abbottabad

Re: document attestation process (family visas and how to apply visa)

Helo Dear
I have joined here as supervisor in cement industry. My profession on Ikama is Electrical Technician (Funny Kherbiye). I have Master Degree in Electronics. will it matter for getting family visa as degree and profession on Ikama does not match.
2ndly will i require to attest only degree from Saudi culture office and embassy or all documents are required to attest from saudia embassy??
kindly guide me.

#33 30 March 2013 06:49:56

HRGuru
HRGuru
Riyadh

Re: document attestation process (family visas and how to apply visa)

M.YOUSAF579 wrote:

Helo Dear
I have joined here as supervisor in cement industry. My profession on Ikama is Electrical Technician (Funny Kherbiye). I have Master Degree in Electronics. will it matter for getting family visa as degree and profession on Ikama does not match.
2ndly will i require to attest only degree from Saudi culture office and embassy or all documents are required to attest from saudia embassy??
kindly guide me.

It does not matter and of course you need to attest the certificate from Saudi embassy from your country of origin or from where the certificate is issued.

#34 17 April 2013 10:08:14

Ziadnasir
Ziadnasir
Jeddah

Re: document attestation process (family visas and how to apply visa)

Salam,
I am a bit confused here. I hope you guys could clear out my confusion. According to this post the marriage certificate just needs to be attested by MOFA in my home country right?? I dont have to get it attested by Saudi Embassy As well in my home country??
I already got it attested from MOFA in my home country both arabic translation and original and then got it attested from my home country embassy here. But when i gave it at MOFA saudi arabia they just gave the arabic translation back without attestation and gave me no reason at all.

#35 21 April 2013 13:44:40

skumar1
skumar1
New Delhi

Re: document attestation process (family visas and how to apply visa)

Myself kumar an engineer by profession,planning to come to saudi on technician visa.My company assured that there wont be any problem to get family status.They are unable to give me engineer visa as my certificate attestation in india will take more time.
As attrsted certificates are mandatory for applying family visa how can i apply for that?
Also i am planning to marry after 6 months of service at saudi,how can i take my wife right after marriage? Marriage certificate embassy attestation may take more time.Please guide

#36 21 April 2013 15:17:41

HRGuru
HRGuru
Riyadh

Re: document attestation process (family visas and how to apply visa)

Ziadnasir wrote:

Salam,
I am a bit confused here. I hope you guys could clear out my confusion. According to this post the marriage certificate just needs to be attested by MOFA in my home country right?? I dont have to get it attested by Saudi Embassy As well in my home country??
I already got it attested from MOFA in my home country both arabic translation and original and then got it attested from my home country embassy here. But when i gave it at MOFA saudi arabia they just gave the arabic translation back without attestation and gave me no reason at all.

As far as I know marriage certificate need not be attested from Saudi embassy and only from MOFA in your country and the translation will do .

#37 21 April 2013 15:19:52

HRGuru
HRGuru
Riyadh

Re: document attestation process (family visas and how to apply visa)

skumar1 wrote:

Myself kumar an engineer by profession,planning to come to saudi on technician visa.My company assured that there wont be any problem to get family status.They are unable to give me engineer visa as my certificate attestation in india will take more time.
As attrsted certificates are mandatory for applying family visa how can i apply for that?
Also i am planning to marry after 6 months of service at saudi,how can i take my wife right after marriage? Marriage certificate embassy attestation may take more time.Please guide

Its better to get the certificate attested since you are planning to come to KSA. So now you can come on technician visa and later once the certificate is attested you can change the profession and then get the family visa.

As for bringing family, yes you need to wait till the marriage certificate is issued and attested by ministry of foreign affairs in India or an Arabic translation would do.

#38 01 June 2013 12:42:43

aggregate
aggregate
Jeddah

Re: document attestation process (family visas and how to apply visa)

Hi, I am from Pakistan but I have have UK based qualification (professional qualification). At the the time of coming to Saudi Arabia, I got my certifcate attested from British Council, then from Ministry of Foreign Affairs and then sent it to the agent for visa processing. I got Account visa based on that.

Now for Family status application, can I follow the same path (British Council > MOFA > Saudi Embassy in Home country > MOFA Saudi Arabia) or do I have to get it attested from HEC (Higher Education Commission of Pakistan) > then MOFA > Saudi Embassy > MOFA Saudi Arabia?

Meaning, is HEC attestation really necessary or will British Council attestation be enough, as long as I get MOFA attestation?

Any help will be greatly appreciated!

Last edited by aggregate (02 June 2013 15:56:02)

#39 02 June 2013 09:04:45

HRGuru
HRGuru
Riyadh

Re: document attestation process (family visas and how to apply visa)

aggregate wrote:

Hi, I am from Pakistan but I have have UK based qualifications (professional qualification). The the time of coming to Saudi Arabia, I got my certifcate attested from British Council, then from Ministry of Foreign Affairs and then sent it to the agent for visa processing. I got Account visa based on that.

Now for Family status application, can I follow the same path (British Council > MOFA > Saudi Embassy in Home country > MOFA Saudi Arabia) or do I have to get it attested from HEC (Higher Education Commission of Pakistan) > then MOFA > Saudi Embassy > MOFA Saudi Arabia?

Meaning, is HEC attestation really necessary or will British Council attestation be enough, as long as I get MOFA attestation?

Any help will be greatly appreciated!

Its a trick question :D:D sort of bu the answer is also hazy on this my friend. The reason is since you already got the visa based on the current attestations it has to be presumed that the family visa application also will get processed under normal cases. But if they refuse then you need to follow the process with HEC as you mentioned.

#40 02 June 2013 15:52:23

aggregate
aggregate
Jeddah

Re: document attestation process (family visas and how to apply visa)

HRGuru wrote:

Its a trick question :D:D sort of bu the answer is also hazy on this my friend. The reason is since you already got the visa based on the current attestations it has to be presumed that the family visa application also will get processed under normal cases. But if they refuse then you need to follow the process with HEC as you mentioned.

Thank you very much ! But why can't it all be just clear cut? :( Why go through it all once again when one originally got Visa through the exact same process? Its not like qualifications are gonna run away after getting the visa... 

Anyway, do you know if it necessary to have a formal 'Degree'/Equivalency certificate for family visa status or can professional qualifications (like British CA) work for Family visa purposes (just like it worked for me, for the original professional visa)?

Last edited by aggregate (02 June 2013 15:56:49)

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