What is Isteqdam (Istagdam)

Istaqdam also pronounced as istigdam, is one of the government departments under Ministry of Interior.

For expatriates, this is the place where they can get permanent family visa and also visit visa. There are big lines at these offices in the morning where expatriates line up for visa and it is preferable to be there early in morning to get your work done. This situation may change from city to city.

Locations for isteqdam offices in various cities are given below:



إدارة شئون الاستقدام
Ministery of Interior (MOI)
King Abdulaziz Rd, Al Murabba
Riyadh 12628, Saudi Arabia, Riyadh
GPS location : 24.666737, 46.717606



مكتب الاستقدام
Bishir Ibn Muawiyah, As Safa
Jeddah 23454
Saudi Arabia
GPS location : 21.575415, 39.212176



Istiqdam Office,
6c Street, Dammam,
Eastern Province, Saudi Arabia
GPS location : 26.437891, 50.122732
  • aaliyah

    My husband got his iqama transferred from first labor to computer programmer then to telecom engineer. He was planning to apply for my istiqdam but we just got to know that itiqdam of wives are getting rejected of those who got their iqama transfered. Please help. If there is any way to get the istiqdaam as we have been waiting for one and half year.

    • SaudiExpert

      This is a wrong news, Please apply and inshallah you should get the visa.

      • Hunterzs Rajpot

        Hi how r u ? My iqama is seller should i can apply family visa.plz reply me on [email protected]

        • Tomson Antony

          Who told you this is wrong. In the visa list they are included for nurses and not providing any family visa for nurses.

  • Najmul Hoda

    I want to invite my brother and his wife staying in USA on visit visa. Is it possible to get visit visa for them?

  • Muhammad Asim Ata

    my aqama is from kharj. Please update me from which city i have to apply for permanent visa for my family and from where i have go for chamber of commerce . Is there any office in kharj for both

  • Jamshaid Iqbal


    Could any body adise me that how to get online appointment as every time I have tried it give me message that “No appointments available”. At what time I should try.
    And what is the timimgs of Istiqdam Dammam office.

    Please reply


  • patel mahendra

    i am diploma mechanical engg work with saudi aramco i want to apply family visa by online alredly registed in moi my post is equipment technician i have all document so please guide me and any cosultant for document attested and traslation for my marrige sertificated and all so please guide me

  • parameshwar rampally

    I have applied Family permanent visa online through MOI.GOV.SA
    i got approved on MOI and in abshir account under istiqdam it is showing visa status approved and provided visa number also.
    but under e-dashboard it is showing visa number as followup number and visa status showing under investigation by mofa.
    And it is not appearing on MOFA also and when it will be updated here or is there any other process to get update on MOFA.
    please revert on my query.

  • Mr.kya

    Hello Steve , I have strange sitution about my wife visa , she got visa from embassy ( stamp visa in passport for 90 days ) but she had some health problems and couldn’t travel and now her visa is expired , I’ve called interior ministry for this matter but no one answered me but gave me different numbers to call another department and when I called another department ( sorry to say they really have no manners to talk ) was angry why I called them and asking questions which they have no answer , my question is and want to know , my wife visa is expired , it was ( perment resident visa ) now I have to apply again from moi.gov.sa website or can extend time from old visa ? Please guide me about this


    Hello, does anybody knows where is the new office of Istiqdam here in Riyadh? the location posted here is already closed…