Visas Issued Before 2nd October 2016 Rejected By Embassies

We have to come to know that visas issued in 1437 Hijri (before 2nd October) are not being accepted by Saudi Embassies and consulates now.

We also came across a circular issued by one of the Saudi Embassy in Islamabad which says all visas Issued in 1437 Hijri are canceled.
The circular issued to the authorised agency – Etimad –  for Saudi Visa processing in Pakistan states the following points:
1. All the visas which are issue before 01/01/1438 (2nd October) are invalid and stand cancelled. The sponsor have to apply for new visas.
2. Those visas which stamped by Embassy before 2nd October are valid and people can travel on it.
However, different reports are coming from readers, some of whom are saying that this cancellation is only application to visit visa and not resident (permanent) visas.
The best course of action in these situations is to wait till things stabilizes and system gets streamlined. This thing was observed in confusion regarding the Exit re-entry fee. On 2nd October, the Exit re-entry was showing SR 600 and there was no option to select the duration. After three (3) days, the system glitch is corrected and now the visa fee can be paid for different duration starting from 30 days to 1 year (actually 360 days). For more details on this issue see Exit Re-entry fee error corrected
We hope, similarly for the visa issue, the system will get streamlined in a few days.
  • Rana Zulqurnain

    Is this news is correct because they are charging 2000 riyal for stamping visa not from saudi arabia then how it can I think so this news is wrong

    • Inayat Ali Khan

      no any kind of visit viza are cancelled.

      • Rana Zulqurnain

        They declare now accept all visa accepted alot of guys stamped visa after 2nd october which was issued in september

  • Jan Agha Syed

    is it for family permanent visa also because I got my family permanent visa yellow slip on 29th of September 2016. is it cancelled also

    • Rana Asif

      no only visit visas are cancelled

    • thameem

      Yes permanent visas also….my colleague is facing the situation

    • Dr shehla

      Plz share any information about this with me as same on same date I got yellow slip

  • Krishnakumar

    What about exit-Rentry issued before 2nd October if the person is still in Saudi Arabia?

    • Riyaz Wani

      I don’t think there should be any problem. i am myself in the same situation. Hopefully there wont be any problem.

  • RJSS

    Are these exorbitant visist visa fees being applied in Pakistan only or in other countries too?. Has anyone checked that? Because it seems this is only in Pakistan. As no other country charges so much for short stay visit visas below 6 months.

  • NumboManiac

    saudis are retarded.. with oil money gone.. they are doing extortion over expatriates

  • mukthar

    Is there any changed in visit visa fees also….is it true that per passport.need 2000sr.what are the charges for children below 4yrs for visit visa.

  • Dr shehla

    Can plz any tell about family resident visa status

  • Dr shehla

    Bc I got family visa from Jeddah in September now Wat to do should b apply for new visa

    • Rana Zulqurnain

      No visa is cancelled you can check on eitmad website they Increase the fee for visit visa permenat visa fee is same

      • Rana Zulqurnain

        You should proceed the further process

        • Rana Zulqurnain

          You can read article on life in Saudi Arabia they changed the article

  • Rana Zulqurnain

    Dear all
    The news came to me is that they are accepting all visas

  • rizwan ahmad

    please anyone can reply to me what is the meaning of العنوان خارج نطاق الاختصاص.. visit visa was rejected with this massage