SAUDI ARABIA

Jawazat advises that a Saudi Visit Visa cannot be converted into an Iqama.

Jawazat advises that a Saudi Visit Visa cannot be converted into an Iqama.

Saudi Arabia’s General Directorate of Passports (Jawazat) has stated that it is not possible to convert a visit visa into an iqama, or Kingdom resident status.

Jawazat made these comments in response to various social media claims concerning the potential of changing a visit visa into permanent residency by paying a fee. The Jawazat refuted social media users’ accusations, claiming that changing a visit visa into an iqama for a charge is not real and unfounded.

The Jawazat went on to say that the competent authorities had issued instructions prohibiting the conversion of a visit visa into a permanent residency permit. If a new judgment or instruction is given on this, it will be publicized as soon as possible through Jawazat’s official channels.

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The Jawazat also noted that people who enter Saudi Arabia on a visit visa are not permitted to work in the country, and that anyone who break these rules would face sanctions.

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A legal expert cautioned against the use of social media platforms by fraudsters who want to defraud and make money unlawfully by making false claims that are in violation of the country’s norms and regulations.

In April of last year, the Council of Ministers enacted the Law for Combating Financial Fraud and Deceit, which stipulates that convicted fraudsters face a maximum sentence of seven years in jail or a fine of five million Saudi Riyals, or both.

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The expert went on to say that the legislation has provisions for punishing anybody who incites someone to conduct any of the offenses listed in the statute, agrees with him, or assists him.

If the crime was committed as a result of this instigation, agreement, or aid, they shall face the same maximum penalties. The initiator would receive half of the maximum sentence if the initial offense did not occur, stated the legal counselor while speaking to SG.

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