All expatriates living in Saudi Arabia are required to have the appropriate permission to do so. You will need to obtain a residence visa and work permit, referred to in Saudi Arabia as an Iqama. Your family members will also need to obtain a residence visa. It is unlawful to live and/or work in Saudi Arabia without the correct immigration permissions in place.
Abdul Latif Jameel will assist you in obtaining your Iqama and will be your sponsor for immigration purposes. Once you have obtained your Iqama you will be able to sponsor your spouse and children for residence. Entry visas must be applied for on behalf of your family prior to their departure from their home country. However, it should be noted that the immigration process for the family can only begin once the post-arrival formalities for the Associate, as sponsor, have been completed and the Iqama is issued. Accordingly, it is commonplace for Associates to obtain their Iqamas before their families join them. This process can take several months.
Iqamas are used as proof of legitimate residency and are used for various purposes including opening a bank account, obtaining a tenancy agreement, connecting the water and electricity at your home and obtaining TV, phone or cable connection. Once you have them, we recommend that you keep copies of these documents to hand for your personal use.
We’ve set out a general overview of the process of obtaining the Iqama below. However, please note that the requirements can differ depending on your country of origin. Abdul Latif Jameel HR will assist you in this process.
The key documents that are required to be submitted to the Saudi Arabia Embassy include:
Once the entry visa is issued you will be able to travel to and enter Saudi Arabia.
Authorized taxis are located outside the arrival terminal in a designated area.