VISAS

Visas to Saudi & Requirements

Please note that some changes to visa requirements have been introduced by the embassy of Saudi Arabia in Ottawa Canada and have taken effect as of November 17, 2014. Please carefully find your visa type, and all related requirements and forms before you send your visa application for processing.

  1. The visa is issued at the discretion of the Embassy and they may ask for additional documents..
  2. The processing of the visas will be conducted according to the order in which it is received at the embassy.
  3. We strongly recommend that you submit your application well ahead of your departure date.
  4. The Embassy of KSA in Ottawa can issue visas that allow travelers to enter KSA by air exclusively. Please ensure that your entry airport is the closest to your sponsor’s location, the Embassy has advised that no ticket should be purchased before the issuing of the visa. A simple printout of the itinerary is required.
  5. The embassy does not accept incomplete applications. Thus, it is ESSENTIAL that you meet all requirements listed for the type of visa being applied for prior to submission.
  6. The visa authorization/ letter of invitation from the Saudi Arabian Ministry of Foreign Affairs are valid for 3 months from the date of issue unless specified otherwise.
  7. The visa from the embassy is valid for 3 months from date of issue unless otherwise specified in the visa.
  8. The validity of stay or the period of stay starts every time from the traveler’s entry date to KSA.
  9. The embassy will not issue you a visa if your passport has already a valid visa.

The sponsor in Saudi Arabia must apply for a visa authorization through the Saudi Ministry of Foreign Affairs. Once the request is granted, the Ministry of foreign Affairs will send the authorization directly to the Consulate. Your sponsor must provide you with the authorization copy.

REQUIREMENTS​

  1. A completed visa application form.
  2. Original and one copy of a passport valid for at least six months from the travel date, the passport must have two side by side empty pages.
  3. One recent photograph (4 cm x 6 cm) with the name written on the back
  4. For visa fees check table
  5. Non-Canadian applicants must submit a valid permanent residency card, (Send only copy of front and back of the PR card).
  6. Copy of confirmed reservation into and out of the Kingdom
  7. A copy of the authorization slip (attach directly after application form) with a copy of Residency permit of the sponsor (IQAMA).
  8. Proof of relationship to the sponsor (notarized Copy of a marriage certificate for a wife, notarized copy of a birth certificate for a child indicating name of parents).
  9. A notarized letter of permission from the absent parent is required if one parent is travelling alone with minor children. If the sponsor is either the mother or the father of the minor children the notarized letter is not required.
  10. Copy of POLIO immunization record for children under the age of 15.
  11. Visa validity starts from date of issue and period of stay from the date you enter Saudi Arabia.

Additional documents may be requested if needed

Please make sure to complete all requirements and make sure to attach the requirements to the application form.

  • Visitors should not overstay the time granted on visa and do not grant the applicant the right to work or to reside in Kingdom of Saudi Arabia
  • Visitors to the Kingdom must abide by the country’s Islamic laws and regulations and respect its society’s values and traditions.
  • The Kingdom of Saudi Arabia’s laws against drug trafficking are strictly enforced. Violators are subject to severe punishment, which may include the death penalty.

Download visa application HERE

The sponsor in Saudi Arabia must apply for a visa authorization through the Saudi Ministry of Foreign Affairs. Once the request is granted, the Ministry of foreign Affairs will send the authorization directly to the Consulate. Your sponsor must provide you with the authorization copy.

REQUIREMENTS​

  1. A completed visa application form.
  2. Original and one copy of a passport valid for at least six months from the travel date, the passport must have two side by side empty pages.
  3. Two recent  photographs (4 cm x 6 cm) with the name written on the back, staple one to application and the other to the medical report
  4. For visa fees check table
  5. Non-Canadian applicants must submit a valid permanent residency card, (Send only copy of front and back of the PR card.)
  6. A copy of confirmed reservation into and out of the Kingdom
  7. If you are the owner of the company please provide copy of the ownership showing your name on the document,  in this case you do not need items number 8 (Tafweed) and number 9 (contract). Please provide a completed  copy of the CV application form
  8. TAFWEED, which is an electronic letter of sponsorship. Please make sure the name of the applicant is mentioned on the tafweed . Attach a copy of the Saudi Company’s registration certificate to the tafweed.
  9. A copy of a signed work contract.
  10. Medical report: Original copy stamped by the college of physicians. Attach to the medical report  a copy of all medical test results arranged in the following order HEP B/HELC/ VFRL/HIV etc…
  11. Police certificate: Original copy
  12. A statement of religion or proof to that extent
  13. Please note that age of employment in the Kingdom must be over the age of 22.
  14. Visa validity is 3 months from date of issue.

Additional documents may be requested if needed

Please make sure to complete all requirements and make sure to attach the requirements to the application form.​

  • When in the Kingdom, you must abide by the country’s Islamic laws and regulations and respect its society’s values and traditions.
  • The Kingdom of Saudi Arabia’s laws against drug trafficking are strictly enforced. Violators are subject to severe punishment, which may include the death penalty.

Download visa application HERE

The sponsor in Saudi Arabia must apply for a visa authorization through the Saudi Ministry of Foreign Affairs. Once the request is granted, the Ministry of foreign Affairs will send the authorization directly to the Consulate. Your sponsor must provide you with the authorization copy.

REQUIREMENTS​

  1. ​A completed visa application form.
  2. Original and one copy of a passport valid for at least six months from the travel date, the passport must have two side by side empty pages.
  3. Two recent photographs (4 cm x 6 cm) with the name written on the back, staple one to application and the other to the medical report
  4. For visa fees check table
  5. Non-Canadian applicants must submit a valid permanent residency card, (Send only copy of front and back of the PR card.
  6. A copy of confirmed reservation into the Kingdom
  7. A copy of the visa authorization slip (attach directly after application form) with a copy of Residency permit of the sponsor (IQAMA)
  8. Proof of relationship to the sponsor (notarized Copy of a marriage certificate for a wife, notarized copy of a birth certificate for a child indicating name of parents ).
  9. A notarized letter of permission from the absent parent is required if one parent is travelling alone with minor children. If the sponsor is either the mother or the father of the minor children the notarized letter is not required.
  10. Medical report: Original copy stamped by the college of physicians. Attach to the medical report a copy of all medical test results arranged in the following order HEP B/HEPC/ VDRL/HIV etc… for those 16 years of age and over.
  11. Police certificate: for those 16 years of age and over. Please provide original copy.

Additional documents may be requested if needed

Please make sure to complete all requirements and make sure to attach the requirements to the application form

Download visa application HERE

The sponsor in Saudi Arabia must apply for a visa authorization through the Saudi Ministry of Foreign Affairs. Once the request is granted, the Ministry of foreign Affairs will send the authorization directly to the Consulate. Your sponsor must provide you with the authorization copy.

REQUIREMENTS​

  1. A completed visa application form.
  2. Original and one copy of a passport valid for at least six months from the travel date, the passport must have two side by side empty pages.
  3. Two recent photographs (4 cm x 6 cm) with the name written on the back, staple one to application and the other to the medical report
  4. For visa fees check table
  5. Non-Canadian applicants must submit a valid permanent residency card, (Send only copy of front and back of the PR card.)
  6. A copy of confirmed reservation into and out of the Kingdom
  7. TAFWEED, which is an electronic letter of sponsorship. Please make sure the name of the applicant is mentioned on the tafweed. Attach a copy of the Saudi Company’s registration certificate to the tafweed.
  8. A copy of a signed work contract.
  9. 2 COPIES ONLY of the following : (one set for the consulate section, and one for your records)
    • Canadian degree/Diploma, and all transcripts
    • Letter(s) of experience from a previous employer
    • The documents must be certified by a notary and then by the Department of Foreign Affairs Legalization Division in Ottawa. (Foreign degrees must be stamped from the embassy of Saudi Arabia in the country of issue. Check with your employer if you need to have your degrees stamped by the Saudi Cultural Bureau (www.saudibureau.org)).
    • A completed copy of the CV application form
  10. Medical report: Original copy stamped by the college of physicians. Attach to the medical report a copy of all medical test results arranged in the following order HEP B/HELC/ VFRL/HIV etc…
  11. Police certificate: Original copy
  12. A statement of religion or proof to that extent
  13. Please note that age of employment in the Kingdom must be over the age of 22.
  14. Visa validity is 3 months from date of issue.

Additional documents may be requested if needed

Please make sure to complete all requirements and make sure to attach the requirements to the application form

  • When in the Kingdom, you must abide by the country’s Islamic laws and regulations and respect its society’s values and traditions.
  • The Kingdom of Saudi Arabia’s laws against drug trafficking are strictly enforced. Violators are subject to severe punishment, which may include the death penalty.

Download visa application HERE

The sponsor in Saudi Arabia must apply for a visa authorization through the Saudi Ministry of Foreign Affairs. Once the request is granted, the Ministry of foreign Affairs will send the authorization directly to the Consulate. Your sponsor must provide you with the authorization copy.

REQUIREMENTS:​

 

  1. A completed visa application form.
  2. Original and one copy of a passport valid for at least six months from the travel date, the passport must have two side by side empty pages.
  3. One recent photograph (4 cm x 6 cm) with the name written on the back
  4. Government visas are free of charge
  5. Non-Canadian applicants must submit a valid permanent residency card, (Send only copy of front and back of the PR card.
  6. A copy of the authorization slip
  7. Copy of confirmed reservation into and out of the Kingdom

Additional documents may be requested if needed

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  • Visitors should not overstay the time granted on visa and do not grant the applicant the right to work or to reside in Kingdom of Saudi Arabia
  • Visitors to the Kingdom must abide by the country’s Islamic laws and regulations and respect its society’s values and traditions.
  • The Kingdom of Saudi Arabia’s laws against drug trafficking are strictly enforced. Violators are subject to severe punishment, which may include the death penalty.

Download visa application HERE

The sponsor in Saudi Arabia must apply for a visa authorization through the Saudi Ministry of Foreign Affairs. Once the request is granted, the Ministry of foreign Affairs will send the authorization directly to the Consulate. Your sponsor must provide you with the authorization slip copy.

REQUIREMENTS:​

 

  1. A completed visa application form.
  2. Original and one copy of a passport valid for at least six months from the travel date, the passport must have two side by side empty pages.
  3. Two recent photographs (4 cm x 6 cm) with the name written on the back, staple one to application and the other to the medical report
  4. For visa fees check table
  5. Non-Canadian applicants must submit a valid permanent residency card, (Send only copy of front and back of the PR card).
  6. A copy of confirmed reservation into the Kingdom
  7. A letter of sponsorship from the university with the name of the applicant, visa number and date of issue.
  8. Degrees or Diplomas: 2 copies (one set for the consular section, and one for your records) The documents must be certified by a notary and then by the Canadian Department of Foreign Affairs Legalization Division in Ottawa.
  9. Medical report: Original copy stamped by the college of physicians. Attach to the medical report a copy of all medical test results arranged in the following order HEP B/HEPC/ VDRL/HIV etc… for those 16 years of age and over.
  10. Police certificate: original copy for those 16 years of age and over.

Additional documents may be requested if needed

Please make sure to complete all requirements and make sure to attach the requirements to the application form

Download visa application HERE

The sponsor in Saudi Arabia must apply for a visa authorization through the Saudi Ministry of Foreign Affairs. Once the request is granted, the Ministry of foreign Affairs will send the authorization directly to the Consulate. Your sponsor must provide you with the authorization copy.

REQUIREMENTS:​

 

  1. A completed visa application form.
  2. Original and one copy of a passport valid for at least six months from the travel date, the passport must have two side by side empty pages.
  3. One recent photograph (4 cm x 6 cm) with the name written on the back
  4. For visa fees check table
  5. Non-Canadian applicants must submit a valid permanent residency card, (Send only copy of front and back of the PR card.
  6. A copy of the authorization slip
  7. Copy of confirmed reservation into and out of the Kingdom

Additional documents may be requested if needed

Please make sure to complete all requirements and make sure to attach the requirements to the application form.​

  • Visitors should not overstay the time granted on visa and do not grant the applicant the right to work or to reside in Kingdom of Saudi Arabia
  • Visitors to the Kingdom must abide by the country’s Islamic laws and regulations and respect its society’s values and traditions.
  • The Kingdom of Saudi Arabia’s laws against drug trafficking are strictly enforced. Violators are subject to severe punishment, which may include the death penalty.

Download visa application HERE

(A) Working visit visa with letter of invitation

Please note that before you apply for a visa at the Saudi Embassy in Ottawa, you need an approved electronic invitation letter. The sponsor in Saudi Arabia must apply for an electronic letter and provide you with a copy.

REQUIREMENTS

  1. A completed visa application form.
  2. Original and one copy of a passport valid for at least six months from the travel date, the passport must have two side by side empty pages.
  3. One recent photograph (4 cm x 6 cm) with the name written on the back
  4. For visa fees check table
  5. Non-Canadian applicants must submit a valid permanent residency card, (Send only copy of front and back of the PR card.
  6. Copy of confirmed reservation into and out of the Kingdom
  7. Copy of the approved electronic letter, with copy of Saudi company registration
  8. Service agreement between the Saudi Company and the different individuals involved
  9. A copy of the degree or diploma pertaining to the task to be performed
  10. A letter of experience for a minimum of two years pertaining to the task required

Additional documents may be requested if needed

Please make sure to complete all requirements and make sure to attach the requirements to the application form

  • Visitors to the Kingdom must abide by the country’s Islamic laws and regulations and respect its society’s values and traditions.
  • The Kingdom of Saudi Arabia’s laws against drug trafficking are strictly enforced. Violators are subject to severe punishment, which may include the death penalty.

(B) Working visit visa with an authorization​

The sponsor in Saudi Arabia must apply for a visa authorization through the Saudi Ministry of Foreign Affairs. Once the request is granted, the Ministry of foreign Affairs will send the authorization directly to the Consulate. Your sponsor must provide you with the authorization copy.

REQUIREMENTS​

  1. A completed visa application form.
  2. Original and one copy of a passport valid for at least six months from the travel date, the passport must have two side by side empty pages.
  3. One recent photograph (4 cm x 6 cm) with the name written on the back
  4. For visa fees check table
  5. Non-Canadian applicants must submit a valid permanent residency card, (Send only copy of front and back of the PR card.
  6. A copy of the authorization slip
  7. Copy of confirmed reservation into and out of the Kingdom
ADDITIONAL REQUIREMENTS

If you’re going to Saudi to perform a specific contractual task:

  • Service agreement between the Saudi Company and the different individuals involved
  • A copy of the degree or diploma pertaining to the task to be performed
  • A letter of experience for a minimum of two years pertaining to the task required

Additional documents may be requested if needed

Please make sure to complete all requirements and make sure to attach the requirements to the application form.

  • Visitors to the Kingdom must abide by the country’s Islamic laws and regulations and respect its society’s values and traditions.
  • The Kingdom of Saudi Arabia’s laws against drug trafficking are strictly enforced. Violators are subject to severe punishment, which may include the death penalty.

Download visa application HERE

(A)​ Commercial Visa with Letter of Invitation​​

Please note that before you apply for a visa at the Saudi Embassy in Ottawa, you need an approved electronic invitation letter. The sponsor in Saudi Arabia must apply for an electronic letter and provide you with a copy.

REQUIREMENTS:

  1. A completed visa application form.
  2. Original and one copy of a passport valid for at least six months from the travel date, the passport must have two side-by-side empty pages.
  3. One recent photograph (4 cm x 6 cm) with the name written on the back
  4. For visa fees check table
  5. Non-Canadian applicants must submit a valid permanent residency card, (Send only copy of front and back of the PR card.
  6. Copy of confirmed reservation into and out of the Kingdom
  7. Copy of the approved electronic letter, with copy of Saudi company registration
  8. Canadian company letter: Original letter addressed to the embassy in Canada from a registered company or firm based in Canada, signed and stamped by a Canadian chamber of commerce or Board of trade. This letter must include the name of the applicant, religion, nationality, passport number, occupation, name of Saudi sponsor, the purpose of the trip, length of stay and number of entries and complete financial responsibility.

Additional documents may be requested if needed

Please make sure to complete all requirements and make sure to attach the requirements to the application

  • Visitors should not overstay the time granted on visa and do not grant the applicant the right to work or to reside in Kingdom of Saudi Arabia
  • Visitors to the Kingdom must abide by the country’s Islamic laws and regulations and respect its society’s values and traditions.
  • The Kingdom of Saudi Arabia’s laws against drug trafficking are strictly enforced. Violators are subject to severe punishment, which may include the death penalty

(B) Commercial Visa with an Authorization

The sponsor in Saudi Arabia must apply for a visa authorization through the Saudi Ministry of Foreign Affairs. Once the request is granted, the Ministry of foreign Affairs will send the authorization directly to the Consulate. Your sponsor must provide you with the authorization copy.

REQUIREMENTS:​

  1. A completed visa application form.
  2. Original and one copy of a passport valid for at least six months from the travel date, the passport must have two side by side empty pages.
  3. One recent photograph (4 cm x 6 cm) with the name written on the back
  4. For visa fees check table
  5. Non-Canadian applicants must submit a valid permanent residency card, (Send only copy of front and back of the PR card).
  6. A copy of the authorization slip
  7. Copy of confirmed reservation into and out of the Kingdom
  8. A letter addressed to the Consular section from your firm with information about the applicant and purpose of the trip, signed and stamped by your company.

Additional documents may be requested if needed

Please make sure to complete all requirements and make sure to attach the requirements to the application form

  • Visitors should not overstay the time granted on visa and do not grant the applicant the right to work or to reside in Kingdom of Saudi Arabia
  • Visitors to the Kingdom must abide by the country’s Islamic laws and regulations and respect its society’s values and traditions.
  • The Kingdom of Saudi Arabia’s laws against drug trafficking are strictly enforced. Violators are subject to severe punishment, which may include the death penalty.

Download visa application HERE

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