A business visa is required for travelers that are traveling to Saudi Arabia to undertake business. There are two Saudi Arabia business visa types which are a single-entry and a multiple-entry visa. This guide will inform you about the necessary information regarding Saudi Arabia business visas for Indian passport holders.
How do I apply for a business visa in Saudi Arabia?
There are several purposes for a business visa in Saudi Arabia. You will have to apply for a Saudi Arabia business visa if you’re traveling to KSA to attend general meetings, conferences, discussions, meet a client, discuss projects, and for opening a new branch.
To apply for a Saudi Arabia Business visa, follow the steps below:
Acquire an invitation letter from your sponsor in Saudi Arabia.
The invitation is in Arabic, so you will have to get it translated by a visa consultant.
Finish filling out your employer support letter. Your employer support letter will only be filled out on the back of the information provided by the invitation.
Finish all the other requirements, such as medical form, application form, photos, and order form.
All the information will finish processing by the next business day.
Can I extend my Saudi Arabia business visa?
If you already have a Saudi Arabia Business visa, but it is about to expire soon, then you won’t be able to apply for an extension. Visa applicants will be needed to get a new invitation from the chamber of commerce and make a fresh application from the Saudi Arabia embassy. Remember that extensions can also be applied to an Iqama, which will let applicants live in KSA.
Saudi business visa processing time
Your Saudi Arabia Business visa will start processing once you acquire your invitation. All your provided documents will be compiled as well. VisaHQ ensures your processing will be done the next business day after you apply for the business visa and provide your necessary documents.
How long can I stay in Saudi Arabia after I expire my business visa?
You are not allowed to stay in KSA any longer once your validity date has ended. These short-term visas aren’t like a residence permit that allows for a grace period.
If you have a business visa or any other short-term visa, you will have to depart from the country before your visa expires, or if you want to stay for longer, you’ll have to apply for an extension before your validity date ends.
However, if you decide to stay in the country even after your visa has expired, you will get hefty fines, as it is a penal offense.
Saudi Business Visa Fees
The business visa fees vary for Saudi Arabia visas and depend on various factors such as duration of stay, whether the visa is multiple-entry or single-entry and if there are any extra charges for faster visa processing.
Documents required for Saudi Business Visa
Following are the business visa documents that are necessary to submit during your visa application for Indian citizens.
A valid passport with at least 2 blank pages and is valid up to 6 months from the date of your travel.
A correctly filled out visa application form.
Two photographs with a white background.
A cover letter with a seal from the company on the company letterhead. This letter should state the purpose of your visit and have the same details as the invitation letter.
An invitation letter in Arabic that is approved by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs Saudi Arabia.
A registered copy of the Saudi company you’re about to do business with.
An original letter from the chamber of commerce from India.
Original personal bank statement for the last 3 months with a signature and bank seal attached to it.
Eligibility for Saudi Business Visa
In order to apply for a Saudi Business visa, you will have to be eligible for the visa. The following things are necessary for eligibility for a KSA business visa.
Some countries do not require a visa to enter Saudi Arabia and are exempt from it. However, Indian passport holders will require a visa to enter Saudi Arabia.
You must be an Indian resident residing in India or have a temporary residence permit in any foreign country you’re applying from.
If you’re applying for a Saudi Business visa, the only purpose of your visit to Saudi Arabia should be business. Professionals such as doctors, engineers, teachers, and lawyers that want to travel to KSA for work-related purposes will not be issued a business visa.
Remember that all visitors with an Israeli stamp on their visa are not allowed to be given any visas to Saudi Arabia and enter the kingdom.
A Saudi business visa invitation letter from a company in KSA that states the purpose of your visit to Saudi Arabia is necessary for eligibility.