Virginia, US

Saudi Arabia Immigration Services

If your company is sending employees to Saudi Arabia — Fragomen is here to help. Working closely with our Local Advisors in Saudi Arabia, we provide the immigration strategies and support you need to get your employees on the ground as quickly as possible.  If you have any questions, please click here to contact us.

Because of a highly sophisticated quota system and naturalization program, the process of employing a foreign national in Saudi Arabia is relatively complicated and restrictive. Applicable procedures involve a home-country consular process, followed by several post-arrival steps before final residency rights are granted. 

Business travelers typically apply for a Business Visit Visa at a Saudi consular post once they receive a government-approved letter of invitation from a sponsor in Saudi Arabia. Business Visit Visas are usually valid for 3 months (single​​-entry) or 12 months (multiple-entry), or for up to 5 years (multiple-entry) for citizens of countries that signed bilateral visa agreements with Saudi Arabia. The maximum allowable duration of stay under a single-entry visa for three- and six-month visas is 30 days; and 90 days for visas with other validities. 

There is no longer a short-term work option in Saudi Arabia; for long-term work, foreign nationals can apply for a Work Permit and Resident ID Card which is valid for up to one year, with the possibility of extensions.​​​​

Detailed Immigration Snapshots, Document Lists and Process Guides are available to clients on request.