Yes - A visa is required for travel to Saudi Arabia

Tuesday, February 09, 2016

A valid passport and visa are required to work in Saudi Arabia.

Send these documents to Travisa


Passport Requirements:

Original, signed passport valid for 6 months beyond stay in Saudi Arabia, with at least two adjacent, blank passport pages available for Saudi visa stamp and Saudi entry stamps. Amendment pages in the back of the passport are not suitable for a Saudi Arabia visa.

Houston: one photocopy of the passport information page is required.

Washington DC: If applying for this visa with a passport issued after January 1st, 2012, the Embassy of Saudi Arabia requires a letter from the applicant stating whether the traveler had a Saudi Arabian visa in their previous passport. If so, provide the dates of validity and number of entries for the most recent Saudi Arabian visa held and state whether that visa has been used for entry to Saudi Arabia.


Saudi Arabian Visa Application Form:

One original Saudi Arabia visa application per applicant properly completed and signed, plus one copy. Improperly completed Saudi Visa Application forms may delay the processing of your Saudi Arabian visa.

Houston: Handwritten applications are not accepted.

New York: the Saudi Arabia Visa Application Good Conduct Form is required.

Automated visa application form prepared by our system after you place your visa order on the Global Service Order Form.


Photo Requirements:

One recent 2 x 2 passport type photograph, in color, front view and with a plain/white background.

New York: Two photos are required.

OR - you can upload a passport photo to the Global Service Order Form when you place your order, instead of providing physical passport photos.


Other Forms:

a)Original and one copy of College or University Degree, must correspond to the field of employment, together with official transcripts notarized and sealed by the registrar's office, and the social security number of the applicant. (When being shipped directly from the University applicant name must be placed on the outside of sealed envelope) - OR - Original and one copy of Technical Training Certificates, notarized and authenticated by your State Secretary.
b) A Letter of Authorization for the authentication of documents.
c) A release letter from the previous employer, if the applicant has worked in Saudi Arabia before. This applies only if the last employment in the Saudi Arabia ended within the last three (3) years.

Houston jurisdiction: if applying in Houston, a Letter of Authorization is required.


Official Invitation from Saudi Arabia:

a) Original and one copy of letter from the sponsoring company, certified by the Saudi Chamber of Commerce and Industry and with the seal of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. This letter must indicate the block visa number and date, as well as the position and name of the applicant. The letter must include the number and date of the visa approved by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs or its branches in Jeddah or Dammam.

b) The original and one copy of the employment contract signed by both the sponsor and the applicant and with the seal of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. The position mentioned in the contract should match the position mentioned in the block visa reference, and should be supported by the academic degree and major of the applicant.


Proof Of Departure:

Computer generated flight itinerary from the airline or travel agency or copy of airline tickets.


Criminal Record:

Police report clearance certificate.


Medical Requirements:

Three Medical Report forms with three attached photographs and three copies of lab results. A licensed physician must sign each form and certify that the applicant is free of any contagious disease. The license number and address of the physician should appear on each copy along with a stamp from the medical facility or seal from the Department of Health. Medical reports must be used within three (3) months from the date of issuance.


Other Requirements:

Saudi Ministry of Foreign Affairs Enjaz Registration Form

To apply in New York: The enjaz registration will be processed as part of the application process. In all other locations, Enjaz registration must be completed before the application can be submitted.

To apply in Houston, Los Angeles, or Washington DC, Travisa can process this Registration. If you would like Travisa to process the on-line Enjaz registration for you, submit this Enjaz Request Form. You will receive confirmation and the final Enjaz approval notification by e-mail. Simply print and include the confirmation pages you receive from our office to include with your application forms.

Click here for detailed instructions for how to complete this required on-line registration yourself.
Please note: In Washington DC the Enjaz registration, online application form payment and visa application must all be submitted by the same party. If you wish to use Travisa’s service in Washington DC, please complete our Enjaz request form.

After completing the Saudi Ministry of Foreign Affairs Enjaz Registration Form it is important to print a copy of the registration and payment confirmation pages to include with your application.

Houston, Los Angeles and Washington DC: The US company's business license is required.


Special Instructions:

Applicants must be physically present in the United States to apply for a Saudi Arabian Work Visa, and must be able to prove this to the satisfaction of the Saudi Consulate. If the applicant has ever been in Saudi Arabia the Exit Letter must be attached inside the passport. If the passport has no previous Saudi Arabian visa and Exit Letter, the Consulate may require additional documentation such as a notarized letter attesting the applicant is in the US, or in some cases may require a personal interview.


Global Service Order Form:

This is Travisa's service order form, where you will provide your contact and shipping information, choose the visa processing needed and make your payment. You must print the completed form and send it to Travisa with all other supporting documents.

Click here for Saudi Arabia Consular Fees and Visa Processing Times

Saudi Arabia Visa Validity:

Saudi visa validity is dependent on the the letter of invitation from Saudi Arabia provided with the visa application and is at the discretion of the Saudi Arabian Consulate.

Saudi Arabian Visa Processing Time:

A Saudi visa is usually processed in 4 to 7 business days after all materials, including signed enjaz forms, have been received by our company.

Visa Pre-Check - Have an urgent visa application with a tight deadline?

Travisa Document Pre-Check Service can save valuable time and reduce stress. Use Travisa Document Pre-Check service to avoid mistakes or delays. Experienced Travisa visa specialists will review and check your scanned documents to confirm that your application is ready to be filed, and will alert you if there is information that needs to be corrected.

Click here to register your trip with the US Embassy in Saudi Arabia

The US State Department strongly encourages American citizens planning international travel to register with the US Embassy(s) in the countries they plan to visit. (Learn more).

In order to ensure that visa applications for most embassies/consulates are submitted on the day that we receive them, they should be shipped to us via FedEx Priority Overnight (not First Overnight or Standard Overnight).

Non-refundable tickets or reservations should not be purchased until all visas and passports are secured and in your possession.

How to Apply for a Visa to Saudi Arabia

  • Review instructions based on the purpose of journey to Saudi Arabia
  • Complete, print and sign all visa application forms, including Travisa's Global Service Order Form.
  • Send all of the visa application requirements listed above to Travisa.

Saudi Arabia Visa Applications can be processed in the following location(s):

Send documents to:
Travisa - Houston
2700 Post Oak Blvd, Ste 1430
Houston, TX 77056
Tel: (713) 961-3500

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Travisa - Los Angeles
6222 Wilshire Blvd, Suite 210
Los Angeles, CA 90048
Tel: (323) 932-7300

Send documents to:
Travisa - New York
290 5th Ave, 4th Floor
New York, NY 10001
Tel: (212) 613-2223

Send documents to:
Travisa - Washington, DC
1731 21st. St. NW
Washington, DC 20009
Tel: (202) 463-6166