Stricter penalties introduced for breaching immigration regulations in Saudi Arabia
April 7, 2016
General Directorate of Passports has introduced increased penalties for visitor visa nationals and their sponsoring parties that overstay their legally permitted status.
The newly introduced policy includes the following sanctions:
- First violation: 15,000 SAR (US$ 3,999)
- Second violation: 25,000 SAR (US$ 6,665) and imprisonment for up to three months
- Third violation: 50,000 SAR (US$ 13,331) and imprisonment for up to six months
If a foreign citizen residing in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia sponsors the visitor visa, the sponsor can face deportation if there are repeated violations. Holders of the visitor visa should carefully verify the validity of the permits and should exit the country before its expiration date.
This summary was prepared using information obtained from Saudi Arabia’s Government website, General Directorate of Passports.
Disclaimer: The above information is provided for general information purposes only and should not be construed as legal advice. If you have any further inquiries regarding the applicability of this information, please contact the Regional Immigration Manager, EMEA, Vladimir Dziak.