The government recently announced in January a temporary ban of the issue of residency visas
for expats working in 87 job roles, in 10 different areas of employment, in the ongoing Omanization project aimed at tackling unemployment among its citizens.
The Ministry of Health and Prevention (MOHAP) launched a medical examination Center for the issuance of residency visas
and visa renewals at Dubai's Ibn Battuta Mall, in partnership with Nakheel malls, to improve the clients' journey and reduce waiting time by providing the best medical examination, electronic systems and smart technologies.
The amount for four years of residency visas
is 24,000 Saudi riyals.
br /> Permanent Residency Visas
(Also known as the Iqama or Muqeem) Non GCC nationals entering Saudi Arabia are required to obtain a visa before entering the country.
Al-Wohaib affirmed that those complying with the law will be given residency visas
which could be renewed every five years in addition to healthcare, education and ration cards.
Initially, ID Card Centre was one oftheauthorised providers for the processing of Emirates IDs, but now has an extended list of services which includes applying for visas including visitor visas, renewing residency visas
, applying for new residency visas
He also announced that the first half of 2014 saw a 30 per cent increase in the number of residency visas
issued compared with the same period in 2013.
Earlier this month, it was reported that the number of residency visas
issued by the General Directorate of Residency and Foreigners Affairs (GDRFA) in Dubai increased by 30 percent on the same period for last year.
Sources privy to the matters informed Geo News that Shahzeb's family members had also been issued residency visas
for Australia and were expected to depart for the country soon.
Investigators were satisfied the agent s conduct was designed to enable international students to obtain positive skills assessments based on fraudulent information, to then apply for permanent residency visas
under the Department of Immigration and Citizenship s skilled visa program.
Almost 10,000 new four-year residency visas
were granted to skilled workers and their families Down Under since last July.
Construction workers will be required to undergo medical tests related to their profession upon renewing their residency visas