Saudi Visa Letters

ARE YOU APPLYING FOR A BUSINESS VISITORS' VISA FOR SAUDI ARABIA?

On the 29 March 2016, the Embassy of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia introduced a requirement that all Saudi Arabian Introduction Letters provided by applicants to support their applications for a Commercial, Working and Business Visa must be certified by a Chamber of Commerce.

WHY DO I NEED TO PROVIDE AN INTRODUCTION LETTER AGAINST MY VISA APPLICATION? 

An Introduction Letter serves as a confirmation to the Saudi authorities that any costs relating to the applicant’s visit will be covered by their company and that the applicant will abide by the laws and regulations of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. 

WHAT IS THE PROCESS TO GET MY INTRODUCTION LETTER CERTIFIED BY GMCC? 

  • Before we can certify your Introduction Letter you must , complete, and sign a Formal Undertaking. The Formal Undertaking(FU) is an agreement between you and the Greater Manchester Chamber of Commerce, which confirms that the information you are providing us with is truthful and accurate. Furthermore, this form tells us who is authorised to sign Introduction Letters on behalf of your company. The FU will be kept on our files and must be renewed on an annual basis. 

  • When the Introduction Letter is submitted to us for certification, we will compare the signature on the letter to the one(s) held on our file (FU). The document will be processed if we can positively match the signatures. 

For each application, a signed letter of indemnity is also needed.

WHAT CRITERIA MUST BE MET? 

  • Applicant must be a full time employee of the (UK) Company 

  • Applicant must be resident in the UK. 

CAN I E-MAIL MY INTRODUCTION LETTER TO GMCC? 

No. The Embassy of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia will only process an original document, originally signed by a senior person within your company. Your document can either be posted to us or delivered in person or via courier. 

HOW LONG WILL THE PROCESS TAKE? 

  • Postal applications are processed and posted out, via 1st class post, on the same day as received. Send your documents to: GM Chamber, Room 7, Building 308 World Freight Terminal, Manchester Airport Manchester M90 5PZ. 

  • Counter applications are processed while you wait (at no extra cost). 

HOW MUCH WILL IT COST? 

  • GMCC members is £30.00 (£25.00 + VAT)

  • Non-Members:  £60.00 (£50.00 + VAT)

WHAT IS THE CORRECT WORDING FOR INTRODUCTORY LETTER? 

Download this template which must be reproduced on your company letterhead and originally signed by a Proprietor, Director, Partner or Company Secretary (please ensure that the signature on the letter matches the one on the Formal Undertaking held on our file). copy template attached.

MORE INFORMATION

Contact the Saudi Embassy in London