As you know, Saudi Arabia is not granting permanent residency to foreigners as Australia, America & other developed countries do. Hence, one has to leave sooner or later.
Now, you probably are here that you have decided or looking to return home, moving to another country from Saudi Arabia. If you want to leave Saudi Arabia permanently, then you have to process a proper final exit (خروج نهائي) so that you can come back if you wish to come again here.
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There are some legal requirements that you need to fulfill to process your final exit easily. But before this, we have to look at which type of final exit you are looking for
Types of Final Exit
There are two types of final exit;
- Khurroj Nizami (Legal) – If you are going back legally
- Khurooj Tarheel (Criminal) – If you are put in jail and then sending you back
We will talk more about the legal exit. Still, Tarheel is if you have been caught by authorities while staying here illegally. a 3- 5-year minimum ban in this case, like you have been caught by going to Hajj without permission, your iqama is expired, etc.
How to Process Final Exit
There are two ways to get a final exit legally
- Through Absher
- Ministry of Labour
Exit through Absher
You can do this for your dependents only, not for your own, as your kafeel or sponsor only has the authority to do it for you.
Following are the steps one have to follow for his/her dependents;
Step – 1: Go to Absher. sa official portal by clicking here https://www.absher.sa/.
Step – 2: Change the language at your convenience. I’ll go in English.
Step – 3: Log in to your account
Step – 4: Click on the ‘Sevices’ tab under ‘Dependents Services’
Step – 5: Now, click on ‘Visa Services’
Step – 6: You will see how the types of visas (Issuing Final Exit Visa, Final Exit Visa cancellation, Issuing Exit Re-Entry Visa, Exit Re-Entry Visa cancellation) with conditions before issuing like I have pasted one for a final exit visa.
Step – 7: Click ‘Next’ at bottom
Step – 8: Select the relevant Dependent from the list if any others are there.
Step – 9: Confirm the relevant information like passport & iqama
Step – 10: Click ‘OK’ once all is done and confirmed by you.
Step – 11: You can print the final exit paper if required, but no need nowadays as the system will automatically detect during immigration.
Fee for final exit: No fee
But, Why am I receiving a message about insufficient funds during the final exit process?
You have to process two months before the Iqama expiry for your dependent; as you know, two months is the final exit period to leave KSA. Hence, you have to pay those funds to process the exit.
Ministry of Labour | Final exit
You can also get a Final exit through the Ministry of Labour – MOL (Jawazat). All you have to do to have a visit there and present these papers;
- Valid Iqama
- Valid Passport
- NOL – Letter from Employer
This is when your sponsor doesn’t have any access to Absher’s inability to use it due to any reason/s.
Final exit with Expired Iqama
Many people ask this question on different platforms: how can I get the final exit legally on expired iqama. You can get it through;
- Kafeel Absher Account
- Ministry of Labour
make sure in both cases you have to pay the extra fine to process your final exit.
Kafeel Absher Account
Kafeel needs to log in to his/her Absher account and issue a work permit for the final exit, select the employee, and press ‘Release.’ He also needs to submit the fee.
Ministry of Labour
Visit the Ministry of Labour & pay the fine and other fees related to the final exit. Also, show their NOL from you, kafeel.
Final Exit without Iqama
Yes, there are cases when you don’t have iqama for many reasons, and you want to exit from KSA. In that case, you surrender yourself, and normally, a ban of three years will be imposed to land again in Saudi Arabia for work. Make sure to have your passport with you to make the process clear.
Final Exit without KafeelIt is not possible to get an exit, but in a certain case, your kafeel is no more, but you can transfer to a new one in that case. If not, then you can directly contact Jawazat. It is the same as you cannot get a Saudi visa without a kafeel, and now you cannot get an exit without kafeel consent.
Final Exit Grace Period
Yes, you can stay for 60 days once your final exit is processed as per the rule. You can have your dependents with you for 60 days as well, but make sure to leave in this period, or else you will be fined heavily and may get illegal if overstayed. You can print the final exit copy through Absher or ask your kafeel to do it for you and have it with you all the time.
Must Consider before Final Exit
Always make sure to consider the below points if you are about to leave KSA on the final exit so that you can come back anytime, sooner or later if required.
- Contract with the current employer is finished, or you have resigned, and it is accepted like one or two months before the contract is expired as per contract.
- All other services like Rentd House, Lease Car, etc., are all cleared already. In this case, normally, we have to transfer to another nominee.
- Bank loans, monthly installments, all types of utility bills under your Iqama should be cleared. Government & non-government as well.
Make sure to take out your money from the bank, as sometimes you may face problems in your bank account after the final exit has been processed. I have known people having issues, but normally, banks don’t. Transfer your End services Benefits to your home country as soon as possible.
- Any subscriptions involved in money or not under your iqama should be unsubscribed in KSA.
- Last but not least, you must take a Police Clearance Certificate. It is a must to have if you plan to go to any developed country for immigration.
How to Cancel Final Exit
Yes, I personally know some people who the company asked to cancel it and continue the job. In that case, your sponsor has the authority to cancel your final exit.
Sometimes, you got an excellent offer and didn’t want to go back and do all the processes so you can cancel it through your sponsor’s willingness.
The cancellation fee is 2000 SAR by MOL.
The process to Cancel Final Exit.
- You have to fill the Final Exit Cancellation form. This form is in Arabic, and you can get it done by just visiting Saudi Jawazat Offices.
- Get it signed by your kafeel or sponsor.
- You also need a letter from your kafeel request the cancellation of the final exit.
- Make sure to get the chamber of commerce attestation.
- The letter needs to be attested by the Chamber of Commerce of the city where your employer’s office is registered in Saudi Arabia.
- Check if your iqama is valid, you have to pay the renewal fee before reversal.
- Other documents include a valid passport, photos, a copy of the final exit, etc.
Can I come after Final Exit?
Yes, you can come on the very next day no matter how many months you iqama is still valid like 6 months, 8 months, etc., if you have gone through a proper and legal way, not through Tarheel/jail.
But if you have gone through Exit Re-entry Visa and did not come back, then you are banned at least for three years to land again in Saudi Arabia.
Exit Types in Saudi Arabia
Yes, you have to understand that there are three types of Exits in Saudi Arabia;
- Exit Re-Entry or Khurooj Auda
- Multiple Exit Re-Entry
- Final Exit – Khurooj Nahee
In Exit Re-entry Visa, you have to come back in a specific time period mentioned on your visa. It is just a paper visa. It can only be used once. But Multiple Exit Re-Entry is the same as exit re-entry, but you can enter multiple times, but its fee is quite high and only good for business persons.
The final Exit is that you are leaving KSA permanently for the time being, and you will clear all the accounts here under your name.
I have tried to clear most of your doubts. If you have any questions, you can ask me in the comments. Always try to follow the rules here in KSA. Believe me, earning life is beautiful here if you follow the rules.
47 thoughts on “Final Exit Saudi Arabia”
Can an employer cancel the final exit visa issued to the workers without the knowledge and consent of worker?
Employee issued exit visa on 05.12.2019
Employee leaving in 15.12.2019 at 05:30 PM
Employee cancel the final exit visa on 15.12.209 at 05:25 PM and issued exit-re-entry visa (of course without the knowledge and consent of employee)
Awaiting your valuable feedback on the same.
Dear Dan, yes he can !! Normally, it is with the consent of the employee or mutually decided but he has every right to do so.
Thanks you for your prompt response.
I have only 25 days remain for iqama expire with family i want final exit now is it possible
Secondly I already paid depends fee but still iqama not renew it is possible fee return back. Bank is ncb.
If it is still displaying in your Absher account then only you can get it back. If not then sorry you can’t get it back.
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I am ali.I leave saudia on 21 august 2019 and on 21 august 2019 after finel setlement my company take passaport and aqama and fill online form after that return my passport and aqama and give me final exit paper.At saudi airport they check only passport never stamp on passport and not take my aqama only take my fingerprint and said ok.Now i again want to go saudia and my aqama is with me.kindly help me on this issue.
Dear Mr. Ali
There is no issue. Nowadays they don’t collect Iqama and it is void ultimately. You can discard that Iqama as that it is of no use. But if someone gets caught with that Iqama in KSA then you may be in trouble. Simply crush & trash it immediately.
They took your fingerprints and that is enough. You are good to go and can come back. No issues.
Thanks for your kindness of this problem.
You are always welcome, Ali.
Dear sir. I am from India. My iqama was of a house worker. But my kafeel let me work outside. Unfortunately, I was caught by the police and deported. Now it’s happened for 2 years. Now I like to come saudi. I don’t know ban duration. and any legal ways to come to Saudi Arabia. . I deported by tarhil center. what about the ban duration.please
Dear Mr. SHERIFF
Sadly, if you are deported through Tahril then you are banned for a minimum three years. But most of the time you are banned for life time. Still, rules are changing. Better try after one year more.
Dear Editor, great article, plenty of useful information and laid out very clearly. Thanks very much.
One question, once the final exit visa is issued (dependants only, not employee), can the person exit via Bahrain causeway, or does it have to be through airport?
Thanks, Shamsul for the much-needed appreciation. Regarding the final exit, one of my friends got Australian PR and wanted to go directly from KSA on the final exit but the authorities here told them first fly back home in Pakistan and then you can go anywhere.
Bahrain causeway is a good option for exit reentry but I don’t think authorities in KSA will let you choose that option for the final exit. They will sent you back home to save guard their stakes.
Hi, thanks again for your response. I thought I’ll update for the benefit of your readers.
One of my son did a final exit from the airport to a third country (UK), and another son final exit through Bahrain causeway. Both did not have any issue at all. Not sure whether this is easier because 1) they are dependents only, not employee, and 2) they hold Malaysian passports therefore can get Bahrain visa on arrival. In both cases the Saudi immigration didnt kick up a fuss.
Thank you, Shamsul for your kind gesture.
I have been looking for such information from past many days but only this site provided clear instruction and guidelines. Thank you very much for helping us out.
I have one query, During 60 days Grace Period after Final Exit can employer force employee to work or its illegal to work during grace period.
During these 60 days, you are legal to stay and work here. Hence employer can ask you to complete the pending jobs.
Thank you again for taking time and responding to my queries.
You are most welcome Ajay. Good luck for the future.
One more help please, Company took my passport stating they need it to process Final Exit. It’s been processed and now its been more than 5 days and they are not returning it to me. Is it legal for the Employers to retain employees passport in any circumstances.
What action I can take to get back my passport.
Dear Ajay, it is not legal nowadays for a company to retain a passport. No benefit to take any action. Just wait when they hand over you the ticket and passport then go back home country.
Sorry to bother you again and again. Does the Fixed Term Contract ends when the Iqama expires? And, the clause of Notice period also becomes Void with Expired Iqama.
Contract and Iqama expiry has no relation with each other.
I would refer you to see below posts for detailed answers;
Here you will get labor law PDf document that also may be helpful. Try to read it in detail with FAQ’s
If you need any more info just comment. No need to hesitate. If I know I’ll help.
hi sir, I exited saudi last july 2019. is it possible to get a copy of my final exit now? i forgot if i was given the paper by employer or i just misplaced it somewhere. thank you in advance!
Yes, you can ask your sponsor again.
Hope you are doing good today!
Employer can issue Final Exit visa on Expired Iqama using Work Permit within 30 days from Expiry or after 30 days of Iqama Expiry.
Sorry, I didn’t get your answer. Final Exit can be processed using Work Permit –
a. Within 30 day of Iqama Expiry or
b. Only after 30 days of Iqama Expiry.
I have a rented flat and 8months due on it.i don’t have money now can I go exit in this situation without paying it.
You need to clear all the dues to be eligible for the final exit.
Need one advise as I have applied for final exit and its been approved by company’s management as my iqama expires on 23rd feb and also my ticket is on the same day
Now my question is is it possible for exit on the same day without any penalty?
No issue at all dear……
I have taken transfer. My kafeel has not given my salary for 4 months. He said he will give transfer, but put me in huroob. I went to labour court . The first judgement of transfer, then second judgement of khuroooj nihai my kafeel not given khurooj nihai. Again third judgement for khurooj nihai . My iqama expired. And under huroob . What should I do. I dont have money
Sorry to know about your Huroob status. The worst-case happened to any expatriate here in KSA. You only need to wait for judgement now. If you got clear then you will get all the money before leaving KSA. We hope you will be out of this situation ASAP.
I just want to ask,How long it will take to process final exit visa in ksa?
Let’s wait this COVID -19 is over. A second is required to process the final exit normally.
Hi Asslalam Alikum
My self Asif ..i am free lancer if i have to go final exit how many days before i have to inform my sponsor…
I just want to ask if my sponsor can send me exit even if I have transfer request from other company and its pending for current employers approval? My iqama is going to expired on May 22,2021 and I want to be transfered but my employer simply ignored the transfer request made by my new employer. Is it possible for him to send me back home? Thank you and God bless.
Dear sir, my husband working here as a vehicle painter. But his kafeel not good and taking more money. Now came back from India,he told to give again money otherwise no renewal of iqamma. Any solution in that if we can go to jawazet, then they can help us or not for final exit.
Do you have any ways to check the final exit visa or the status of a Domestic Helper who exit the the Kingdom?
I tried the MOL but they are not registered .
Dear , I have a query Can my new sponsor cancel the final exit issued by old company.
Only your current sponsor can! If you are already transferred to a new sponsor then he can’t but if you are still under the previous owner then only the old company can cancel it.
Though my old passport is cancelled,as it was damaged, it is valid upto 2024.i had to make a new passport, and with new passport I left India and re-entered ksa in 2020.no naqal maloomat until now, because the validity of old passport is more than 6 months. Now I got my final exit on my old passport number. Will there be any issues in the immigration while going back from ksa to India?
Kindly help me out in this.
First off, thank you for all your invaluable input.
I read through this article, but one thing was a little unclear for me. I plan to send my family on final exit and was going to issue their final exit visa through Absher just a week or so before their iqamas end on November 27th, 2021.
But you mentioned that it needs to be done 2 months prior to iqama expiry.
1. Since it is less than 2 months now, will there be a penalty or extra charge?
2. The grace period is unclear. Does it apply after the date of obtaining final exit or after iqama expires. (i.e. If I were to issue it today, would they have exactly 2 months from today, or would it apply after their iqamas expire on Nov 27th?)
Thanks in advance.
I have left Saudi Arabia My employer/sponsor said I do not need to print final exit, now my bank wants it and my employer doesn’t wanna assist with printing the final exit. They are ignoring my emails. How can I obtain final exit visa without going through my employer. I left Saudi Arabia 6 months ago and can no longer access Absher portal. Sponsor gave me confirmation that my final exit visa was approved but did not give me the original print out with a stamp.
What are my options? Can the MOL print it for me although I am no longer in Saudi Arabia?
Would appreciate your help.
Dear sir please response me as one of my contract end and in qiwa showing till today contract .so if i can resign i can go exit .Company not excepting my resignation .What should i would do. I am working at saudi arabia since 2018 .