February 27, 2015 -
As part of the second phase of Saudi Arabia’s initiative to collect biometric data from foreign residents, all visitors will now be required to submit fingerprints and biometrics when entering Saudi Arabia and/or upon the renewal of their dependent’s identification card, according to a report by Relocate magazine.
The rule has been in place for all foreign employees working in Saudi Arabia for quite some time, in an effort to complete their immigration process.
By extending the requirement to the dependents of visa holder, it will be even more difficult for those individuals with dependents to work in Saudi Arabia.
Dependents already residing in Saudi Arabia with a valid residence permit were required to submit their fingerprints and biometric data by January 21, 2015.
Although there is no direct penalty for failing to register, dependents must follow this requirement before they will be allowed to renew their identification cards in 2015.
Visa holder dependents are encouraged to complete the registration process immediately since the new Saudi Arabia immigration rules will not issue re-entry visas to those dependents who have not submitted their fingerprints and biometric data.
As such, the dependent might run into issues if he or she attempts to make travel arrangements and must re-enter Saudi Arabia.
Saudi Arabia authorities have made no exceptions for any visa holder dependent, regardless of his or her nationality.
Previously reported, the six-nation Gulf Cooperation Council is working on an integrated biometric database that would allow the nations to share their country’s respective biometric data.