Work visas

Work visas are available for the purposes of undertaking long-term employment in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. Authorisation by the Saudi Ministry of Foreign Affairs must have been obtained by the sponsor company in Saudi Arabia prior to the applicant applying for a visa. The nationality and the job title of the applicant must be identical to the details given to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs for authorisation.

A visa application is available for download here.

Applicants must submit:

1. A copy of the electronic letter of invitation from the Saudi sponsor company.

2. A medical report authenticated by the British Foreign and Commonwealth Office at the following postal address: Legalisation Office, Foreign and Commonwealth Office, PO Box 6255, Milton Keynes, MK10 1XX (Tel: 0370 000 2244). A template of an introduction letter is available here.

3. A copy of the contract of employment, attested by the Saudi Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

4. A copy of certificates for academic qualifications, attested by the Saudi Cultural Office, the British Foreign and Commonwealth Office and the Saudi Embassy. Academic qualifications must be relevant to the proposed employment in the Kingdom.

5. An up-to-date curriculum vitae.

6. If previously employed in Saudi Arabia, a letter of recommendation from a former employer must be submitted.

7. A power of attorney, submitted electronically by the Saudi sponsor company through the website of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

8. A police certificate, obtained from, attested by the British Foreign and Commonwealth Office.

Visa applications may be lodged at the consular section of the embassy: 32 Charles Street, Mayfair, London, W1J 5DZ

Monday to Thursday

Lodging                              Collection
Individuals              9am-12pm                           3pm-4pm
Agents                    9am-10:30am                     3pm-4pm


Lodging                              Collection
Individuals               9am-11am                           2pm-3pm
Agents                     9am-10:30am                     2pm-3pm