Attesting and Translating Marriage Certificate for Saudi Family Visa

A-O-A Dear, I have 3 questions for permanent family visa.

  1. Do i need to attest marriage certificate from MOFA in saudi arabia?
  2. Where can i find the approved Arabic translation centers in Dammam or Jeddah for degree and marriage certificate.( i already translated it from Pakistan)
  3. Can i go directly to bank and deposit the family visa fees without having bank account.

Hoping to see congenial swift reply.

Marriage Certificate

Regards, Nadir Ilyas

Please find the answers below as per my knowledge.

  1. Yes you need to attest it from Ministry of Foreign Affairs Saudi Arabia (MOFA). It is a mandatory step as I have gone through this. This should be done after completing attestation process from your home country. Attestation of MOFA verifies that the attestation done by Saudi consulate in a foreign country is genuine and original. You can get more guideline about attesting documents from this post. The process is similar to that explained there.
  2. In Jeddah there are so many Authorized Translation centers, but most commonly they are situated at King Fahad Street (60th Street) in the are that lies between Gharnatha St and Prince Muhammad Street. Take a look at the snapshot of Translation Centers. There is translation center in Consulate General of Pakistan in Jeddah as well. Probably it is cheaper as well.
  3. You cannot deposit without having a Bank Account or at least it will be difficult. To do that you may get help from any friend who has a bank account, if some unknown person do it, they may charge you up to 50 SR for this. But before depositing the fee for family visa, first submit your visa file to Istikdam office and decide on their response. If they advise you to submit the fee then go for it.

I hope these answers will help you. For more questions about Saudi Family visa, please submit your questions to the comment box below. Regards, Yasir Imran.

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Yasir Imran is a Pakistani national living in Saudi Arabia since 2004. He writes because he want to express his thoughts and share his knowledge about expatriate issues in Saudi Arabia.
  • Naveed Zaffar

    Can u give me the exact procedure for getting family permanent visa, as my wife is already on visit visa, & her visa will expire in this December, I m on engineer’s visa in saudia, can u tell me what documents I will be needing in the procedure & also tell how much it will cost? thanks.

  • Kim Domingo

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  • Judy Thurmond2

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  • Rehan

    Hello Gentlemen, I want to know for family visit visa do i have to get attested Normal Nikkah
    Nama or marriage certificate of Nadra from MOFA , which one is accepted
    or both are?

  • Faisal Farooq

    Hi Guys. Slaam This is Faisal. For pakistani friends i have a good news. if any one wants to get attestation of his/her documents from MOFA/Saudi embassy in pakistan i have a good and very cheat source. you can even take services of that agent through TCS he is very helping and i have taken this experience Alham Du Lillah i got all my attestation very easily .

    Qasim Traders

    (Translation & Consultancy Agency)

    Office # 4, Unit # 101, Latif Chambers, New NBP,

    Aabpara Market, Islamabad


    Tel: +92512877369, Mob: +92300554492 – +923005143052

    (He takes 700 RS/each Doc. for Saudi approved Arabic translation.

    500 RS/each Doc for MOFA attestation

    3000 RS/Each Doc for Saudi embassy attestation

    Afzal Enterprises (Abdul Khaliq ) 00923218551709

    He takes 2200RS for saudi embassy attestation.

    I hope it will help you.


  • Morphious


    I would like to inquire about the Translation and Attestation of Degree, Marriage and Birth Certificates from Saudi Embassy and Saudi Cultural Office.
    My degree is already attested by HEC and MOFA Pakistan in year 2008.
    The marriage certificate and my child birth certificate is also attested by MOFA, and they once came to Saudi Arabia on visit visa also.
    Kindly let me know the following:
    1. that the translation of all the documents would be done in Pakistan or does it need to be done in Saudi Arabia? (before attesting it from Saudi Cultural and Embassy in Pak)
    2. Do I need to translate my degree to Arabic?
    3. What are the charges?
    4. How long does it take to do all this?
    5. My degree is already attested by HEC and MOFA Pakistan in year 2008 does it need to be re-attested by HEC (someone told me it would work, and another guy said it would need to re-attest from HEC)?

    I would be waiting for your reply.
    Thanking you in anticipation.

  • rustam khan

    Assalam o alakuim dear brother yasir ,
    i need to bring my family in saudi arabia for a permit visa,and i have 2year electrical diploma ,if this posibile or not plz give me answer plz reply fast ( thanks with best regards.

  • Sinned

    Dear Mr. Yasir,
    My family is now here in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia on family visit visa & I’m planning to apply for their permanent visa, but I’d like to know if possible to apply without a degree certificate? My profession here is sales representative, pls advice & thank you!

  • 360zubair

    I am planning to bring my family in Saudi Arabia….but my company only allows it on Visit Visa. I need to know the procedure of getting admission in school for my son who is 6 years of age and studying in KG2. I desperately need a solution. Kindly guide. Thanking You.

    • You need to convince your company to allow Permanent visa for family.

  • maricar

    sir good a nurse..female nurse..can i apply my husband for family permanent visa?

  • M. Abdul Rauf

    Dear Yasir Imran,
    Assalamu Alaiakum,
    I am mohammed abdul rauf from india working as a System Analyst in Saudi Bin Ladin Groups Jeddah and my Iqama profession is (Faani Hasib Alali) Computer Programmer / Computer Techinician, i am graduate from B.Sc Computer Science and Attested the Digree from HRD, MOFA and Saudi Counsulate Mumbai and MOFA from Saudi Arabia in Jed and My Marriage Certificate are also attested and translated in arabic from recognized transalation center in jeddah and i am going to apply a parmanent visa for my wife.
    my question is weather they can issue a visa on technical profession please let me know and u r suggestion is most well come please kindly answer me asap.
    May i know the istaqdam office address please kindly share the address please.
    thanks and Regards
    Jazak allah khair

  • syed raheel

    Dear Sir I need help. In my passport my surname syed and given name raheel, and in my marriage certificate & in my wife passport name is syed raheel. I can apply for the family visa. my all docs ready with attestation.

  • Sameer

    Dear Brother,

    I live in K.S.A from almost 3 Years, Last year i got my sponsorship transferred to one of the companies and they had entitled my profession as MABARMACH HASIBALI (COMPUTER PROGRAMMER), now the situation is, my eqama shows the above profession (COMPUTER PROGRAMMER) and i have a B.Tech Degree of ELECTRONICS AND COMMUNICATION ENGINEERING.

    So i want to get an advice from you that how can i apply for a family permanent visa with the above consequence.
    – will there be any problem if i apply with this difference in profession. ?
    – If i can apply. What would be the documents that i need to show and get attested on them. ?
    – what would be the procedure to complete all the process. ?

    It would be very helpful for me if your assist me the right path.

    Thanks & Regards

  • Ilyas Illu

    Sir, I am working in ksa dammam AL-kobar As HR FIlling Clerk,I would like to bring my waif and my baby hear in visiting visa. My name is ilyas , I can apply to visitng visa? Please your advice immediate…….thanks.

  • rey

    is there any fee or payments for changing profession in iqama?

    thank you very much and hoping for your immediate response.

  • Manoj Kumar

    I’m working in KSA as Accountant & I would like to bring my wife here in visiting visa. My name endorsed in her Passport but her name not in my Passport. I want to know whether the Marriage Certificate attestation needed or not?

    For yiur advice…


  • jitendra.khasare

    dear sirmadam
    what is a good profession to avail family visa.I have degree is diesel mechanical cours 3 years i apply to family visa so posible come family visa please advise to me thanks

    • Any technical profession / official profession, having a valid graduation degree (attested) can apply for a family visa.

  • Syed Mehboob Hussain

    Dear Sir, My name is Syed Mehboob Hussain and I am living in Madina Al Munawara and belongs to Pakistan. I want to now that in Visa form, should we write the name of my wife & kids in bothe languages Arabic & English or just in Arabic? Please advise.

    • Preferred in English, same like they are on passport.

  • Vasiuddin Ahmed

    Dear all i want to apply for family visa. pls clear my some Queries,

    1) Husband Name is Mentioned in Wife’s Passport so is it required to get Marriage certificate attested with MOFA and Saudi Consulate ?

    2) Birth Certificates of Dependents is also required attested of MOFA and Saudi Consulate?

    3) in my children’s birth Certificate my name is MD Vasiuddin Ahmed and in my Passport Mohammed Vasiuddin Ahmed. So is there any problem to get family visa ? or i have to change my name in Children’s Birth Certificate ?

    4)In My marriage Certificate my name is MD Vasiuddin Ahmed but in my Passport Mohammed Vasiuddin Ahmed so pls advice me can i apply for family visa or i have to change my name in Marriage Certificate ?

    Pls send me advice my mail also

    • Go ahead with your application my friend.

  • Vasiuddin Ahmed

    Assalamu Alikum,

    Dear Expats, i need Suggestion. My name is Mohd Vasiuddin Ahmed in Passport but in Marriage Certificate MD Vasiuddin Ahmed. to get family visa is it required make changes in Marriage Certificate.

    If i mention my Name in my wife’s Passport as it is my passport Name Mohad Vasiuddin Ahmed. so is it reacquired to show marriage Certificate in jawazath to get Family Visa.

    Is it Required to make Saudi attestation on my Marriage Certificate ? to get family visa.

    send me suggestions my mail also

    • Go and submit your documents for family visa.

  • Fahad

    I want to know after Translating the University and Marriage Certificate from a certified translator here in KSA, do I need to attest is also from MOFA and Chamber of Commerce?

  • Sheik Nazeer Hussain

    I am planning to apply for resident visa for my wife and three daughters. I have my Engineering Degree Certificate attested and have already obtained Saudi Council of Engineers certification also. Further I got my marriage certificate also attested by Saudi Embassy in India. As the date of birth is already indicated in my daughters passports, do I still need to get their Birth Certificates attested by Saudi Embassy in India or just a copy is OK along with the application form. Please reply

  • Usman

    what is a good profession to avail family visa with BA degree….

  • Assalamualaikku
    My wife’s name is different in her marriage certificate and passport. In passport it is aleena fathima khan and in marriage certificate aleena fathima mohammed..marriage certificate is attested and transilated from india.any probloem for applying family visa..please,help

  • rak

    is it possible to aply for family visa within three months of transfer from labour catergory

  • Mohammad Imteyaz

    I am going to apply for family residence visa. is it required to get attested Marriage certificate, Birth certificate, & Diploma certificate from MOFA in saudi as its already attested from home country Saudi consulate. Please reply. Thank you so much for your help.

  • Muhsin

    Asalam o Alaikum, bro, do I need to attest photo or translation of marriage cerificate and birth certificates too? its for family visa process. JazakAllah

  • muhammad affan ali

    Asalam alekum My name is Affan i am going jeddah having with accountant icama please give me all process and procedures to bring my wife and kids from pakistan . Please suggest all documentation process from saudia and pakistan.