Fingerprinting Mandatory For Expat Children Of Age 6 And Above

Fingerprinting Mandatory For Expat Children Of Age 6 And Above
The General Department of Passports (Jawazat) of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia announced that expatriates in the Kingdom must have fingerprinting done of children aged six and above as registering biometric data is a prerequisite for completing procedures of a residency permit (iqama) and travel.

All the expatriates in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia are urged by the Jawazat to register the fingerprints of their children who are aged six and above at the earliest possible.

It is noteworthy that Saudi Arabia has made registration of biometrics and fingerprinting mandatory for all male and female expatriates and also for pilgrims and tourists. All expatriate workers and their family members for completion of the residency and travel procedures are required to do the fingerprinting registration.

The Jawazat in January 2015 made fingerprint registration mandatory for all expatriates and their dependents of the age of 15 and above for the issuance and renewal of residency permit (iqama) and also for the issuance of exit and re-entry visa. The applicants for visas for performing the annual pilgrimage of Hajj from 2014 were required to do the fingerprint registration, and it was made mandatory later for foreign Umrah pilgrims and visitors too.

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