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I am ruban from chennai. I got an offer from a good company in saudi. This is the first time I am going to saudi. got my passport endorsed with saudi visa.. But duration of Stay and validity is mentioned as 90 days. I asked my agent regarding this. He said dont worry, The company will get you everything once I reached in Saudi. Will somebody please help me on this and tell me exactly wat will happen once i reached in saudi????
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Mr. Amin and our other brothers are correct. Here are Few more guideline before you proceed for you and others as well.
1. Always Ask you agent what "Profession" are they sending you here? The Professional details is mentioned on your stamped Visa. Ensure that you have the same professional visa on your are that you are employed here for and that you have the valid certificate?
Here are some guideline taken from Indian Embassy website for your reading:
CHECK LIST FOR INDIAN WORKERS COMING TO WORK IN SAUDI ARABIA
(i)Check with the recruiting agent the exact terms of the contract - especially about the duration of contract, salary, working hours, the other benefits like housing. food, vacation, tickets for going home, responsibility for payment of Iqama etc. charges, the place where you are supposed to work and the living conditions, and terminal benefits.
(ii)If the contract is in Arabic you should have it translated into English and also understand the contents of' the contract before signing it.
(iii)If the contract is an “initial contract", then you must ask for the "final contract" and sign that before leaving India.
Check with your agent the exact details (name, address, tel./fax nos) of your Saudi sponsor/employer (known as KAFIL) - whether it is a person or a company, and the person who is supposed to supervise your work. Get the telephone number of this person and talk to him before leaving India. Ask him or the agent about who is going to receive you at the airport, how will you be transported to your residence or work place, etc. If you are not familiar with Arabic and English and if this employer knows only Arabic or English, then you should ask someone else who knows Arabic/English to talk to him over the telephone from India in your presence to get all the details and finalise your programme accordingly.
Knowledge of English & Arabic is very useful and it would be good if you could pick up some basic Arabic before coming to Saudi Arabia.
While having your passport made either through the agent or directly, you must furnish your correct particulars and correct address. This is also important in the case of any tragedy which (God forbid) may occur. You must always truthfully record all your particulars. When you get your passport, please check that all your particulars are recorded properly and if there is any mistake you should have it corrected. Do not travel on a passport, which is inaccurate.
Before leaving India. check whether your visa is the appropriate one. The visa may have endorsements in Arabic. If you are unable to make out the endorsement - please ask a person who can read Arabic to translate. Do not rely on what the recruiting agent tells you.
UMRAH VISA :
Please remember that if you are coming to Saudi Arabia on an Umrah visa you are not allowed to work in the Kingdom and if you stay beyond the 30 days stipulated in that visa you become an illegal alien in Saudi Arabia and are liable to detention and deportation apart from getting rigorous punishment. Umrah visa is given only to Muslims to visit Makkah and Madina.
Before coming to Saudi Arabia you must talk to people who are either working in Saudi Arabia or have been to Saudi Arabia in the recent past to know about the living conditions and working conditions in Saudi Arabia. You must be thoroughly acquainted with all this and you must not come here only on the basis of what your recruiting agent tells you. Do not come to Saudi Arabia with pre-conceived notions and be prepared to leave as and when things do not turn out the way you had imagined or wanted it to be.
(i)Photocopies of your passport and the contract that you have signed should be available with you in adequate numbers.
(ii)You must also leave a set of the photocopies of your passport and contract with full address/telephone & Fax nos. of your sponsor with your family in India so that in time of need you may be able to get the same easily.
(iii)Carry at least 20 of your recent passport size photos with you.
AIR TICKET :
When you get your air ticket to Saudi Arabia you must check where you are going to land and from there how you are going to be transported to the place where you are to go. There might be a situation in which your customs formalities will be done at the place where you are landing first in Saudi Arabia, after which you might have to change planes. You must be aware of that.
AIR TRAVEL :
(i) You must ask a knowledgeable person about travelling in an airplane -how to use seat belts; how to use the toilets in the aircraft and such details.
(ii)You must also be aware of how much luggage you can carry and what type of luggage is to be carried in hand and of what specifications.
(iii)All your luggage should be properly marked with your name & address in Saudi Arabia.
DRUG TRAFFICKING :
Carrying drugs and other narcotic substances entails death sentence in Saudi Arabia. You must be extremely careful not to accept any gift or packet or any item from anyone, not even from close relatives, while coming to Saudi Arabia. The baggage that you have both checked in baggage and hand baggage, should not have any open pockets on the outside in which packets can be pushed in by anyone.
If you are under medication and if you are carrying certain prescribed medicines you must have doctor's prescription in original and the medicines should be carried along with its original packing and literature so that custom authorities can easily identify them.
OTHER BANNED ITEMS :
You must know that religious literature, liquor, obscene video cassettes and other obscene literature are banned in the Kingdom and you are liable for punishment if detected carrying them. Get to know, the exact rules of customs from your agent especially about prohibited articles.
RECRUITING AGENTS’ FEES :
In many cases, recruiting agents are charging exorbitant amount of fees from the workers. The company or person recruiting you, would in any case be paying a handsome amount to the agent. If at all any amount is to be paid to the agent it should be reasonable and you should not be asked to take a loan, sell land or pawn your property/jewellery to pay the agent. Do not get carried away by the green pastures that the recruiting agents show to prospective candidates coming to Saudi Arabia. Please be careful while befriending anyone on your way to Saudi Arabia. You may be cheated and put into serious trouble by such people.
You must be aware of how to use telephones at the airports in case you are stranded at the airport or any other place you should be able to ring up your employer or the person who is in-charge, with whom you should have already talked from India, and inform him about your situation. (Suggest you carry Pre-paid Mobile with enough balance)
16. NO SECOND CONTRACT ON ARRIVAL :
Do not sign another contract on arrival in Saudi Arabia, specially if the terms and conditions are inferior to what you signed in India or if it is in a language that you do not understand.
IDENTITY DOCUMENTS :
(i)While in Saudi Arabia always carry either your passport which should have a valid visa or in lieu of the passport, a valid residential permit called 'Iqama’,
(ii)In no case you should part with your Iqama or give it to anyone else. It is your basic document without which you may be arrested and deported. The Iqama is valid for the place where you work and where you live.
(iii)While leaving Saudi Arabia on leave etc., you need to have an ‘Exit/Re-entry Visa’ stamp on your passport and a permission letter from your sponsor.
LABOUR COMPLAINTS :
(i) In case of labour complaints, kindly approach the Indian Missions in Saudi Arabia (at Riyadh and Jeddah) for help. The person who is employing you is called the "Kafil”(sponsor) and your basic relation is with your sponsor.
(ii)If you are shifting sponsor, it is illegal without a valid permission.
(iii)If you run away from work and take another job that is also illegal.
(iv)In case you find that the job is not suitable, you should also have with you enough means to travel back to India.
(i) Ladies who are coming to Saudi Arabia to work as maids, nurses, doctors, etc., should be very careful about the place where they are supposed to work and the conditions of their employment, specially if they are coming alone.
(ii)They should also be aware of the strict observance of dress code and wear "ABAYA" which covers their hair and the whole body and also the observance of strict segregation of males and females in Saudi society.
AGRICULTURAL FARM WORKERS / SHEPHERDS :
Such categories of workers are not covered under the Saudi Labour Law. The living conditions for them are severe since they have to live in remote farms and work in deserts. The wages for farm workers/shepherds are low
Kindly note that in Saudi Arabia, the traffic moves on the right side (as against left side in India) of the road. It takes some time to get used to it. The number of deaths due to traffic accidents in Saudi Arabia is high. Pedestrians and bicycle riders have to be particularly cautious while on roads. Collision with a stray camel on highways can be fatal.
VEHICLE INSURANCE :
Please note that under administration of justice in Saudi Arabia is carried out under the Islamic Shariat Laws which are very stringent. Accordingly, the person held responsible for causing damage/injury/death in a traffic accident is liable to pay compensation. It is, therefore, advisable to have comprehensive insurance for yourself and your vehicle.
REGISTER WITH THE EMBASSY/CONSULATE :
Once you arrive in Saudi Arabia, it is always desirable to register with the lndian Embassy in Riyadh or the Consulate General of India in Jeddah (addresses given below), so that in case of need or when you are in distress, the Mission officials are able to help you.
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who should take the inqama ? how to find whether the visa is been issued . or not they told me that my medical is fit almost a month now my visa is not come why do they issue only 90 days visa ? who will do the attestation for the certificate .
what all should we take and go from here as documents to Saudi please give the list