Moving to Saudi Arabia for work purposes can be a daunting task. The biggest worries clients have when applying for employment visas are 1) the medical and 2) the criminal. (you can see more about the other necessary steps from an earlier blog post HERE) Like most countries, Saudi Arabia wants to make sure to protect its borders, and that includes a certain level of disease control and security. Most candidates who have an employment offer and invitation letter have nothing really to worry about.
First, the medical. Essentially, Saudi Arabia will reject candidates who test positive for HIV, Hepatitis or are pregnant. Other major health problems may also lead to rejection, but if you have a serious disease, it may not be the best time for you to move your family and start a new job anyways. Minor conditions like psoriasis or hypoglycemia need not even be mentioned and will not be reason to reject you for an Saudi Arabia employment visa.
Second, the criminal background check needs to be performed by your local police station. Contrary to what you may think, this is the preferred source of your background check. FBI records are not accepted. Also, if you are applying from the US for your visa, your criminal records should also be made from the US. So essentially, if you’ve ever been convicted of a felony, you will not get a visa. If you have been convicted for a misdemeanor, you may not be automatically rejected. The consulate will take into consideration how long ago the offense was and also what the nature of it was (ie, any sex related crime will lead to rejection).
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