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#1. COMMERCIAL VISA (with letter of invitation or authorization)

Requirements

This type of visa is designed to an applicant who works for a company registered in Canada, which is involved in a business relationship with a company in Saudi Arabia and wants to represent the Canadian company. If you are an independent or not representing any company (please send a letter stating your position, in addition to your qualifications and experience which must be matching with your business trip activities and sponsor Saudi company).

 

Please submit:

  • 1
    An original and copy of the applicant's passport. It must also be valid for at least six months from the application date and include the place of birth and two side by side blank pages.
  • 2
    Visa application form (Typed out or hand written in block letters), please see "Form B" below including the second page within the document.
  • 3
    One recent (no older than a month) photograph (4x6 cm) on a plain white background (write name, signature and stamp date on back).
  • 4
    If you have a letter of invitation, Non-Canadian applicants must submit a notarized photocopy of their valid residency permit (Permanent Residence Card). Send only a copy of the front and back sides of the PR card. The copy must be notarized by a Notary Public and stamped by the Canadian Department of Foreign Affairs, International Trade and Development. The Notary must state on the copy that it's a true copy of the original.
  • 5
    The applicant's sponsor / business partner in Saudi Arabia must provide:
    • a
      A copy of the company's registration certificate.
    • b
      One of the following:
      • i
        A copy of the visa authorization slip
      • ii
        An electronic copy of the invitation letter from the Saudi company, approved by The Saudi Arabian Ministry of Foreign Affairs and addressed to the Consular Section in Ottawa. Alternatively, you can provide the invitation number and the Sponsor's Civil Registration number.
  • 6
    The applicant’s Canadian Employer must provide:
    • a
      A copy of the Canadian company's Certificate of Incorporation ( Business registration).
    • b

      Prepare your visa letter by following the visa letter template .

      The Original Letter of Support must be supported with one of the following:

      i. An updated company’s registration with the government

      ii. The latest corporation notice of assessment from Revenue Canada

      iii. A printout from Corporation Canada / Industry Canada showing that the company’s name is still active

      Note:
      • If the Canadian employer is a university or a college, please submit an original letterhead introducing the applicant. This letter must be stamped by:

      i. The university or the college and signed - original ink, not an electronic signature- by an officer other than the applicant himself or herself and stamped with the collage/ university or faculty's stamp/seal (the following two points are not applicable).

      ii. A notary Public.

      • For Independent Applicants or applicants not representing any entity, please send a notarized letter stating your position, in addition to your qualifications and experience which must be matching with your business trip activities and sponsor Saudi company. The embassy may require this letter to be stamped by Department of Global Affairs.

      iii. Department of Foreign Affairs Trade and Development Canada (DFATD).

      • For an independent applicant or applicant not representing any entity (please send a notarized letter stating your position, in addition to your qualifications and experience which must be matching with your business trip activities and sponsor Saudi company). The embassy may require this letter to be stamped by Department of Foreign Affairs Trade and Development Canada (DFATD).

  • 7
    Flight Itinerary must be provided with consideration of the following points:
    • a
      The KSA Embassy has advised that no ticket should be purchased before issuance of the visa.

      For single entry visas, The Saudi Embassy in Ottawa issues visas that allow travelers to enter KSA by air exclusively. No Entry By Land.

    • b
      The KSA Embassy in Ottawa can issue visas that allow travelers to enter KSA by air exclusively. No Entry By Land.
    • c
      Please ensure that your entry airport is the closest to your sponsor's location. The port of entry to KSA must be the same or the closest airport to the location of the sponsor. If the sponsor invited the applicant to conduct business/visit in a different city other than the one displayed in the company's Registration Certificate, the sponsor must provide a letter in Arabic explaining the reason for this. An example can be for conducting business in a another branch/location of the company.

Forms

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Application Forms ( Click below to download )
A. Fees and Applicant information sheet
(Applications will NOT be processed without this form)
B. Embassy visa application form (Two Pages)
C. Template of Visa Support Letter for Saudi Visa
(to be stamped by The Chamber of Commerce)
D. Template - Letter of Waiver
for The Canadian Chamber of Commerce
E. Sample - Business with letter of invitation
F. Visa No.1 Saudi Arabian Commercial Visa with a letter of
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