Northman & Sterling

Temporary Work Visa VS Business Visa – Saudi Arabia

Business Visa:

Saudi Arabia’s market is booming with business. It is the 2nd most popular destination in the MENA region. However, you need a business visa to enter the Kingdom for business. A business visa allows travelers to participate in business meetings, business fairs, conferences, and other business activities. Business visa comes in single entry and multiple entries visas. A single entry visa is valid for up to 3 months from the issue date, and a multiple entry visa is valid for up to 1 year from the issue date.

A business visa is sponsored by a local entity in Saudi Arabia. It is only for business-related purposes, and it does not allow to work in Kingdom.

Temporary work visa:

Saudi Arabia has introduced a 90-day Temporary Work Visa. The visa will allow holders to stay for an initial three-month period. A visa holder may also apply for an extension of this visa for a similar period.

A temporary work visa is valid for 3 to 6 months from the issue date. It allows foreign nationals to perform hands-on work activities in Saudi Arabia during that duration without applying for residence/iqama or a work permit.

Business Visa

Temporary Work Visa


  •     A valid passport
  •  An invitation letter from  sponsoring company in Saudi Arabia. Four Beacons can provide this.
  • A supporting letter from your employer confirming your business trip.
  • Passport size photographs
  •  A valid passport
  • Passport size photographs
  •  Online form
  • Legalized Educational documents.
  •  Medical Examination
  • PCC

Key differences

  • Not eligible to work/perform hands-on activities
  •  Requires Invitation letter from Saudi entity
  •  No need for legalized educational documents
  • Eligible to work
  • Required a visa authorization similar to a full work visa
  •  Need Legalised Documents

Our Services:

The business invitation letter is an important document and hence a mandatory document if you are applying for a business visa. We can help you obtain an invitation letter from Saudi Arabia. Translation and filing services at the Saudi consulate will be provided as part of our comprehensive services. We can also provide temporary work visas for foreign workers. We will help you save time and assist you throughout the process. We are your one-stop-shop.

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