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The Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Saudi Arabia has released new procedures for obtaining the Criminal Clearance Certificate (Police Clearance) for foreign nationals staying in and outside the Kingdom, Wego reports.

The process of obtaining a Police Clearance (PC) online via the Absher platform is still intact, while the authentication process has been quite altered.

 

Previously, the Police Clearance (PC) could be obtained via the Absher platform and downloaded directly from it. No further steps were required. However, the new rules state that after obtaining the PC through Absher, the procedure mentioned below must be followed to validate it.

The following two sections are the new procedures to be followed in order to obtain a Police Clearance in Saudi for Foreigners.

Foreigners who are currently in the Kingdom and have valid Iqamas:

  • follow the procedure of obtaining a Police Clearance (PC) via the Absher platform.
  • then, proceed to the MOFA for authentication of the Police Clearance.
  • if the PC is to be submitted to a country that is part of the Apostille Convention, request the MOFA to issue an Apostille Certificate for the PC.
  • if the PC is to be submitted to a country that is not part of the Apostille Convention, request the MOFA to authenticate the PC.
  • the final step is to proceed to the respective Embassy of your country in Saudi Arabia for authentication of the MOFA Specimen Signature.

Foreign Nationals who are outside the Kingdom and whose Absher accounts are suspended due to expired Iqamas:

  • designate a representative to apply for an Endorsement Certificate for Police Clearance (PC) at your country’s embassy in Saudi Arabia.
  • then, proceed to the MOFA for authentication of the Endorsement Certificate along with the documents:
    • applicant’s fingerprint card
    • copy of Iqama
    • copy of most recent passport
  • then, submit the authenticated Endorsement Certificate to the Saudi Police to obtain a Police Clearance (PC).
  • if the PC is to be submitted to a country that is part of the Apostille Convention, request the MOFA to issue an Apostille Certificate for the PC.
  • if the PC is to be submitted to a country that is not part of the Apostille Convention, request the MOFA to authenticate the PC.
  • the final step is to proceed to the respective Embassy of your country in Saudi Arabia for authentication of the MOFA Specimen Signature.