After two weeks of waiting, I finally received the ‘yellow slip’ (family sponsorship visa), which is actually one page of yellow paper containing my information and with simple entries – wife, son, daughter – (I mean their names were not even mentioned) on the visa document. Anyhow, since everything is computerized, a push of a button (complementing visa number at the visa document) would provide complete details at Saudi Embassy’s system.
The processing (applying for ‘yellow slip’) is actually fast and quick. Our liaison officer submitted my documents this morning and retrieved same day today from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
The factor that slowed the process is the translation of our marriage certificate, my diploma and transcript of records. While our marriage certificate was actually already translated in Manila, but had been required to have have it translated again here in Jeddah. Additional factor that delayed processing is that our liaison officer was on vacation last week. Otherwise, as I mentioned, it took a single day to have it approved (issued with yellow slip).
Meantime, a employment certification, in Arabic, was also required from me which I obtained from our HR Department, and was part of the documents submitted for visa application.
I was instructed by our Government Affairs Department to contact our accredited agency in Manila (IPAMS) to continue processing. Thus, I dispatched an email to my wife to contact IPAMS for direction. The original documents used for applying the visa are still with me (marriage certificate, diploma, kids’ birth certificates), and not sure if I need to send it back to Manila via express courier for submission of the same with Saudi Embassy.