The period would start once a visitor arrives in the country and registers on the passport department's computerised system, said Lt Col Ahmed bin Fahad Al-Luhaidan.
Al-Laheedan said the visa will not extended beyond 180 days. He made the statement in response to queries made by several people with regard to the validity and extension of visit visas.

He said that the Passport Department recently launched a family visa extension service where citizens or residents can extend the visa electronically, a local newspaper reported.

Earlier this year, Interior Minister Prince Mohammed bin Naif allowed expatriate workers to renew the visit visas of their family until the end of 2014.
Family visit visas, which are typically used by accompanying family members of foreign workers, do not grant the right to work or reside in Saudi Arabia.
The decision to limit the family's visitors visa to six months would affect the 2.8 million Indian expatriate population residing in the Kingdom. Of the around 500,000 domestic workers, mostly working as maids, helpers, drivers and cleaners, around 10 percent are women.

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