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Riyadh-Saudi Arabia has announced that visit visas for Yemenis residing in the kingdom will be extended for a further six months from June 15 – when they are set to expire.

The country’s General Directorate of Passports said that Yemeni expatriates in Saudi will have their visitor ID cards valid for an additional six months starting Thursday, June 15, in line with the directives of Crown Prince Mohammed bin Nayef bin Abdulaziz Al Saud, Deputy Premier and Minister of Interior.

The move is part of Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud’s directives to correct the conditions of Yemenis living in Saudi Arabia.

The Passports Directorate, in collaboration with the National Information Center at the Ministry of Interior, has completed all necessary preparations to receive applications from Thursday, June 8 till Sunday, June 18.

The directorate called upon Yemeni visit visa holders to complete all the relevant procedures to obtain their ID cards.

Saudi Arabia previously extended the validity of visit visas for Yemenis for six months starting in December 2016.

According to reports, thousands of Yemenis are currently residing in the Kingdom on visit visas due to the ongoing war in their country.

In order to extend the visit visas, the directorate explained that the visitor should pay a fee of SR100 ($ 26.6) through one of the bank’s payment channels during the period between June 8 until the end of Sunday, June 18 so it won’t be forced to apply the delay penalty for the extension of the exceptional visit visa.

The extension will be made automatically for all those who paid the fees during the period specified.