For someone living in Saudi Arabia, Iqama is an essential identity document that they must carry with them.
But if you are an ex-pat and have recently been blessed with a baby, you first need to get the newborn’s passport made for their Iqama. In cases of some countries, one of the parents can add the child to their own passport.
However, If you are an Indian ex-pat in KSA with a newborn, you must get a separate passport issued for the baby. According to the Embassy of India in Riyadh, a mother or father cannot add a child’s name to their passports.
However, for the issuance of a newborn’s passport, the Indian parents must first register the baby’s birth.
The Embassy of India in Riyadh, or the Consulate General of India, Jeddah, depending on the area’s jurisdiction, registers the birth of an Indian newborn. Moreover, the parents must register the child’s birth with the Indian Embassy within one year to avoid further procedures.
Requirements For Birth Registration And Issuance Of New Passport For New Born Indian Baby In KSA:
You need the following documents to issue an Indian newborn’s passport in KSA.
- Fill out a request form for the registration of birth of a child abroad under section 4(1) of the Citizenship Act of India. You can find the form at this link (Form) or on the website. The parents must print and sign this form. The parents should also affix the newborn’s thumb impression in the signature box. (left thumb for a male child & right thumb for a female child)
- The Ahwal Madani issued the original Birth certificate of the newborn with its original English translation.
- Copy of the Birth Registration Certificate along with its original English translation.
- Three recent passport-size photographs of 2-inch x 2-inch with white background (Please go to photo specifications for more information).
- The Original NICOP of both parents and its photocopies.
- Original and Photocopies of the passports of both parents.
- Original and Photocopies of both parents’ Iqamas.
- Copy of the printout showing the validity of Iqama from the Ministry of Interior website or Absher.
- The Prescribed fees of the passport.
If one of the parents is not Indian, parents may also submit a certificate from the Embassy of the foreign parent’s country stating that the child has not been registered as their citizen and has not been issued any passport.
For ordinary passport issuance, the fee is SR 188. The passport has a 5-year validity, and the Embassy issues it in 30 days.
For urgent passport issuance, the fee is SR 751. The passport has a 5-year validity, but the Embassy issues it in 15 days.
Late Registration Of The New Born
In case the registration of the newborn is not done at the Embassy of India within one year of the newborn’s birth for any reason, one of the parents of the child shall meet the Consular Officer.
Here the parent will request to register the birth detailing the reasons for not registering the birth along with the documents mentioned above.