Saudis to get 10-year US visit visas after President Joe Biden’s tour

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Citizens of Saudi Arabia will soon be able to obtain 10-year US visit visas, under an agreement reached during President Joe Biden’s visit to the kingdom.

The US Embassy in Riyadh announced on Saturday that the agreement would extend the validity of visitor visas for Saudi citizens from five years to ten years, starting August 1.

The trips contribute significantly to the economies of both countries and strengthen ties between citizens, authorities said.

In 2019 alone, before the pandemic affected international travel, more than 150,000 Saudi citizens traveled to the United States.

The extended visas come after the United States also issued a visa interview waiver earlier this year, meaning Saudi citizens over the age of 50 are exempt from attending in-person interviews to renew. their tourist visas in the United States.

It also comes as the UK has scrapped visa requirements for a number of Gulf states and plans to scrap all requirements for citizens of GCC states by 2023, meaning they can visit the UK without applying for a visa first.

Mr. Biden is on a two-day visit to Saudi Arabia which began on Friday with a meeting with King Salman.

The two countries signed several agreements and discussed energy and food security and economic cooperation.

This was followed by a well-attended face-to-face meeting with the Kingdom’s Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman.

Updated: July 16, 2022, 2:32 p.m.

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