Visa Stamping: VFS TASHEEL PHILIPPINES

In the last four years, I have been applying for Saudi Arabian visas to visit my husband working in the Kingdom. So far, all my visa applications were granted. Basically, the initial application was done by my husband online through the Ministry of Foreign Affairs who issues the pre-approval visa slip. This document alongside with my passport, proof of kinship (marriage certificate) were given to my agent for visa stamping. The latter document has to be authenticated in DFA and the Saudi Embassy in Manila thru East West Placement in Makati. The stamping took three days then I was good to go.

VFS TasHeel  in the Philippines

However, in my recent resident visa application, I was told by my agent that there have been changes in the visa stamping procedure. Personal appearance of the applicant is required for bio metric enrollment that includes collection of finger prints, facial image and other biographic details reflected on the applicant’s passport. VFS TasHeel Visa Service Centers have offices in Manila, Cebu and Davao. The above mentioned centers will process various categories of visa permits including resident, educational, personal, commercial visits etc., with the exception of Hajj, Umrah and Work visas.

Listed below is the complete list of resident visa requirements:

  • Original and copy of the passport.
  • Passport should be valid for at least six months.
  • Passport must contain at least two blank facing pages.
  • Passport must not contain any restriction and authorizes its holder to return to the issuing country.
  • 2 recent photos with white background. The photograph size should be 2 inch x 2 inch (51 mm x 51 mm), no uniform, with white background, and frontal view, and should not be more than 3 months old
  • Enjaz Form, filled by the Visa Service Center and signed by the Applicant.
  • Residence visa slip or its copy containing visa number and date of its issuance. The validity of residence visa is one (1) year effective from the date of its issuance in the Kingdom. Arabic translation showing on the right side should be evident on the document.
  • Proof of kinship or marital relationship (marriage contract with regards to wife, birth certificates for children), duly authenticated by the Philippines Department of Foreign Affairs and Royal Embassy of Saudi Arabia in Manila. The age of the children should not exceed (18) years old and the daughters should not be married.
  • Valid Medical Certificate issued by one of the medical centers accredited by the Embassy. Children whose ages are below (12) years are exempted from medical examinations.

For details about other visa types, please visit http://www.vfstasheel.com.

The initial steps of my application were done by my husband. He had our authenticated marriage certificate and his degree certificates attested and translated in Saudi Arabia. He was charged 200 SAR ~ PhP 2,800. He then submitted all the documents to his company’s liaison officer for processing. The application fee cost was 2000 SAR ~ 28,000 PhP.

In two weeks time, we got the Pre-approval Visa slip (this will be one of the documents needed for visa stamping).

Next step was obtaining my medical certificate in the Philippines which took just over a week. It cost me roughly PhP 5000 on all medical tests.

Here is the list of the accredited clinics in the Philippines:

American Outpatient Clinic
Angelina Apostol-Punzalan Medical Clinic
Angelus Medical Clinic
Arguelles Medical Clinic
Cebu Physicians Diagnostic Services Center Inc,
Christian E. Cango Medical Clinic & Laboratory
Davao Physicians Diagnostic Services Center Inc,
HYATT Diagnostic System Inc,
International Diagnostic Center
L-R Medical & X-ray Clinic Inc.
Mabini Medical Clinic, Inc
Medisense Laboratory Center, Inc. Manila 1
Medisense Laboratory Center, Inc.Cebu Branch 2
Medisense Laboratory Center, Inc. Davao Branch 3
Medisense Laboratory Center, Inc. Bacolod Branch 4
My Health Clinic
Our Lady of Fatima Medical Clinic
Philippine Medical Test System
Physicians Diagnostic Services
RGO Laboratory and Industrial Diagnostic Center Inc,
Safeway Diagnostic Services
SM Lazo Medical Clenic, Inc.
St. Martin Polycinic, Inc.
St. Patrick’s Healthcare System
St. Peter-Paul Medical Clinic, Inc
St. Peter-Paul Medical Clinic, Inc. Cebu Branch
YGEIA Medical Center. Inc.

Booking an Appointment

It was time to book my appointment! Luckily, if you are living close to one of the visa centers mentioned above then you wont have to travel far like I did. Although I was close to Davao and Cebu but the posting time of my passport would take another 7-10 days because they have to send it to Manila office and then back. I was really short of time because I had my flight to Saudi Arabia booked on the 1st of February.

Anyway, they have a lounge service should you want to avoid long queues, like myself. 😉 They had nice soft seats and give you a drink or two. I noticed they have put  Wi-Fi access too in the lounge service facility whilst booking my appointment online but ironically, all phones have to be turned off upon entering the center.

Service Fees

Normal         PhP 2,651.00

Lounge         PhP 4,307.00

Please note though that the type of service does not affect the length of visa stamping.

My appointment went painless and done in less than an hour. The staffs were so friendly too.

Note: Dependents below six-years old dont need personal appearance.

Now, this is the crazy thing. I forgot to inform the clinic who issued my medical certificate to upload my files in the system as instructed by the VFS personnel who managed my application. I did not realize this until two days after my appointment date. This caused a little delay to the visa stamping procedure. I was frantic about the possibility of missing my flight, two flights in fact.

So, I had to contact the courier service (2GO) to track my parcel containing my passport and fortunately they were able to fish it out my from the plane in NAIA. I was instructed to pick up my passport in their office in Pasay. It was literally just hours before my flight to Saudi! Crikey! Oh well the odds were still in my favor. Thank you universe!

HORRAY! Im now back in Saudi with my luvva!

P.S I have been encountering enquiries about a personal agent who could process their visa applications for Saudi Arabia in expat.com. Her details listed below;

Olybel Laus 

email: omlaus@yahoo.com

mobile: +63 999 884 1489

46 thoughts on “Visa Stamping: VFS TASHEEL PHILIPPINES”

  1. Hello Maam.. is it necessary to authenticate the medical certificate in DFA before I proceed to Tasheel? Thank you so much! 😊

  2. Hi Maam.
    I just want to ask if the accredited clinic needs endorsement/slip before you take medical exam for visa stamping? We just receive our pre approval slip.And its not necessary to bring my son for medical right?Thanks.Hope.to hear from you.godbless

  3. hi, nice to know your experiences with tasheel coz ill be applying too soon. can you give me one clinic near to visa service center in manila. and is it ok to do the medical first before booking an appointment. thank you so much.

    1. Hi Sheena! Thanks for reading. I am not quite sure which accredited clinic is closest to VFS Centre Manila. However, you can check online the address of the listed clinics on my blog. You may book an appointment first but make sure you have enought time to do your medical test (which usually takes 3-7 days) before the appointment date. However, I would recommend you do the medical procedure then book your appointment. 🙂

  4. Hello, I hope you can answer my question in time. If the reason for visiting Saudi is because of an immediate family member having serious medical condition, would the process be the same? does Tasheel have any type special process for this types of travel?
    Thanks.

    1. Hi Jay, sorry to hear about that and I hope all will be well. I am not sure. In my case, it took 5 days on the Visa Stamping. Its best you contact Ms Olybel Laus, she was my agent and she still helps and guides Saudi visa applicants. Her contact details are on my article. Alternatively, you may contact VFS Tasheel directly via email to address your concern.

  5. Hi ma’am/sir how much its cost/payment when i stamp my passport to Riyadh Saudi? I have visa already visiting visa. The employer of my mother get me a visa in Saudi now am asking do i need to pay here in manila for stamping my passport? Hopping your sonnets reply . Thank u and god bless.

  6. Hello… bale 4,307 lng po ang gastos nyo dto sa pinas pra sa stamping tapos ung 2,000sr sa saudi na po un? Balak ko po kunin 3yrs old kong anak need nya rin po ba magpamedical?bale pag ok n ang stamping pwdr n magpabook ng flight?ma nga ilang days po un? Thank you

    1. Hi Patricia, yes 4307PhP for stamping (lounge service), however they also have standard service which is cheaper. There are medical fees on top of the stamping cost, I paid about 5000PhP on mine. The Visa Stamping takes 3-5 days if you’re applying in Manila office, it may take 3-5 days longer if you apply in Davao or Cebu offices. Medical tests arent required for dependents 6 six years and below. Yes you can book your flight as soon as you have your visa stamped on your passport. All the best!

      1. hi po what if daughter ko no need ng medical kasi 2 years old palang. is it going to be deducted sa amount or the same?

        and do we need personal appearance?

      2. Hi JB, no, that amount is for each applicant in VFS Tasheel. This fee is the appointment fee not medical. You need to appear personally for bio metric procedure however your daughter doesnt need to. 🙂

      3. thanks tales!

        one more question po, when applying for an appointment which details should i put mine or my daughters details po? thanks!

  7. Mam bakit sabi po eh 33 to 35k daw po babayran.. ang alam ko po kc ung visa kme n bbyad dto sa saudi prang lumalabas e doble kc mgbbyad nnmn sa pinas?thank u po

      1. hello.. ask ko po sana ulit need po ba pmunta ng anak ko sa tasheel for biometrics? my son is 3 yrs old. thank you

      2. Hi Patricia, sorry, your son doesnt have to appear for bio metric procedure. But he has to pay the appointment fee. I just spoke to a friend who went and said dependents below 6years old dont need personal appearance. 🙂

  8. I’m planning to get my wife a resident VISA and she still here in KSA for visit. During our vacation this coming August we will process all the required documents. I just want to confirm for resident visa if you still need endorsement or referral slip from the VFS Tasheel to get medical certificate. Another, what medical test did you undertake. It fasting is required and did you give them stool for the laboratory. Thank you for the clarification.

    1. Hi, you dont need any endorsement from VFS tasheel to obtain the medical certificate. The tests were Physical Examination, xray, urinalysis, stool analysis and psychology test. All the best for you and your wife. 🙂

  9. Hi Mam! My friend needs to get a MULTIPLE ENTRY COMMERCIAL VISIT VISA valid for 180 days just for a business meeting that she needs to attend to. I’m here in Jeddah and the our company is the one who is going to invite her to get here. Do you have any idea what could be the process for applying the visa? Or if you know someone or an agency who can help her out?Been trying to check online some process but I’m kinda lost. Any response will be much appreciated.

  10. Hi maam

    We have our marriage certificate authenticated from DFA philippines 5 years ago, can i still use it? Thank you

      1. That is great, it will save money and time. By the way the marriage cert is issued by the NSO and authenticated and since they have changed it to PSA, do they require for a new one? Thanks, once again.

    1. Sorry i have to ask again, my Son (2yrs old) is born in Saudi, does his birth cert. need to be authenticated too. Thanks again

      1. Im not sure about this matter Connie. Sorry. :/ But you can email the VFS TASHEEL office. Or you can ask Ms Oly Laus, my agent before as she might be able to help you. Her contact details are posted on my blog. 🙂

  11. Hi, just want to ask if do I need a medical referral for residence visa? I just visited safeway diagnostics earlier and I was advised to get a referral from an agency. But when I asked VFS Tasheel they told me they don’t have referral and just go directly at their accredited clinics. Lastly our appointment will be on wednesday and today is saturday. Will it be alright if the medical certificate will be followed? Thanks for the response!

    1. Hi Florie! I wasnt required of a medical referral when I did the medical for my Visa application. I had it in Philippine Diagnostics Center in Cagayan de Oro. They shouldnt be asking you for a referral if youre appling for a resident/dependent visa. However, VFS Tasheel requires the medical certificate on your appointment date.

      1. Ya! I was thinking about that because at first when I told the attendant that I need to have a medical for residence visa he asked her workmate then returned that there’s a need for confirmation so I was thinking (what kind of confirmation?) But just to finish the conversation I said “yes” then he went back to her colleague and told me that I need an agency. So I said “why?” Even if its for residence visa. He said yes. So Im planning to have my medical in other clinic cause I believe they don’t know what they were doing.

  12. hi po, magtanong lang po kung dun sa sa vfs tasheel un na po ba ang visa stamping? pag narelease po ung passport sa applicant galing sa vfs tasheel, ok na po yun ibig sabihin stamp na ung visa namin or kailangan pa pumunta ng saudi embassy para sa visa stamping? Kasi may nagsabi sa amin dati na 350 dollars ang babayaran sa visa stamping. Sa vfs tasheel ang binayaran po namin 3k plus lang. salamat

    1. Hi Juliene, yes, the passport stamping will be facilitated by VFS TASHEEL. They will forward your passport to the Saudi Embassy for stamping should there be no problems with your application. The embassy will then forward your passport back to VFS TASHEEL for collection or will be delivered at your address if you opt for a courier service. Then your good to go! 😀

  13. Hi, I will be applying for a business man visit. Do I need a DFA and Saudi Embassy authenticated Certificate of Employment? I already have a visa approval letter from our partners in Dubai.

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