This application for a new business visa was a real experience;
I returned to England, completed my paperwork, went to the Embassy and handed it all over for processing;
This is what the conversation was like when I applied for my Saudi Arabian Visa
"You can't give that here," said the guy behind the counter.
"why," I asked..
"We have changed our process, you have to use an agent."
"Why does your website still show the old way of doing things with no mention of this?"
"I don't know, it's not my responsibility"
"Can you give me the name of an agent?"
"You have to get it from the website"
"can't you just give me a name or print it out for me?"
"why did you change the system?"
"because everyone was coming in the office complaining that we were late giving them visas and they were missing flights, now they complain to the agents not us."
"How long will this take now?"
"I don't know, maybe 10 days" (it was 2 days before)
"Now I will have to rearrange my flight, you are not making things easy for us to come to your country"
"We don't want you shit in our country!" - He actually said this, I am not sure what my reply was, I know I was shouting and demanding to see someone in authority as the security physically carried me out!!
So, my second stay waiting for my third visa took over a month, I had to rearrange all of my appointments again, without being able to give a truly firm date! Not so good for business as you can imagine, my credibility was totally shot!
Finally returned to find that the company still could not get a Saudi Arabian residency visa and that I would be unlikely to be sure of even the second month of my business visa, clients were demanding that I resolve the issue or there would be no business with them! - Eventually I moved company so that I did not have this problem, the next company getting me a residency visa and my Iqama within a few weeks, which is what should happen, but I hear so very many many stories!