To clearly understand the Umra processing time, you need to know that there are two steps to obtain a Umra visa:
FIRST STEP :: TO APPLY FOR YOUR UMRA VISA THROUGH THE MINISTRY OF HAJJ AND UMRA ONLINE
This step requires us to have your passport along with your airline ticket. The process takes two business days, and in some cases one business day. Once the applicant is approved the Ministry provides us with something called the MOFA number, we then take this number and apply for a visa number through the Saudi Ministry of Foreign Affairs to obtain what we call E number or visa number.
SECOND STEP :: TO APPLY YOUR DOCUMENTS TO THE EMBASSY OF SAUDI ARABIA IN OTTAWA
This step requires having your required Umra documents on hand such as your passport, visa application, immunization card, photos, airline tickets, and proof of relation for ladies and children. This step takes from 5 business days to 10 business days depending on how busy the Embassy is.
Q. What can I (as a Umra pilgrimage) do to fasten the process?
A. The one thing that can help in most cases, is to have your complete Umra requirements ready and reviewed by one of our visa processing specialists. That can save you a tremendous amount of time as one small requirement such as renewing your passport or obtaining a long birth certificate for your child can take up to two weeks to obtain which can risk your whole trip.