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Saturday, 9 November 2013

When yours Exit/Re-entry visa expire within your vacation?

When I face the above mentioned issue, start searching the exact procedure what will do when our exit re-entry visa expire while we are on annual vacation. I would like to share and explain the procedure to re-enter the kingdom after the expiry of the exit/re-entry visa period (Only if you’re IQAMA having validity).
As we know already any body can obtain an exit/re-entry visa if he wants to go out of the kingdom and re-enter. The rule is that he has to leave the kingdom within 2 months from the date of stamping the exit / reentry visa (if not there is a fine) and has to return within the date specified on the visa.
The case when due to some reason or extended leave or vacation, if any body is unable to enter the kingdom within the date specified then under normal circumstances, he would not be able to enter the kingdom, because technically his visa has already expired. However, there is still a provision by which he can re-enter.
According to procedure now everything depends on your sponsor and the relationship between you and your sponsor.  If your sponsor still wants you back and your IQAMA (residence permit) is still valid, then the procedure is:
Your sponsor must first file an application with a special form to the Saudi Passport Department in response finally they will give you a slip as a permission from the Saudi Government to re-enter the kingdom. Your company HR or any one must need to sent this slip to you by courier or any other medium immediately. Then collectively with this slip and passport and IQAMA copies submit it to the Saudi consulate or embassy in your home country. Once the embassy or the consulate puts their stamp on this yellow slip, you must necessarily leave your home country within 7 days from the date of stamping by the consulate / embassy. Otherwise your re-entry visa would be permanently cancelled.
As mentioned above, this procedure is valid ONLY if your IQAMA hasn't expired already. If so, then you have no chance to re-enter the kingdom and your visa would have got automatically cancelled permanently. Hence, it is absolutely essential for a Saudi Employee to renew your IQAMA well in advance, and particularly if you are going on vacation. Never be under a false sense of security that you could always renew it after arriving back in the kingdom. Remember, the only thing certain in Saudi Arabia is uncertainty. Always carry a copy of your IQAMA with you, whenever you go out of the country.
Note: Please check the latest update on http://www.moi.gov.sa/wps/portal
you can check Visa related details: http://saudi-expatriates.blogspot.com

Hope it will help all

Thanks with Best Regards
Dr. Mohammad Abu Saleh

71 comments:

  1. Hello Mr. Shahid,
    One of my friend need to extend his exit re-entry visa for one or two months due to personal reasons. The visa will be expire on 26th of this month.
    Can he extend the visa as per his requrement (one or two months)?
    Did he need to visit the embassy in person for this? or can he appoint a travel agent for this?
    How much it will cost?

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    1. Dear,

      Yes you can if your employer or sponsor agree. Please go through the particular country embassy site for requirement detail where you will find the latest update.
      http://www.saudiembassy.net/services/exit_re_entry_visa.aspx

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    2. Dear Sir,

      I would like to ask my vacation is on April 8, 2016 can I get an exit/re.entry visa if my iqama will expire on April 25, 2016. Should they stamp my passport?

      I would like to hear your comments and suggestion Mr. Shahid Ahmed.


      Thank you very much.

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  2. Assalamualikum ,

    Mr Ahmed , I am planning for a Vacation this month ending , However my plan is to come back before 31st Dec 2013 as my Iqama is going to expire on 06th Jan 2013 ..is there any rule I have to be back before my Iqama expire like 5 days or a week before ?

    My email address is osman.imran@gmail.com

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    1. Dear Osman,

      It is better to come back from vacation 10 days before Iqama Expiry.
      Actually there is rule for 7 days but also 2-3 days difference for Hijri or Georgian Calender. Thus your plan to come back on 31st December 2013 as your Iqama Expiry date is 06 Jan 2014 is dangerous. Keep at least 10 days within returning.
      Hope it will help you.

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  3. Dear shahid

    iam planing to go this ramadan for my vacation but problem is my iqama expiry 11month of Arabic calender we get the exit re entry

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  4. Dear,

    In any how you have to come back from vacation at least within the 7 days before IQAMA expiry otherwise you will face the problem, so for precaution better to renew your IQAMA before going on Vacation.
    For more details you can read this article.

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  5. Hello Mr. Shahid,

    I have a Multiple Exit/re-entry visa and I'm willing to apply for Schengen visa after 10 days from now. My vacation to Europe will start on 26 June but my exit/reentry visa ends by 20 June. Shall I cancel my current visa and ask my sponsor for a single one? or is there any possibility to get another one that starts after the expiry date of my current visa?
    Thank you in advance for your advice.

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    1. Dear,

      You know in the Kingdom rule is changing regularly so it is better to check the Ministry of interior site for current visa rule and regulation. You will find all the required details on this site.

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  6. Dear shahid,
    my sponsor not giving normally to anyone until now final exit .if someone ask then they given after 3 to 4 month but bed remark to jawazat like missing perone or run out . i want to go vacation after my iqama expire i can come to saudi arabia how many days after iqama expire .please reply me

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  7. Hello
    I want to go for vacation to Pak my Iqama expiry date is 11th month of hijri.But online im not getting exit.this message im getting
    (04052 - WARNING - VISA EXPIRES AFTER RESIDENCE)but there is still 3months in expiry I just wanedt to go for 30 days.
    so is there is any problem in system ?? and how many months before expire of iqama we can do exit re-entry ???

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  8. My visa expired on my flight day so I was not able to go back to saudi arabia..my employer is fortunately here in the Philippines at this time..do i still have to wait for her to return to ksa before my new visa will be worked on or can she fix it here while she is here.

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    1. Dear,

      Check the latest details on Ministry of Interior Saudi Arabia site as the rules are continuously changing in kingdom. I do not want to give you old information.
      Hope you can understand me!
      Thanks
      Shahid Ahmed

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  9. Sir,
    i came to india for vacation.i work in saudi arabia.i extended my vacation to a week without knowing that my visa expired just day before(12/06/2014).i called up the company manager i am working they said they vl do what they can to help me.my iqama is valid for 6months more.so can the company apply for a new visa for me sir? how long it takes to get the new visa ready sir? i want to know the time period it will take to get the visa ready....pls help


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    1. Dear,

      For sure if you have valid IQAMA. Related to the time and other inquiry it is better to check the Ministry of Interior Saudi Arabia site or contact to your HR person who is doing embassy work regularly.

      Thanks
      Shahid

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  10. Dear

    I am planning to send my wife to pakistan on vacation in end of July2014, As shes is pregnant so I am planning to having kid in pak
    but if she go there in pak her re entry exit will expire in Sept 2014 and she can only come by Mid March 2015 so difference of 7 month, I talk to HR they said k may b her IQMA will be cancelled and they are not clearing and giving me any solid based answer saying they will do something to solve this problem

    My question is in this case of mine is this possible that in March 2015 my wife re entry exit can be extended and she can enter kingdon

    What will be the procedure ? the same u have written above

    Thanks

    Regards

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    1. Can you renew her iqama now and issue exit reentry visa valid for 360 days. This can solve your problem, if i could understand it correctly.

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    2. Dear,
      you must renew her iqama then you can easily extend the re-entry visa duration. For more details check the Ministry of interior sire.

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  11. Dear,

    If you have valid IQAMA then the procedure is same as mentioned in the article but here i will suggest better to contact to Ministry Interior site or the HR person who is regularly going to the embassy for company work for latest information.
    Hope you can understand the rules are changing in kingdom....

    Thanks
    Shahid Ahmed

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  12. sir,
    can u please tell me that till how many days can i take my first exit for multiple exit entry visa.Is it valid for 30days or 90 days for first exit.

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    1. Dear,

      As i know it is valid for 90 days.

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  13. Dear,

    My wife traveled to Saudi for a day after her delivery (with in 2 months) to extend her exit reentry visa (as the application for extending it did not get approved). Now she is coming to Saudi with her baby (3.5 months old) and applied for baby's visa in Saudi embassy in India. however, application got rejected stating that she traveled to Saudi without baby before and requires a yellow slip. Can you please advice, as to get yellow slip before her iqama expiry and visa endorsement for baby seems to be impossible. can I bring the baby along without visa and get it at airport in Saudi?

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    1. Dear,

      For Yellow slip you have to talk with your sponsor or company HR. Need to concern with the particular embassy and may be need to pay (200 SAR) for Yellow slip then you have to send it the india. Related to the baby it is better to the concern the your Hr relational Manager is always going to the embassy for company work (as the rule is continuously changing in Saudi Arabia). The most important things you have to do all these process before iqama expiry.

      Thanks
      Shahid Ahmed

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  14. hi!..i'm a Filipino working here in Riyadh. instead of going to the Philippines for my annual vacation, i'm planning to spend it in Italy..i am currently processing my papers for my schengen visa. one of the requirements was to get an exit and re-entry visa. my company already gave me the exit/re-entry visa but i am concerned about the expiration of my iqam stated at the visa. i'm planning ot go on the 1st of September, the visa they got me was valid for 90 days (from july 20, 2014 to october 20, 2014), but my iqama will expire on January 2015. my question is, do i need to renew my iqama first prior to travelling?.because i am not sure if they will allow me to travel to other considering that my iqama will only be valid for 4 months before travelling..i know some countries they want the iqama to be least 6 months valid prior to travelling..thank you!..i hope you can enlighten me up on this concern..

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    1. Dear,

      Different country having different rule for re-entry exit visa. It is better to check on the Ministry of interior site of that embassy. Here in Saudi Arabia you can come back if your Iqama is valid upto at least 10 days before returning flight date.

      Thanks
      Shahid Ahmed

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  15. Salam, I need some information related to new laws. Before one year when saudi govt. announce new laws then I tansfer (KAFFALA) to another kafeel for my best future. Now, New kafeel creating too much problems. No give us salary on time and some other problems. He not give me transfer to any other kafeel and also not exit. Now I am going on vocation with new visa.
    My question is that after take new visa, is it possible that I came back on this new visa even I am going on vocation not on exit but my iqamma is still valid till Ramazan 1436.
    Kindly tell me the solution I am ready to pay the extra charges that embassy will charge for stamping new visa.

    I hope for your best regards.

    MUHAMMAD IMRAN

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  16. Walekum Salam,

    I don't think so if you have listing in one sponsor in kingdom you are not able to make new sponsor Iqama. But if your Iqama is expire then there is a possibility after some duration you can come back with different sponsor visa and able to make new sponsor visa. For more details better to login ministry of Interior site or consultant embassy.

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  17. Hello! i have a question, how long will it take to process the extension of
    reentry visa.thank you

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  18. sir, i came back from saudi arabia on entry-exit .However,i couldnot go back becuase of some issues.My iqama has not expired yet.I want to ask that can i go back to saudi arabia on new job after expiry of iqama?
    please note that i gave my finger prints on saudi airport as well.

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  19. Sir im in kuwait.want to know. I will have my vacation on january 2 2015.and my return febuary 15,2015. My visa expire on march 4.2015. Im not going to renew because i will transfer to another company..i had already my job offer.but not yet sign by my employer.as i need to finish my contract with them. Is their any problem? Can enter to kuwait?

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  20. a visa issued by s.a govt. on 28.06.2014 now i m late due to age factor i want to know that when visa expired. how many time to appliaction for this visa

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  21. Hi please I need your help.. I still have exit reentry visa in ksa which indicates exit before 24/08/2014. I went on vacation to philippines last may and now I am here in UAE for 2 months and still my company is not booking ticket for me to KSA. My question is, I now found a job here in UAE but I am worried because of my saudi visa. Is there a possibility that Ministry of Labor here in Uae will not issue working visa for me? Pls pls help..

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  22. hi im manoj sir i want to know im going exit and after two month can i come in saudi arabiya at new visa no problem any thing sir i dont know saudi arabiya ministry new rule so plz tell me correct information because some body told me if u go exit than two year after u can come if u want come in two month after not possible now rule is change so plz help me

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  23. I pray that you never have to use this information in your life as there are so many complications with this. If your exit re-entry visa expires while you are out of the country, it becomes very difficult to enter again. Effectively your visa is expired so immigration authorities do not allow you to travel in to Saudi Arabia. In such situation, there is only one way to enter in Saudi Arabia which they have explained in detail in this article. I hope you would like it.
    http://life-in-saudiarabia.blogspot.com/2014/03/exit-re-entry-visa-after-expiry.html

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  24. hello sir..i ask if theres a problem if a renew my passport in the philippines that will expire on april 29, 2014..and i will go on fenruary 2014..if theres a problem in my exit re entry visa if i have a new renewed passport

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  25. hi,
    i cam eback on vacation on date 25 May,2014 . i did not went back to the company. my present Iqama will expire on March,18-2015.

    Soon after My iqama Expiry, can i go back immediately to another company or should i wait for the same.
    kindly consult

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  26. hi,
    i cam eback on vacation on date 25 May,2014 . i did not went back to the company. my present Iqama will expire on March,18-2015.

    Soon after My iqama Expiry, can i go back immediately to another company or should i wait for the same.
    kindly consult

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  27. Very helpful post! Thanks so much for this info! By the way, if you need visa extension in the Philippines, visit: Sure Visa Manila.

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  28. Hi expatguru how many days before expiration of iqama need to enter the Saudi Arabia

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  29. If iqama and exit re-entry visa both expired? There is no problem to enter in Saudi Arabia with new visa from other company?

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  30. After how many days 1st exit should be made for a person having multiple exit re entry visa?

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  31. Dear MR. Shahid, If i fail to comeback before expiry of my Exit Renetry and my company also don't take my responsibility , what will bethe consequenses , i mean can i come back to saudi in some other company ? or will ihave to face some Ban ?? please advice

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  32. Hello, my iqama has validity till April 2016 and I am in vacation @ india. If I want to ho again to KSA but to work with another company, can I apply for job or there is some ban to enter KSA for job.

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  33. Hello, my iqama has validity till April 2016 and I am in vacation @ india. If I want to ho again to KSA but to work with another company, can I apply for job or there is some ban to enter KSA for job.

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  34. Hello, I really like reading this blog, and also got to know much more useful information. Keep sharing.

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  35. assalam alaikum i was came back to india in august 2013 on vacation but due some reasons i did not went back to saudi arabia my iqama was expired in july 2014 will i go to saudi on another visa?

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  36. assalam alaikum i was came back to india in oct 2013 on re-entry visa but due some reasons i did not went back to saudi arabia my iqama was expired in june 2014. now iam planning to come back i got good offer. will i go to saudi on another visa.

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  37. My wife with two daughters left on vacation from Dammam airport they stamped exit entry on passport but did not enter in system that's why system (MOI Website) showing status inside kingdom. My daughters status is showing outside kindom. Before 10 days of expiry of visa my family was denied to check in due to expiry of my wife visa as system is showing she doesn't hold valid visa to travel. Now my family's issued visa duration is before/upto 28 June 2015 as per message i received from MOI.gov.sa.

    Kindly suggest what will be the remedy to get back my family in saudi arabia before visa expiry. Kindly let me know if you need more information about this problem.

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  40. Hay Sir I M Mr Syed Ejaz Ali My Proplam My Iqama And My Viza For Xpar My Reintere Viza 21 Date And I M Going Thes Date But 24 Date My Iqama For Xpar What It Thes Parolam Sir

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  41. Hay Sir I M Mr Syed Ejaz Ali My Proplam My Iqama And My Viza For Xpar My Reintere Viza 21 Date And I M Going Thes Date But 24 Date My Iqama For Xpar What It Thes Parolam Sir

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  42. Sir I'm andal. Working as a staff nurse under moh in madina ksa. I joined 23rd August 2015. I have taken emergency leave on October 8th to 15th. I came back india on 8th October. But return ticket they booked and given me on 16th October. In airport they said my visa s expired on 15th October . Just one day back. I have I formed my hospital hr. They said ok will try to take u like that. If they not helping is it possible to go to ksa by visiting visa. I have my ioqma and working contract paper . Validity date s 2016 November. I have one year validation for this. Any possibility to back ksa. Can u please explain me what I need to do

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  43. Sir I'm andal. Working as a staff nurse under moh in madina ksa. I joined 23rd August 2015. I have taken emergency leave on October 8th to 15th. I came back india on 8th October. But return ticket they booked and given me on 16th October. In airport they said my visa s expired on 15th October . Just one day back. I have I formed my hospital hr. They said ok will try to take u like that. If they not helping is it possible to go to ksa by visiting visa. I have my ioqma and working contract paper . Validity date s 2016 November. I have one year validation for this. Any possibility to back ksa. Can u please explain me what I need to do

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  44. Hi sir may i know how many days long the renewal of expired entry visa? Thankyou

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  45. Hi sir may i know how many days long the renewal of expired entry visa? Thankyou

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  46. I didn't renew my contract with Ministry of Health. Now I want to go on exit and come back in private on new visa. Will there be a problem in coming back. I completed my contract of one year.on my paper from ministry it's written that I will not be given transfer for two years.

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  47. I didn't renew my contract with Ministry of Health. Now I want to go on exit and come back in private on new visa. Will there be a problem in coming back. I completed my contract of one year.on my paper from ministry it's written that I will not be given transfer for two years.

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  48. I didn't renew my contract with Ministry of Health. Now I want to go on exit and come back in private on new visa. Will there be a problem in coming back. I completed my contract of one year.on my paper from ministry it's written that I will not be given transfer for two years.

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  49. Hello
    My Family exit re entry visa is going to expire next month but they can not come back before April due to some reasons. Their Iqamas are valid. I know the procedure of extention in exit reentry after expiry. But can i extend thier exit re entry visa before expiry of original expiry date.

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  50. Hello Sir
    Can my family travel from Saudi as their re entry is done but my re entry expired as I am out side of Saudi

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  51. Aslkm. My iqama expires in November but I want to go on vacation in July for eid. Will there be any fine for me to go...

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  52. I had send my family in February 2016 (on emergency), i have taken exit re entry from jawazat since i need long time. so jawazat gave till December 2016.
    my daughter (Age: 6 years) passport is expiring in August 2016, and she got also exit re entry till December 2016

    can i renew my daughter passport in india and bring back her on new passport.
    because on exit re entry visa old passport detail are there. in india they will allow her to go.
    i want to bring back them after August 2016

    Thanks & Regards

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  53. DEAR Sir. My family exit reentry visa expired. Tried all ministries Mofa.MOI absher online. They told submit iqama cancel take new family visa by istaqdam. I did the same and got yellow slip sent to India for endorsment along with jawazath print. Mentioned status as exit not returned. But in India saudi counslate asking for proof of iqama submission. Here in JEDDAH refused. only they can give us print before 7 years the used to give proof of iqama return now they stopped. Istaqdam knew after that he issued New visa.
    Now what you suggest us so as to endorse the visa. Is it possible in any way please advice me my mobile 0536207095.

    1 April 2016 at 00:34

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  55. Sir..my exit reentry visa already expired and my iqama renewal date is finishEd..hown I come back to Kingdom.

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  56. Sir..my exit reentry visa already expired and my iqama renewal date is finishEd..hown I come back to Kingdom.

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