Saudi IQAMA – All you need to know (2020)

Saudi IQAMA - All you need to know (2020)

What is Iqama in Saudi Arabia?

Iqama / Muqeem is a residence permit issued to expatriates arriving in Saudi Arabia on employment visas as well as their dependents.

How to Read Iqama?

How long is an Iqama valid?

Iqama is generally issued for a period of 1 or 2 years.

How to check the validity of Iqama?

One can check Iqama validity through the Absher portal or by visiting the Ministry of labor website.

Iqama Renewal

Iqama is required to renew every one or two years online. The Iqama renewal requires payment of certain fees.

What is the penalty for expired Iqama?

There will be a penalty for not renewing Iqama on-time. According to Jawazat, an SR 500 fine will be applicable in the first instance and it will be doubled in the second instance.

What is the penalty for non carrying of Iqama?

According to Jawazat, a penalty of SR 3,000 or 6 weeks in prison or together will be imposed for non-carrying Iqama offences. And this applies even if caught for the first time.

What is the Nitaqat or Iqama color?

Nitaqat is a Saudization program to create more jobs for Saudi citizens. All private companies and establishments in Saudi Arabia gave a nitaqat color category based on Saudization level. The higher level shows color platinum, and the lower level shows red color. Green categories represent the average level of Saudisation.

How to check Iqama color or Nitaqat color ?.

Iqama Color can be checked online by visiting the website of the Ministry of Labor.

How to correct the name written on Iqama?

Iqama name can be corrected by visiting the passport office / Jawazat.

How to change the photo in Iqama?

Your photo in Iqama can be updated by visiting the Jawazat office.

What is Iqama Transfer or Naqal Kafala?.

The sponsorship can be changed in Saudi Arabia from one sponsor to another on certain conditions. Transfer of sponsorship requires certain fees to be paid.

What is huroob or invalid Iqama?

When a sponsor registers a run away complaint against his employee, he becomes an illegal resident in Saudi Arabia. This is also called Huroob. Here is how to check the huroob status.