Wondering how to transfer sponsorship when the father or sponsor is dead? In Saudi Arabia, a large population of families lives under the sponsorship of their fathers. It becomes very tricky for families living in the kingdom in case their father dies and there are very vulnerable to deportation to their native country. This is highly possible unless one of the sons of the family is working on a job under different sponsorship of the employer it is possible for him to take the rest of the family members under his sponsorship i.e. mother, unmarried sister and other sibling below age 18.
2-Year Rule of Iqama Transfer and Sponsorship: The topic about transfer of sponsorship is very wide but has a huge impact on the expatriates living in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. The topic about whether it is possible for an expatriate to change his or her employer within two years of joining has been in discussion for a very long time.
As stated, the topic is critical and for this reason, the answer could be “Yes or No” given the scarce information that is present in Saudi Arabia.
With this kind of situation in mind, this article aims to clear the rumors and propaganda circulating among people. The two years rule of transfer of sponsorship is quite a sensitive matter of concern to the expatriates residing in this kingdom.
So how do you check if your Iqama is transferable or not? In case you are new to the word Iqama of not very familiar to its meaning the let it be known to you that it is basically a permit or document issued to the expatriates who arrive and want to reside in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia on an employment visa. This Iqama has a validity of about a year or two after which, it is a must that it is renewed once again.
There are numerous advantages that come with having an Iqama such as gaining a temporary residency card, while male applicants can sponsor direct and genuine blood related siblings and family members to the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia on a period of six month visit visa.
Jawazat is one of the most important immigration offices in Saudi Arabia. National documents such as the iqama and others are applied for and obtained in these offices. Charges are associated with any of the services they offer, where expats are not sure of the exact charges for specific services. Some people complain of those charges since they perceive those charges as free. Consequently, questions are raised on the credibility of paying for such services.
The following are some of the charges you are supposed to incur to be served in any Jawazat office for any of the services they offer.
According to the Saudi Arabian Labor Law it is clearly stated that the responsibility of paying the fee of transfer of sponsorship lies with the new sponsors. Now, the unanswered question that rings in the mind of most expatriates is, how much is the fee for transfer of sponsorship? The precise answers to this question have been summarized in the table below.
|Fee for Iqama Transfer||Amount (SR)|
|Fee for First Iqama Transfer||SR 2,000|
|Fee for Second Iqama Transfer||SR 4,000|
|Fee for Third Iqama Transfer and Onwards||SR 6,000|
However using the Internet Banking in Saudi Arabia I am going to take you through the steps you will have to pass through in order to pay Transfer of Sponsorship. This procedure is more or less similar to that of other companies.
The procedure to transfer sponsorship in Saudi Arabia has already been covered in detail here. Within the boundaries of transfer of sponsorship we are going to base on the demand letter in this article.
The demand letter is a legal writing that your new employer will have to write to your current sponsor requesting the transfer of sponsorship as part of the earlier procedure. A sample of the demand letter is provided below just in case you are not familiar with this letter.
Moreover, it is mandatory that the letter be signed by the new company and the person whose signature is acceptable by the Chamber of Commerce.
The law provide that an employee be in probation for three months before releasing him or her from the company. On many occasions an employee may need to issue a notice of contract termination, this depending on terms of contract. A fixed contract cannot be terminated unless a mutual agreement is reached by the two parties. Or the employer will have to pay the employee all the salary for the remaining period of time or at least salary for two months, depending on condition of termination.
According to: Article 75 of the Saudi Labor Laws (01/01/1437), In case of an undefined contract the employee is advised to issue a 60 or 30 days’ notice that should be effected in 30 days.
Saudi green card benefits: A ‘permanent’ card is what any immigrant would aim for, before deciding to go to any country. Most developed countries like the USA have their green cards such that if anyone is thinking about going to stay in the country for work or permanent residence then they can use it. This green card guaranties safety for the immigrants of their lives and even that of their families.
In Saudi however, in the past years, there has been the use of Iqama (now Muqeem) as a legal document of residence. The procedure of getting Iqama and the way it works was close to that of a green card but did not guarantee the expatriate’s longevity or had limitations to some point. However, things are changing now and news about the introduction and issuance of Saudi Arabia Green Card are spreading far and wide besides being welcomed with great joy and anxiety.
How do you change the Iqama photo? Well, once you have passed the immigration desk in any of immigration department in Saudi Arabia, a photo of you has to be captured, this photo is used in your Iqama, driving license and some many legal document specific to its use. This is also used to confirm one’s identity and originality, changing this photo is one of the services government offices such as Jawazat offers.
For various reasons you may be required to change the picture on the Iqama, this may include facial changes such as development of beards, unappealing picture and many other. In a case of changing your photo you will have to follow the following procedure. The Jawazat offices are the most reliable government facility to acquire your desired Iqama photo.
The most important thing in life is to life is to live happily with a job that can put bread on your table and provide the basic need for the survival of you and your family. The same applies for the expatriates living in Saudi Arabia.
It is apparent that it is virtually impossible to get into Saudi Arabia with your family without having a suitable job or enough income on neither Family Visit Visa nor the Permanent Visa. Although, it is possible to change the profession on your Iqama if it is not suitable, in order to bring them in the country.