How to Transfer to a New Company Without Transferable Iqama?

There are two main options for someone who wants to switch jobs in Saudi Arabia. First, you can ask your sponsor to transfer your sponsorship to the new employer or, you can ask your new employer to issue a new visa to you. Either way, will work.

Accordingly,  this article aims to inform you about all the complications in this situation and to better guide you how to get a new visa (new company) after the Final Exit Visa (old/former company). It is assumed that you are already working in Saudi Arabia.

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How to Apply for the Iqama of Your Child?

There are detailed processes, sometimes rigorous, in order to apply for the Iqama of your newly born child. However, it becomes easy when you already have the information about it, on how to do it. One of the distinct part of the processes is getting the appointment from the Jawazat. Primarily because they will not accept your application if you do not have an appointment. So, here are the procedures that you need to follow in order to book an appointment with Jawazat, for the issuance of the iqama of your newly born baby.

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How to Check the Status of Medical Test Report for Iqama, Online?

Medical Test for Saudi Iqama: with the improved technology used by the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, now it is very easy to check the status of medical report for Saudi Iqama online.

All of us know that we know that we have to go through the medical test before applying for the first Iqama. For few nationalities, they have to go through this medical test at the time of renewal of Iqama. It is important to mention here that this is different from medical test performed in your home country for the visa processing. One example is the GAMCA in Philippines or GCC Approved Medical Centers Association clinics.  You need to go through to them if you want to work in GCC countries  such as Saudi Arabia, Oman, Bahrain, Kuwait, and Qatar.

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Saudi Iqama Inquiry: 34 Outrageous Iqama Violations and Penalties, Beware!

Saudi’s Residency Law is very strict with the way it treats over stayers. In this case, over stayers refer to people who continue to live in Saudi Arabia even after expiry of residence permit. In other word, illegal stay. If someone stays even after the expiry of the Family Visit Visa, Umrah Visa, Business Visa or Work Visa there are harsh penalties imposed on them and their sponsors.

If someone is caught by the authorities while his or her resident permit is already expired, the person will be immediately detained in Saudi Detention Center. After detention, they will have to pay for the expenses of returning back to the country so that that they can be deported.

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How to Apply for Family Iqama or Permanent Family Visa in Saudi Arabia?

Family Iqama or Permanent Family Visa for your Dependents: For you to bring your family and let them live in Saudi, you need to apply for a permanent family visa. After you have this, you have to send it to your family back home. Once they received, it will be processed in the agency and such visa will be stamped on their passports. When they arrive in KSA, you have to apply for an Iqama of family.

Procedure to apply for First Iqama of Dependents in Saudi Arabia

The procedure to Apply for first Iqama of dependents is different from regular annual Iqama renewal (for Muqeem, 5 years).

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How to Process Residence Permit or Muqeem (Iqama) for First Time Expats in Saudi Arabia

Once you arrived at Saudi Arabia, you should process your Iqama/Muqeem within 90 days upon arriving. Your employer will be the one to handle the expenses as stated on the Saudi Labor Law Article 40.1.

If you have not processed your Iqama within 90 days of arrival, your employer will have a penalty and you will be able to transfer your sponsorship even with no consent from your current sponsor.

Procedure to apply for first Residence Permit or Muqeem

1. Medical test

First, you need to undergo and pass a medical test from an approved facility on the region of your Kafeel. Either your company, you, or the clinic can send the result to the Ministry of Interior’s online database after two days as a documentary proof that you have undergone the test. Ensure that you have your original passport with you when you go to the medical center and bring a fee of SR 200.

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What Is a Muqeem Resident Card?

So what is a Muqeem resident card? On Oct 14, 2015, the first day for the 1437 Islamic New Year, the government in Saudi Arabia decided to use the Muqeem, a new kind of identity card to replace the Iqama, the old resident identity card of expats who live in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.

From the new Islamic year 1437, all expats who possess an expired Iqama will be issued with a Muqeem card. From this point onwards, no Iqama cards will be issued.

The Ministry of Interior (MOI) and Deputy Premier, Crown Prince Mohammed Bin Naif, launched the Muqeem Resident Card in Riyadh.

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8 Mind-blowing facts About the New Muqeem (Iqama) Resident Card

Saudi Arabia’s Government announced that from 2015 onward, the new Muqeem (Iqama) Resident Card,  will be the new Resident Identity Card for all expatriates who are residing in the Kingdom. The Muqeem Card will replace the Iqama starting on October 14, 2015 which is the Islamic New Year 1437 Hijri’s First Day.

Deputy Premier and Ministry of Interior, Crown Prince Mohammed Bin Naif already launched the Muqeem resident card in Riyadh. With this launch, the name of the resident card was changed from Iqama to Muqeem. Since the entire process will be done online and the new resident cards will be sent through Saudi Post, there is no need for companies or individuals to visit any office.

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