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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What is an Iqama?

What is an Iqama? Well, primarily, an Iqama is very important for all expatriates in Saudi Arabia since it is their residence permit for them to live in the kingdom.

It is one of the law’s requirements for the expatriates to prove their legality while staying in the country. If you have no valid Iqama – including those that are already expired – means that you are already staying illegally in KSA.

You need to process your Iqama within 90 days from arrival through the help of your sponsor. Generally speaking, Iqama is good for one year from the Hijri date, while Muqeem is valid for 5 years from date of issuance or renewal.

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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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