How to Replace a Lost Iqama…and Its Surprising Penalties?

Iqama is the most essential document for you as an expatriate in Saudi Arabia. The consequences that you could be prone to in case you are caught without your Iqama would be a jail term, a fine or even worse of deportation.

It is a must by the Law that you should carry your original Iqama wherever you go to while you reside here in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.

In case you would like to have a look at whatever you would be facing as penalty and fines due to traveling minus your Iqama then read further:

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Engineers Are Now Required To Take SCE Test Before Getting An Iqama

In a statement, Jeddah Chamber of Commerce and Industry (JCCI) Head of the Engineering Offices, Talal Samarqandi, that all expat engineers in Saudi Arabia are required to undergo a series of examinations before obtaining work permits and licenses in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. In an earlier announcement made by the Saudi Council of Engineers (SCE), they found out that 1200 engineers who worked in the Kingdom are fraudulent or fake.

All foreigners or expats entering the Kingdom using an engineer’s visa had the visa changed if they were not real engineers. Furthermore, Samarqandi mentioned that their aim is to ensure that every professional engaged in the engineering industry were real ones and not frauds. He added that of the 200,000 engineers in Saudi Arabia, 1200 submitted certificates that were either fake or fraudulent. Currently, all engineers are accredited and there is a new system in development to differentiate the fake engineers from the real ones.

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Is Saudi Arabia Safe? Here’s What an Expat Can Say.

Is Saudi Arabia Safe? Here’s what an expat Filipino would say about Saudi Arabia, as his second home.

For someone who has been living in the country for some years, I consider it to be a better place to live than most developed countries, western countries included.

While walking in Saudi Arabia’s streets, you don’t feel the same threat that you do while strolling in Manila’s streets.

The Kingdom of Saudi Arabia made laws which are very hard on people who are in drug smuggling. The rule governing this is in full implementation. In fact, the police are empowered and have greater degree of control in borders and other stations which may be an entry point for drugs.

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8 Ridiculous Disadvantages of a Saudi Business Visa

A migrant can work in Saudi Arabia with the use of Iqama or Saudi Business Visa. The main difference is, a business visit visa is issued when an expatriate comes to work in a short period of time, temporarily. Iqama on the other hand, is issued when someone enters Saudi Arabia for a long time of employment, say 2 years. The procedure for acquiring an Iqama is different from Business Visit Visa. While having a valid Iqama in the Kingdom entails resident benefits, Business Visa on the other hand has some disadvantages.

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How to Process Your Saudi Working Visa from Your Home Country?

Muslims all over the world are dreaming of working in Saudi Arabia because of the Holy cities of Makkah and Madina. And for the non-Muslims, it is because of the abundance of opportunity this country has to offer. However, you can’t just come in without a permit, a working visa. As such, this article will give you details on how to acquire this Saudi working visa.

Normally, you need to do job hunting first in your home country. Dependents who are looking for jobs in and out of the country is a different story. Now, if you found a job to work in whatever regions in the Kingdom, it is the responsibility of your employer to process your work visa from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs after getting the approval from the Ministry of Labor. After your visa is issued, there will be an authorization code and you now need to wait for at least 8 weeks for your application to be processed, depending on the home country.

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How to Come Back in Saudi Arabia on a New Visa, If You Have an Unpaid Debt?

This article is for those expatriates who left Saudi Arabia, with an unpaid amount of debt and the amount is still payable to the bank. The question is, can you still enter the Kingdom without jeopardizing your status? Is it possible that you can I come back to Saudi Arabia on a new visa if you have an unpaid loan/credit card debt? Well, below are the certain steps that you can follow.

  1. If you had an unpaid loan/debt and you left for final exit, and you want to come back with your new visa, the first thing you have to do is to check if the bank has filed a complaint against you.
  1. If the bank has filed a complaint against you, you are in big trouble for you will be detained in the immigration office. You will be required to pay the amount of your loan/debt plus the interest. After that, they will deport you back to your country. You committed fraud against the bank for not letting them know that you will leave Saudi Arabia without paying them. They will never let you enter the country for there is now a place for fraudulent people in Saudi Arabia.
  1. If the bank has not filed a complaint against you, then you have nothing to worry about. The Immigration Officer will let you enter Saudi Arabia and the wisest thing for you to do is to pay your existing loan as early as possible.
  1. If you have an unpaid loan/debt to other countries including the GCC countries and they had filed a complaint against you, you have nothing to worry about entering Saudi Arabia unless the amount of your loan is high. You can take a risk of entering Saudi Arabia if the amount of your loan is not more than SR 20 000.
  1. So, how will you know if the bank has filed a complaint against you? Sad to say, there is no way for you to know if the bank has a complaint about you. If your loan is up to SR 10 000, the bank may not register a complaint against you. If your debt is about SR 20 000, there is a 50/50 chance that they will file a complaint. If your unpaid debt is more than SR 20 000, there is a big chance that they filed a complaint against you.

Now If you have a police complaint, the Saudi Embassy in your home country can continue to process your visa. The MOI will let you enter Saudi Arabia for them to have an opportunity to collect the money from you.

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How to Apply for a Single Exit Re-Entry Visa Online?

Do you know how to apply for a single exit re-entry visa with it’s new online system? Firstly, the most beneficial step of the Saudi Arabian government for the expatriates who are living in Saudi Arabia is perhaps their creation of the electronic systems in every government departments. Due to these electronic systems, everyone can easily log-in to their accounts and make on-line applications and check on updates of these applications even without going to the agency personally.

Before, you need to set at least one day for the application of a exit re-entry visa by visiting the Jawazat office. However, the below will explain a step-by-step procedure on how to apply for this particular visa online for fast and more efficient transaction.

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3 Important Tips for First Time Expatriates in Saudi Arabia

If you are a first time traveler to Saudi Arabia, then this post is rightfully for you as you will be able to know what your rights and duties are while you are temporarily working and living in the Kingdom.

Times have now changed for expatriates – both old and new – since there rights are already protected by the Ministry of Labor.

Before, workers were left on the hands of their Kafeels and these Kafeels can do whatever they want to do with their workers. But in recent time, the Ministry of Labor has already issued new rules to make sure that expatriates are not oppressed and exploited by their respective Kafeels.

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75 Items That You Are Prohibited From Bringing to Saudi Arabia’s Airport

Any person who is traveling to Saudi Arabia needs to be aware about the common items that are banned in the Kingdom’s airport.  You surely do not want any sort of inconvenience and penalties.

Firstly, upon arriving in the Kingdom, you will have to go through the necessary processes.

  • First, you have to proceed to the international terminal for inspection
  • Next, you have to present your passport. First timers are required to undergo finger printing.
  • All luggages are placed on the Xray machine for examination, manual inspection may be made for a suspected luggage that may contain prohibited items.
  • After a luggage is examined, proceed to the exit gate .

Take note that most items related to religious worship of a religion other than Islam is not generally allowed. Alcohol and pork containing items are strictly prohibited. You are also running the risk of being beheaded if dangerous drugs and narcotics are found in your possession. So be very careful and just follow the rules.

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