Are you an Expatriate in Saudi Arabia? Want to check iqama expiry date? Or are you facing Huroob related issues on iqama? We will try to answer all of your questions here.
We have done extensive research on iqama issues in KSA and trying our best to help Expats. In this article, we will try to solve all problems, including Kafeel, Fees, Validity, Huroob, Grama, and many other Expat problems.
Many people want to know about different issues. A friend was asking yesterday about newborn baby iqama fees and procedure and a user also asking about iqama fees for wife and family dependents. It is the reason to cover all common issues in this guide.
As we Now Govt of Saudi Arabia regularly changes rules and fees of iqama, so all the details are up to date in this article.
Check iqama Expiry date and status
Now it is straightforward to check all the iqama details, including expiry date status due to online MOI online portal and Absher app of Saudi Govt.
Now Govt of KSA has stopped to show iqama expiry details on MOI Website so kindly check the procedure below to check these details with Absher.
Let me explain the procedure to check Expiry on Absher website.
First of all, you need to visit this website:
here you need to click on individuals if you are a single Expatriate
You can see the English button in the below image. Kindly press this if you are new in KSA and not familiar with the Arabic Language because the default setting of the website is in the Arabic language.
I am assuming that you are a new user and checking it first time. so you have to register in this website before using it. kindly click new user option.
You can enter your login details here if you are already registered.
Here you need to fill this form if you want to get access in Absher.
Now you cannot check iqama status or expiry details without register.
Kindly fill this form carefully. Enter all the details as described in below image and click Next button.
Now you need to verify your phone number.
kindly check you will receive a code in message you need to write that code here.
After writing code your registration is done. you can login in the website and check all the details about iqama expiry.
Now all options are available in absher app like, iqama Huroob, iqama funds checking, Kafeel name, iqama expiry date and many other options.
Iqama Funds availability checking
Now it is necessary to register on Absher app to check iqama details. It is the reason we have described it above.
You need to login in Absher to check funds in iqama after login there will be an option “Query iqama funds” click on it.
Now write your iqama number and system will show all the iqama funds.
How to submit iqama funds?
You can submit funds with E-banking if you have your bank application in mobile you can log in in it and send funds to your iqama account.
But if you don’t have E-banking system, then you can visit the bank and ask them to submit funds in iqama account.
Instead of visiting bank again and again it is best practice to have an online banking app.
Procedure to Get Refund iqama funds
To get a refund, you need to login in your bank account and submit an application to the ministry of labor.
They will give you a refund within 24 hours of application submission.
If you still have any issues related to iqama funds. Then it is best practice to ask your Kafeel about it. You can also ask in the comment section of this article.
Iqama Fees in 2019
It is the list of iqama new and updated fees for 2019. Kindly read carefully and check prices according to given conditions.
If the company in which you are working has 50% Saudi Nationals as employees, then the fee list will be the following:
- Iqama Fee: 750 SAR
- Work Permit: 6000 SAR
- Insurance: 450 SAR
- Total: 7200 SAR
If the company, in which you are working has 50% Expatriates as employees, then your Fee list will be the following:
- Iqama Fee: 750 SAR
- Work Permit: 7200 SAR
- Insurance: 450 SAR
- Total: 8400 SAR
- Iqama fee for a newborn baby is 200 SAR. There can be many different charges in case of other facilities.
- For the wife iqama fee if 500 SAR per year. Renewal Fee is also the same for the wife.
- iqama Fee is same for Labor, Drivers, Doctors, engineers, Nurses, and many other professions.
- Fee for dependents can be changed according to different conditions.
- If you have more dependents above 18 years, then charges will be increased.
- If you have school going kids then costs can be reduced.
- So it is better if you can ask your company consultant to calculate total iqama fee of your family.
Iqama Red Green status
Now you can also check iqama red green status with Absher app. Just log in the website and visit iqama status option. Write your iqama number here.
You can see your company or Kafeel status in the form of four colors Red, Yellow, Green, Platinum.
Now we will discuss the meaning of these colors so you can take necessary actions as per law.
It means your company or sponsor has less number of Saudi citizens as an employee in the company.
So it is best practice to change the company as soon as possible. Because the company or sponsor can come in the blacklist of Govt at any time.
It means your sponsor or company has fewer Saudi employees, but the margin is close so nearly Employees can be complete.
You can consider a bit safe in this kind of company. Because they are struggling to fulfill govt requirements.
If the color is green, then you are in the safe mode. Your company has fulfilled Govt requirements so enjoy.
It is more safe category because It has fulfilled all the recommendation of the Saudi Govt. Usually big companies have this status.
Check iqama Huroob
To check iqama Huroob, you need to visit Absher app. After logging in the app, you can see Huroob checking option in the left side menu.
Visit the Huroob page and write iqama number and captcha code and click on the send button.
Now you can check iqama Huroob status at this page. If Kafeel or company has filed Huroob, then you should take care because police can test you at any point.
If police check your iqama and with Huroob status they will arrest you immediately. This condition can create a lot of trouble for you. So keep yourself safe.
Iqama Huroob Removal procedure
The best way to remove Huroob status is by dealing with the Sponsor. But if you cannot agree with him, then it is best to arrange another Visa and get an exit.
There are few options available like getting exit re-entry visa, check details of this visa here.
In other conditions, Kafeel can create a lousy situation for you. Many sponsors blackmail Expadiaters for money and ask a lot of money to remove Huroob. Getting exit is the best option till now in Huroob situation.
Many fake agents in KSA gives so-called excellent offers to remove Huroob. But as much I have seen it is a fraud.
Rules of KSA Govt are evident in this situation, and everything goes in favor of Sponsor. So any agents or consultant cannot help you except Sponsor.
Iqama Renewal Procedure
Are you facing iqama renewal issues? Want to know renewal fees and many other problems? We are going to discuss all this in this section, so don’t worry and read carefully.
Iqama Renewal system has also shifted in Absher app now. Ministry of interior and ministry of labor websites are not providing any service related to iqama renewal.
So make an account in Absher app according to the above-given method. Take all of the necessary medical tests and clear them. After Passing all medical examinations, prepare your documents, and apply through the Absher app.
I will suggest you apply a few days before your iqama expiry because this procedure can take a bit time in few cases.
Keep in mind; you receive three days grace period in case of iqama expiry. If you miss the grace period, then you need to pay Penalty Fines.
Note: It is best practice to consult with Sponsor or any consultant in your company. Renewal procedure can be complicated if you don’t have any experience.
The renewal fees are the same as given in the above table.