Procedure to change Iqama Profession in Saudi Arabia

If your current profession on passport or Iqama is different from your actual profession, you need to change your profession. In Saudi Arabia, you are known to the profession you have on your visa or Iqama. Even if you are a doctor but the profession on your visa or iqama is labor, you are considered labor in the government office. By the way, it is very important to mention here that it is against the law to have a different profession in your Iqama than your actual profession. Passport office conducts raids to different companies time to time and if somebody is caught, he is kept in a detention center and later on deported from Saudi Arabia. Gulf News has reported that a plan to ban the deported expatriates from one GCC country from entering on work visas in any other GCC country has been finalized. To know about the status of the implementation, click on this link “GCC Wide Ban on Deported Expatriates of GCC Countries

Before changing the profession of the Iqama, I would suggest you go through the list of professions which is benefited on a priority basis by the Saudi authorities. However, you should make sure that your intended profession is not one of those professions reserved for Saudis. If you have already applied for a change of profession, you can check the status of change in the profession in this article. In order to change the profession on your iqama, you need to have;

An attested degree from Saudi Culture and Saudi Embassy in your country

Attested degree should be of the relevant field of your intended profession. If you want to change your profession to doctor, you should have attested degree of doctor.

If you want to change your profession to Engineering, you will have to register yourself with the Saudi Council of engineering first. The procedure to register with Saudi Council of Engineering is explained in this article “Procedure to Register with Saudi Council of Engineering“. Similarly, people with accounting professions have to register with SOCPA. “Procedure to get SOCPA Membership

Recently, many people have changed their professions online with the help of government relations officer of the company. They did not have to submit their degrees for the change in profession. However, MOI reserves the right to demand the attested degree from anyone at their demand for the change in profession. So it is always better to have attested degree in your hand before applying for a change in the profession of Iqama.

Your employer can also opt for the manual procedure in which he will have to visit Jawazat. He will have to submit a form as well. Recommended: Download form 58 to change iqama profession or replace lost, damaged Iqama

Although the attested degree is not required to change the iqama profession online but you will need it at the time of applying for the permanent family visa for your family.

Deposit SR 1,000/- for the change in profession. As per Saudi Labor Law, it is the responsibility of the employer to pay this amount. Recommended: Payment of Fee to change profession on Iqama in Saudi Arabia

Once you have all the above-mentioned documents with you, just contact the Government Relations Officer of your company. He will do the rest of the process. You cannot go yourself to Jawazat for changing Iqama profession.

Consequences of having Different Profession: As it is already mentioned, it is illegal to have a different profession on your iqama, you can be detained in the detention center in case of any raid of Jawazat in your office.

Your application for visas of different countries will not be successful if your profession is low profile.

You cannot get family status in Saudi Arabia. You cannot bring your family to Saudi Arabia on a permanent basis.

You cannot apply for family visit visa for your parents, wife and children

Note: If you have been awarded a domestic visa like Driver for Home, Housemaid etc. it cannot be changed to any other profession related to business. It can only be transferred to some other domestic profession.

  • Albino Babagay

    Dear Sir Steve,
    Sir I have problem for my visa until now for change for my profession as per my contract my position agreement with letter is Electrical Engineer Procurement & Family status, we can provide to you all supporting legal documents but in my IQAMA & MOI record still A/C Technician. my work actual and function in real is same as my Contract as senior Electrical Engineer Procurement as evaluator and accepting subcontract BID and purchasing function of all Electrical & Low current system & equipment of MOHE & MOH project for different places inside the kingdom.. I have many/several email to higher management about change profession and it was granted/approved to proceed more than 1yr ago in several time reminder reminder until now my company/HR dept. still ignore and not taking action, Attested my Degree professional and Saudi Council member already submitted since I start to work.. and also to go SCE head office in Riyadh and advise me to update Jawasat/labor office but I cannot do this personally without company PIO or relations officer.. Please you can help me to solve this issue or advise how we can do for legal process complain to the proper authority? Or otherwise if it is possible to apply to transferable or find new job for other employer/company fitted to my profession, skills and experiences or better apply final exit.. My family until now also they suffering this improper visa and issuance of insurance benefits. (my son suffering hearth diseased & my Oldest daughter it was suffer stroke last Oct. 2015, but I cant use insurance to help them).
    Your response and further help is highly appreciated..
    Notes: Present company my services joined date since last 19.. Nov 2014

  • Sarfaraz Khan

    What if your employer says that the change of profession is closed and we will inform you when it opens

  • Albino Babagay

    Dear Sir Steve,
    Sir I have problem for my visa until now for change for my profession as per my contract my position agreement with letter is Electrical Engineer Procurement & Family status, we can provide to you all supporting legal documents but in my IQAMA & MOI record still A/C Technician. my work actual and function in real is same as my Contract as senior Electrical Engineer Procurement as evaluator and accepting subcontract BID and purchasing function of all Electrical & Low current system & equipment of MOHE & MOH project for different places inside the kingdom.. I have many/several email to higher management about change profession and it was granted/approved to proceed more than 1yr ago in several time reminder reminder until now my company/HR dept. still ignore and not taking action, Attested my Degree professional and Saudi Council member already submitted since I start to work.. and also to go SCE head office in Riyadh and advise me to update Jawasat/labor office but I cannot do this personally without company PIO or relations officer.. Please you can help me to solve this issue or advise how we can do for legal process complain to the proper authority? Or otherwise if it is possible to apply to transferable or find new job for other employer/company fitted to my profession, skills and experiences or better apply final exit.. My family until now also they suffering this improper visa and issuance of insurance benefits. (my son suffering hearth diseased & my Oldest daughter it was suffer stroke last Oct. 2015, but I cant use insurance to help them).
    Your response and further help is highly appreciated..
    Notes: Present company my services joined date since last 19.. Nov 2014

  • Maha Shaik

    Dear sir, i a working in Saudi. actually i am a B.tech graduate in Electronics and communication engineering.but i am working as a business development executive.
    and my iqama is not related to the current job nor related to my Education back ground also.please let me know how can i able to change the profession in my iqama. my company transferred me to Saudi from India . please guide me what can i do.

  • Abu Bakr

    same problem,
    having degree of B.tech electronics, but got an opportunity from a company as a marketing supervisor, My question is only that, is it necessary to have a same degree as one’s profession? if yes, then how it is very hard to find the way to catch a person with same qualification and experience as per profession, as there are many fields in which HR wants only Graduate ( from any field either they are doctors, engineers, professors etc, or even having a Law degree), they just want a graduate person for the post of “supervisor, sales executive, manager etc

  • Albino Babagay

    Sir, can you help me to guide me or advise about below questions.. because my company still no proper response or action taken about my profession..
    Your reply is highly appreciated.

  • Marcky Dallo

    Salam, is it posible that my agency here in saudi to change my profession to sales/marketing? My current profession in iqama is restaurant manager. Specifically, my agency here is mawarid recruitment. They are the one supplying man power to many project/business. I was terminated to my previous work in restaurant and requested to them to transfer to other work/project. As waiting i also look for available job. Luckily, i found one and i was hired and it is one of the project of my agency. Now, they are asking me to tell to mawarid to change my profession so i can start to them immediately. So is my agency has a capability to change my profession? Iam leaving this comment so that i have a refference whats so ever my agency will tell. Thank you. Please email me at [email protected]

  • Antee Cool

    Helo Steve, I have done with attestation process including Saudi embassy in Nepal for my “bachelor’s degree in business studies”
    My current iqama profession is retail trade supervisor but I am section manager in retail company
    I want to change profession but my HRD is not supportive he said I need to go to istigdam and bring aprovall or no abjection then he will go jawazat for change profession

    Is there any new regulation in this regard recently ?

    Please advice me

    intended profession is retail trade manager

  • Antee Cool

    Can u upload screen shot or steps of company GRO process on moi for online profession change ?

  • Fahad Javed

    Hi steve,

    I am from Pakistan. I have given my degree certificate (attested by Saudi Embassy Pakistan) and other supporting docuemts to GR officer of my company to change my occupation and he said ministry of labor asking for detailed mark sheet as well attested by Saudi Embassy Pakistan. but this requirement was not there before and so far i know Saudi Embassy in pakistan dost not attest detaile dmarksheet nay more. He said they are saying for Pakistanis , yemen and egypt degree holders they required certificate as well as detailed marksheet attested from Saudi Embassy Pakistan. Please help me and guide me . i am in big problem. Please help me

    Thanks

  • dr aijaz

    Dear Abu bakr.I am a dentist and I wanted to change to marketing specialist..can you please guide me how to do it and is it possible ?

  • Ehsan Wani

    Dear
    Steve
    My last visa was engineer visa and I was with my wife & daughter residing in Saudi Arabia. I left Saudi Arabia in 2015. Now I got another offer from Saudi Arabia but they don’t have engineer visa. They have welder visa. Can I change the profession to Engineer and get the permanent family visa again, as my certificates are attested and I had registered in Saudi Council of Engineers.
    Hopingfor a best and correct answer.
    Regards
    Ehsaan

  • Fakhre Alam

    hi bro did u get registered with SCE or not?

  • Ehsan Wani

    Dear Mr Steve
    I need your kind attention please
    MY last visa was Engineer visa and I was with my wife and daughter residing in Saudi Arabia. I left Saudi Arabia in 2015. Now I got an offer from Saudi Arabia but the company doesn’t have engineer visa , they have welder visa and are assuring me to change the profession to Engineer after arrival. As my cercertificates are attested and I am registered in Saudi Council of Engineers also. please help me is it possible to change the profession to Engineer from welder and get the permanent family visa again.
    hoping for an early and positive response.
    Thanks
    Ehsan

  • zorkor

    My suggestion is never trust the company. Get the visa mentioning your Engineer profession and then go. Don’t trust them as most of them believe their promises and come to Saudi ending up stuck in a bad situation.

  • basit bhat

    Can anyone tell me how much time does it take to get the new iqama after the change of profession? The HR guy applied a month ago n i received the message that the profession has changed just two days after and it has changed in Saudi Engineering Council & Abshar. I have not received the new iqama after 35 days. HR said the new rules say it takes 45-60 days for the issuance of new iqama. Can anyone tell me the real story?

  • Syed Zohaib Shah

    Dear,I am facing the same issue,my Company GRO was telling me 20 days regularly that there is some problem in Jawazat system,after month he told me that your request is approved from Maktab UL AMMAl but still its not shows in jawazat system,wait until,,,i doubt that he is wrong ,because i search too much even in this #Steve website but i didn’t find any things about the request approval from MAKTAB ul AMAL,let me know if you have any information regarding this.

  • Leahcim Smith

    im facing the same problem… yesterday i received a message from moi-jawasat that my iqama profession has been changed….and im wondering why they didn’t get my old iqama… is it possible to wait for my new iqama while im still holding my old iqama?

  • Syed Zohaib Shah

    Yes Dear,Now a days no need to submit the first Iqama before,Since from 2 years when i received new update Iqama then they asked me to give them the old one,don’t worry.

  • Syed Zohaib Shah

    If you need to ask any thing then pay to the admin Steve,he will guide you very well,(wallah ul elm)

  • Muhammed Ansar

    Hii Friends,
    I was submitted all documents and Engineering membership number to HR to change my profession on iqama , But ministery saying they didnt get update their online system. Is there any other solution to overcome this. Your valuable comments highly appreciated

  • Chandra Mohan

    Hi Fraz,
    Did you change your profession ? Me also completed M.Sc Applied electronics,my iqma profession is electrician,

  • Abdul Rehman Sahi

    i have attested my MBA Degree.i just want to change my profession on iqama.i dont have any intent to apply for permanent family visa.i want to change my profession to general accountant. Do i still need to get SOCPA Membership or not?

  • jawed khan

    Hi, I am a veterinary doctor working in Saudi Arabia, but my profession on Visa is farm worker. So I came to Saudi Arabia with worker visa. Now I get a new veterinary doctor job in Abu Dhabi. Can I get a veterinary doctor visa for Abu Dhabi? Does my current labor visa of Saudi Arabia will create any problem for me to get a doctor visa of Abu Dhabi? And if this will create any problem then how to correct it?

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  • ASanoj Abdull Abdullah

    did you received the answer. for me also same issuse

  • Abdul Wahab

    I only bring my Family on visit visa, not changed profession

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  • Enam Bhatkar

    Dear Sir
    So does this mean we keep using the same old iqama untill we get new even after the profession is changed…and when will I get the new Iqama with new proffession?during renewal or what?

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