Arab News has reported that Jawazat (Passport Office) has made it mandatory for all the expatriates above 6 years to have fingerprints registered with the Ministry of Interior in Saudi Arabia.
Before this announcement, the limit for the expatriates to must register for biometrics was 12 years. Expatriates without fingerprints registered in the records of MOI will not be able to perform any activity including Iqama Renewal, apply for Exit Re-Entry Visa, apply for transfer of sponsorship (Naqal Kafala), apply for profession change, apply for final exit visa or apply for Naqal Maloomat after Jan 21, 2015.
It should be noted that Jawazat has requested several times from the residents of Saudi Arabia to register for their biometrics but this time they have given a final warning.
How to Check Finger Print Status Online? As we have already mentioned, now all expatriates above 6 years old cannot apply for Iqama Renewal, apply for Exit Re-Entry Visa, apply for transfer of sponsorship (Naqal Kafala), apply for profession change, apply for final exit visa or apply for Naqal Maloomat unless their fingerprints are updated in the system of Jawazat.
I will be explaining in the below lines the step by step procedure of checking if fingerprints are properly updated in the government system.
First of all open Ministry of Interior website, click on “E-Services”, then click on the “Passports” on the left side column and then click “Public Query Finger Print Enrollment” from the drop-down menu. You can also click this link as a shortcut to reach there.
Enter your Iqama number in the tab of “Identity number” and “image code” on the second tab.
If fingerprints are already updated in the system, this message will appear on the screen “fingerprint enrollment update”
If fingerprints are not updated in the system, this message will appear on the screen in red color “No Records Found”
If your fingerprints are not registered, next step is to go to the designated Jawazat offices to register it. Following is the list offices of Jawazat designated to update biometrics for women.
Source: Arab News