List of Iqama Professions reserved for Saudis

One and only legitimate entertainment in Kingdom of Saudi Arabia for expatriates is to spend time with family. Most of us know that without having a suitable profession, we cannot bring our family to Saudi Arabia either on Family Visit Visa nor Permanent Visa.

If the profession on your Iqama is not suitable, you may have to change the profession of Iqama (detailed guideline is given in this article). If you have already applied for a change of profession, you can check the status of change in the profession in this article.

Arab News has reported that authorities have added 19 more professions into the category of professions which are reserved only for Saudis making it a total of 34 professions. Although the list of all those professions has not been disclosed yet expatriates having those professions will be under high risk of termination from employers.

Also Read:  Payment of Fee to change profession on Iqama in Saudi Arabia

They will either have to change profession or leave the job. Ministry of Interior will not be renewing Iqamas for those professions. After adding the professions which are recently reserved for Saudis in the list, the updated list can be checked at the end of the article.

While changing profession on Iqama, you must ensure that the profession on your Iqama is not one of those reserved for Saudis. If your Iqama profession is one of those reserved for Saudis, you might be in trouble in future.

Uncertainty is the only certain thing in Saudi Arabia. You never know when they start an operation against these professions and you become a victim. So, it is very important to change your Iqama to some other profession if currently, it is one of those reserved for Saudis. Following professions have  reserved for only Saudis in Saudi Arabia;


2-Complaint Clerk or Claims Clerk

3-Booking Clerk

4-Customs Broker or Customs Clearance Employee

5-Director of personnel relations

6-Director of labor affairs

7-Reservation Agent

8-Tourist Program Designer

9-Duty Clerk or Attendance Control Clerk

10-Employment clerk

11-Executive HR Manager

12-Female Sales Specialist for Ladies Shop

13-Head of Personnel Department

14-HR Manager

15-Senior HR Coordinator

16-Payroll Officer

17-HR Director

18-Compensation and Benefits Officer

19-Training Manager

20-Key Specialist

21-Labor Affairs Manager

22-Receptionist (general)

23-Receptionist (hospitals)

24-Receptionist (hotel)

25-Recruitment Clerk or Employment Clerk

26-Representative or Broker

27-Security Guard


29-Staff Affairs Clerk or Personal Affairs Clerk

30-Staff Relations Manager

31-Staff Relations Specialist

32-Individual Affairs Clerk



  • lel

    good day i just want to ask,a laboratory technician is working in a private clinic but her iqama is a dependent of his husband,is it allowed?thank you.

  • irfan mohammed

    As supervisor or technician on iqama can i bring my family and mother in visit visa….please tell me which visa is suitable i am selected for company in india .please suggest me which visa or iqama profession is better to me .to bring my family and mother to saudi arbia in visit visa after i reach there because i haveto ask same profession visa .please sir steve response me in clear….because you are my only hope to answer.

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  • Jacob Paul

    Is it true that the Iqama with Accountant profession can not be renewed since then in Saudi Arabia?

  • It is not true as we have explained above.

  • Rizwan Ali

    is iqama with sales Representative profession also fall in same category?

  • Jacob Paul

    Thanks, Steve. A rumor is spreading as such.

  • Adnan Zafar

    Kindly let me know that after expiry of Iqama can we come to KSA on New work visa anyother company ?

  • Adnan Zafar

    Kindly let me know that after expiry of Iqama can we come to KSA on New work visa anyother company ? Is it possible

  • سنى

    Deal All ,
    I have concern .

    Currently I am Working as an Engineer with Engineer Profession on my Iqama .My Degree is also Attested from Saudi Council of Engineers . If I go exit can I come back on labor visa or any other ? one of my colleague recently told me if my degree is attested from SCE ,ill not be able to come back on any visa other than engineer or higher [email protected]:disqus

    Thanks alot

  • Hi Ibrahim,
    Whatsapp Calling is working all over the Kingdom. CITC has opened it but still, some cellular companies are blocking it.
    The list of 34 professions stated above is accurate, if you have any evidence to counter the statement, please provide.

  • Bilal Iftikhar

    Dear Steve

    Recently Some Blogs are sharing a new list with professions such as Sales Reps, Sales Managers, Accountant and finance manager etc appearing as reserved for saudis. Can you please update regarding this as i find information provided by you More Credible and helpful as compared to others

  • This is a fake news brother, there is a profession of office boy, forklift supervisor, and driver in that list. How can you even think of it? They are just following the trend without giving a thought about it.

  • Bilal Iftikhar

    Thanks Bro. Really appreciate your guidance on most matters

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