Penalties if a dependent of expatriate is caught working in Saudi Arabia

An expatriate cannot work for anyone else but his Kafeel (Sponsor) in Saudi Arabia. We have explained the rules relating to it in our article “Kafeel System in Saudi Arabia”. If you talk about the family members, they are considered as dependents and they are not allowed to work anywhere. You are Kafeel of your dependents and as a general rule of fact, they cannot work for anyone else than their Kafeel. However, it has been a general practice here in Saudi Arabia that dependents, especially women work in beauty salons, entertain customers of beauty salons at home, teaches students at home or work in schools. As it is illegal so there are harsh penalties on the Kafeel of dependents which may lead to SR 3,000 and deportation.

Penalties on Working Dependents in Saudi Arabia

If a dependent of an expatriate is caught working independently or for someone else for the remuneration or voluntarily as the case may be, he will be fined as follows.

  • SR 1,000/- for the first instance
  • SR 2,000/- for the second instance
  • SR 3,000/- for the third instance

Upon third instance issue will be referred to the Minister of Interior for his direction towards termination of the violator's Iqama and deport him. This is a severe penalty so I would encourage everyone to comply with the instructions of Law and not to violate it. 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

If you want to work legally in Saudi Arabia, you will have to transfer sponsorship to your employer. The procedure is explained in this link “Procedure to Transfer the Dependent's Sponsorship to Employer