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 12 more professions into the category of professions which are reserved only for Saudis making it a total of 46 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.

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



Ministry of Labor has banned expatriates from working as Sales and retail staff at the following stores and branches. However, it will not be implemented immediately as you can see the implementation dates in the below screen.  – Arab News



37-Medical equipment and devices

38-Electrical and electronic appliances

39-Auto parts

40-Building materials


42-Cars and motorcycles

43-Home and office furniture

44-Children's clothing and men’s accessories

45-Home kitchenware


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