Procedure to Renew Iqama for Dependents after 18 Years

Some years ago, there was no problem in renewing the Iqama of dependents above 18 years but now it has become a big issue. According to Law, you cannot keep your dependent above 18 years under your sponsorship. He can only have separate independent Iqama if he is working somewhere else. Most expatriates living in Saudi Arabia don’t want their children to work at the age of 18, they want them to study and get a higher education. How to solve this issue? It is a unique problem and solution is also unique.

Procedure to Get Iqama of Dependents after 18 Years

Let us say that your son is studying in your home country or in some university or college in Saudi Arabia. First of all, you will have to get a certificate from his college/university that he is a student in that particular college. The certificate should include all the details of his course, tuition hours and expected year of completion of this course. This certificate needs to be signed by the Head of Institution with his stamp or seal.

This certificate needs to be attested by the relevant college/university board like Higher Education Commission, Foreign Office and Saudi Embassy in your country. After bringing the certificate here, you will have to translate it from one approved translator and then get it attested by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs Saudi Arabia. If you need further help, check out this link “Procedure to Attest Certificates from Saudi Arabia

Once you are done with this, give the original copy along with translated copy to your Kafeel or Government Relations Officer of your Company. He will submit it to the Jawazat. Once all the documents are submitted, it will not take long to renew the Iqama.

These documents are required every year when your dependents have to renew the Iqama.

Iqama of a dependent over the age of 18 years can only be renewed up to 25 years of age. If he is above 25 and his status is still a student, it is going to be a problem for you. (Arab News) In that case, he will have to search for a job and transfer his sponsorship to his employer. The detailed procedure in this regard is explained in this link “Transfer of Dependent’s Sponsorship to Employer”.

If a girl exceeds 25 years of age or has completed her education but she is unmarried, you can hold her under your sponsorship. You just need to write a certificate on a simple paper in Arabic that your daughter is still unmarried, so please allow her to be under your sponsorship. In order to renew Iqama of your dependent who is above 18 years, you will have to do “Fasil” of Iqama. The detailed procedure to do Fasil has been explained below.

However, it is very important that fingerprints of your dependent are in the database of MOI. You can check if the fingerprints have been scanned by your dependent through this link.

AmeenH: I went last week to Jawazat office in Riyadh to do the Fasil of Iqama for my daughter. I didn’t know about it until my HR people informed me to pay SR500/- and do the Fasil at Jawazat for my Iqama to get renewed. Anyway, I went there around 01:30 pm along with the application form (I got this form from my office with the company stamp on it). Don’t forget to take One passport size Photo that needs to be attached on the top left corner of the application, Original passport for father and child, Original Iqama for both Father and child and photocopies of the passports and Iqamas. The procedure was quite simple. I entered through the security gate at Jawazat office Riyadh with the papers in my hand. I asked the security person for Fasil of iqama, he said to go to the hallway on my left side. Here I obtained a ticket from the electronic booth (I pressed “Tajdeed Iqama written in Arabic on the screen for this request). Few people were there. I waited few minutes and found that nobody was following the numbering system so I went directly there and after a couple of people I gave my papers to the person in-charge standing behind the counter. He took those docs from my hand without asking any questions and typed few things in the computer for less than a minute and told me it’s done. That’s it!!

When I asked where and how to submit the payment, HR person told me to login to your SAMBA bank account and use the alien service where you pay the fee for exit re-entry visa under your Iqama number. You have to select multiple exit re-entry visa duration for (90 days) or three months. When you select this option, automatically SR500 will appear on the next screen for you to proceed with the payment. There is no other option available yet for Fasil payment in the bank system so they advised me to deposit money through this way. [Mistakenly, I paid this money under my daughter’s Iqama and it was a wrong place to deposit the money. Now I need to get this refund from the bank].  Also, no deposit of SR500/- is required by Jawazat to do this change. The money is required by your company to renew Iqama. My company has started to charge this amount from all employees who fall under this category meaning anyone having children above 18 years old they need to be separated from parent’s Iqama. One important thing I want to add here is that my family had a valid exit re-entry visa when I got renewed my Iqamas and visa validity was still the same as it was before renewal so you don’t have to cancel your family exit re-entry visas but all members need to be present in the Kingdom during the renewal process.

  • Abdul Basit

    I am 27 years old still studying and renew my iqama every year …no issue ALHAMDULILLAH

  • hamid

    You renew your iqama by giving money or jawazat renew you iqama without any hurdles??

  • Abdul Basit

    No Alhamdulillah without paying extra money.. i attach university bonafide letter which is approval by Saudi consulate in Islamabad.(currently studying in Preston University Islamabad) and thats it…Its the blessings of ALLAH…Alhamdulillah

  • hamid

    Thanks for informing me, my big bro age is now 24 and he is till studying often peoples are saying us that this time his iqama Renewal isdifficult under student visa even with attested bonafide letter due to his age.

  • Abdul Basit

    hamid bhai nothing have changed except new muqeem card…the rest of rules are same…if you have attested bonafide then you dont need be worried about it

  • hamid

    Thanks big bro for informing me.

  • Ameen H

    Thank for your useful information guys. I want to share my experience here as well.

    I went last week to Jawazat office in Riyadh to do the Fasil of Iqama for my daughter. I didn’t know about it until my HR people informed me to pay SR500/- and do the Fasil at Jawazat for my Iqama to get renewed. Anyway, I went there around 01:30 pm along with the application form (I got this form from my office with the company stamp on it). They told me to take the following documents with you.

    *One passport size Photo that needs to be attached on the top left corner of the application.
    *Original passport for father and child
    *Original Iqama for both Father and child.
    *Include photo copies of the passports and Iqamas

    The procedure was quiet simple. I entered through the security gate at Jawazat office Riyadh with the papers in my hand. I asked the security person for Fasil of iqama, he said go to the hallway on my left side. Here I obtained a ticket from the electronic booth (I pressed “Tajdeed Iqama written in Arabic on the screen for this request). Few people were there. I waited few minutes and found that nobody was following the numbering system so I went directly there and after couple of people I gave my papers to the person in-charge standing behind the counter. He took those docs from my hand without asking any questions and typed few things in the computer for less than a minute and told me it’s done. That’s it!!

    When I asked where and how to submit the payment, HR person told me to login to your SAMBA bank account and use the alien service where you pay the fee for exit re-entry visa under your Iqama number. You have to select multiple exit re-entry visa duration for (90 days) or three months. When you select this option, automatically SR500 will appear on the next screen for you to proceed with the payment. There is no other option available yet for Fasil payment in the bank system so they advised me to deposit money through this way. [Mistakenly, I paid this money under my daughter’s Iqama and actually it was a wrong place to deposit the money. Now I need to get this refund from the bank]. Also, no deposit of SR500/- is required by Jawazat to do this change. The money is required by your company to renew Iqama. My company has started to charge this amount from all employees who fall under this category meaning anyone having children above 18 years old they need to be separated from parent’s Iqama. One important thing I want to add here is that my family had a valid exit re-entry visa when I got renewed my Iqamas and visa validity was still the same as it was before renewal so you don’t have to cancel your family exit re-entry visas but all members need to be present inside the Kingdom during the renewal process.

    I am adding my experience to the community in return to the knowledge that I always gain from you folks here on the variety of confusing topics.
    Thanks all…. thanks Steve for helping the community!

  • Thank you very much for sharing your experience in detail. I will try to add it in the main body of the article. It will help hundreds, if not thousands of expatriates in the Kingdom. Jazak Allah!

  • hamid

    Dear Ameen after fasil of any dependents jawazat starts to charge 500 riyal fee for renewal of iqama of dependent every year, and when you will write your iqama number on ATM or online banking in renewal category for payment of renewal fee automatically your dependents fee will be shown along with your fee!! For example if you have one dependents then for one year fee will display 1150 and second thing you told us that members need to be present in Kingdom for renewal, it’s our personal experience, we are in Pakistan on reentry visa and dad got renewed our iqama but we returned before expiry of reentry visa date.

  • Ameen H

    Thanks for your information brother Hamid.
    In fact, Jawazat (passport) office doesn’t charge any money to separate the dependents from your Iqama (Muqeem card) and this change is free of cost for everybody. However, to renew your Iqama either you or your company is responsible to pay the required fee of (SR500) per child for one year renewal for above 18 years old child. The question is who should go at Jawazat to do the Fasil thing? I think it depends on your company’s HR policies whether they oblige their employees to pay the required fee and ask them to visit Jawazat office alone to do the child split-up process or they do it by their own way as a normal process by sending company representative (Mandoob) to Jawazat office and pay the online renewal fee.
    Regarding the presence of your family at the time of Iqama renewal, you have given a scenario where you were outside the Kingdom while your Iqama had successfully been renewed. However, I gave you a different example where my family had a valid exit re-entry visa and they were still inside the Kingdom and the renewal process was done successfully so these were two different scenarios where the Iqamas got renewed. So, my conclusion to this issue is that at the time of Iqama renewal, presence of family doesn’t matter, it doesn’t really matter if your family has a valid exit re-entry visa and they haven’t utilized yet, the only important thing does matter is the presence of the employee in the Kingdom whose Iqama is being renewed. I encourage other people to share their own experiences here for better understanding of this issue but it sounds like an out of topic discussion.
    By the way, here is my understanding on the Iqama renewal process. The renewal fee for the employee as an individual is (SR500) and if you are living with your family then the family members and dependents under the age of 18 years’ fee is (SR650) so it becomes a total of (SR1,150) per family. While the Iqama renewal fee for dependents above 18 years of age is (SR500) separately so the total payable cost would be (SR1,650) for the whole family plus one child above 18 years of age. Organizations normally charge this extra (SR500) amount from their employee since it is an additional burden on them unless you have already negotiated this issue with your employer at the time of signing your employment contract.

  • Rahul Salin

    Asalamalaikum,
    Does jawazaat renew iqama if I’m 24 years old? I’ve a bonafide certificate from my university stating hat I’m studying.

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