Procedure for the renewal of Iqama has been eased up, Thanks to the integrated systems launched by the Saudi Government. Although, the manual system is still functional, soon it will be redundant. In this article, I have explained the process to renew Iqama online.
Earlier, the procedure to renew Iqama was complicated and you had to complete an application form, present the valid passport, submit recent photographs, attach a copy of the iqama and also submit original iqama for the renewal of Iqama.
Iqama renewal process
However, this procedure has been improved significantly now. Now there is no need to submit all above-mentioned documents for the renew an Iqama. The Government Relations Officer or HR of your company can renew the Iqama online. Do you know how many days iqama renewal takes these days? only 1 day.
1-Payment of the iqama renewal fee
Obviously, he will have to submit the fee for the renewal of Iqama of SR 500. If you are living in Saudi Arabia with your family, Iqama renewal fee for employee and all its dependents is SR 650/-. Recommended: Payment of the fee to Renew Iqama in Saudi Arabia
However, the cost of renewal of your iqama will be SR 1150 per annum if your wife is locally transferred to your Iqama. Recommended: Procedure to reduce Iqama Renewal Fee from SR 1,150 to SR 650
How to check if the iqama renewal fee is paid? You can easily check if the iqama renewal fee has been paid by your employer by going into your MOI account. Recommended: How to check Available Funds under MOI?
2-Payment of Dependent Fee
If you have dependents living in Saudi Arabia, you will have to pay dependent’s fee. We have explained the procedure to pay dependent’s fee in Saudi Arabia in this link. Recommended: Procedure to pay Dependent’s Fee for Iqama Renewal
3-Payment of Work Permit Levy
They will also have to pay the fee for the labor office of SR 2,400/- if the number of Saudis in the company is less than 50%. However, this fee is expected to increase to SR 9,600 by the mid of 2020. We have covered it in detail in this link. Recommended: Budget 2017
Iqama must be renewed at least 3 days before its expiry. If an employer is unable to do it, he will be fined equivalent to the charge of renewal of Iqama i.e. SR 500. The fine is doubled in case of a second violation.
4-Medical Test to Renew Iqama
Residents of some countries like African countries (Ethiopia – Eritrea – Kenya – Somalia – Djibouti – Nigeria – Sudan) and Asian countries (Thailand – Nepal – Vietnam) have to provide the medical test report to renew the Iqamas. I have explained the procedure of taking the medical test in this article.
As soon as your Iqama is renewed, you will receive an SMS from the MOI informing you about this fact. You can also check if your Iqama is renewed by this link. “Check Iqama Expiry Date through MOI”
Once the Iqama is renewed in the system, the next step is to take the print the iqama or taking the Iqama in physical form. If you have already been given Muqeem card with 5 years validity, you don't need to print a new card. Otherwise, you will have to print a new card.
For this, government relations officer of your company will come to you to take the Iqama physically. Do not forget to ask him to give you a print out from the system stating that the iqama has been renewed.
Even if he says that the Iqama will come in a few hours, take that print from him. You will also have to give photographs of your children to the GRO of your company. In case if you are stopped by the police or any other official authority, you can show them this letter.
Most probably you will receive the new Iqama in a couple of days from the Government Relations Officer of your company. Now, you can also go to the Jawazat office to get the renewed print of Iqama. This option has been introduced recently.
Advance iqama renewal
Many people ask this question if advance iqama renewal is possible. Yes, you can renew your Iqama in advance 3 months prior to its expiry.
Reactivate Frozen Bank Account
Once the iqama is renewed, you need to go to your bank to give them a copy of the renewed Iqama. If you don’t do this, your account will be frozen. I have explained the procedure of unfreezing the bank account in this article. “Reactivate Frozen Bank Account”