List of Penalties and Fines on Iqama Holders by the Saudi Government

Non-Renewal of Iqama: If the applicant's employer is an individual or private company or establishment and his iqama has expired, he shall be required to pay double the Iqama fees.

If the applicant is working for a governmental institute, the institute is responsible for submitting new Iqama and Iqama renewal requests of their personnel. Recommended: Heavy Fines and Penalties for not renewing Iqama On-Time          

A resident who fails to prove his holding of an Iqama and all information he was asked to present during his residency in the Kingdom: It has already been covered in this link “Fines for not Carrying your Iqama

Non-reporting to cancel or renew an exit/re-entry visa or final exit visa prior to its expiry: It has already been covered in this link “How to Cancel Exit Re-Entry Visa Online

Non-reporting loss of passport or Iqama within 24 hours as a maximum: It has already been covered in this link “What to do if Iqama is Lost?

The practice of work by the dependents such as wives and children: It has already been covered in this link “Penalties on Working Dependents

Overstaying in the Kingdom upon visa expiry: It has already been covered in this link “Overstaying in Kingdom after Visa Expiry

Employing an expatriate with a visitor's visa: It has already been covered in this link “Working on Visit Visa

Obtaining or helping an individual to obtain a forge Iqama or visa by himself. Taking employment or helping any individual to take an employment based on forgery or cheating: It has already been covered in this link “Trading Visas and Forgery of Documents

Return of the deported alien to the Kingdom after his expulsion: It has already been covered in this link “Return of Deported Expatriates to KSA

Sheltering the overstayer after performing his Hajj or Umrah, harboring him or assisting him to stay illegally in the country: It has already been covered in this link “Sheltering the overstayer after performing his Hajj or Umrah

Hajj, Umrah guest or the Prophet's Mosque visitor, who is self-employed, and works for his own account or who didn't leave the country after his visa expiry: It has already been covered in this link “Working on Umrah Visa

Transporting a guest for Hajj, Umrah or the Prophet's Mosque visitor outside the established routes specified for him by the establishment responsible for his arrival and departure during his visa validity: It has already been covered in this link “Authorized Cities for Hajj and Umrah Pilgrims

Non-reporting (by the employer) regarding a runaway employee in accordance with instructions regulating this matter: It has already been covered in this link “Penalties for Not Reporting Huroob

Resident working for another employer or for his own account: Termination of his Iqama and he shall be deported.

Employing an expatriate who was recruited to work for another employer, by an expatriate resident: It has already been covered in this link “Employing an Expatriate on Free Visa

Transporting expatriates who doesn't have legal Iqama (resident permit), expatriates with an expired visa or without IDs within Kingdom regions, including their transport to the Holy shrine of Hajj and Umrah, by means of transport: It has already been covered in this link “SR 100,000 Fine, 6 months’ Jail & Deportation – If the person sitting in your car doesn’t have Iqama

Transporting individuals who aren't in possession of pilgrimage licenses to Makkah during the period specified by the respective authority: It has already been covered in this link “Authorized Cities for Hajj and Umrah Pilgrims

Hajj, Umrah guest or the Prophet's Mosque visitor, who travels outside Makkah, Jeddah or Madinah during the validity of the visa granted to him or after its expiry.

  • Fine is 10,000 S.R. or one-month imprisonment or both.
  • He shall be deported at his own expense.
  • Investigate the role of the establishment responsible for his entry in the occurrence of the violation before imposing the penalty.

Overstayer employment who arrived the Kingdom by non-work visa

  • If the violator is an expatriate resident, the fine is 10,000 S.R. or one-month imprisonment or both in addition to deportation.
  • If the violator is a citizen, the first instance fine is 10,000 S.R.. Second instance fine is 20,000 S.R. or one-month imprisonment or both. Third instance fine is 30,000 S.R. or three months imprisonment.
  • Fines are multiplied according to the number of individuals involved.
  • The overstayer shall be deported on his employer's expenses.
  • In the first instance, the violator shall be deprived of the right to recruit expatriates for one year. Two years for the second instance and three years for the third.
  • If the citizen wasn't able to pay his fines, he shall be imprisoned for an interval between 1 to 3 months.
  • Publish the violator's penalty in the local press with the judgment thereon according to the censure instructions.
  • Investigate the role of the establishment responsible for the overstayer entry into the country in employing him illegally prior to imposing the penalty.

Colluding and participating in expatriates' entry into the Kingdom's land or territorial waters or assisting them to departure it with the objective of smuggling them out.

  • For the first instance, the violator fine is 5,000 S.R. or five months imprisonment or both.
  • Second instance fine is 5,000 S.R. and one-year imprisonment in addition to notifying the Board of Grievances in order to confiscate the means of land transport used in smuggling if they were owned by the smuggler, participatory or colluder.
  • Third instance fine is 5,000 S.R. and two years imprisonment in addition to notifying the Board of Grievances in order to confiscate the means of land transport used in smuggling in accordance with the above.

An expatriate working for an employer other than the one recruited him and whose name is noted down in his work permit, prior to his release by the latter and the approval of the concerned authority on the services transfer.

  • The employee shall be deported from the country at his employer expenses and deprived of the right to return to the Kingdom before the lapse of two years from his deportation date.
  • Provide a copy of the worker's travel documents to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in order to prevent him from coming back during the above-mentioned ban period.

Submission of false notification regarding runaway expatriates from their sponsors: Violator's fine is 5,000 S.R. in addition to submitting a written notification to the authority which issued his license in order to study the establishment's status.

Harboring a runaway expatriate from the employer who recruited him

  • The runaway expatriate fine is 2,000 S.R. or two weeks imprisonment with the termination of his Iqama.
  • The citizen violator fine is 2,000 S.R. or two weeks imprisonment for the first instance. Second instance fine is 3,000 S.R. or six weeks imprisonment.
  • The runaway expatriate procedures shall be finalized and he shall be deported at the expense of the party harbored him.

Runaway resident who was captured by the security authorities or by his employer.

  • The runaway resident shall be arrested until the finalization of his deportation procedures.
  • The runaway resident shall be deported at the expense of the party that harbored or employed him. If he was captured working for his own account, he shall be deported at his own expense. The employer shall not be obliged to deport him if the period of the notice exceeded three months. He shall then be deported at the expense of the state by written permission from the General Director of Passports.

Non-reporting to the Passports Department of the disengagement of any expatriate laborer or his absence from work for two days without stating any reasons.

  • In the first instance, the fine is 1,000 S.R.
  • For the second instance, the fine is 2,000 S.R.
  • For the third instance, the fine is 3,000 S.R.
  • If the labor was captured working for a third party or for his own account and it was alleged that he run away, the employer status shall be reviewed to find out his other labors situation and their locations.

Employment of an expatriate who has no work license by any company, commercial house, contractor or employer

  • The employer fine is 1,000 S.R.
  • Fines are multiplied according to the number of individuals involved.

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