How to get Iqama for newborn? – Born in Saudi Arabia

In my previous article, I have discussed the matters one should consider in deciding the childbirth in Saudi Arabia. Now, we will be talking about the steps you need to take after the child's birth in Saudi Arabia to proceed for an iqama for a newborn.

Paperwork for the iqama for newborn starts as soon as a child gets birth. This article discusses the procedure you need to adopt if a child is born inside Saudi Arabia. However, if the child is born outside Saudi Arabia, you need to follow a separate procedure to add him to your Iqama. 

  1. Birth Certificate to get iqama for newborn

The first step in the iqama procedure for the newborn baby in Saudi Arabia is to get a Birth Certificate from the Ministry of Health as well as Civil Affairs.

The procedure to get a birth certificate for the newly born child has been explained in this link. Recommended: Procedure to get Birth Certificate in Saudi Arabia

2. Passport to get iqama for newborn

Next step in the iqama procedure for the newborn baby in Saudi Arabia is to get a passport from your home country’s embassy. In most of the countries, you should apply for a national identity card to get the passport.

Before visiting Embassy, make sure that the Birth Certificate issued by Civil Affairs is attested by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Saudi Arabia. Recommended: Procedure to Attest Documents from MOFA, Saudi Arabia

You may also need to get it translated and attested by your Embassy (the requirement varies from Embassy to Embassy). The procedure to get an Indian passport for the newborn baby in Saudi Arabia is slightly different. Recommended: Procedure to Apply for the Pakistani Passport of Newly Born Child in Saudi Arabia

3. Appointment with the Jawazat to get Iqama for Newborn

You need to take an online appointment with Jawazat. Right now, the online appointment is not needed for the Makkah region. But I would recommend you to try to apply for online appointment of Jawazat for your region. You never know when they change the procedure. Recommended: Procedure to Book an Appointment with Jawazat for the issuance of Iqama of Newly Born Baby

Many people have commented that there is no need to take an appointment for the Riyadh region as well. Although the option to take an online appointment is available online, the Jawazat is accepting the applications without even having an appointment.

4. Dependent Fee to get an iqama for newborn

After taking the appointment from Jawazat, the next step to get an iqama for the newborn baby is to pay the dependent’s fee. If the dependent was born on or before July 01, 2017, the dependent’s fee will be calculated from July 01, 2017 till your Iqama expiry date.

If the dependent is born after July 01, 2017, the fee will be calculated from the date of birth till iqama expiry date. You can read the calculation of dependent’s fee for further details. Recommended: Procedure to Pay Dependent’s Fee for Newly Born Child

5. Documents required to get iqama for newborn

After you receive your baby’s passport now it’s time to get baby’s Iqama. To get baby’s iqama by yourself you need the following documents;

  • Original passport of your newly born baby
  • 2 photos of your baby make sure at least one picture of your baby must be attached on baby’s filled iqama form.
  • Copy of your Passport
  • Copy of your wife’s passport
  • Original Marriage Certificate duly attested by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs if your wife is not under your sponsorship.
  • Copy of your Iqama
  • Copy of your wife’s Iqama
  • Copy of Birth Certificate

If you are applying for Iqama after 12 months of the birth of your child, you should pay a fine of SR 1,000 through SADAD.

5.1 Iqama form

You need to fill a form to get an iqama for the newborn child. I have attached the form below which can be downloaded. If you don't want to fill it yourself, agents sitting in front of Jawazat building will fill it for you for only SR 10. Recommended: Download “Iqama Form” for Saudi Jawazat (Passport Office)

6. Jeddah Jawazat – experience to get iqama for newborn

In Jeddah, you should go to the passport office located in Rehab to get an iqama for the newborn baby. Once you enter in Jawazat gate don't go in the main building, take your left and then right by the side of the building.

You will see a big board with red arrow on the top, go to left it is a big corridor, go straight you will see different doors on your right, enter from Second last door there you'll see counter from 1-9, counter Number 6-7 is for Adding newborn inside Kingdom and counter number 8 is for Newborn Outside the Kingdom.

6.1 Riyadh Jawazat – experience to get iqama for newborn

Once you are inside the Jawazat building to get an Iqama for the newborn baby (for me this was Jawazat in Riyadh and the building that you need to go to is which is separate from the main building at the back on the left) go to the manager’s office, show him your appointment and take a ticket.

Once you get called, the officer will check your paperwork and file on the system (take 2 mins) and he will give you back the originals along with one passport photo.

Finally, take this photo and your original iqama to the receiving desk (number 10) and you'll your baby's new iqama a few mins later!