Procedure to Transfer Sponsorship of Family Members after the death of Father

Many families live in Saudi Arabia under the sponsorship of their fathers. In the case of death of the father, all the family members under his sponsorship will have to go on final exit.

However, if one of the sons of the father is working on a job under different the sponsorship of his employer, he may take his mother and all his unmarried sisters (without age limit) and brothers below the age of 18 under his sponsorship.

The procedure to transfer Family Members under your Sponsorship after the death of Father is given below.[irp]

STEP 1 – COLLECTION OF DOCUMENTS: Prepare a letter for you in the Arabic language which explains why you would like to transfer Iqama. This may be due to the death of the male head of the family or any other reason.

Get a salary certificate along with a NOC from the company where you are employed. These certificates need to be stamped by the Chamber of Commerce and the profession should match your Iqama.

Certificate print from the GOSI and the salary should match what is mentioned on the Salary certificate.

Your current valid Iqama and a copy of your passport

A copy of your birth certificate. If the certificate is not in Arabic, you should get it translated from an official translation center.

Iqama of your father and his passport copy.

A copy of father’s death certificate. If he died in your home country, the death certificate needs to be attested by the MOFA of your country, Saudi Embassy, and MOFA Saudi Arabia.

Iqama of mother and her passport copy.

Iqama of brother and passport copy. (only applicable if you have a brother under 18 years of age and studying at school)

A copy of brother’s birth certificate. If not in Arabic, have it translated.

Iqama of unmarried sister and a copy of passport.

A copy of the Birth certificate of a sister, if not in Arabic, have it translated.

Letter of confirmation from brother’s school. The letter needs to be stamped by the KSA education ministry.

Letter of confirmation written by you, stating that the sister is unmarried. Married sisters cannot be transferred onto your Iqama.

A decent job title on the Iqama.

Compile these documents and make sure not to leave out anything. Next, take these documents to the Jawazat in the Legal Affairs Department. They will then verify all your documents and issue a letter on the very same day. The letter is for the courts stating that your case is authentic. Make sure to bring back all the documents from Jawazat.

STEP 2 – GETTING LETTER FROM COURT: To get the letter from the court, there are certain things you will, need;

Have the letter from Jawazat?

You will need 4 witnesses, who will state that your father is dead, and you are the legal guardian of the family.

The originals and copies of the Iqamas of all the family members, including you.

Head over to the court where they will register the case and forward you to a judge. When your turn comes, state your name and the issue for which you are here. For those who do not know the Arabic language, a translator will be provided for them. The judge will question the witnesses and once he is fully convinced, he will hand the witnesses a paper to sign. Once you and the witnesses have all signed the paper, the court will issue the letter.

STEP 3 – RETURNING TO JAWAZAT: Submit all the documents again, this time with the letter from the court attached. The legal affairs department will register your case and tell you to check back after a couple of days, which may range from 5 to 15 days. If after those days your case has been approved, they will begin the final phase of the transfer procedure.

STEP 4 – FINAL PROCEDURE OF TRANSFERENCE OF FAMILY IQAMA: Once the Jawazat has given the final approval the following must be done;

Enrollment of fingerprints of all the members of the family. If it has not been done previously, head on over to the fingerprint enrollment department which will help in getting it done.

The transfer form of the Iqama must be filled by every member of the family.

The original Iqama and the passport along with both their copies, of the entire family.

2 passport size photographs of each member of the family.

When these documents are ready, take them to the transfer of service department at Jawazat along with the final letter received by Jawazat. They will immediately transfer all the family members under your Iqama.

Shortly after an SMS will inform you of the change. To check the status, you may also go to your Abshir account under the Sponsoree Services where you will see your family members.

Undoubtedly those who read this will be thinking that this is a long and tiresome procedure, however, this is what everyone has to go through. Renewal of the family Iqama is done every 2 years for 1000 SAR per family member, and the most important thing is that the entire family can stay with you, together.

Those of us who have gone through this know the fact that there is no major expense throughout the entire procedure written above. The only place which will cost money is the documentation part. Those going to the Jawazat should be aware of the several agents sitting outside of it and offering their services to anyone who is seen entering Jawazat. 

Although these people may promise you to have the entire process done quickly, there is no real guarantee that the person, who is sitting as an agent outside of Jawazat is not just an ordinary con artist.

These agents can ask you for anything between 2000 to 4000 SAR and will promise you to have the process done in half the time that it usually takes. It is, however, advisable to not give into their salesman skills and to adopt the legal and official way wherever possible.

Paying off agents for such an important task can land you in hot legal waters and can cause you to not be able to get the Iqama of your family transferred onto your name.

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