If your Iqama name differs from the passport or there is a mismatch between Arabic and English names, you need to change it in Saudi Arabia.
Why should you correct the name on Iqama?
If the name on the Iqama is different from the name on the passport or the Arabic name on the Iqama is not matching with the Arabic name, you will have the following three problems;
- No Bank will open your bank account.
- The police clearance certificate will have a different name.
- The documents issued from Saudi Arabia would not be acceptable outside KSA e.g., birth certificates of children.
Changing the English name on Iqama
My English name on Iqama was different from my passport. I went to the government relations officer of my company and asked him for the solutions. He opened the Muqeem system in front of me and changed my name in the system instantly.
After 2 minutes, the English name on my Absher account was changed. I got the new hard copy with the correct spelling when my iqama was renewed.
To change the Arabic name on Iqama, the government relations officer of your company will have to go to the Jawazat himself with the following documents;
- Jawazat Appointment with the option Resident Services.
- Fill out Form 203.
- Copy of the passport.
- Original Iqama.
The Jawazat officer will change the name and issue you a new Iqama immediately without any fee.
Once you have successfully changed the name of Iqama in Saudi Arabia, you must visit the traffic police station to change the name on your driving license.