How to change Iqama Profession in KSA? 2019

If your current profession on Iqama in Saudi Arabia is different from your actual profession, you will have to change your profession according to the KSA new rules of 2019. In this article, I have explained the procedure to change the iqama profession in Saudi Arabia according to the new rules of 2019.

  1. Select the Iqama Profession

The first thing you need to do to change the iqama profession in KSA according to the new rules of 2019, is to select the profession you want to adopt. I have given a list of all iqama professions of Saudi Arabia to assist you in the selection process.

It is important to mention here that while changing the iqama profession in Saudi Arabia according to the new rules of 2019, you need to select a profession which is not already reserved for Saudis. Yes, there are many professions which are reserved for Saudis by the Saudi government and expatriates are not allowed to adopt those professions.

  1. Requirements to change the Iqama profession

  • Attested Degrees

The first thing you need to change the iqama profession in KSA according to the new rules of 2019, is an attested degree matching your desired profession. The degree needs to be attested by the Saudi Culture and the Saudi Embassy of the country from where the degree was issued. Recommended: How to attest degrees for Saudi Arabia?

Recently, many people have changed their iqama profession in Saudi Arabia according to the new rules of 2019 with the help of the GRO of the company without submitting their degrees. However, MOI reserves the right to demand the attested degree from anyone. Therefore, it is always better to have an attested degree in your hand before applying for the change.

Keep in mind that even if the attested degree is not required to change the iqama profession, you will have to produce it at the time of applying for the permanent family visa for your family.

  • Registration with the relevant body

The second important thing required to change the iqama profession in KSA according to the new rules of 2019, is the registration with the relevant professional body. It means that if you want to change your iqama profession to be an engineer, you need to register with the Saudi Council of Engineers before proceeding with the Iqama change. Similarly, people with accounting professions have to register with SOCPA

  • Fee

The third thing required to change the iqama profession in KSA according to the new rules of 2019 is depositing the required amount of fee through SADAD. The fee to change the Iqama profession in KSA as per the new rules of 2019 is SR 1,000 and as per Saudi Labor Law, it is the responsibility of the employer to pay this amount. 

Once you have all the above-mentioned documents with you, just contact the Government Relations Officer of your company and he will do the rest of the process. Keep in mind that you would not be able to do the process yourself as your employer is the only person who can request it from the Jawazat.

  1. Consequences of having Different Profession

It is illegal to have any other profession on your Iqama than your actual profession. You can be detained in the detention center in case of any raid of Jawazat in your office.

  • Your application for visas of different countries will not be successful if your profession is low profile.
  • You cannot get family status in Saudi Arabia. You cannot bring your family to Saudi Arabia on a permanent basis.
  • You cannot apply for family visit visa for your parents, wife, and children
  1. Iqama profession for domestic workers

If you have been awarded a domestic visa like Driver for Home, Housemaid, etc. it cannot be changed to any other profession related to business in KSA according to the new rules of 2019. It can only be transferred to some other domestic profession.

  1. Status of Change in Profession

If you have already applied for a change of profession, you can check the status of change in the profession in this article. 

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Steve has been living in Saudi Arabia since 2013 and writing about Saudi rules, regulations, guides, and procedures since then.