What is the Iqama Renewal process in Saudi Arabia?

By following the Iqama Renewal process, paying the due fee, you can renew your Iqama online in advance or even after its expiry. In this article, I have explained how to check if the Iqama renewal fee is paid, explained new rules for the renewal of Saudi Iqama and addressed long does it take to renew iqama online.

Earlier, the process to renew iqama was complicated and you had to complete an application form, present the valid passport, submit recent photographs, attach a copy of the iqama and also submit original iqama to renew iqama.

However, there is no need to submit any documents for the renewal of iqama now. The Government Relations Officer or HR of your company can renew the Iqama online. It is important to mention here that your employer is responsible to renew your Iqama and follow all the below-mentioned process. 

  1. Payment of the iqama renewal fee

If you are living in Saudi Arabia with your family, Iqama renewal fee for employee and all its dependents is SR 650/-. It is very important to follow the instruction given in this link to pay the fee as your sponsor will be checking if the Iqama renewal fee is paid in the system. Recommended: Payment of the fee to Renew Iqama in Saudi Arabia

However, the cost to renew your iqama will be SR 1,150 per annum if your wife is locally transferred to your Iqama. Recommended: How to reduce Iqama Fee from SR 1,150 to SR 650

  1. Payment of Dependent Fee

If you have dependents living in Saudi Arabia, you will have to pay dependent’s fee according to new rules for the renewal of Saudi iqama. We have explained the procedure to pay dependent’s fee in Saudi Arabia in this link. Recommended: Procedure to pay Dependent’s Fee

  1. Payment of Maktab Amal Fee

You will also have to pay the labor office fee for the Iqama renewal which is around SR 7,200 in 2019 and it will further increase to SR 9,600 in 2020. Recommended: How to pay Maktab Amal fee?

  1. Medical Test to Renew Iqama

Residents of some countries like African countries (Ethiopia – Eritrea – Kenya – Somalia – Djibouti – Nigeria – Sudan) and Asian countries (Thailand – Nepal – Vietnam) have to provide the medical test report for Iqama renewal. I have explained the procedure of taking the medical test in this article.

  1. Renewal

When all the above-mentioned steps are completed, your sponsor will have to log in to his Muqeem system and press the button to renew Iqama. You will receive an SMS just after the iqama renewal from the MOI informing you about this fact. 

  1. Iqama Print

The next step is to take the print the iqama or taking the Iqama in physical form. If you have already been given Muqeem card with 5 years validity, you don't need to print a new card. Otherwise, you will have to print a new card.

For this, government relations officer of your company will come to you to take the Iqama physically. Do not forget to ask him to give you a print out from the system stating that the iqama has been renewed. In case if you are stopped by the police or any other official authority, you can show them this letter.

Even if he says that the Iqama will come in a few hours, take that print from him. You will also have to give photographs of your children to the GRO of your company.

If the GRO of your company is hesitating to go to Jawazat, you can also go to the Jawazat office to get the renewed print of Iqama according to new rules for the renewal of Saudi iqama. 

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  1. Advance iqama renewal

Many people ask this question if advance iqama renewal is possible. Yes, you can renew your Iqama in advance 3 months prior to its expiry. So, people who have been asking how many days before iqama expiry it can be renewed, it is 90 days.

  1. How to check iqama renewal?

If you want to check if iqama renewal has been done, there are a couple of ways of doing it;

  • You don’t need to check it at all if you have received an SMS from the MOI confirming that your iqama has been renewed.
  • You can also check the iqama renewal by checking the Iqama expiry date from the system. Recommended: Check Iqama Expiry Date through MOI
  1. Iqama renewal after the expiry

The iqama renewal process should be started at least 3 days before its expiry. If an employer is unable to do it, he will be fined equivalent to the charge of renewal of Iqama i.e. SR 500. The fine is doubled in case of a second violation. It is important to mention here that the process for iqama renewal after expiry is the same as the normal process.

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  1. How long does it take to renew iqama?

It used to take many days to renew Iqama in the past. However, now with the introduction of an online system, it doesn’t take many days to renew Iqama. In fact, it takes only one day to renew Iqama according to new rules for the renewal of Saudi iqama

  1. How to renew iqama without Kafeel?

I personally didn’t want to address this question, but many people have been asking me how they can renew iqama without Kafeel. When you renew iqama, it also means that your Kafeel has extended your contract for the next year, how is it possible without Kafeel? To conclude, you cannot renew Iqama without Kafeel.

Can we renew Iqama for 6 months?

No, one cannot renew Iqama for 6 months. The minimum time period to renew the Iqama is 12 months. Domestic workers can renew the iqama for a period of 24 months. There is no age limit for the iqama renewal. I know some people who have renewed their Iqama at the age of 80 years.

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