How to transfer Iqama without Kafeel’s permission?

If an expatriate meets any of the following 6 conditions and his contract with the current Kafeel has completed, he can transfer Iqama sponsorship without the sponsor’s approval or consent.

6 conditions to transfer Iqama without sponsor’s consent

  1. If the sponsor is in the Red Nitaqat category. Recommended: Check Nitaqat category of Kafeel
  2. If Kafeel doesn’t provide Iqama to the employee within 3 months of his arrival. 
  3. You can transfer the sponsorship after 3 days of the Iqama and labor card expiry. Recommended: Check Iqama Expiry Date
  4. If you have not been paid salaries for over 3 months under the Wage Protection System.
  5. If you report a commercial coverup (Tasattur) in your organization. – Arab News
  6. If there has been a judgment by the court in the favor of the expatriate to allow him to transfer his sponsorship.

Transfer iqama without the sponsor’s consent

How to transfer Iqama without Kafeel’s permission?

If you meet any condition out of condition number 1,2,3,4 explained above, the process to transfer the sponsorship without Kafeel’s permission is very simple.

In case the online procedure does not work out to be in your favor, your new sponsor can visit the Labor office to complete the process of transferring the sponsorship without old Kafeel’s approval.

Iqama Transfer with the court ruling

You can also transfer Iqama sponsorship without Kafeel’s approval if there is a court ruling in favor of the expatriate. In order to do that;

Required Documents

  1. Iqama of the expatriate employee.
  2. Passport copy of the expatriate employee.
  3. The court ruling/decision.
  4. A request letter from the new Kafeel duly attested by the chamber of commerce explaining the reason to transfer the sponsorship without the consent of the previous Kafeel.

Iqama Transfer of domestic workers without Kafeel

A domestic worker can file a case in the labor office against the employer in the following 10 conditions and get the Iqama sponsorship transferred to another sponsor without current Kafeel’s consent.

Iqama Transfer of domestic workers without Kafeel approval

  1. Salary not paid for 3 months.
  2. If the employer does not pick up the worker from the airport upon the first arrival.
  3. You can transfer the sponsorship after one month of Iqama expiry.
  4. The worker’s service is rented to another person without his/her consent.
  5. A threat to the worker’s health and safety.
  6. Physical mistreatment with the domestic worker.
  7. A fake huroob case registered by the employer.
  8. If the employer does not attend the legal proceedings of an employee case two times in a row.
  9. The employer has disappeared.
  10. If the Minister thinks it is legitimate.

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