How to read 12 Iqama details? Number, Name etc.

There are 12 details or information in the format of your Iqama such as your name in Arabic, name in English, Iqama number, serial number, place of issue, date of issue, date of birth, iqama profession, nationality, religion and the name of the employer. It is very important for each and every Iqama holder to know and understand these details, especially the iqama number and name should be learned by heart.

  1. Name in English

The first line on your Iqama just above the Iqama number is your name in English.  When you receive your card for the first time, make sure that;

  • The name in English is coinciding with the name in Arabic.
  • The spelling of the name on the passport is the same as on the Iqama.

If any of these details are inaccurate, you should return back your residency permit card immediately for the rectification. If you are working in some company, do not receive your card unless mistakes are rectified. Recommended: Procedure to change Name on Iqama and Driving License

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  1. Name in the Arabic

The second line of information contained in Iqama is your name in Arabic which is written just above the Iqama number. Make sure at the time of collection of your Iqama that your actual name is written on residency permit card in Arabic. You can take help from an Arabic speaking guy in this regard. Recommended: Procedure to change Name on Iqama and Driving License

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  1. Iqama Number

The third line on your Iqama is your Iqama number or ID written in Arabic digits just below the name written in Arabic. If you analyze the Iqama number format, it is a 10-digits number. An iqama number format is a chronological number issued by Jawazat.  You will memorize this number very soon as you will have to provide it every now and then.

People often ask if there is a way to check Iqama number online with your name or passport number. Well, as per my information, there is no way you can check your Iqama number by just entering your name or the passport number. However, you can check if your work permit is issued through your passport number. Recommended: How to check work permit status in Saudi Arabia?

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  1. Serial Number 

Serial Number shows the number of cards already issued for the employee. Now the residency card is issued for 5 years. So, after 5 years when you will be given a second card, the serial number will be 2 there.

In the case of change of sponsorship, Jawazat issues a new Iqama without changing the name or other information, the serial number of on the new card will be 2.

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  1. Place of Issue

Until 2017, the place of issue used to show the city name from where the residency permit card is issued. But now it only shows “Electronic Services” which means that the card has been issued electronically. Now the place of issue is not that important but for a long time, it used to be considered as important as the name and number of Iqama.

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  1. Date of Issue

The next line on the face of your Iqama is the date of issue of card and it is written in Arabic according to the Hijri calendar. You can convert this date to the Gregorian calendar very easily. Recommended: How to check Iqama issue date online?

It is important to mention here that now the date of expiry is no more printed on Iqama, but it does not mean that there is no expiry date of your iqama. If you want to check the real date of expiry of your residency permit, follow the instructions given in this link “How to Check Iqama Expiry Date Online?

Once again, with the print of new Iqama cards, the expiry date is not that important but for a long time, it used to be treated as important as the name and number of Iqama. Policemen used to check the expiry date to determine if someone is a residency law violator.

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  1. Date of Birth

The next line is the date of birth in the Gregorian calendar. The date of birth should match with the Date of Birth written on your passport. Just like the name and number on Iqama, if your date of birth is not matching with your passport, you should return your Iqama for rectification.

However, I have noticed that most of the times the DOB written on your residency permit does not match with a passport. Even DOB written on my card does not match with my passport. I don’t have to face any problem in this regard so far. I am not sure about the future.

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  1. Profession

Profession on your residence permit card tells other people about the job at which you are working. The profession on your card should match with your actual profession. It is important to mention here that it is an offense to have a different profession on iqama than your actual profession and penalties may reach up to deportation.

The government regulates different matters with the profession on your Iqama. For example, if the profession on your residence permit is Labor and you are working as a manager and getting a salary which does not match with the labor profession, your bank might detect this issue and block your name and account number on the instructions of SAMA (Saudi Arabian Monetary Authority).

You can change the profession at any point. Recommended: Procedure to Change Iqama Profession in Saudi Arabia

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  1. Nationality

Your nationality determines the attitude of government officials towards you. The treatment of a western expatriate is different from a South Asian expatriate. Also Read: How Saudis treat American Citizens in Saudi Arabia

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  1. Religion

The religion on your residency permit card determines if you can enter the two holy cities of Saudi Arabia namely Makkah and Madina. It is important to mention here that Non-Muslims cannot enter these two holy cities.

If anyone tries to enter the two holy cities with a non-Muslim written on Iqama, the authorities will note down the information such as your name and Iqama number and issue you a warning. Recommended: Punishment for Non-Muslims for entering to Makkah and Madina

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  1. Name of Employer

Name of your employer is written in Arabic here just above the Iqama number written in English. It is illegal to work for someone who is not your employer. In the case of a raid by Jawazat, they also check residency permit cards of different people on a random basis to establish if that person is working in the company is under its sponsorship.

In the case of transfer of sponsorship, the name of the employer is changed on the card. Recommended: Find Name of Kafeel Online through MOI (Absher) Account

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  1. Iqama Number in English

If you cannot read the Iqama ID written in Arabic, don’t worry as we have your Iqama number and name printed in English for you in the same format as Arabic. It is normally written on the left bottom corner of the card.

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