3 Years ban if caught working on a job different from iqama profession

Shahzad: I have been in contact with you regarding my case. I want to remind you that my iqama profession was different from the actual profession and it was the company’s mistake to not change my profession though I had provided them all important documents according to the Saudi law.

Now Jawazat has imposed a ban of three years on me and my final exit papers are ready. I will not be detained in jail. I want to ask you that as I do not have any criminal case against me so can I go to the QATAR or UAE now because I have some very good offers from those countries.

I had asked the officer of Jawazat but very rudely he replied that I cannot enter any GCC country for three years. I need your guidance, please. May God, bless you!

I came to Saudi Arabia on materials engineer visa and my degree was geology. Here I got 2 Iqamas for the 1st two years but later, engineering council membership was needed.

I got the letter of changing profession from Saudi engineering council but my company due to their laziness did not change my profession. Then my company’s status was partial green and they could not change profession.

I asked them for the final exit but along with my final exit, Jawazat took fingerprints from me and banned me for 3 years. I asked Jawazat if this ban is only for Saudi Arabia or all GCC?

He was saying that I cannot enter any GCC country now though I do not have any criminal charge against me. So, I need confirmation that is this true because I have good offers from other countries. Mr. Steve police have not arrested me.

Answer by Steve: Yes, you can go to any GCC country easily.  Do not worry! You are not banned from anywhere in GCC. If you are going on final exit from KSA, no one can ban you.

If they have banned you from KSA, they cannot ban you from other GCC countries as you do not have any criminal record. This is according to my understanding of the Saudi Systems.

Saudi Arabia and other Gulf countries had proposed a law according to which if someone is deported from one Gulf country, he would not be allowed to enter in another Gulf country. However, later on, the law was not approved by higher authorities so it does not have any legal status.

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