How to transfer domestic worker’s sponsorship?

It is illegal to hire a domestic worker such as a house driver in Saudi Arabia without transferring the Iqama sponsorship to your name. There are two ways to legally hire a domestic worker in Saudi Arabia.

  1. Apply for a domestic worker visa.
  2. Transfer the Sponsorship of a domestic worker.

Requirements for Domestic Worker Iqama Transfer

The following requirements must be met to transfer the Iqama sponsorship of a domestic worker such as a house driver or housemaid.

  1. The suitable profession of the new Kafeel (if expat).
  2. The applicant must be married to transfer the sponsorship of a housemaid.
  3. Minimum Salary Requirement (explained below.)
  4. The domestic worker Iqama must be transferable.
  5. Iqama Transfer Fee. Recommended: How to pay Iqama transfer fee?

If a house driver, housemaid, or any other domestic worker meets any of the 10 conditions, they can transfer their sponsorship without the consent of their Kafeel.

Request through Absher

In order to transfer a domestic worker’s sponsorship in Saudi Arabia, the following process is followed through Absher;

  • The new employer will create a request to transfer.
  • The employee will approve the request through Absher.
  • The old employer will accept the request.
  • Upon acceptance, the new employer will pay the fee.
  • The new employer will visit Jawazat to get the print of the Iqama.

house driver iqama transfer

Approve through Absher

In order to approve the request for the transfer of Iqama sponsorship, a domestic worker needs to;

  • Log in to Absher account https://www.absher.sa/
  • Click on “Services” under My Services.
  • Select “Passports“.
  • Choose “Sponsorship Transfer Acceptance“.

On the next page,

  • Click on the “View Sponsorship Transfer Requests“.
  • Review the request and “Accept” or “Reject” it.
  • The request must be approved within 7 days to avoid auto-rejection

Domestic Worker Iqama Transfer to Business

The transfer of sponsorship of a domestic worker from an individual to an establishment has been banned.

The transfer of sponsorship from establishments or companies to Individuals is still banned.

Error Message: Labor Service cannot be transferred from an establishment to an individual electronically through Absher.

The government of Saudi Arabia had allowed the transfer of sponsorship of a domestic worker to an establishment or company in 2020 after 7 years if the following two conditions are met. However, later the decision was reversed.

  1. His Iqama was renewed for not more than one year last time.
  2. He will have to change his profession.

Iqama transfer of Domestic Workers

Minimum Salary Requirement

One Saudi family is entitled to 5 domestic workers while expatriate families and Saudis married to expatriates are allowed to have 2 domestic workers.

  • 1st Domestic Worker: Minimum salary SR 5,000 and bank balance SR 35,000.
  • 2nd Domestic Worker: Minimum salary SR 18,000 and bank balance SR 120,000.
  • 3rd & 4th Domestic Worker: Minimum salary SR 30,000 and bank balance SR 250,000.
  • 5th Domestic Worker: Minimum bank balance SR 500,000.

Source: Arab News

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