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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.
- Apply for a domestic worker visa.
- Transfer the Sponsorship of a domestic worker.
Is Iqama transferable?
Another important issue is to check if the domestic worker’s iqama is transferable. In most cases, the current employer of the domestic worker would require the new sponsor for monetary compensation.
However, 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.
Demand Letter to the Current Employer
The first step to Transfer Domestic Worker’s Sponsorship or to do house driver iqama transfer is to write a demand letter in Arabic for the current employer of the domestic worker to allow you to transfer the sponsorship of domestic worker. The letter must be attested by the company or organization where new employee works.
It should also be attested by the Chamber of Commerce if the new employer is working in private organization. Recommended: Important Points about Attestation from Chamber of Commerce
A release letter from the current employer
The next step in the process of house driver iqama transfer is to get a release letter from the current employer that there is no problem in getting the sponsorship transferred to the new employer.
This letter must be attested by the chamber of commerce in case if he works in a private organization. No need for COC if he is working in a government organization.
Fee for the transfer of Sponsorship
If you are fulfilling all the below-mentioned requirements, visit Jawazat office with following documents to transfer the sponsorship of domestic worker to your name. Jawazat will collect these documents and issue you a new iqama with your name as a sponsor.
- Original Iqama and Copy
- Original Passport and Copy
- Copy of Iqama of domestic worker
- Duly Filled Form
Requirements for House Driver Iqama Transfer
An expatriate is allowed to hire a Domestic Worker in Saudi Arabia if his Iqama is suitable. Definition of suitable Iqama is full of conflicts since there is no list available at any government website detailing about the professions who are eligible to hire Domestic Workers in Saudi Arabia.
However, we have compiled a list of professions in Saudi Arabia who are eligible to hire Domestic Workers. This list is not comprehensive but still, gives an idea about the eligibility of hiring housewife in Saudi Arabia.
You can check your profession in this list. “List of Professions in Saudi Arabia” However, people with the profession of businessmen are also allowed to hire Domestic Workers in Saudi Arabia.
Applicant must be married
The applicant for the Domestic Worker’s visa must be married if he is a male and want to bring a female domestic worker to Saudi Arabia. There is no condition for marriage for a woman.
In other words, you don't need to be married for house driver iqama transfer to your name.
One Saudi family is entitled to 5 domestic workers while expatriate families and Saudis married to expatriates are allowed to have 2 domestic workers.
Minimum Salary Requirement
1-In order to obtain first Domestic Worker visa, you must have a minimum salary of SR 5,000 per month and bank balance of SR 35,000 kept for at least 6 months.
2-Second Domestic Worker visa can be applied only if you you have a minimum salary of SR 18,000 per month and bank balance of SR 120,000 kept for at least 6 months.
3-A minimum salary of SR 30,000 per month and bank balance of SR 250,000 kept for at least 6 months is the minimum requirement to get 3rd and 4th domestic worker's visa.
4-In order to obtain 5th Domestic Worker visa, you must have a minimum bank balance of SR 500,000 kept for at least 6 months.
The rules which are applied to apply for the domestic workers' visa are also applicable for the transfer of sposorship of a domestic worker or a house driver iqama transfer.
Source: Arab News
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