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Around 10 million expats live in Saudi Arabia on different types of Iqama. Many people don’t even know that the kind of Iqama has an impact on your social class and entitlement to rights in Saudi Arabia.
Domestic Worker Iqama
Saudis employ people with domestic workers’ Iqama at home as housemaids, drivers, and building watchmen. People with this type of Iqama can apply for a family visit visa. However, they cannot apply for a permanent family for their loved ones.
Labor Class Iqama
The second type of Iqama in Saudi Arabia is the labor class. These people are generally construction workers, cleaners, plumbers, and all workers with blue-collar jobs. Their companies pay for their insurance cards. People with this type of Iqama can apply for a family visit visa. However, they cannot apply for a permanent family for their loved ones.
Professional Class Iqama
The third type of Iqama in Saudi Arabia is a professional class iqama. Doctors, professors, accountants, and engineers working in the private sector come under this category of iqama. The people of this category are entitled to apply for a family visit visa and a permanent family visa for their families.
People with this type of Iqama can easily apply for a visa to other countries such as Thailand, Malaysia, the Philippines, Canada, Schengen, the USA, or the UK. Their companies pay for their insurance cards.
The fourth type of Iqama in Saudi Arabia is dependent Iqama. People in this category are housewives, the children of expatriate workers, and their parents.
The expat needs to pay a dependent fee to renew their Iqama. Typically, the employer of the worker pays for their insurance cards. However, if the contract does not cover it, the worker has to renew their insurance cards himself.
Government employees Iqama
People working in the government sector have a government employee Iqama. They are also entitled to free treatment in Saudi Arabia’s government hospitals. Moreover, they don’t have to pay the dependent fee, which is a great advantage.
Expats who invest in Saudi Arabia by registering their companies get an investor Iqama. These expats are also entitled to many benefits. However, they are not allowed to work for anyone except for themselves.
Special Privileged Iqama
The government of Saudi Arabia has recently launched this type of iqama, which entitles you to many rights and benefits. You must pay SR 100,000 per annum, a one-time fee of SR 800,000, to get this special privileged Iqam or green card.
The good thing about this type of iqama is that they don’t have to pay their children’s dependent fees.