Iqama Expiry Status Online

Iqama is the most important documents here in Saudi Arabia. In this blog, we will cover all the aspects of an Iqama. Iqama is called Muqeem Card nowadays.

When a worker comes here in Saudi Arabia for work then the Kafeel (sponsor) arranges an Iqama for him within 90 days.

We will see how to check Iqama status in all aspects like validity, expiry, renewal, fee, huroob, etc.

How to Check Iqama Expiry?

There are a number of methods where we can check iqama expiry and the most we use Absher account.

We can check Iqama expiry through

  1. Absher
  2. SMS
  3. Through MOI Mobile Application
  4. MOL – Ministry of Interior Website
  5. Offline at Iqama Print

Iqama Check at Absher

This is the easiest method and if you don’t’ have an Absher account then you can make here. Make and Activate Absher

Also, if you don’t have an Absher account then you can ask your friends with Absher account and they can help you to check about the status of your Iqama.

Now, follow the below steps;

Step for Iqama Validity Check

Step-1: First of all, go to MOI Absher account by clicking here Absher

Step-2: You can change the language in English here

Step-3: You will have a window like below

Go to Absher Website and put user name and password

Step-4: Here you need to login by “User Name” and “Password”. The MOI Absher credentials

Step-5: Enter “Image Code” and hit “Log in”

Step-6: Now go to the tab highlighted as in below snip

At MOI Absher Website go to Quesry Iqama Expiry Services

Step-7: Click at “Query Iqama Expiry Service”

Step-8: Now, we will have a window like below

Enter Iqama number, image code and click on view

Step-9: Enter  your Iqama that you want to check at “Iqama Number”, “Image Code” and hit “View”

Step-10: You will get the Iqama Validity date at “Iqama is Valid” like 1441/06/13 in here. This date is in the Hijri calendar.

Step-11: You can convert to the Gregorian. Here, we need to visit this link Islamiccity.org

Change expiry date to english

This is a way to check the Iqama expiration date at MOI Absher.

Video Guide | MOI Absher Check

Expiry Check at MOI

Check Iqama Expiry | SMS

This is quite an old method best still works like a charm when you don’t have access to the internet or Absher account.

All you have to do, just type an SMS in the following formate;

12*Kafeel Batakha Number*Iqama No.

12*1135557345*2325654789

Send it according to your network like

  • for Zain 709444
  • for SAWA | STC 888994
  • for Mobily 624444

Check Iqama Expiry | MOI Application

The Ministry of Interior – MOI KSA has launched an application that you can download at your mobile and check at your mobile. You can get this application here MOI Absher

Step-1: Download the MOI and “Login” by user MOI Absher credentials

Step-2: Then, go to the “Dashboard”

Step-3: Here, click the “Timeline”

Step-4: Now, to “Me & My Family” tab

Step-5: Here, you can see “Iqama Expiry”, “Passport Expiry” & the “Driving License” validity.

Iqama Check at MOI Mobile Application

This is how you can check Iqama validity at your mobile and no need to convert it into English date as it is already as per your preferred setting. You can change it into the Arabic date as well in the same MOI application setting.

Check Iqama Expiry at Iqama

You can also get an idea by looking at your Iqama issuance date. Add one year in it. But this will not give you the exact date but you can get the idea easily.

Iqama in Saudi Arabia Check Expiry Date

Check Iqama Expiry | MOL

Watch the below video for Iqama expiry check trick at Ministry of the interior website;

Expiry Check at MOL

What is Iqama Renewal Fee 2020

Iqama renewal fee as per 2020 – This fee is according to the estimations from the news from different departments.

If Saudi Employees in your company are more than 50%:

Ministry of Interior Ministry of LaborAverage Medical InsuranceTotal Fee
SAR 650/-SAR 8,400/-SAR 450/-SAR 9,500/-
If Saudi Employees in your company are less than 50%:
Ministry of Interior Ministry of LaborAverage Medical InsuranceTotal Fee
SAR 650/-SAR 9,600/-SAR 450/-SAR 10,700/-

Iqama Fee for Saiq Khas, Maid, Gardener, Farmer, etc:

Ministry of Interior Ministry of LaborAverage Medical InsuranceTotal Fee
SAR 600/-SAR 00/-SAR 450/-SAR 1,050/-

Iqama Fee for small setups | Maximum 5 workers including the Owner:

Ministry of Interior Ministry of LaborAverage Medical InsuranceTotal Fee
SAR 650/-SAR 00/-SAR 450/-SAR 1,100/-

Ministry of Labor fee is also exempted from Industry workers.

Note: This fee may vary a little like medical insurance may go up to SAR600/-.

Levi fee is SAR 300/-, the fee in July 2020 is expected to increase to SAR 400/-.

MOL (Maktab e Amal) fee is not for Home Driver (Saiq Khas), Domestic Workers (Maid, Gardener) and Industry Workers.

Also, small establishments with 5 or fewer workers are exempt Maktab e Amal fee if the owner is a registered worker to that firm.

You can check here Iqama Expiry

What the Iqama Penalty?

If you are unable to renew Iqama on time or within 3 days after expiry that is called a grace period then you will be fined heavily like;

First Time Iqama Penalty:- First time fee is SAR 500 after these 3 days

Second Time Iqama Penalty:- This time the fee will get doubled which is  SAR 1000.

Third Time Iqama Penalty:- Now a fine of SAR 1000 and you will be deported without any further chance.

Although this is a duty of your kafeel to get it renewed for you some time the company may face financial crises and may get fail to comply. In this case, better you transfer your Iqama.

Who is Kafeel?

Kafeel is the person who sponsored your work visa.

He is solely responsible for your Iqama to issued, renewed after paying a hefty fee. for Ministry of Labor, Medical insurance, Minintory oof Interior and other related departments like Saudi Council of Engineers, etc.

What is a Transferable Iqama?

Every Iqama is transferable but for this, your current sponsor needs to agree to transfer you. Some people have already transferred from other companies and in this, your current employer may release you easily but still, his consent to transfer you is necessary.

Another scenario is that your company is in the Red category in this case you can take transfer without any permission from your kafeel.

Sometimes, it is on your contract like after two years you are free to take transfer but still, kafeel should be agreed or he will send you on final exit.

What is Absher?

Absher is a helping platform provided by the Ministry of Interior where a number of government queries are solved without any interaction of Saudi officials.

Note: If you don’t have an Absher account then you can make by following this easy method. Make and Activate Absher

The major use of Absher are;

We will discuss all in detail here in this blog.

You can do all processes through the MOI Absher website or Mobile Application.

How to Create Absher?

This is really simple to get an Absher account. All you have to do just go to the Absher website and make an account and then activate it through self-service machines, or through net banking or even you can go to jawazat passport department. Click the click and find the easiest of methods Make and Activate Absher

Company Red Green

Ministry of Labor has strict policies against the companies or Mosassa (small company) operating here must have to fulfill set criteria. If any company violates the rules and regulation will be in the red category.

This will affect the person under that company and we call it Iqama Red. You can read more on this below link.

Iqama Red Green

What is Huroob?

Huroob is a ‘Runaway’. If a worker is absent from work then the kafeel will report him in Jawazat (Ministry of Labor). This happens when a person finds a better opportunity and tries to grab it without letting the kafeel. Even if he needs that job then he needs to take iqama transfer to the other one.

If a kafeel is unable to report that person and police (or any official department like Jawazat) catch him then the original kafeel will be in trouble – Jail & hefty fine.

Kafeel’s name is printed on Iqama. You can know more about Huroob here

Iqama Huroob

Saudi Traffic Violation Check

All traffic violations will be recorded electronically under iqama and one can check through MOI Absher. Also one will receive an SMS notification if violates.

One can check these through Absher and also through online banking.

Traffic Violations

Available Funds on Iqama

The funds we submit against any official purpose like to renew iqama, driving license, car istamara, etc. can be viewed on Absher account. Like we can refund it back if we change our mind. But if disappeared then the transactions are completed and we cannot get it back. Mostly happen when we apply for a family visit visa where we have to decide according to the situation.

Iqama Funds Check & Refund

What is Iqama Fee – 2020

Iqama is quite expensive nowadays. It depends on your company category. But on average it cost 10,000 SAR nowadays in 2020. The family Levi fee is 300 SAR per head per month. Levi fee is expected to increase in July-2020.

You can check Iqama Fee here

Iqama Fee 2020

Note: This fee may vary a little like medical insurance may go up to SAR600/-.

Mobile SIM of Iqama Check

You are allowed a few sim cards to be issued on your Iqama. The major operators are;

  • STC – SAWA
  • Zain
  • Mobily

You cannot get more than two sims of any network. But you don’t then someone else may get and scam it. That’s why it is really important to have a check all the time for your security.

Although the system here in Saudi Arabia is through biometric and hence very little chances to get scammed. Still, be careful!

I have tried to clear all the queries related to Iqama and how you can check all this stuff. Still, have any query then comment below. I am glad to answer you as per the best of my knowledge. Let us see some FAQ’s about Saudi Iqama

Frequently Asked Questions

Question: May I go on exit re-entry visa if my iqama is expired?

Answer: No, you should have a valid iqama and the Iqama should be valid until you return back to KSA. Read more Exit Visa

Question: How many days an Iqama is valid?

Answer: Normally, it is valid for one year but it can be issued for a longer period but cannot be issued for less than a year period.

Question: What documents are required for Iqama renewal?

Answer: Normally, your passport should be valid. No penalty like traffic violations Other registration like SCE – Saudi Council of Engineers also should be valid.

Question: How to check iqama expiry at Mobile?

Answer: You can check Iqama expiry through SMS, MOI Mobile application or through the MOI website as explained in this blog.

Question: Is there any penalty for Iqama expiration?

Answer: Yes, you need to renew Iqama within 3 days of its expiry but cannot late than this otherwise you need to pay a heavy fine that ranges from minimum to 500 SAR and can lead to jail & deportation if you are unable to get it renewed.

Question: How early can I renew mine Iqama?

Answer: You can renew before three months of its expiry date.

Question: Who is to renew mineIqama?

Answer: Your kafeel is to renew your Iqama, not you.

Question: May I get the final exit if my Iqama is expired?

Answer: Yes, you can but need to pay the fine of that period.

Question: May I transfer mineIqama?

Answer: Yes, you can after a mutual agreement with your old and new company kafeel.

Question: May I take transfer if my Iqama is expired?

Answer: Yes, you can after a mutual agreement with your new company kafeel only this time and no need permission from old kafeel.

Question: If my Iqama is of Red status still I can take transfer?

Answer: Yes, you can after a mutual agreement with your new company kafeel only this time and no need permission from old kafeel.

Question: If I am put on Huroob still I can take transfer?

Answer: No, you first need to settle issues with your kafeel and remove huroob then you can take a transfer.

Question: If my Iqama is already expired then what to do?

Answer: Just pay the extra fine imposed and get it renewed.

Question: If my Iqama is already expired then what to do?

Answer: Just pay the extra fine imposed and get it renewed.

Question: What is the normal fee of Iqama renewal?

Answer:  It is around 10,000 SAT but you can read above more in detail for category wise.

Question: How can I check iqama validity without an Absher account?

Answer:  You can check via SMS or can see the Ministry of Labor website as explained above and the video is attached.

Question: How can I check iqama validity without an Absher account?

Answer:  You can check via SMS or can see the Ministry of Labor website as explained above and the video is attached.

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