What is Iqama


Iqama is the resident identity and permit of residency in Saudi Arabia either for work purpose or residing with family without work. Iqama is issuing to upon arrival against the 90 days work visa, family visa, and business visa. It is important to have an Iqama/Muqeem card in Saudi Arabia as permit of resident and identity verification at all national ministries.

What is Iqama and Iqama Details? 

Types of Iqama

There are three types of Iqama

  1. Iqama for work purpose and residency. (Issuing by Kafeel/Sponsor
  2. Iqama sponsor by family as a dependent. 
  3. Iqama self-sponsor as a business man. 

Validity of Iqama 

Iqama validity as followings:

  • 1 Year
  • 2 Years
  • 3 Years
  • 4 years
  • 5 years

Iqama details

The Iqama showing number of personal information and photo for identity purpose. Refer to the Iqama screenshot and below details correspondence to each number.

  1. Name of the Government and Ministry "Kingdom of Saudi Arabia Ministry of Interior."
  2. The subject of the card "Resident Identity" and Muqeem in Arabic. 
  3. Name of the Ministry and Government in Arabic.
  4. Iqama holder name in English. 
  5. Iqama holder name in Arabic.
  6. Number of Iqama in Arabic and number of Iqama under the bar code in English. 
  7. Revision number of Iqama also known as issued number. 
  8. Place of an issue, sometimes the city name but usually in Muqeem card showing electronic. 
  9. The expiry date of Iqama.
  10. Date of birth. 
  11. Iqama Profession. 
  12. Nationality. 
  13. Religion. 
  14. The number of MOL Ministry of Labor. 
  15. Sponsor name, such as personal sponsor name, establishment and company name. 
  16. The photo on Iqama.
  17. The bar code of Iqama number. 

Iqama and Muqeem Card clarification

The new implementation of Iqama and issuance is known as Muqeem card. The Muqeem card is similar to the Iqama but just an upgrade to the expiry which is extended up to 5 years and electronic print and delivery service. 

Iqama information:

Apart from the resident permit/Iqama card, the rest of information's are on the record with different related ministries such as MOI and MOL. This information under Iqama number and border number upon entering to Saudi Arabia. Such as history of Photo, fingerprints and other personal details. 

Some information can be retrieved after registrations with MOI Absher electronic services.  



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