Iqama Renewal process and procedure Muqeem Card KSA


Iqama renewal process will be getting the same resident permit known as Muqeem card. Iqama is the predecessor to Muqeem card previously renewal and printing card every year or after biennium.
Iqama Renewal to get Muqeem Card procedure
Iqama Renewal to get Muqeem Card procedure

The benefit of the Muqeem card is to keep the card with you for five years, and the renewal can be processed without submitting to MOI. Saudi Arabia is performing proudly in information technology and adopting the online services. Recommending to read and learn about Iqama and Muqeem. 

Currently, Muqeem card is still getting prints in Jawazat while future renewal the is the plan to courier avoiding queue lines in the Passport office. The employer will receive the Muqeem cards via post, or either consignee can be the Iqama holder.

Procedure and process of Iqama/Muqeem card renewal.

Renewing the residency must process before three days of Iqama expiry. You will need to pay all the government penalty before renewal such as traffic fine. Medical test report if you are listed in below nationality. The employer to the online fee to MOI Jawazat (Passport office) and Ministry of Labor fee if less than 50% Saudization. The employer must also renew the health insurance as essential before renewing the resident permit.

Once finish the primary process and payment, the surrender the original Iqama/Muqeem card to the employer or HR department. After quitting the residency, make sure to get the temporary residency permit against the first resident. The temp residency paper will be starting the renewal under-process to avoid any checkpoint problem.

Step by Step procedure and guidelines for Iqama/Muqeem card renewal:

The following are frequently asked question and information to know before renewal. You can also check Kafeel name using Iqama info.

When can the Iqama/Muqeem card be renewed?

The Iqama or Muqeem card must renew at least three days before the expiry date. Also possible to process the renewal before three months of the expiry date. In any circumstances, if the employer failed to do so then the penalty to be equivalent to the fee for Iqama renewal. In other words, the amount will be double to renew the Muqeem card.

Is medical test required for renewal of Iqama/Muqeem card?

No, there is no medical test required to for the an of Iqama but for the residents with followings nationalities to provide medical test report before the renewing of Muqeem/Iqama. While also some other countries are required to do to the HIV test first before applying the renewal of Iqama. 
  • Djibouti
  • Eritrea
  • Ethiopia
  • Kenya
  • Nepal
  • Nigeria
  • Somalia
  • Sudan
  • Thailand
  • Vietnam

Is health insurance renewal needed for Iqama renewal?

The medical insurance renewal must do before renewal of the resident permit. Providing the ultimate health insurance is essential. Otherwise, the process can move forward without health insurance. 

What is the amount of Iqama renewal or Muqeem card fee?

The renewal fees of Iqama/Muqeem card is SR 650.

What is the amount of Iqama renewal for family and dependents?

Any dependents or family member above 18 years have to pay SR 500 per year for renewal.

How much is Ministry of Labor fees for renewal of Iqama?

The fees are SR 2,400 for Labor office if the Saudization Nitaqat program category is less 50%. There are no fees if the employer has only four expatriates under or small business with less than total of 10 employees.

MOI Passport office Jawazat refuse to renew my Iqama?

If your Iqama renewal is rejected, then there must be the violation against your resident permit number. Such as violation of traffic.You will need to check online if there is any violation against you to pay all online and then go again for the renewal of Iqama.

I don’t have the driving license, but there is traffic penalty?

If there is a traffic penalty against your Iqama from Traffic Police, then it’s sound like the traffic police catch you on the passenger seat while not wearing the seat belt.  

Is Iqama/Muqeem card renewal is necessary?

Iqama/Muqeem has known the resident permit, Failing to renew Iqama is considering an illegal stay in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. Without valid Iqama all bank account gets frozen. No transaction is allowed without the valid Iqama. Expatriates are not authorized to go vacation either exit from Saudi Arabia.

Is fingerprint needed for renewal of Iqama?

During first entry at the Airport in Saudi Arabia, your fingerprint impressions already recorded in MOI system / Jawazat. And there is no need to reprint. The fingerprint activation is required when doing MOI Abhser Online.

How much time required to get Iqama renewal?

Usually doing all the steps in business days could take 3 to 4 days but can be done within one day if no penalty and no medical test report needed from you. You will receive a notification SMS message from MOI Jawazat after successful renewal. An expatriate can also check renewal status through MOI Services online. Check Iqama expiry date via MOI online web portal.

What do so after Iqama/Muqeem card renewal?

Once expatriate gets the Iqama or Muqeem card after renovation, then it allows the residency in Saudi Arabia. It is essential to provide the copy of new valid residency to the banks to unfreeze your account. Also to other remittance agencies for money transferring such as Enjaz, Speedcash, Tahweel Al Rajhi, Al Ahli and quick pay.



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