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Monday, March 10, 2014

Procedure to change Iqama Profession in Saudi Arabia

If your current profession on passport or Iqama is different from your actual profession, you need to change your profession. In Saudi Arabia, you are known with the profession you have on your visa or Iqama. Even if you are a doctor but the profession on your visa or iqama is labor, you are considered labor in the government office. By the way, it is very important to mention here that it is against the law to have a different profession in your Iqama than your actual profession. Passport office conduct raids to different companies time to time and if somebody is caught, he is kept in detention center and later on deported from Saudi Arabia. Gulf News has reported that a plan to ban the deported expatriates from one GCC country from entering on work visas in any other GCC country has been finalized. To know about the status of the implementation, click on this link “GCC Wide Ban on Deported Expatriates of GCC Countries



  1. Before changing the profession of the Iqama, I would suggest you to go through the list of professions which is benefited on priority basis by the Saudi authorities. However, you should make sure that your intended profession is not one of those professions reserved for Saudis. If you have already applied for change of profession, you can check the status of change in profession in this article. In order to change the profession on your iqama, you need to have;
  2. An attested degree from Saudi Culture and Saudi Embassy in your country
  3. Attested degree should be of relevant field of your intended profession. If you want to change your profession to doctor, you should have attested degree of doctor.
  4. If you want to change your profession to Engineering, you will have to register yourself with the Saudi Council of engineering first. The procedure to register with Saudi Council of Engineering is explained in this article "Procedure to Register with Saudi Council of Engineering". Similarly, people with accounting professions have to register with SOCPA. "Procedure to get SOCPA Membership"
  5. Recently, many people have changed their professions online with the help of government relations officer of the company. They did not have to submit their degrees for the change in profession. However, MOI reserves the right to demand the attested degree from anyone at their demand for the change in profession. So it is always better to have attested degree in your hand before applying for change in profession of Iqama.
  6. Your employer can also opt for manual procedure in which he will have to visit Jawazat. He will have to submit a form as well. Recommended: Download form 58 to change iqama profession or replace lost, damaged Iqama
  7. Although the attested degree is not required to change the iqama profession online but you will need it at the time of applying for the permanent family visa for your family.
  8. Deposit SR 1,000/- for the change in profession. As per Saudi Labor Law, it is the responsibility of the employer to pay this amount. Recommended: Payment of Fee to change profession on Iqama in Saudi Arabia
  9. Once you have all the above mentioned documents with you, just contact the Government Relations Officer of your company. He will do the rest of the process. You cannot go yourself to Jawazat for changing Iqama profession.
Consequences of having Different Profession
  1. As it is already mentioned, it is illegal to have a different profession on your iqama, you can be detained in the detention center in case of any raid of Jawazat in your office.
  2. Your application for visas of different countries will not be successful if your profession is low profile.
  3. You cannot get family status in Saudi Arabia. You cannot bring your family to Saudi Arabia on permanent basis.
  4. You cannot apply for family visit visa for your parents, unmarried sisters and others.



Visa profession cannot be changed if any of the following exist;
  1. Traffic violations present against employee
  2. The employee’s Iqama is expired.
  3. The status of the employee is “runaway”.
  4. Traffic violations present against the sponsor.
  5. No sufficient funds are available for profession change stop the process
  6. If you have been awarded a domestic visa like Driver for Home, Housemaid etc. it cannot be changed to any other profession related to business. It can only be transferred to some other domestic profession.


Changing Iqama Profession
  1. List of all Iqama Professions in Saudi Arabia
  2. Procedure to Change Iqama Profession in Saudi Arabia
  3. Procedure to get SOCPA Membership
  4. How to Check Iqama Profession Online?
  5. Procedure to Register with Saudi Council of Engineering
  6. List of Professions eligible for Family Visas in Saudi Arabia
  7. List of Professions reserved for Saudis

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