Saturday, 7 June 2014

Procedure to Apply for First Iqama in Saudi Arabia

When you have arrived in Saudi Arabia on employment visa or permanent family visa, the most important thing is getting your Iqama. It is the responsibility of employer and right of employee to get the Iqama within 90 days of arrival to Saudi Arabia. Employer will be taking care of all the expenses of your Iqama (Article 40.1 of the Saudi Labor Law).  Whatever the case it is, you will have to go through the following procedure to get your first Iqama in Saudi Arabia. If your Iqama is not issued within first 90 days of your arrival, there will be a penalty which your employer will have to suffer. Moreover, it also gives you right to transfer your sponsorship without consent of your sponsor.

Procedure to Apply for First Iqama on Employment Visa
  1. Medical Test for First Iqama: First step in this regard is to go to the approved medical center in the region from where your Kafeel belongs. We have provided a region wise list of approved medical centers. You can only go to one of these medical centers for the examination test. You can pick the report from them as a documentary proof after two days of test. However, it is directly sent to the Ministry of Interior online Database. You will have to visit approved medical center along with your original passport. Although you have already been medically tested before coming to Saudi Arabia, but Saudi authorities test you again. Fee for the medical test is SR 200/- Test for the first time for issuance of Iqama as well as renewal of Iqama (for some nationalities) includes HIV/AIDS test, TB Xray, eye sight and hearing test, a test for cholera (a charming stool sample test). Since it is a stool test, so you need to be ready for this. I had to face the problem in passing the stool at examination center because I did not know about it. Lab Report will be sent to the MOI in this form. You can have better idea about the medical test after reading this form. Regular visitor of our blog Mr. Misbah have added this information that Kids do not have to go through the medical test to apply for first Iqama. Doctor will just make a pediatric checkup and measure height and weight. There is no need of medical test or vaccination certificates. Now you can Check Status of Medical Test Report for Saudi Iqama Online through this link.
  2. If your profession on the visa is Engineering or Accountancy, you will have to register yourself with the Saudi Council of Engineering and Saudi Organization for Certified Public Accountants (SOCPA) before applying for the iqama for the first time.
  3. Once you are done with the above two steps, you need to submit your passport and 2 passport sized photographs to your employer. He will apply for your health insurance as it is required for the processing of first Iqama. Health Insurance is issued on the basis of Border Number which is written by hand on your passport at the time of entrance to Saudi Arabia for the first time by the immigration officer.
  4. Fee for the issuance of first iqama is SR 500 plus SR 150 for HRD. Employer may also have to pay SR 2,400 per employee for the issuance of iqama.
  5. When you receive your Iqama for the first time, make sure that the name in English is coinciding with the name in Arabic. Secondly, the spelling of name on the passport is same as on the Iqama. If any of these details are inaccurate, you should return back your Iqama immediately for the rectification. If you are working in some company, do not receive your Iqama unless mistakes are rectified.
  6. Procedure to Apply for First Iqama on Dependent Visa: If you are applying for the first Iqama for your dependents, there is no need to deposit any fee. Just go to the Jawazat with all above original documents plus photocopies and health insurance issued on the basis of border number and they will issue you iqamas for your dependents. Recommended: Procedure to Apply for First Iqama of Dependents in Saudi Arabia
Iqama for Newcomers
  1. Fines for not Carrying Iqama
  2. List of Approved Medical Centers for Iqama Issuance / Renewal
  3. Tips for Newcomers in Saudi Arabia
  4. Tips by MOI for expatriates holding Iqama
  5. Overstaying after Visa (Iqama) Expiry in Saudi Arabia


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