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Thursday, 4 September 2014

Penalties and Fines on Iqama Holders by Saudi Government

Non-reporting for Iqama renewal prior to 3 days of its expiry without applicable reason      
If the applicant's employer is an individual or private company or establishment, he shall be required to pay double the Iqama fees.
If the applicant is working for a governmental institute, the institute is responsible for submitting new Iqama and Iqama renewal requests of their personnel within 2 months of recruiting them and before its expiry. In case of delay, the institution shall be required to investigate with the employee responsible of this delay to decide the disciplinary action for such violation.



Resident who fails to prove his holding of an Iqama and all information he was asked to present during his residency in the Kingdom
It has already been covered in this link “Fines for not Carrying your Iqama

Non-reporting to cancel or renew exit/re-entry visa or final exit visa prior to its expiry
It has already been covered in this link “How to Cancel Exit Re-Entry Visa Online

Non-reporting loss of passport or Iqama within 24 hours as a maximum
It has already been covered in this link “What to do if Iqama is Lost?

Practice of work by the dependents such as wives and children
It has already been covered in this link “Penalties on Working Dependents

Overstaying in the Kingdom upon visa expiry
It has already been covered in this link “Overstaying in Kingdom after Visa Expiry”      



Employing an expatriate with a visitor's visa
It has already been covered in this link “Working on Visit Visa

Obtaining or helping an individual to obtain a forge Iqama or visa by himself. Taking employment or helping any individual to take an employment based on forgery or cheating.
It has already been covered in this link “Trading Visas and Forgery of Documents

Delaying application and applicants, by service offices, finalising applications illegally and dealing with aliens directly (not through the employer), employing expatriates in the office, accepting applications not signed by the employer or authorised signatories and incomplete signatures and attests or exceeding their authorization in expedition specially Saudi passport applications and Iqama applications for those who came to the Kingdom with a non-working visa.

The following measures shall be taken against any violating service office (despite the prejudice for any penalties provided in statutory as in Forgery, bribery, passport and Iqama regulations):
  1. In the first instance, an official warning shall be sent to the office by the director of passports office to which the service office pursuer reports, if the violation doesn't necessitate further action.
  2. If the violation was repeated or was a gross one, the matter shall be referred to the Ministry of Commerce (being the authority in charge of issuing licenses to service offices) proposing a suitable penalty of suspension varying from three months, six months or a year or termination of the office's license according to repetition of violation and its size.

Return of the deported alien to the Kingdom after his expulsion.
It has already been covered in this link “Return of Deported Expatriates to KSA

Sheltering the overstayer after performing his Hajj or Umrah, harbouring him or assisting him to stay illegally in the country
It has already been covered in this link “Sheltering the overstayer after performing his Hajj or Umrah

Hajj, Umrah guest or the Prophet's Mosque visitor, who is self-employed, and works for his own account or who didn't leave the country after his visa expiry.
It has already been covered in this link “Working on Umrah Visa

Hajj, Umrah guest or the Prophet's Mosque visitor, who travels outside Makkah, Jeddah or Madinah during validity of the visa granted to him or after its expiry.

  1. Fine is 10,000 S.R. or one month imprisonment or both.
  2. He shall be deported at his own expense.
  3. Investigate the role of the establishment responsible for his entry in the occurrence of the violation before imposing the penalty.



Transporting a guest for Hajj, Umrah or the Prophet's Mosque visitor outside the established routes specified for him by the establishment responsible for his arrival and departure during his visa validity
It has already been covered in this link “Authorized Cities for Hajj and Umrah Pilgrims

Overstayer employment who arrived the Kingdom by non-work visa
  1. If the violator is an expatriate resident, the fine is 10,000 S.R. or one month imprisonment or both in addition to deportation.
  2. If the violator is a citizen, the first instance fine is 10,000 S.R.. Second instance fine is 20,000 S.R. or one month imprisonment or both. Third instance fine is 30,000 S.R. or three months imprisonment.
  3. Fines are multiplied according to the number of individuals involved.
  4. The overstayer shall be deported on his employer's expenses.
  5. In the first instance, the violator shall be deprived from the right to recruit expatriates for one year. Two years for the second instance and three years for the third.
  6. If the citizen wasn't able to pay his fines, he shall be imprisoned for an interval between 1 to 3 months.
  7. Publish the violator's penalty in local press with the judgment thereon according to the censure instructions.
  8. Investigate the role of the establishment responsible for the overstayer entry into the country in employing him illegally prior to imposing the penalty.


Non-reporting (by the employer) regarding a runaway employee in accordance with instructions regulating this matter.
It has already been covered in this link “Penalties for Not Reporting Huroob

Resident working for another employer or for his own account.
Termination of his Iqama and he shall be deported.

Employing an expatriate who was recruited to work for another employer, by an expatriate resident.
It has already been covered in this link “Employing an Expatriate on Free Visa



Transporting expatriates who doesn't have legal Iqama (resident permit), expatriates with an expired visa or without IDs within Kingdom regions, including their transport to the Holy shrine of Hajj and Umrah, by means of transport.
  1. For the first instance the carrier fine is 10,000 S.R. and one month imprisonment. Second instance fine is 20,000 S.R. and three months imprisonment. Third instance fine is 30,000 S.R. and six months imprisonment.
  2. Fines are multiplied according to the number of individuals involved.
  3. Means of land transport shall be confiscated in case of repeating violation, whether such means were owned by the carrier, the accessory or the colluding party.
  4. No confiscation may by effected unless by a judicial judgment.
  5. Publish the violator's penalty in local press with the judgment thereon according to the censure instructions.
  6. If the carrier is an expatriate resident, his Iqama shall be terminated and he shall be deported to his country after the application of the penalty taken against him.


Non-submission (by captains of sail vessel, aircraft pilots and drivers of cars and other means of transport) of the passengers manifest of no passports or equivalent documents and if they recognized that such passengers held no such documents or if they didn't prevent the above passengers from landing in the Kingdom or from disembarking on its territorial waters or if they allow such passengers to disembark , even though, they were in possession of travel document in ports, airports and points of entry other than the official ones as set out in article three of the Residence Regulations with the exception of the compulsory reasons.

For the first instance the violator fine is 5,000 S.R.. Second instance fine is 5,000 S.R. or one month imprisonment or both. Third instance fine is 5,000 S.R. and five months imprisonment.

Colluding and participating in expatriates' entry into the Kingdom's land or territorial waters or assisting them to departure it with the objective of smuggling them out.
  1. For the first instance the violator fine is 5,000 S.R. or five months imprisonment or both.
  2. Second instance fine is 5,000 S.R. and one year imprisonment in addition of notifying the Board of Grievances in order to confiscate the means of land transport used in smuggling if they were owned by the smuggler, participator or colluder.
  3. Third instance fine is 5,000 S.R. and two years imprisonment in addition of notifying the Board of Grievances in order to confiscate the means of land transport used in smuggling in accordance with the above.


Expatriate working for an employer other than the one recruited him and whose name is noted down in his work permit, prior to his release by the latter and the approval of the concerned authority on the services transfer.
  1. The employee shall be deported from the country at his employer expenses and deprived from the right to return to the Kingdom before the lapse of two years from his deportation date.
  2. Provide a copy of the worker's travel documents to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in order to prevent him from coming back during the above mentioned ban period.


Submission of false notification regarding a runaway expatriates from their sponsors.
Violator's fine is 5,000 S.R. in addition of submitting a written notification to the authority which issued his license in order to study the establishment's status.

Harbouring a runaway expatriate from the employer who recruited him.
  1. The runaway expatriate fine is 2,000 S.R. or two weeks imprisonment with the termination of his Iqama.
  2. The citizen violator fine is 2,000 S.R. or two weeks imprisonment for the first instance. Second instance fine is 3,000 S.R. or six weeks imprisonment.
  3. The runaway expatriate procedures shall be finalised and he shall be deported at the expense of the party harboured him.


Runaway resident who was captured by the security authorities or by his employer.
  1. The runaway resident shall be arrested until the finalisation of his deportation procedures.
  2. The runaway resident shall be deported at the expense of the party that harboured or employed him. If he was captured working for his own account, he shall be deported at his own expense. Employer shall not be obliged to deport him if the period of the notice exceeded three months. He shall then be deported at the expense of the state by written permission from the General Director of Passports.


Non-reporting to the Passports Department of the disengagement of any expatriate labourer or his absence from work for two days without stating any reasons.
  1. In the first instance, the fine is 1,000 S.R.
  2. For the second instance, the fine is 2,000 S.R.
  3. For the third instance, the fine is 3,000 S.R.
  4. If the labour was captured working for a third party or for his own account and it was alleged that he runaway, the employer status shall be reviewed to find out his other labours situation and their locations.


Employment of an expatriate who has no work license by any company, commercial house, contractor or employer.
  1. The employer fine is 1,000 S.R.
  2. Fines are multiplied according to the number of individuals involved.


Transporting individuals who aren't in possession of pilgrimage licenses to Makkah during the period specified by the respective authority
It has already been covered in this link “Authorized Cities for Hajj and Umrah Pilgrims

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