WHAT IS IQAMA /MUQEEEM?


Iqama/Muqeem is a personal identity card for the expatriates who came to Saudi Arabia for work. When you enter newly in kingdom on a 90 days working visa your sponsor get to manage Iqama (Muqeem card) for you. Iqama is a residence permit for expatriates, which is applicable after expiry of your 90 days working visa. 





Generally Iqama validity will be a one year in a Hijri date. Iqama contains Iqama number, Employee Name, Sponsor Name, Place of Issue, Date of Expire issued from Ministry Of Interior. Recently Iqama is replaced with Muqeem card which shows a validity of  5 years, But you real validity of Muqeem is only one year. You need to maintain same card for five years, only thing is to renew it online yearly. Recommended : Check Muqeem Validity

BENEFITS OF IQAMA MUQEEM CARD



Iqama/Muqeem is the only valid identity card for expatriates in Saudi Arabia, Without iqama you may not do anything here. Like Taking Sim card, Opening Banking account, Traveling through train, Even you cannot roam outside in Saudi Arabia without valid iqama. If you caught roaming without iqama for first time you will be fined 1000 Saudi riyal, for second time the fine is 2000 Saudi riyal and third time 3000 Saudi riyal and send back to your country. Recommended : Muqeem Identity resident card






Benefits of having Iqama/Muqeem identity card :

1. Its your Temporary residence permit for working in Saudi Arabia.

2. You can Sponsor your family members on visit or permanent visa if you are from this "benefited professions".

3. You can go to Um-rah any time . Recommended : Umrah on Visit Visa

4. You can visit various cities in Saudi Arabia through buses or trains. Recommended : SAPTCO





HOW TO GET IQAMA?

Its your sponsor responsibility to get iqama for his employee, if you are on working visa or free visa.

Required documents for applying iqama:

1. Up to four Passport Size Photographs

2. Passport with two blank papers and at least 6 months validity.

3. Completed visa application form.

4. Employment letter

5. Visa reference letter





6. Authorization, Power of attorney.

7. Photocopy of signed contract.

8. Attested copy of your education certificates.

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  1. if im going to exit before the expiration of my iqama(example expiration of iqama is december 25,2015 but iwant to go exit december 5,2015),does my employer have the right to deduct(taking money) my benefits just because i dont want to stay up to the expiration date of my iqama,eventhough my contract is already finish?

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