Iqama System Violations & Penalties

Iqama System Violations & Penalties

No. Violation Penalties
1 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.

2 Resident who fails to prove his holding of an Iqama and all information he was asked to present during his residency in the Kingdom If he failed to provide an applicable reason for the concerned authority, he shall be fined as follows:

•  1000 S.R. first instance.

•  2000 S.R. second instance.

•  3000 S.R. third instance.

3 Non-reporting to cancel or renew exit/re-entry visa or final exit visa prior to its expiry He shall be fined as follows:

•  1000 S.R. first instance.

•  2000 S.R. second instance.

•  3000 S.R. third instance.

•  He shall be provided with a new visa if required, as per the statutory procedures.

4 Non-reporting loss of passport or Iqama within 24 hours as a maximum He shall be fined as follows:

•  1000 S.R. first instance.

•  2000 S.R. second instance.

•  3000 S.R. third instance.

5 Practice of work by the dependants such as wives and children He shall be fined as follows:

•  1000 S.R. first instance.

•  2000 S.R. second instance.

•  3000 S.R. third instance and the issue will be referred to the Minister of Interior for his direction towards termination of the violator’s Iqama and deport him.

6 Overstaying in the Kingdom upon visa expiry •  The violator shall be subjected to statutory penalties as custody, fining and deporting.

•  Finalising his deporting procedures after collecting the statutory fines, issue an exit visa for him and expedite his travel.

•  If the violator came to visit a resident, the matter shall be referred to the Minister of Interior to issue directives towards the resident who harboured him to terminate his Iqama and deport him.

7 Employing an expatriate with a visitor’s visa •  If the visa was valid he shall be deported.

•  If the visa was expired he shall be deported after implementing the statutory procedures.

•  The employer shall be fined according to the statutory measures, if the employer is an expatriate resident; he will be reported to the authorities after implementing the statuary penalties towards him, to consider his deportation.

8 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. •  If the violator is an expatriate, he shall be fined 10,000 S.R. or imprisoned for 3 months or both, along with the termination of his Iqama and deportation from the Kingdom.

•  If the violator is a Saudi Citizen, he shall be fined 10,000 S.R. the first time. 15,000 S.R. in the second time along with one month imprisonment. 15,000 S.R. in the third time along with 3 months imprisonment. Type of violation shall be considered while applying the penalty.

•  These penalties are applicable to the principal perpetrator, partner and contributor.

•  Paid money shall be confiscated in all cases.

•  Fines are multiplied according to the number of individuals involved and violations.

9 Submitting forgery documents or providing false statements to Saudi authorities in the Kingdom or abroad to obtain for himself or for another individual an Iqama or any kind of visas. See penalties in paragraph 8.
10 Forgery, easement or changing the content of foreign travel documents or Iqamas, and circulating them. See penalties in paragraph 8.
11 Trading entry visas See penalties in paragraph 8.
12 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):

•  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.

•  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.

13 Return of the deported alien to the Kingdom after his expulsion. •  In the first instance, the fine is 1000 S.R. and re-deportation.

•  For the second instance, the fine is 2000 S.R., 5 months imprisonment and re-deportation.

•  The fine shall be collected from the deportee immediately upon showing his readiness to pay it, to avoid the possibility of delaying during the finalisation of his procedures.

14 Sheltering the overstayer after performing his Hajj or Umrah, harbouring him or assisting him to stay illegally in the country •  If the violator is an expatriate resident, his fines are 10,000 S.R., or one month imprisonment, or both along with the termination of his Iqama and deporting him.

•  If the violator is a citizen, his fines in the first instance are 10,000 S.R. and minimum two weeks imprisonment. For the second instance, his fines are 20,000 S.R. and 1 month imprisonment. Third instance fines are 30,000 S.R. and three months imprisonment.

•  Fines are multiplied according to the number of individuals involved.

•  If the citizen wasn’t able to pay his fines, he shall be imprisoned for an interval between 1 to 6 months.

•  Publish the violator’s penalty in the local press with the judgment thereon according to the censure instructions.

•  In case of renting a residence to the overstayer, the renter shall be considered a violator. He shall submit a pledge which shall be kept for future reference. If violation repeated, the housing unit shall be closed for six months, and for one year in the second violation and in the third instance the closure will be for two years.

•  In the first instance, Saudi violator’s age and health condition shall be considered for imprisonment duration, evidenced by attested documents.

15 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. •  Fine is 10,000 S.R. or one month imprisonment or both.

•  His documents shall be copied and sent to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in order to notify the Saudi Embassy in his country to suspend granting him a visa for Umrah or visit before a year minimally of his deportation.

•  He shall be deported at his own expense.

16 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. •  Fine is 10,000 S.R. or one month imprisonment or both .

•  He shall be deported at his own expense.

•  Investigate the role of the establishment responsible for his entry in the occurrence of the violation before imposing the penalty.

17 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 •  If the carrier is an expatriate resident, the fine is 10,000 S.R. or 1 to 3 months imprisonment or both in addition to deportation.

•  If the carrier is a citizen, the first instance fine is 10,000 S.R. or 1 to 3 months imprisonment or both. Second instance fine is 20,000 S.R. or 3 to 6 months imprisonment. Third instance fine is 30,000 S.R. or six months imprisonment.

•  Fines are multiplied according to the number of individuals involved.

•  Investigate the role of the establishment responsible for his entry in the occurrence of the violation to be punished if the violation was established.

18 Transportation of an Umrah or Hajj guest, or the Prophet’s Mosque visitor outside the established routes specified for him by the establishment responsible for his arrival and departure after the expiry of the validity of the visa. •  See penalties in paragraph 17.

•  Publish the violator’s penalty in the local press with the judgment thereon according to the censure instructions.

19 Overstayer employment who arrived the Kingdom by non-work visa •  If the violator is an expatriate resident, the fine is 10,000 S.R. or one month imprisonment or both in addition to deportation.

•  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.

•  Fines are multiplied according to the number of individuals involved.

•  The overstayer shall be deported on his employer’s expenses.

•  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.

•  If the citizen wasn’t able to pay his fines, he shall be imprisoned for an interval between 1 to 3 months.

•  Publish the violator’s penalty in local press with the judgment thereon according to the censure instructions.

•  Investigate the role of the establishment responsible for the overstayer entry into the country in employing him illegally prior to imposing the penalty.

20 Non-reporting (by the employer) regarding a runaway employee in accordance with instructions regulating this matter. •  In the first instance, the employer fine is 5,000 S.R.. Second instance, fine is 10,000 S.R. and for third, fine is 15,000 S.R. in addition to one month imprisonment.

•  Fines are multiplied according to the number of non-reported runaway employees.

•  The runaway employee shall be deported at his employer’s expense. If he was working for his own, he shall be deported at his own expense.

•  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.

•  Sending a copy of the management notification to the patrol command to investigate the establishment’s status.

21 Resident working for another employer or for his own account. •  Termination of his Iqama and he shall be deported.
22 Employing an expatriate who was recruited to work for another employer, by an expatriate resident. •  If the employer was an expatriate resident, the fine is 5,000 S.R. or one month imprisonment or both in addition to deportation.

•  If the employer was a citizen, the first instance fine is 5,000 S.R.. Second instance fine is 10,000 S.R. or one month imprisonment or both. Third instance fine is 20,000 S.R. or three months imprisonment or both.

•  The employer allowing his employee to work for a third party without reporting their runaway in accordance with the respective instructions, shall be penalized with the penalties referred to in paragraphs (a-b-c-d) of violation No. (20), in addition of sending a copy of the management notification to the patrol command to investigate the establishment’s status.

•  Fines are multiplied according to the number of individuals involved.

•  The violator expatriate shall be deported at his employer’s expense. If he was working for his own, he shall be deported at his own expense.

•  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.

23 Employer leaving his employees working for their own account or in return for amounts, paid by them, to him. •  The employer shall be fined 5,000 S.R. and one month imprisonment for the first instance. Second instance fine is 20,000 S.R. and two months imprisonment. Third instance fine is 50,000 S.R. and three months imprisonment.

•  Fines are multiplied according to the number of individuals involved.

•  Expatriate violator shall be deported at his own expenses.

•  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.

•  Sending a copy of the management notification to the patrol command to investigate the establishment’s status.

24 Employing an infiltrator, accommodating or sheltering him. •  If the employer was an expatriate resident, the fine is 10,000 S.R. and one month imprisonment in addition to deportation.

•  If the employer was a citizen, the first instance fine is 10,000 S.R. and two weeks imprisonment. Second instance fine is 20,000 S.R. and one month imprisonment. Third instance fine is 50,000 S.R. and three months imprisonment.

•  Fines are multiplied according to the number of individuals involved.

•  The infiltrator expatriate shall be deported at the expense of the employer, accommodator or whoever sheltered him.

•  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 in addition of reporting to the Ministry of Commerce or municipality in order to terminate his register or license.

•  Publish the violator’s penalty in local press with the judgment thereon according to the censure instructions.

•  If the violation was committed by an establishment; a copy of the management notification shall be sent to the patrol command to investigate the establishment’s status.

25 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. •  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.

•  Fines are multiplied according to the number of individuals involved.

•  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.

•  No confiscation may by effected unless by a judicial judgment.

•  Publish the violator’s penalty in local press with the judgment thereon according to the censure instructions.

•  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.

26 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.
27 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. • For the first instance the violator fine is 5,000 S.R. or five months imprisonment or both.

• 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.

• 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.

28 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. •  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.

•  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.

29 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.
30 Harbouring a runaway expatriate from the employer who recruited him. •  The runaway expatriate fine is 2,000 S.R. or two weeks imprisonment with the termination of his Iqama.

•  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.

•  The runaway expatriate procedures shall be finalised and he shall be deported at the expense of the party harboured him.

31 Runaway resident who was captured by the security authorities or by his employer. •  The runaway resident shall be arrested until the finalisation of his deportation procedures.

•  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.

32 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. •  In the first instance, the fine is 1,000 S.R.

•  For the second instance, the fine is 2,000 S.R.

•  For the third instance, the fine is 3,000 S.R.

•  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.

33 Employment of an expatriate who has no work license by any company, commercial house, contractor or employer. •  The employer fine is 1,000 S.R.

•  Fines are multiplied according to the number of individuals involved.

34 Transporting individuals who aren’t in possession of pilgrimage licenses to Makkah during the period specified by the respective authority •  If the carrier was an establishment, it shall be fined 2,000 S.R. at the first instance, 5,000 S.R. in the second and 10,000 S.R. at the third. If the carrier was a citizen or resident working for his own account, they shall receive the same penalty.

•  Fines are multiplied according to the number of individuals involved.

214 thoughts on “Iqama System Violations & Penalties

  1. sir
    good am po…two months pa lng po ako dito saudi, ngsubok po ako apply s iba company..f ever po b matangap ako pwde po b me lumipat s iba sponsor?di pa po dating ung iqama ko, 2 years contract ako dito…hingi lng po advice salamat

    • Joji,

      Ang transfer of employment or transfer of iqama ay puwedeng hingin sa iyong kasalukuyang employer kung ikaw ay lumampas na ng dalawang taon sa paglilingkod sa kanya. Ngunit ito ay nasa diskresyon pa rin ng employer kung papayag or hindi.

      Bong

  2. sir,

    magandang araw po. malaking problema po ang kinakaharap ko ngayon dito sa Jeddah. Two years na po ako dito at nagfile na ko ng aking exit sa aking employer. ang kaso po, hindi nila ako mapaalis dahil sa wala pa akong iqama. nakarating po ako dito sa saudi sa pamamagitan ng visit visa na inissue sa akin agency ko sa manila. hindi po ako nagkulang ng follow-up sa administration nitong companya namin tungkol sa aking iqama. nagsumbong na po ako sa labor natin sa jeddah, at nang malaman po ng employer ko ang nangyari eh mukha pang nagalit sa akin. at binalak pa nila ako ipadeport last month. pero d ho ako pumayag, sabi ko sa kanila gusto kong mag-exit ng legal at iyun dapat ang gawin nila sa akin. finished na po ang contract ko last May 3, 2011. at wala pa rin akong matanggap na linaw kung kelan ako mabibigyan ng iqama at mapakapag-exit ako ng legal. Ano po ang dapat kong gawin. Kailangan ko po ang tulong nyo. Salamat po.

    regards and god bless,

    Teddy

    • Teod,

      Malaking problema nga ang kinakaharap mo. MAbuti umabot ka ng 2 taon na visit visa ang hawak. Dahil sa pagkakakalam ko ang renwal ng visit visa is maximum to 3 months. Ibig sabihin, ang iyong employer ay ni renew ang iyong iqama every 3mos, huh! Buti naman inaprobahan ng passport dept.

      Pasyalan mo agad ang ating konsalado at humingi ng tulong dahil hindi ka rin maka uwi sa Pinas kung walang iqama, assuming na legal ang pag work mo sa kanila dapat lamang na may iqama ka. Halimbawa, mapauwi ka nila sa paraan na gamit pa rin ang iyong visit visa at walang problema ang pag uwi mo sa atin, mas maganda umuwi ka na at huwag mo ng hintayin na maging mas malala pa ang situwasyon.

      Ingat.

      Bong

  3. Sir Bong,

    Pleasant day!

    Sir nawala ang iqama ko last month sa bus on my way to opis almost all police stations napuntahan ko na para ireport ho sa kanila at the same time para makahingi din ako ng police report for the purpose of re-printing of my iqama. kaso hindi sila magbigay so ano ang gagawin ko ho para hindi naman ako kawawa. knowing i have tried everything on my side mahirap kase pag walang iqama.

    Ang expiry ng iqama ko this coming august so anong gagawin ko sir as early as now para naman hindi ako magkaproblema.

    Salamat and hope to hear your prompt response the soonest.

    God bless

  4. Dear Sir:

    I need your opinion, kasi mag expire iqama ko this coming 1st week of May, ang problema po yung dependent ko (wife) na attached in my iqama eh nasa Pinas pa po. Supossedly flight nya pabalik dito sa KSA this April 19. Now, the problem is alanganin po
    sya makabalik muna that settled date(April 19) kasi di muna maiwanan yung new born baby namin kasi 2 months pa lang sya kaya malamang after expiry ng IQAMA na po sya makakabalik but before exit-re-entry visa expiry this coming October. What is the effect on my side?Shall i encounter some problems with that or penaltes?

    Thank you.

    Regards,

    Arvin Barongan
    Jeddah

    • Arvin,

      Make sure that they will come month of May para naman at least mabigyan man lang ng consideration dahil ang visa ay matagal pa naman ma expire.

      Ang alam ko lang kasi, pag ang dependents nasa Pinas, dapat lamang na before expiration of their iqama nakabalik na sila sa KSA. Ito ang sinabi sa akin ng Personnel Dept namin dahil tinanong ko kung ano mga do or don’ts parating palang kasi ang aking pamilya sa June or July yhis year.

      Pero para sigurado tayo, please inquire your personnel department para naman di tayo kakabahan.

      Sorry nga pala sa late reply.

      Bong

  5. Procedures when expatriates with exit/re-entry leaves the Kingdom and does not return but wants to come on other visa

    • Inam,

      Even you come in KSA with a new visa you can encounter problem in the saudi immigration because you have standing record with jawasat for having exit-re entry visa with your previous employer.

      Regards.

  6. sir/madam,
    ako po si jeff guevarra gusto ko lng po itnong kung legal po ba na kaltasin samin ang iqama at visa stamping kasi po kinaltasan po kami ng 1000sar para daw po iyon s iqama at sa visa stamping. sir/madam sana po eh matulungan nyo po kami kc po na pakalaki po ng 1000sar n kalatas namin halos wala n po natitira s sweldo nmin.
    thank you po,

    • Jef,

      Salamat sa pagbisita. Hindi po makatarungan ang pagkaltas ng iqama at visa sa worker dahil malinaw po sa Batas ng Kaharian Art. 40.1
      “An employer shall incur the fees pertaining to recruitment of non-Saudi workers, the fees of the residence permit (Iqama) and work permit together with their renewal and the fines resulting from their delay, as well as the fees pertaining to change of profession, exit and re-entry visas and return tickets to the worker’s home country at the end of the relation between the two parties.”
      Ibig sabihin ang employer ang may obligasyon bayaran ito.

      Payo ko, isangguni ang problema sa pinakamalapit na Saudi Labor Office or kung gusto ninyo ng assistance puwede kayong pumasyal sa ating POLO (Philippine Labor Office).

      Regards.

      Bong

  7. Hello,

    I went to Philippines on Exit VISA last June 16, 2010. Luckily i was hired by one of the company here in Riyadh and come back here in Riyadh Last November 21, 2010. Now January 13, 2011 I still don’t have Iqama they said no problem since my temporary papers will takes 90 days. Today Jan. 13, 2011 they told me i will have my Iqama next week but no work to them, I got another offer from one of the company. My question is ” Can i transfer or work in this company without any problem?” What I’m supposed to do? Regards…

    • Arvin,

      The recent KSA regulations about change jobs is you need to complete two years first from your present employer before you are allowed to transfer to another sponsor.

      With regards to your iqama, pasensyahan mo muna, wait till the end of this month. Mag follow-up ka rin every now and then. Just make sure you have copy of the company letter or waraga (with company stamp) galing sa company ninyo na naka proseso ang iyong iqama pag ikaw ay lumalabas sa accomodation.

      Regards.

      Bong

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