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.

258 thoughts on “Iqama System Violations & Penalties

  1. Kapayapaan po para sa Lahat sa atin. 4days bago maexpire Iqama ko binigay ko na sa Personnel sec. sa office nmin. at binigyan ako ng waraga kaso paso din yun date ng iqama ko. 23days na nakalipas mula ng expiry date Hindi p din narenew ayon sa search ko sa google Iqama Status. First timer po ako d2 ano po pinaka mabuti ko gawin aksyon? God Bless po.

    • Responsibilidad ng employer ang pag renew ng iyong iqama at karapatan mong kulitin sila kung nasaan na at hingin ito. Kung hindi pa rin nila ito ma renew or maibigay sa iyo, puwede kang magsumbong sa Passport department/Jawasat or sa Min. of Labor.

  2. Kapayapaan po para sa atin Lahat . 4days bago maexpire iqama ko binigay ko n sa personnel sec. sa office nmn. Binigyan nya ako ng waraga kaso paso na din date ng iqama ko. 23 days na nakalipas mula sa expiry date hindi pa din narenew ayon sa search ko sa Iqama Status. ng Google. First time po ako d2 paano po mabuti ko gawin dahil ano aksyon pinaka mabuti dahil nagfollow up nko kaso wala pa nga daw parang ako pa ang mali.?

  3. Magandang araw po. Itatanong ko lang po sana ako about sa employer kase po lumagpas na po ako sa 3 months probation
    At expired na din po ang visa ko. Hindi pa din po binibigay ang iqama ko hangang ngayon. At tungkol po sa position ko sa kontrata ko hindi po nasunod at pinapagawa pa po kmi ng ibang trabaho. Ano po kaya mgandang gawin since 3 weeks na rin po ako hindi pinapapasok sa trabaho at nandito lamang po ako sa accomodation. Maraming salamat po

    • Since hindi ka pinapapasok sa trabaho at wala kang iqama, you ask your employer kung ikaw ba ay terminated dahil hindi ka na nila pinag-work. Pag sinabing terminated ka, then you request for immediate repatriation dahil responsibilidad nila na ikaw ay pauwiin sa Pinas. Makipag-ugnayan ka rin sa iyong recruitment agency sa Pinas tungkol sa iyong situwasyon.

      Pag nasa Pilipinas ka na, maaaring pagbabayarin ka ng agency sa iyong ticket pauwi kung mapapatunayan na ang dahilan sa iyong agarang repatriation ay dahil sa iyong kasalanan. Pag hindi mo naman kasalanan, wala kang babayaran.

  4. Good day.
    Ask ko lng po dhil di po ako kinuha ng iqama ng employer ko..hsw ako 150 days na since my arrivak here in haik, ksa.
    Madami po naging violation employer ko kaya ngreklamo ako sa POLO-Riyadh. Mabilis po ang naging pagtugon at ngayon may exit visa na sa passport ko..sabi ng agency ko ikukuha na ako ng tiket.pero bkit po sabi ng employer ko d pa ako mkakaalis at kailangan pa nya mgprocess ng iqama ko at.mgbbyad siya ng 600sar..alam.ko penalty nya yun..how long will it take to process said iqama..pauwi na po ako
    Need ko mkauwi agad at namatay mother ko..totoo po ba sinabi ng employer ko na matagal ang proseso? Please give me info and help me understand it.

    • Hindi po matagal ang proseso ng pag renew ng iqama upang mabigyan ka ng exit clearance. Kargo rin ng employer ang pagbayad ng renewal at penalty nito. Natulongan ka na ng ating POLO, idulog mo ang bagong problema para matulogan ka nilang muli.

  5. Good day po, ask ko lng po what will happen for example po ung napuntahan po ng aplicante eh hindi maganda accomodation no aircon skillworker cia tapos umalis po cia sa work or company na un wala pa po iqama tapos nakakita po ng ibang work sa ibang company ano po mangyayari dun sa aplikante?

    • Posibleng may iqama ang worker hindi nga lang ito binigay ng employer. Kung e-report ng employer ang worker na nag-runaway at masita siya ng polis, lalo na pag walang iqama maaari siyang makulong. Bawal rin pong mag work ng iba bukod sa kanyang employer. Pag malaman ito, maaari rin po siyang kasohan at makulong. Advice the OFW to report to Embassy pag tumakas or mag runaway sa employer.

  6. good day po di po marenew ung iqama ko kc expire daw pasport ko nag pa sked po ako sa phil embasy ng serpt 1 bale 2months pa po bgo marelease pasport ko bale halos 3months po ako na walang iqama malaki po ba ang penalty nun?
    bngyan nman po ako ng papel sa opis na my stamp pra sa mkbyahe ako papuntang phil embassy

    • Ang pagkakaalam ko kasalukuyang Saudi Government computer integrated systems ay hindi na kailangan ang pasaporte sa pag renew ng iqama. Renewal of iqama can be done online computerized system.

      Pangalawa, dapat pina-alam sa inyo ng inyong HR kung malapit na ang expiration ng inyong pasaporte dahil alam ko hawak nila ito (kahit bawal sa batas).

      Tungkol sa penalty, dapat sila ang magbayad nito at hindi ikaw at ito ay nakasaad sa batas. Kapag ang sponsor ay hindi na renew ang iqama ng worker may multa itong doble sa iqama fee.

      Article 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, xxxxxx

  7. Magtatanong lang po 13 days nalang po mageexpire na ang iqama namin hanggang ngayon wala pa pong binibigay na date ng paguqi namin ano po dapat naming gawin. Salamat po

  8. Sir gud morning Po….tanong ko lng Na expire Po passport ko at eqama ko…ganito Po ang nangyari dahil Di ako maka travel dahil Paso Na ikama ko kaya bumili Yong company Namin ng saptco bus ticket gamit ay ibang ikama para lng makatravel ako galing najran papuntang riyad..awa ng diyos nakarating ako Riyad pero sobrang takot Po ako..Na erenew ko Na Po passport ko last july21..kaya lng Di ako bumalik sa najran dahil natakot Po ako baka mahuli sa pulis….tumawag Po ako sa hr doon terminate Na daw Po ako…ngreport Po ako sa main office Namin dto sa Riyad ayaw din ako kausapin…saan Po ba ako makahingi ng tulong sa status ko

    • Tama lamang po na umiwas ka sa problema at hindi mo ito kasalanan. Illegal po ang ginawa nilang pag pa travel sa iyo at lalong walang basihan ang pag terminate sa iyo. Isumbong mo sa Min. of Labor ang inyong employer or humingi ng tulong sa ating POLO office sa Riyadh.

  9. Hello po mgtatanong lng po ako about s iqama ko..iba po kc ung picture n nklgay dun nasabi ko n po s employer ko kaso nde nman nla inaayos matatapos n po kontrata ko dis sept. Gusto ko n po mag exit aftr contract ano po magandang gawin?bka po kc magkaproblema pag uuwi n ako

    • Tungkolin ng employer ang itama ang mali sa inyong work permit at dapat noon pa ito ginawa. Kahit hindi ikaw ang managot nito dapat lamang na ayosin ito ng employer upang hindi maging balakid sa iyong pag-uwi.

  10. Good day po. 3 x na po akong nahuli ng immigration police dahil po wala po ako iqama. Renewed na po iqama ko kaya lang di pa binibigay ng company kasi po ongoing po transfer ko from another company. Sa service bus nmn po ako nahuhuli, going or from duty po. Cno po magbabayad sa fine ng pagkahuli ko at narinig ko po may babayaran daw po ako sa immigration pag mageexit na ako, totoo po ba?

    • Malinaw naman po na hindi mo kasalanan na walang iqama. Sila po ang managot sa mga penalty na babayaran. Pero dapat po may sulat ang inyong employer or new employer in Arabic and English na naka process ang inyong transfer para may dala ka palagi whereever you go and repsent the letter to police pag nasita ka. Kung wala ka nito humingi ka upang hindi madagdagan ang penalties.

      Tama po, pag hindi asikasohin ng employer ang mga babayaran, pag dating mo sa immigration, maaaring ma hold ka upang e-settle ang mga bayarin or penalties. So, please remind your employer to settle it prior issuance of the exit or re-entry visa. Sa tamang proseso, dapat pong bago ma issue ang exit visa bayad na po lahat ito dahil requirement for ito for the issuance of the exit or re-entry visa.

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