Iqama Renewal Fees in Saudi Arabia (2022)


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Iqama Renewal Process

Iqama can now be issued and renewed on a quarterly basis in Saudi Arabia. Previously, this could only be done once a year. Iqama renewal requires payment of both the work permit and the Iqama fees. Renewal of Iqama is also contingent on having a valid health insurance policy. In addition, if an expatriate resident sponsors dependents, he must pay the dependant cost to renew his Iqama as well as theirs. Read More: End of Service Benefits Calculator in Saudi Arabia

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The work permit fee is waived for house drivers (Saiq Khas), homemakers, and other domestic workers. Small enterprises with fewer than nine employees, including a full-time Saudi employer, are also exempt from the two-employee expatriate tax. If the workers include one Saudi citizen in addition to the full-time employer, the fee exemption will be increased to four workers. Read More: Saudi Family Visit Visa Types and Validity | Latest

After paying all of the aforementioned fees, the employer can renew his employeesโ€™ iqamas online through the Absher or Muqeem portals. Read More: Ministry of Labor Launched Mobile Application to File Late Salary Cases in Saudi Arabia

Iqama Issuance and Renewal Fee

  • Iqama Fee for 3 months: SR 163
  • Iqama Fee for 6 months: SR 325
  • Iqama Fee for 9 months: SR 488
  • Iqama Fee for 1 year: SR 650

Work Permit Fee (Maktab Amal Fee)

The monthly work permit fee in Saudi Arabia is SR 800. This can be paid for a minimum of three months.

  • Maktab Amal fee for 3 months: SR 2,400.
  • Maktab Amal fee for 6 months: SR 4,800.
  • Maktab Amal fee for 9 months: SR 7,200.
  • Maktab Amal fee for 1 year: SR 9,600.

Expat Dependent Fee (Dependent Levy)

Expat residents in Saudi Arabia are required to pay the dependent fee of SR 400 per month per dependent.

  • Dependent Fee for 3 months: SR 1,200/dependent.
  • Dependent Fee for 6 months: SR 2,400/dependent.
  • Dependent Fee for 9 months: SR 3,600/dependent.
  • Dependent Fee for 1 year: SR 4,800/dependent.

Iqama Expiration Penalty

Failure to renew an Iqama will result in an SR 500 fine the first time and an SR 1,000 fine the second time. In addition, if an iqama expires for the third time, the possessor will be fined and deported. Read More: Article 80 of Saudi Labor Law: Termination w/o benefits

Who is responsible for renewing the iqama, the employer or the employee?

The employer is in charge of renewing his employees’ iqama. The employer is responsible for paying the Iqama renewal and issuance fees, according to Article 40 (1) of the Saudi Labour Law. According to Article 144 of the Saudi Labour Law, it is the employer’s responsibility to provide each employee with health care and insurance. Read More: Saudi police arrest 20 people for selling fake Kiswah

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