This guide is all about Iqama transfer.
Check & Transfer Iqama Guide
In Saudi Arabia the expats have rights to change or transfer their sponsorship to another sponsor if they are facing problems and having issues with their sponsor/kafeel.
Like if their sponsor delays their salary more than three months then the expats need to registered a complaint against employer who delays there payments of their salaries in the ministry of labour.
Before going forward we first need to know about iqama transfer. So we are starting from there.
What is Iqama Transfer?
It means a change of sponsorship. for example from one employer to another. The main reasons for the transfer of Iqama in KSA is the delaying in the salaries of employees and workers. This is a clear violation of the Saudi Labor Law, that’s why employees asked for their iqama transfer.
The employees can register a complain by calling 19911. The Expats do not need the permission of their sponsor to transfer their sponsorship, and the expats can sue the sponsor for delaying the salary.
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How To Check Transfer of Iqama
If you want to check your iqama transfer status in only 1 minute then you need to follow these easy steps which lead you to check you iqama transfer status just in minute.
Step 1: Visit the Ministry of Labor (MOL) website.
Step 2: Click on نقل خدمة عامل وافد option in the menu.
Step 3: In this step you need to enter you iqama number and image code and click on the “بحث”
Step 4: In this step you will find status of your iqama transfer if iqama transfer successfully done you see then your screen appers like this.
and if your iqama is still under your previous employer then screen like this appear.
How to Transfer Iqama?
You can easily tranfer your iqama to a new sponsor if you have transferable iqama otherwise its not possible for you to transfer your iqama.
Those Expatriates who have transferable iqama and want to transfer their sponsor must be kept in mind that the transfer process is not free you need to pay the iqama transfer fee and sponsor charges also.
It may take a few weeks to transfer your iqama and it took an additional fee for your family transfer.
Online Iqama Transfer Process
In this process, you need to ask your new sponsor to create a request for transfer of the sponsorship of iqama through Ministry of Labour account your new sponsor only need your iqama copy to make a request.
When the request is accepted in the Ministry of Labour system, then your iqama sponsorship is transferred to new employer/Kafeel in the MOL system.
Now check your iqama transfer status and when its transfer to a new employer then get a print of your card from JAWAZAT Office.
Manual Process for Iqama Transfer
If your new sponsor doesn’t have MOL account then you need to transfer your iqama manually. By following these steps you can transfer iqama manually.
First. you need to request a demand letter from your new sponsor and request two letters addressing to the Labour office and Jawazat from your current employer, and then your new employer will visit the labour office and jawazat with these above-mentioned letters to transfer your iqama. On approval, you can get your new iqama print from Jawazat office.
Transfer Iqama Without The Sponsor Approval
The expat can transfer their iqama without his sponsor approval if his contract with the current sponsor has completed and the expatriate faces this four condition.
1. His sponsor is in Red Nitaqat Category.
2. The kafeel did not provide iqama to his employee within 3 months of his arrival.
3. The current sponsor is not able to renew your iqama after 1 month of its expiry.
4. Under the wage protection system, if your kafeel did not pay your salary for over 3 Months.
In this method, if you face any of the above conditions then your new sponsor can transfer iqama without current sponsor approval.
The new employer just make an application through the Ministry of Labour system for the transfer of sponsorship. After that the system sends you an SMS code through Absher.
When you provide that code to new sponsor then authorities will review the application and later on make a decision for approval or rejection of transfer of iqama.
If the application is approved the employee has 30 days to complete the remaining process of transfer of iqama.
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Frequently Asked Questions – FAQs
Naqal Kafala is an Arabic sentence which means transfer of sponsorship. In simple words we can say that Kafeel transfer or profession change.
If your previous sponsor cannot able to renew your iqama before one month of its expiry. Then you can transfer it to new sponsor with the help of labor office.
No, its against the law you cannot send any money to your home country with expire iqama or without iqama. Unfortunately, people without Iqama transfer their money to their countries by Hawala System or Hundi. These systems are illegal.
A transferable Iqama is one that can be replaced from one employer to a different employer without the need to go through the whole application process again.
As Per the the latest rules of 2020 If you are not blacklisted by the government and not any case register or legal complain against you in court. you can come back to Saudi Arabia after the final exit.
Finally after reading this article i am assure that you can easily solve your problem regarding to iqama transfer and difficulties facing in iqama transfer process. If you have any other question about Iqama transfer You can ask us in comments.