34 Outrageous Iqama or Muqeem Violations and Penalties

Saudi Arabia is one of the countries with very strict residency laws. The law is quite harsh on the people who have overstayed their welcome in the Kingdom. If the visa expires, this means that any continued stay in the country is illegal, and this is not taken lightly. The Business Visa, Work Visa and Umrah Visas attract some severe penalties on the holders as well as the people who sponsor these people. It is imperative to be informed of the 34 Muqeem or Iqama violations and their penalties.

If the authorities catch up with someone whose visa has already expired, they will be arrested and taken to the Saudi Detention Centre. While at the Detention Centre, they are required to pay for all their travel expenses to facilitate deportation to their home country.

In most cases, the person who violates these laws may be banned from Saudi Arabia for a couple of years. There is also a possibility of having to pay some monetary fines as penalties for the violation of the residency laws. There is a law that has already been passed the GCC countries and as such, when a person is banned one GCC country, he/she cannot go to another GCC country.

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.

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