How to Avoid Dependent Fees in 2017 in Saudi Arabia

How to Avoid Dependent Fee in KSA in 2017


As announced by the government, there are going to be new fees implemented from July 2017 which aims at decreasing the non-Saudi population of the Kingdom. Instead of reducing the work force direct by force or stopping the issue of visa, the government has come up with indirect way to decrease non-Saudi population – that is by the implementation of Dependent fee.

The dependent fees is implemented on all non-working members of the family. They include spouse  & children of the working member. And if the parents of the working member are here, the dependent fee is applicable to them also. However, there is still lack of clarity if children less 18 years will have to pay dependent fee or not. There have been many Whatspp messages & Facebook posts having different view points regarding dependent fees but there is no official confirmation from government which is correct.

Below is the table giving the split of dependent fee to be paid each year. Note that the dependent fee is starting from SR 100 in July 2017 and gradually increased to SR 400 per person by July 2020.


As it can been seen, the dependent fee is dramatically increasing every year.

However, this fee can be avoided for a short time by renewing the visa before start of fee period. The fee is applied with the renewal of iqama (now known as Muqeem card). The renewal can be done 3 months (90 days) in advance of the expiry of iqama. So that means those people whose iqama is expiring before September 28 can renew before 1st July without paying the dependent fee this year. However, as Eid holidays are starting from 15th June, 2017 that mean the renewal has to be done before that date which in turn means that only those whose iqama is expiring before 13th September can only renew and avoid the dependent fee for this year (2017). However they have to pay the few next year (2018) when they renew their iqama.

  • Sajid Mehmood

    Thanks a lot for your kind information.

  • Iqama renewal can be done 6 months in advance, and Iqama can be renewed in Eid holidays. there is no restriction of working days.

    • Irfan Ahmad


      The muqeem system does not allow even 91 days.

      Please clarify.


      • mustafa mohammed

        It can be done bfr 180 days directly from mol and jawazat

      • We can issue work permit from MOL website and renew it from Absher. I already renewed many Iqamas which was expiring in range of 180 days. It is easy and simple.

        • Said Alavi

          In MOI my Iqama profession is Muraqab Abniya and last two years there was no any issue for renewing Iqama. Recently I transfer to a new company and when they try to renew Iqama in MOL it shows ” رخصة المهندس غير موجود” .

          How to check profession in MOL site. MOI ok

          • Hi, now there is new rule for iqama renewal. you have to register with Saudi Council for Engineers. Please visit below link and register with them.


            If you have engineer degree then register as engineer otherwise you can register as technician and upload your diploma or and technical certificate. Registration charges are from 500 to 700 and yearly 200. after that you will be able to renew your iqama.

          • Said Alavi

            Even if My Iqama is Technician still I have to register with Saudi Council for Engineers. Last year my Iqama was renewed with out any issue. Is this new rule from this year.

          • This rule is implemented before one or two months, every technical profession needs to be registered with Saudi Council of Engineers. New rules mean Technical professions for Technical Persons only, If someone do not have Technical qualification then he have to change his iqama profession from Technical to non technical.

    • Dr Mahendra Maheta

      I will still edit your answer. Iqama (Mukeem) can be renewed 364 days before. You just need to have a letter from your kafil if it is more than 6 months. This year i have renewed my Iqama before 8.5 months due to personal reasons.

      • Thank you for updating. We are talking about normal situation for everyone. anyone can renew his Iqama within 180 days. 364 days might possible for special cases as you mentioned.

        • Dr Mahendra Maheta

          Very True. If kafil will not agree to give a letter; than 180 days will be applicable to all the individuals.

  • Usman Khan

    My iqama has been renewed in April 2017. Now (July 1, 2017) I am trying to apply two months Exit reentry visa for my kids I am receiving message that funds not sufficient even I paid 200 riyal for each kid and it is also shown on my absher account. Is dependedent fee also connected with ERE. Should I have to pay dependent fee before applying ERE.

  • Disqusser

    Anyone knows how to pay the dependent fees????

    • AzizHamid Farooqi

      From online thru bank website. under government fee –> Associate fee for all registered associate on HEAD OF household. its calculate automatically when you entered iqama number of head and expiry date.

      • Disqusser

        Is it the expiry date of the iqama or what? It gives different rate based on different dates. Usually such things are automated…it actually says ” تاريخ النهاية للفترة المطلوبة” which means “end date for requested duration” but when I change the site to English it says “Fee Duration End Date” .

        I put the date as more than 2 months from today, yet I am unable to make Reentry despite paying the usual fees.

        • Usman Khan

          Just now I succesfully applied ERE for my kids after paying dependent fee. My iqama was already renewed until 4 Ramadan 1439. So I enter the date as 04/09/1439 in my system.

          • Disqusser

            Salam Alaikum. Was the amount for you about 1070 Riyal per dependent (based on your dates) ?

          • Usman Khan

            1074 per kid

          • Mirza Ali

            Please advise how to calculate dependent fee based on iqama expiry date

          • Usman Khan

            I don’t think so. I believe everyone has to pay dependent fee until iqama expiry date and then he can send his family before next renewal in order to avoid next dependent fee. This fee is taken in advance and I don’t think they will refund it.

  • Hamza Khalil

    I can not process Exit re enetry for my family as abshir is saying service not available any one has updates?

    • Usman Khan

      I am facing the same problem. Even I pay SR. 200 against child and system shows this amount but when I am trying ERE it says funds not sufficient.

      • Hamza Khalil

        Yes I just tried again and it’s saying funds not sufficient. I think labor office or Jawazat may be able to confirm what is the issue.

        • Usman Khan

          Expats must pay dependents’ fees before Iqama renewal or re-entry visa: Passports Department

          • Usman Khan

            Just now I succesfully applied ERE for my kids after paying dependent fee. My iqama was already renewed until 4 Ramadan 1439. So I enter teh date as 04/09/1439 in my system.

          • Mirza Ali

            Mr. Usman, My iqama is expiring on 19 Muharram 1440. Can u please tell how much i have to pay for each dependent

          • Usman Khan

            19 Muharram 1440 means gregorian date 29 September, 2018 approx. Dependent tax is SR 100 per month per dependent from July 2017 to June 2018 (12 month x SR. 100=1,200). From July 2018 it will become SR 200 per month per dependent. For 2018 total fee will be (SR 200 x 3 months = 600) So total will be 1,800 per child approx.

          • Mirza Ali

            Thanks Usman Saab. Any news about possible refund by government if the dependents leave on exit before the iqama expiry ?

        • Usman Khan

          Just now I succesfully applied ERE for my kids after paying dependent fee. My iqama was already renewed until 4 Ramadan 1439. So I enter teh date as 04/09/1439 in my system.

          • Muhammed Imran Basit

            Dear Usman Did you paid full year fee 100 SAR 1200 SAR or just till December?
            Please reply.

          • Usman Khan

            I paid until 4 ramadan 1439 (may 18, 2018) which is expiry date of iqama. Everybody has to paid until the expiry date of iqama. Bank will calculate automatically the amount depending on your remaining months and now of dependents. Check in absher what is your iqama expiry date

  • Abdullah Ishaq

    can somebody confirm if the fee is applied on professions such as house maids or private drivers??

    • Disqusser

      You just key in your iqama number in your online banking payment section. If no fees due, it says “Fee is zero”.

    • Hamza Khalil

      For House maids or Private drivers its saying zero so there is no fee.

  • Akheel Ahmed

    وعليكم السلام ورحمة الله وبركاته
    dear friends can suggest me,
    my iqhama expire on
    12/12/1438 (3/sep2017),
    and i m going to send my family final Exit
    20/12/1438 (11/sep2017) need pay how much SAR

  • Syed Jaff

    I renewed my iqama well before 3 months of expiry(24/10/1438), new expiry is now 24/10/1439instead of showing 3600 sr for three dependents my bank is showing an amount of 3810 sr . why its so, somebody clarify,Thanks

    • Zahoor Ahmad

      its because, from July 2017 to June 2018, 100 per dependent, 3600 for 3 dependents. Then your next expiry is 24/10/1439 which 08 July 2018, so approx. 8 days are coming next year (2018) policy in which 200 per dependent, then adding for 8,9 days with 3600 which is aprox. 3800 sr

    • BaAsher Bash

      Mr. Syed for every dependent the fees is 1200+24=1224 i.e., 3672 for 2017
      then for the year 2018 200 for every dependent they will calculate by days which is 8 days for 3 dependent its coming like 200/30=6.667
      6.667 *7=46.667
      46.667*3 = 140
      3672+140=3812 so there will be little difference of date.
      Every year 1200+24 = 1224 with some charges included.

    • Gokul

      100*12 -1200*3 dependents =3600 ok
      After that u finish ur visa after july/8/2018 so more 8,9 day remaining
      3600=200*3=600,600/9days remaining=(66.66*3dependents)=200
      So aprox total 3800 from my point of view

  • Ajit Prabhakaran

    my child is on gone to india on a 90 days single exit entry visa on 27/06/2017…can I make exit for her without her bringing back to Saudi arabia.

  • Syed Altaf

    My Iqama expires on 29-04-1439. I am sending my son on a FINAL EXIT VISA.
    In this case, can anyone advise/explain as to how much dependent’s fee I have to pay.
    Since the implementation of the dependents’ fee started this July and that I am sending my son in this month itself, do I have to still pay the dependent’s fee till the expire date of my Iqama or I have to pay just for one month of July?

  • Zeeshan

    My ikama is getting expired in 20th of Nov 2017. Applying for exit re entry for 2 kids …. its showing 4314 sr…. can anyone plz explain how it’s calculated ?

  • Anna

    My iqama expired 4 moths back , reason of not update(renew) is some jawazath problem of company .. so can i send my family on final exit with out iqama update (renew) i cant wait for any more long like this …

    please reply me urgent thank you

  • Faizan Ahmad

    My Iqama will be expired on 26 Feb 2018, Already we renew my iqama on December 2017. My Family came here on 7 November 2017 with one kid, The main problem is when we gave to company for iqama renewal and he checked on system it is showing total amount for family dependent fees 4634 SR until 26 Feb 2019 we paid that amount but after 2 days again company guys call me and he said need more 866 SR because system is showing insufficient balance when he try to renew my iqama, Can Any one tell me how they asked for more money 866 Extra.

    Plz reply As soon as possible.

  • Shoeb Ahmed

    Can anyone please update about the payment terms . I heard that dependent fees for below 18 child will be 100 riyals per month which will be stable amount every year . Please confirm

  • Siaan Dihaan

    my iqama expire date is 24/12/1439h,i have 3 dependent how much dependent fee