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.