Procedure for Applying for New Iqama for First Time Arrivals

When you are newly in Saudi Arabia, it is the sponsor’s (kafeel) responsibility to make Iqama (Saudi ID card) for you. The maximum allowed duration for making the Iqama is 3 months, after which there is penalty for delay which has to be paid by the company and not by the employee. As the it is the sponsor / company’s responsibility to make the new Iqama, you do not need to worry about it. But for those of you who would like to know how things work, we give the detailed procedure.

First, as soon as you arrive, you have to inform and meet your sponsor/company.

They will ask you to do Medical checkup at authorized hospital or clinic (For list of authorized center see Authorized Centers). The clinic will make a medical report and automatically send it to MOI online.

Your sponsor will require from you two things:What is kafeel

  1. Your passport (Original & copy)
  2. Passport size photos – 2 to 4 copies

The requirements at the time of application of Iqama are as follows:

  1. Iqama form & other company documents
  2. Medical report (Now a days it is automatic sent online by clinic)
  3. Medical Insurance (To be done by your sponsor) To check Insurance validity status see Medical Insurance on MOI.
  4. Biometrics / Fingerprints (this is normally done at the airport immigration at the time of arrival) To check your fingerprinting status see Fingerprint Status
  5. Those who are having Engineer visa need to register with Saudi Council of Engineers and those who are having Medical Profession visa need to register with Saudi Medical Council.
  6. Payment of SR 500 Iqama for one year or SR 1000 for two years (by your sponsor)
  7. Payment of SR 150 HRD fee (by your sponsor)

HRD fee & Iqama fee can be paid online or through ATM.

  • khan

    What about labor card fee??
    is it necessary for issuing new iqama?
    What is the total fee first time?.

  • Haider

    Is there any possibility to apply to IQAMA card before arrival. I have got my visa and work permission already.

  • shoaib ur Rehman

    Dear sir I com to Saudi in 10-11-2014 now I want to go bak to pajistan bt company say me you give 5000 riyal plz sokved my problm

    • My VISA is expired now and its been 3 months for me to be here. I still have not got my Iqama. Whats the penalty and who will pay this penalty.

      Please give reply ASAP.


  • Hi.. I would like to ask how much posibly the amount they pay for the iqama of a dental nurse here in alkharj… Because our employer charges us 1,900sr for our iqama which is too high compared to the other nurses in other clinics here in alkharj…. My friends who are also happened to be dental nurse who is employed with the same employer but working in another clinic informef us that they are just paying 1,000sr for their iqama.. Looking forward for a significant response for this query…thanks…

  • Qamar Abbas

    A.o.a iam coming here new still I have not got my iqamaa what is the way I paid mu self fee iqamaa
    pl help me

  • M A Mudgal

    If i resign in organization then do i need to pay iqma makeing charges to my sponser

  • jossy jose

    I completed 8 months in saudi arabia but my hospital not giving iqama for us because we are not applied for saudi council exam. And I have 2.7 years nursing experience now and my hospital saying to wait for 5 months to apply for saudi council because they want only specialist nurses here. I am working under HOP. Really I need saudi council for iqama?

  • Jawed

    My brother came in ksa last sep15 in binladen makka.
    The company hadn’t made iqama .
    Also jawajat police catch him & after finger reliese .
    Plz show me ways .
    How my brother go back to home?

  • Javeed Ahmed

    Alhamdulillah.I got Iqama for my family today in Riyadh.If your family has newly arrived you have to visit the Jawazat office in Aziziyah,SAPTCO bus station to get the Iqama.
    There is no fees required to get the new Iqama for family(many people are confused with this).
    Documents Required are:
    1.Iqama application form(your company will fill it and stamp it at the required place)
    2.Passport copy(family and sponsor)
    3.Iqama copy of sponsor
    4.Original Medical report
    5.Visa page copy from passport.