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Procedure to change Iqama profession in KSA

Untitled Infographic (9)Saudi Iqama is given to all the expatriates that are living in KSA. The Iqama has specific information written on the ID card that tells your name, DOB, expiry and profession that you are working in Saudi Arabia and much more. You should have precise knowledge of what exactly is the Iqama.

The information should be the same in all your documents and passport as well. If your profession is written something different and you are working a completely different job then it is counted as working illegal in KSA. To change the profession is very essential, else you won’t be allowed to work or have any benefits at all. You may change the profession online on your Iqama that has certain requirements and for the applicant.

Requirements for profession change:

  • No traffic violation against the employee
  • No traffic violation against the sponsor
  • Iqama should not be expired
  • Approval request should be received from the Ministry of Labor
  • There should be no case of huroob against the employee
  • The required fee should be deposited against the employee’s Iqama

What you should know is that passport companies and Jawazat have raids in companies and offices that might catch a few cases like these. Such cases are then sent to the detention centers and then are later deported from KSA. It is now a well-known rule and law in GCC states that if one GCC country bans/deports a person, the other GCC states will do so too.

Procedure for changing your Iqama profession

  • You need to have an attested degree that should have approval stamps from MOFA and Saudi Embassy from your country. The process for getting your degree attested is explain in the post here. Your degree should be of the relevant field that you want your profession to change into.
  • If you want your profession to change to Engineering, then register yourself with the Saudi Council of Engineers.
    If you want your profession to change to accounting or relevant then get a SOCPA membership
  • The online procedure for changing your Iqama profession doesn’t require submitting your attested degrees but MOI has to right to demand them. Thus it is wise to have the attested degrees with you when you opt for this procedure.
  • You need to deposit SAR 1000/- for changing the profession. The fee should be provided by the employer according to the Saudi Labor Law
  • You cannot take your case to Jawazat for a change in profession, so you will need your GRO to go there instead of you and finish the process.

If you are caught without the same Iqama profession and the one that you are working as then you will be sent to the detention center and deported thereafter. Because of the profession being low profile, your Visa application for other countries might get rejected. You cannot opt for a permanent family visa or family status in KSA and even for visit visa in any of the case.

Related Articles:

Change Iqama Profession and Sponsorship online with MOI

List of professions reserved only for Saudis in KSA

List of professions eligible for applying for Permanent Family Visa 


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  • Sub_Addict_who_cares

    Hi Samiullah Khan, thanks for this post. I want to change my profession in IQAMA (from Mechanical Technician to HR Personnel), for the attestation do I need a letter from my company or any supporting letter before going to MOFA and our countries embassy here in Riyadh? How about my profession as HR Personnel, do I need to get a membership in SOCPA, since my position is as an Admin-HR Personnel? Kindly clarify, thanks in advance.

  • M. Shafi K. Alji

    My Iqama shows wrong profession as Carpenter. My post is Admin Assistant. Do I have to attest my graduation degree with Saudi Consulate in New Delhi, or it can be change without degree attestation ?

    • Tamim Iqbal

      dear Brother,
      even i have same problem, how did you solve your problem.
      My mail id is tamim2uu@gmail.com.
      i want to attest my degree certificate in Saudi embassy in my county, but IQAMA is general worker. MOFA office sent me twice back when i went get my company letter to attest with MOFA. I have send this letter to my country to get my degree certificate attested.
      But i think my company letter will not attested , until i change my profession in IQAMA.

  • Faisal Jamil

    please let me know that i have b-tech pass degree attested from MOFA & HEC, should i need to attest from Saudi culture?

  • Ehsan Wani

    My last visa was Engineer visa and I was with my wife and daughter residing in Saudi Arabia. I left Saudi Arabia in 2015. Now I got an offer from Saudi Arabia but the company doesn’t have engineer visa , they have welder visa and are assuring me to change the profession to Engineer after arrival. As my cercertificates are attested and I had registered in Saudi Council of Engineers also. please help me is it possible to change the profession to Engineer from welder and get the family visa again.
    hoping for an early and positive response.