The Labor office will allow transfer of iqama / sponsorship without the permission or approval of current sponsor, as per report from Saudi Gazette who have quoted Al-Madina newspaper. As per the report, it seems that implementation of this rule will take place in the coming months. The conditions for the transfer will be that the contract with current sponsor should have expired and the contract should not contain any clause which prohibits working in Saudi Arabia for next one or two years.
If such rule come into effect, the country will benefit much from experienced labor available in market and improvement of working conditions and packages for expatriates.
However, let us wait for official confirmation from government before jumping at making other plans.
As of now, iqama transfer can be without kafeel / sponsor’s permission in the following cases :
1. If the salary is not paid on time
2. The sponsor’s is in Red or Yellow category
3. Employment is not provided