This article consists of these Expatriates related topics, Check iqama Expiry, Fine, Funds, Huroob, Nitqat red green colors, Kafeel name.
If you are a foreigner in Saudi Arabia, you must know how to check iqama expiry. Usually, this date is not mentioned on the card. It is an ID proof for expatriates in Saudi Arabia.
So, you have to check your expiry status by yourself. An iqama can be valid for one year to many years. It depends upon many factors like Kafeel Nitaqat color status, the term of job, etc.
In many cases, you have to check your iqama status to check the expiry date in order to renew it at the right time.
Query Iqama Expiry Service check 2020, is the latest method in KSA. In Saudi Arabia, you can check the query expiry service. MOI Query is a service used to check the end date of an iqama.
The end date causes many problems if you don’t renew your Iqama. So, you need to check everything about it carefully.
Now you can check every Iqama related query by yourself. Here, I have a complete method of the queries. So keep reading.
Iqama Date Expiry Checking
There are two methods to check the expiry status.
- Wazarat Amal (Without Absher)
Query Iqama Expiry Service Check With help of Absher
The Absher website portal is specially designed by the government of Saudi Arabia for its residents.
The Absher portal provides you complete information and knowledge about your Iqama like query, iqama Mehna and much more.
Additionally, Absher app is also introduced, so that you can easily operate your Absher account on your mobile.
You can easily download it from your app store. So now, I am going to add the complete procedure to the check through Absher. You just need to follow the given steps.
Step-1: Go to the Absher website by opening the site www.absher.sa on any computer or smartphone using a web browser.
The homepage will open on your screen. There will be two options available as “ Individuals,” “business.” Click on the “Individuals”
You will see the same interface as given in the picture below.
Step 2: After selecting the “Individual,” the next step is to select the language. Firstly, you will see a mixed language interface in Arabic and
English. So, it’s ok if you know Arabic but, if you don’t know, Click on the “English.” It will be more understandable to you.
Step 3: After selecting your favorite language, the login page will appear, as shown below. So, if you have an Absher account, then simply login, contrarily, if you don’t have an account, you can register an account. So, to create a new account, click on “New User.”
Now, the registration form will appear in front of you. Fill the mandatory field in the registration forum. All mandatory fields are stated below.
ID Number; ID number means Iqama number. So, enter your number in the box of id number as shown in the image.
Mobile Number; The mobile number is another requisite for account registration in Absher. Enter your personal mobile number. You should enter an active mobile number because the verification code will be sent on the registered number.
Username in English; You have to choose a unique username for your account. So, select a username in English.
Password: Always choose a strong password and keep it secret. Anyone can access to your account if you share your account password. So, make sure the privacy of your account password.
Email and Confirmation; Enter a valid email address for account registration. Because the email will be used to contact you in case of any problem related to your account, so, carefully enter your email address in the confirmation box.
Preferred Language; Absher provides the option to operate the account in your preferred language. So, select the language you understand well.
Captcha Code; The last step is to enter the captcha code. Put the captcha code in the box and click “Next.”
After filling the form properly, the verification page will appear in front of you. Now check the verification code received on your mobile and put it on the verification page. When you have done the verification, click on “Register.”
Now you will see the registration details, and your account is registered successfully. You can also take a print of your registration form by clicking on “Print.” Now you can log in to your account.
Step 4: To log in to your account again, open www.absher.sa, and go to the login page. Enter your Iqama number, password, and captcha code. Now click on “Login’ Button.
Step 5: After login, you will receive a verification code on your registered mobile number. Enter this code on the verification page.
Step 6: After the verification, the next step is to find out the query option. So, scroll down the option and click on “ Query Iqama Expiry Services.”
Step 7: Enter the number and image captcha code then click on the “View” button. You will see the status as the expiry date. If the date is green, it means your Iqama is valid and has not been expired.
Whereas, if you see the date in red color, it means your Iqama has been expired and needs renewal. In the case of expiry, you will see the MOI Jawazat charges and fines as well.
Iqama Expiry Check without Absher (Wazarat Amal)
If you want to inquire about your status, but, you don’t have an Absher account, you still can check your queries but “how.” Here I have the answer to your question. You can check your Iqama related queries via “Wazarat Amal” so, follow the simple steps given below and stay connected.
Go to google search and write “Wazarate Amal” in the search box or Click Here.
Click the three lines located at the top right side as shown in the image,
Now, you have to create an account. So, click on, create an account as given in the image.
If you understand Arabic, then it’s ok but, if you don’t, then change the language into English from the language option in the portal, as shown in the picture below.
The next step is to enter the iqama number. Place your number in the box, as stated in the picture below.
It is difficult to understand the Hijri calendar. So, change the Hijri calendar into the gregorian calendar. Write your date of birth in English.
The next step is to enter the captcha code. So, enter the captcha code and click “Next.”
Now, you will see the result as the iqama expiry date and other related information like gender, date of birth, place of birth, nationality, etc.
Iqama Red Green Nitqat Colors
Many people are curious about to know what is the reality behind the iqama color system in Saudi Arabia.
Iqama color system is known as the Nitaqat. The colors that reveal the Nitqat category are re, green, and yellow. These colors reveal the categories of Keafeel/ Company.
Nitqat system was introduced in 2011, as a result of the Saudization policy of the Saudi government.
Each private business owner is bound to employ a certain number of Saudi citizens. The number and percentage of Saudi employees in a company define the Nitqat color category.
Contrarily, we can assume that the Nitqat colors determine the number of Saudi employees in a company.
Consequently, a company or Kafeel can be red, green, yellow, or platinum on the basis of the percentage of Saudi employees.
Red Color Status
- If a small business has less than 40% of Saudi employees of its total employees, it comes under the red color status.
- If a medium level business has less then 50%of Saudi employees of its total employees, it will be under the red category.
- A large business consists of less than 60% of Saudi employees, it will be under the red category.
- A multinational company has less than 60% of Saudi employees, it will also be under the red category.
The red category business does not tend to continue for a long time. So, the color category of red business has to change in green as soon as possible.
Furthermore, if you find your Iqama under the red category, then you should change your company sooner.
In this regard, you also don’t need to take any approval from your Kafeel or company. The companies in red categories face many visas, Iqama, and other immigration problems. So, you should change the company as soon as possible.
Yellow Color Status:
A company or Kafeel will be under yellow color status if.
- Small business has a percentage of Saudi employees as 5-9%.
- The medium business has a percentage of Saudi employees as 6-11%
- A large business has a percentage of Saudi employees as 7%
- A multinational level business has a percentage of Saudi employees as 7%
In the Yellow Nitqat, category employees can transfer themselves to other companies without any Kafeel’s permission. According to new rules, an employee can not renew his Iqama if he has completed two years.
So, if you find your Iqama in red or yellow colors, you should change your employer immediately.
Green Color Status
A company will be under the green status if
- A small business has a percentage of Saudi employees as 10-39%
- The medium business has a percentage of Saudi employees as 12-39%
- A large business has a percentage of Saudi employees as 12-39%
- A multinational business has a percentage of Saudi employees as 12-39%
The green status is usually a good category. This kind of company gets a visa every month. They can hire red/yellow color employees without any permission from their Kafeels.
In the green category, employees can renew their Iqama three months before the iqama expiry date. They can also change professions, and the six-month license grace period is also allowed in this category.
Platinum Color Status
If a company of any level has more than 40% of Saudi employees, it has a platinum color status. It is a perfect category.
The company and employees under this category enjoy all the privileges of the Ministry of Labor.
This kind of company can recruit employees easily and can hire red and yellow status employees without permission from their Kafeels.
Consequently, change of profession, one-year license grace period, and iqama renewal before three months of its expiry are allowed in this category.
Check Iqama Nitqat Status
Ministry of Labor in Saudi Arabia provides you the facility to check your Nitqat status.
You check in which category your Iqama falls. It’s better to check your status while working in a company.
So, here I have some easy steps to check Nitqat status. So, keep reading and follow these steps.
- Go to the official website o Ministry of Labor Saudi Arabia, www.mol.gov.sa.
- Enter your iqama number in the second option.
- Enter the captcha code in the given box.
- Submit the details.
After submitting the details, you will be able to see the results. You will see all the information such as iqama number, employment status, and Nitqat color of your Kafeel or company.
Iqama Fines and Penalties
People usually underestimate the strictness of iqama violations in KSA. This can cause a heavy amount of fines and penalties as per law.
Here, I am going to discuss these fines and penalties, so read carefully. It can be helpful to you while living in Saudi Arabia.
Not carrying Violations.
This is a common mistake many people make, but it can cause a huge amount of fine. So, if you don’t keep your Iqama with you, you may be charged a handsome amount of 1000 Saudi Riyals.
This violation can cause more issues like going to jail. Ther are further fines as 2000 Suid Riyal for the second time and 3000 for the third.
Lost or Stolen
In the case of lost or stolen Iqama, the person is liable to report within 24 hours. If he doesn’t so, he may be charged 1000 Saudi Riyals as a fine. But if you report within 24 hours, there will be no fine.
Consequently, the fines will increase as SAR 2,000 for the second time and SAR 3000 for the third time.
Iqama renewal after the expiry
There is no excuse for not renewing your Iqama within a given time limit in Saudi Arabia. It is fine of SAR 500 for the renewal after it’s expiry. The fine will increase as SAR 1,000 next year if you repeat the mistake.
However, the third time you may be deported from the KSA. The company or Kafeel pay the double fee in case of Iqama is not renewed before three days of its expiry.
Obtaining fake Iqama
Fake iqama violations are considered a serious crime in Saudi Arabia. It can cause SAR10,000 fine along with a jail period. So, while living in Saudi Arabia, try to avoid all kinds of violations.
In Saudi Arabia, you have to use many services of theMinistry of the interior. You must pay some fee for each service of MOI, Jawazat, you use. Funds are one of them.
Funds are charges in Riyals which you pay for using Iqama. Consequently, without paying the Iqama fee, you can not live in Saudi Arabia.
These charges are paid for using the Iqama in Saudi Arabia. So, keep in mind if you are not using Iqama services, then you should not pay funds.
All Iqama related services have been transferred to the Absher website. Absher is also a service of the Ministry of Interior (MOI). So don’t get confused about it.
Funds are paid against iqama services. So, these are the services that require iqama charges to be paid for;
- To apply for a family visit visa.
- To apply for a permanent family visa.
- For visit visa extension.
- To renew the driving license.
- Romal of Huroob
- To transfer the sponsorship.
- To change the profession.
- Single Exit/ Reentry visa
- To renew the Istimara( Vehicle registration)
- For labor-related services
How to check available Funds
There is a method to online check your iqama funds. In order to check the charges, you just need to follow the given steps. So stay connected and ready carefully.
- Go the website portal of Absher
- Go next to the home page of the website
- On the home page, click “individuals.”
- Go to the next page, select the language if you can’t read Arabic
- To choose English, Click on English
- Go to the login page, and if you have already registered an Absher account, you just need to enter your username and password to login to your account.
Now you can check your available funds status.
There are two methods to find out “Public Query Iqama funds” in the Absher website portal.
Firstly, you can go to the end of the page, and you will see services. If you are not able to find” Public Query Iqama Funds” there, you can click right and left arrows to find out.
Secondly, you can find the search box. You should type the “Public Query Iqama Funds” in the search box and click on the search button.
In this way, the system will show you the Iqama funds service. You should click it to make your query.
The next step is to enter your query. While opening the public query iqama funds page, you should enter your iqama number where identity number is asked.
After entering the id number, enter the image code from the given image and click on “View.” The system will show you all the available funds under your number.
Huroob Checking Process
When someone leaves his/her Kafeel without his permission or run away from his Kafeel, then the Kafeel makes an online report against the person who left him without his consent.
This report is called “Huroob.” Many people working on a free visa may face this kind of issue due to some bad and strict Kafeels.
So, to tackle this situation, you just need to check your iqama status. You can check it online on the websites of the Ministry of Labor and Ministry of Interior.
So, here I am going to state the complete procedure. Follow the steps carefully.
Step 1: Go to the website of the Ministry of Labor of KSA by a google search or following the link. www.mol.gov.sa
Step 2: Enter your Iqama number in the second box, as shown in the picture below.
Step 3: If you get a message as stated below in the picture, then it means there is a Huroob against your iqama number.
Otherwise, it does not show any message and show the name of your company and the red, green status of your Iqama.