Iqama expiry is the major concern of any expatriate working here in Saudi Arabia. Make sure to have a valid iqama while staying here in KSA.
If your Iqama is expired then you are illegal the same day. Though you can avail three days grace period.
Read More: How to check Iqama Red Green Status
- 1 Check Expiry Date | Without Absher
- 2 Check Expiry Date | Absher
- 3 Iqama Expiry Check Through SMS
- 4 Steps to Check Expiry Date | Offline
- 5 Video Guide
- 6 Iqama Renewal Fee 2020 (1441)
- 7 Wrap Up
- 8 FAQ’s About Iqama Expiry
- 9 Related Post
There are two ways to check Iqama expiry, online & offline. But the authentic one is through the MOI Absher account. The offline method can give you a rough idea about the expiry but not the exact one.[crp]
Let see both methods in detail.
Check Expiry Date | Without Absher
Yes, if you don’t have an Absher account still you can check Iqama expiration at Ministry of labor – MOL website
Step-1: First of all, go to the MOL website. Here is direct link MOL Iqama Check
Step-2: Change the language to English. You can see in the below video guide if you can not find where.
Step-3: Fill the Iqama Number or Border Number
Step-4: Fill the date of Birth. You can change the calendar to show English (Gregorian) dates.
Step-5: Enter the Verification Code and click ‘Next’
Step-6: You will see the information including the iqama expiration Date at MOL.
You can watch the below video for more clarity if required.
Check Expiry Date | Absher
First of all, you should have an Absher account as I have already mentioned. But don’t worry you can still ask your colleague to do it for you from his Absher account.
Step -1: First of all, go to MOI Absher. You will see a window like below;
Step -2: Click on the Individual as highlighted in the snip. Now you will be prompted window like below;
Step -3: Enter the user name, password and fill the image code. Hit ‘Log in’ & you will see a window like below;
Step -4: Now, you will see a number of options like ‘Traffic violations information’, ‘Public Query Available Funds’. But you need to click at ‘Query Iqama Expiry Service’ as indicated in the below picture.
Step -5: In ‘Iqama number’ field fill your 10 digits Iqama number, Enter the Image code like 4191 in below example but your will be different and click ‘View’
Step -6: You will see like Your Iqama is Valid till: 1441/06/13. Make sure the date format is yyyy/mm/dd. This is in the Hijri calendar.
Step -7: Now convert this Hijri calendar date to Gregorian at Islamicfinder.org
Iqama Expiry Check Through SMS
For this, you just need your Kafeel Batakha ID then send an SMS in below format
12*Kafeel ID*Iqama Number
& Send to
- 888994 if SAWA STC
- 709444 if Zain
- 624444 if Mobily
Charges of an SMS is 1.5 SAR.
You can also check your Iqama issue date from your Iqama as you can see at below picture;
Here, I have translated Iqama the Muqeem card into English. Issue Date is the date where you can calculate one year more. Make sure to add the Hijri calendar year.
Iqama Expiry Date is also useful when filling out a lot form in Saudi Arabia like a bank account, Saudi Council of Engineers registrations, etc.
Iqama Renewal Fee 2020 (1441)
Iqama fee depends on
Iqama Fee | Saudi Employees more than 50% in Company
|MOI Fee||MOL – Fee||Medical Insurance||Total Fee|
|650 SAR||8,400 SAR||450 SAR||9,500 SAR|
Iqama Fee | Saudi Employees less than 50% in Company
|MOI Fee||MOL Fee||Medical Insurance||Total Fee|
|650 SAR||9,600 SAR||450 SAR||10,700 SAR|
Iqama Fee for Saiq Khas, the Maid, Mazra & House Workers
|Iqama Fee – MOI||Work Permit – MOL||Medical Insurance||Total Fee|
|600 SAR||00 SAR||500 SAR||1,100 SAR|
Iqama Fee for very small Companies | 5 workers or less
|MOI Fee||MOL Fee||Medical Insurance||Total Fee|
|650 SAR||00 SAR||500 SAR||1,150 SAR|
MOI Fee: 650 SAR
MOL Fee: 8400 SAR (if Saudi Employees are more than 50% in your company) & 9600 SAR if your company have more expatriates than Studies
Medical Insurance: 450 for average class
Hence, the Iqama fee varies from 9500 SAR to 10,700 SAR. This is an annual fee.
This fee is calculated approximately.
I hope this is quite helpful to find your Iqama validity status. Now Saudi Govt has updated rules so You can check iqama expiry date only with help of Absher. I have all the procedures in detail. You can also watch a video that will help you to check your iqama details.
FAQ’s About Iqama Expiry
What is the grace period on the Expiry of iqama?
It is for 3 days. But after three days if you are caught with expired iqama then you will be put into the jail until your sponsor comes and assure the police to renew your iqama.
How can I check iqama validity without Absher account?
You can check online at the MOL website as I have explained earlier or you can calculate from the iqama issue date printed on your iqama to get the idea.
What will happen if I am unable to renew my iqama?
You will be sent to jail and later on to back home and a permanent ban for entering again in KSA on a work visa.
What to do if Iqama Expires while on vacation?
First of all, you will not get exit re-entry beyond your Iqama expiry date. Still, if you go and unable to come on time then better contact to your kafeel and he will renew and also will extend your exit re-entry visa.
Is there any grace period after the iqama expiry?
Yes, there is. You can renew it within 3 days without any penalty imposed for late Iqama renewal.
How to check Muqeem Iqama Expiry Date?
Muqeem Card is the new name of Iqama & you can check its expiry date the same as explained for Iqama through Absher account.
May I send money back home with expired Iqama?
If your online banking is working then you can. Otherwise, no other option like Western Union, Al Ahli Quick Pay, etc will not entertain you.
What is the penalty on Iqama if delayed in renewal?
For the first time is 5oo SAR, the Second delay is 1000 SAR and if failed third time then deportation & 1000 SAR fine on Iqama.
How to get Medical Insurance for Iqama Renewal?
You just need to pay the fee & no need any medical checkup. But for Africans, Nigerians, etc. where Ebola or other diseases exit are bound to get medical clearance before Iqama renewal.