If your iqama expires, you will need to leave the country and renew it before you can return and continue working.
However, it is possible to transfer your sponsorship to another employer before your iqama expires. To do this, you will need to obtain a release letter from your current employer and find a new employer who is willing to sponsor you.
The new employer will then need to apply for a new work permit on your behalf. Once you have your new work permit, you can return to Saudi Arabia and continue working.
Iqama Transfer without Kafeel
Any worker in the KSA can file a case in the Saudi ministry of labor office against the company or employer in the below terms and get the Iqama ownership transferred to another company or kafeel without current kafeel consent. Moreover, here you can check your Iqama transferred status.
1- if the employer doesn’t provide the domestic worker with food, accommodation, and clothes, as per the contract.
2- if the employer doesn’t pay the salary on time.
3- if the employer deducts the salary without any valid reason.
4- if the employer doesn’t allow the domestic worker to have a day off and a weekly day off
5- if the employer forces the domestic worker to work for more than 10 hours a day.
6- if the employer physically or verbally abuses the domestic worker.
7- if the employer forces the domestic worker to work in hazardous conditions.
8- if the employer doesn’t provide the domestic worker with health insurance.
9- if the employer cancels the domestic worker’s passport or doesn’t allow the domestic worker to keep his/her passport.
10- if the employer forces the domestic worker to work without a labor contract.
Transfer Sponsorship After Your Iqama Expiry
It is possible to transfer sponsorship in Saudi Arabia under certain conditions. One of these conditions is if the Iqama (residency permit) and labor card of the employee have expired. Another condition is if the employer has not been paying the employee’s salary for over three months under the Wage Protection System.
If both of these conditions are met, the employee can approach the Ministry of Labor and request a transfer of sponsorship. The Ministry will then investigate the case and, if they find that the conditions have been met, they will approve the transfer.
This process can be beneficial for both the employer and the employee. For the employer, it can help to avoid having to pay any penalties that may be associated with an employee’s expired Iqama or labor card. For the employee, it can help to ensure that they receive their salary and are able to continue working in Saudi Arabia.
However, you can transfer the sponsorship after one month of Iqama expiry. This means that if the Iqama expires and the employer has not been paying the salary for over three months, the employee can transfer the sponsorship to another employer.