Iqama, the resident id in Saudi Arabia, expires after a year of its issuance date. After that, it needs renewal. As per the new system, Jawazat doesn’t print iqama expiry date on the card. Now, Absher, which is moi ( ministry of interior) portal offers the online service to check iqama expiry date aka iqama validity. You will need iqama number and an Absher account to query it. Let’s start the procedure and find the iqama status for expiry.
Check Iqama Validity, Expiry Date By Using Iqama Number
Step1. Go to Absher website and tap on “Individuals.”
Step 2. If you are not familiar with Arabic, then Select “English” located on the top left corner. Enter the username or Iqama number, password, and image code.
Step 3. You will receive a four-digit verification code on your mobile, enter it
Step 4. Upon successful verification, Scroll Down. You will find the option, Query Iqama Expiry Service. Tap/click on it.
Final Step. Enter the iqama number and image code then click/ tap on View.
You will find the iqama expiry date. If the date is in green, it means that your iqama/Resident ID is valid, active, and not expired.
The red color of the iqama expiry date means that saudi iqama is expired and needs renewal as soon as possible. Also, moi Jawazat charges fines and penalties on the late renewal of iqama. Therefore, to avoid penalties, it is better to renew iqama before it expires.
The infograph will help you to understand the procedure.
Inquiring For Iqama Expiry Date by Another Method
In addition to the above method, you can also inquire iqama to check validity by using the Absher app. To do so,
Step-1 Log in to Absher App by entering the credentials ( username-password )
Step-2 Once you log in successfully, Go to “DASHBOARD” and tap on “Timeline” tab
Step-3 You will see the very first tab, “ME & FAMILY.” Under this tab, you can see the expiry date of Iqama. You can also find Passport expiry date and Driving License expiry date.
Although, it is a little bit tricky to convert Hijri dates to Gregorian dates. However, Absher App has made it quite easy and straightforward to check iqama expiry on the English date. Besides, this is the only method that shows the iqama status in Gregorian Calendar.
Check The Sponsor Id, Kafeel Name
- Visit the Absher website.
- Enter Username, Password and then OTP.
- Once you Log In, tap on My Account and then, tap on Dashboard.
- On the next window, scroll down and, tap on More Details.
On the next Screen, Scroll down until you find Sponsor ID.
Frequently Asked Questions.
How Long Does it Take to Renew Iqama?
One Day! Yes, that’s true. Renewal of iqama takes only one day. Jawazat issues iqama within a day, If the company/kafeel fulfills the requirements for iqama renewal. There is no delay from Jawazat.
How many years does the Iqama Expiry?
You can check the validity of iqama by the above methods. Mostly iqama expiry is for one year. However, the iqama card (ID) is issued for five years. May it sound confusing? When iqama is released. The expiration date is five years for the Iqama card. After five years, Jawazat issues a new iqama card (id).
Can Iqama be renewed for two years?
The answer is YES. Iqama can be renewed for two years. However, it depends upon a few factors. Like the status of the company in nitaqat, the agreement between you and the company. Etc.
Can we renew iqama for six months?
Iqama is renewed for a year. However, if you want to stay for six months, you can. But you will have more six months to live in Saudi Arabia.
Can I go exit with an expired iqama?
Yes, you can exit with an expired iqama. There is no issue at all. Kafeel/ Company can arrange a final exit visa for you.
How to Check if the Iqama is renewed?.
As per the new system, when your iqama is renewed, you will receive a message on your mobile number registered with Absher. However, before you could receive an SMS, make sure that you register and activate Absher account.
The other method to check iqama renewal is given in the above post. If you find a new iqama expiration date with a green background, then it means that your iqama is renewed.
You can also check iqama expiry in Gregorian date as shown in the above method.
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