There can be a lot of reasons for fines and penalties in Saudi Arabia. It can be a traffic violation, roaming outside without having legal documents, getting iqama expired, or having a huroob status etc.
That’s why it is always good to check fines on iqama, and you can do that pretty easily. There are 12 different penalties and fines on different violations related to the resident permit in Saudi Arabia. And, I am going to discuss all of them.
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How To Check Fines On Iqama
To check fines on iqama, the very first thing that you should take care, make sure to register on Absher with the mobile number that you are using. Why I am saying that? Because whenever the authorities do a fine, you receive an SMS on the sim card registered in the Absher system.
If you have many sims on iqama and not in your use, then check them in this article. Check How Many Sims Registered On Your Iqama
Using Absher Portal
You can also use the Absher portal as well. However you can check traffic fines by this method. To do that,
- visit absher portal and log in to your account.
- Click on Traffic violation Information
- The next page shows all the recent and previous traffic violations and fines.
But! this is not the end. You can use your bank account as well to check traffic fines on iqama. Read the post on How to Check Traffic Fines, Violations and Vehicle Number.
Now let’s see what are the penalties and fines on iqama violations jawazat imposes.
Latest Penalties And Fines On Iqama Violations 2021
The list carries 12 different fines against the violation of the rules of iqama. Include them in your checklist whenever you go outside, visit a superstore, or traveling. If someone has a huroob status then it is more dangerous because of the fine and penalty increase. Let’s check the different fines on iqama and the penalties by the authorities.
Iqama Fine For Not Carrying
Always make sure you have iqama in your pocket whenever you go outside your residence. 1,000 Saudi Riyals is the penalty if jawazat catches you without iqama. They can also take you into custody, and you may end up spending a few days in Jail.
If the police find you again, Now the penalty will be 2000 Riyals. For the third time, the fine will rise to 3000 Saudi Riyals.
Fine on Lost or Stolen Iqama
Well, there is no penalty if your iqama is lost or stolen. But you have to report to the police within 24 hours. If you delay, for more than 24 hours to notify, then you will have to pay 1000 Saudi Riyal.
In case you lost the iqama again and you didn’t report in time. Then the fine will be 2000 Saudi Riyals. For the third time, the punishment will be 3000 Saudi Riyals.
So in such cases always report as soon as possible to avoid such huge fines.
Not Renewing Iqama Before 3 Days of Expiry
Jawazat has issued a new rule which says that your employer ( Kafeel or Organization) will pay a double iqama fee if he doesn’t renew iqama before three days of its expiry. The iqama fee is 600 to 650 riyals for most people. So the double amount will be between 1200 to 1300 riyals.
Furthermore, 25,000 Riyals is fine for hiring illegal workers. There are some other fees also which kafeel or company pays at the time of iqama renewal. You can check that here.
Renewing Iqama After Expiry.
The fine is 500 Saudi Riyals for not renewing iqama after its expiry. Next year the penalty will increase to 1000 Saudi riyals if iqama is not renewed in time.
But, for the third time, if your kafeel or company renews iqama after expiry, the penalty is your ‘Deportation.’
Your iqama will not renew, and you will have to go on the final exit immediately in any case.
Fine On Working (Outside) For Another Employer Without Transfer
If the police catch you working for another company, the penalty is the cancellation of Iqama and ‘Deportation.’ So never work for others because it can be the worst problem for you.
Fine On Woking In Huroob Status
It is painful to have a huroob in Saudi Arabia. Because that makes your stay in KSA illegal. The police will arrest you and lock up in jail. After a few days, weeks, or even months, they will deport you to your country.
So the fine is ‘Deportation.’ Furthermore, you will book the ticket at your own expense. The authorities will not pay for you.
Fines and Penalties On Wrong Driving
If you have an Absher Account, then you will receive a message on your mobile number. It will tell you about the traffic violation and fine on it. If you don’t receive SMS, then you can also check it by logging into your Absher account.
Penalty For Carrying A Person With An Expired Iqama.
It is always advised not to carry a stranger in your car. if he doesn’t have iqama, then you will pay a fine of 10,000 riyals. In addition to the fine, a jail of 6 months, and the deportation.
Fine For Not Showing Iqama To The Authorities
Whenever you go to any Govt office, don’t forget to keep iqama in your pocket. If they ask you to show iqama and you don’t have it, then you may end up with a penalty of 1000 riyals. For the second instance, the fine will be 2000 riyals. And for the third instance, it will be as high as 3000 riyals.
Obtaining A Fake Iqama
There are cases when people purchased fake iqama. The purpose was to avoid being caught by the authorities. Few people also got jobs. Anyhow, if it is proved that you have a fake iqama, then the penalty you will face is 10,000 riyals. In addition to that, a prison for 3 months. After that period you will be deported.
Besides, If you help someone to obtain a fake iqama, then you will face the same penalty.
Submitting Fake Documents
If you are presenting any of your documents to Saudi authorities. then make sure that they are genuine and original. If you need stamping from the Saudi embassy, always give documents to an authorized agent. because fake stamping can be trouble for you. The penalty for submitting counterfeit documents is 10,000 riyals or 3 months jail or both.
MOI always directs you to keep yourself legal. There are few other penalties for kafeels and companies. Some of the penalties are about the violation of traffic. So the best thing is that always have legal status in KSA. Then you won’t need to worry about the iqama fine and penalties.
It is a crime to sell visas to anyone. Saudi Govt has developed a mechanism for hiring expats. And, have a dedicated portal which deals with such affairs. However, if it is proved that someone has sold a visa to bring the labor to KSA, a heavy fine and penalty are waiting for him.
For an expatriate, the fine is 10,000 Riyals. or imprisonment for 3 months or both, along with the termination of his Iqama and deportation from the Kingdom.
For a Saudi Citizen, a fine of 10,000 S.R. for the first time. 15,000 Riyals in the second time and one month imprisonment. 15,000 Riyals. on the third violation with 3 months imprisonment. These penalties are applicable to partners, contributors, and planners. The taken money will be confiscated by authorities.
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