The Meaning of Transferable Iqama

When we are looking for a job in Saudi Arabia, in gulftalent[dot]com or bayt[dot]com, sometimes, we find the words “Transferable Iqama”. This time, I want to explain about the meaning of Transferable Iqama.

Transferable Iqama means that the holder of the Iqama (employee) doesn’t have to work for the Kafeel (employer) which is stated in Iqama (marked with red rectangle in the picture below). So this Transferable Iqama holder can work in any company in Saudi Arabia in anywhere and anytime he/she wants. Below is a picture of non-transferable iqama.

04  Iqama

Usually, the Transferable Iqama holder having some agreements with the Kafeel to arrange the renewal of this kind of Iqama. Some people said that the Kafeel asks for SAR 12k per year or 3k per year, depends of the profession which is stated in the Iqama.

If you want to make this Transferable Iqama, please be careful, because recently the government of KSA forbid the issue of Transferable Iqama. The Iqama Holder must work under the Kafeel which is stated in Iqama. This Transferable can be considered as illegal practice, in some ways.

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14 thoughts on “The Meaning of Transferable Iqama

        1. Harbun Subekti Post author

          Bro, your company is in Green Zone, which means in a good condition, which means also that you can not transfer easily.
          But if you can talk to your manager in charge, you can transfer.
          Basically, all iqamas are transferable, the problem is the kafeel, if they let you go, you can go,…
          But when their zone is yellow or red, you can transfer without their permission.

          for more information, please read the related articles under the post above.
          I hope this answer help you

  1. srinivas

    What are the terms and conditions of transferable Iqama and what will be the cost of it? I need the full information about transferable Iqama.

    1. Harbun Subekti Post author

      There is no specific terms or something related to Transferable Iqama.
      Please read the related posts also and the comments for further information.

      Iqama is actually all transferable, as long as the Kafeel allows you to transfer.

  2. ESL Teacher

    hi there i am currently on a work visit visa for 90 days, this is my first month with this company, i heard from HR that i will not be getting an iqama :-( i have a husband and three children that i need with me. Can i apply now for another job and leave this recruiting company? What is the process and who can i approach to assist me. The recruiter as also kept my passport since i arrived over a month ago, what can i do, please assist me. ESL Teacher


    Dear Sir,
    My Original iquama was issued under zoraida steel as my kaffel , but after 2 years they transfer me with other company which operated by the same owner and changed my kaffel name in iquama under zoraida metal factories, is this conclude that my iquama is transferable? and able to leave the company and find another job in kingdom? please advice. Thanks


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