Sponsors to be punished for not renewing expats’ resident cards

Sponsors to be punished for not renewing expats’ resident cards


By Abeer Al-Fahd

RIYADH — Sponsors will be fined and punished for failure to renew Muqeem or resident ID cards of their employees on time, according to the Directorate General of Passports (Jawazat).

The punishment will include the suspension of electronic services being provided to sponsors.

The Passport Department also urged expatriates to renew Muqeem cards of their dependents before expiry through Abshir and Muqeem electronic services to avoid fines and punishments.

Once the card has expired, the holder won’t be able to use e-services for official work.

According to the regulations, the punishments will be doubled in case the violations were repeated.

The Passport Department started issuing Muqeem cards in October 2015. The Muqeem cards replaced iqamas or resident permits. The cards are valid for five years, but it is extended every year electronically.

The Muqeem ID contains the holder’s photo, his/her nationality, date of birth, occupation, name of sponsor and the card’s expiry date after five years.


  1. Suspension of electronic services will impact badly on employee not on employer/sponsor…

    Why employee to be a victim for the subject not under his/her reach ???

  2. Suspension of electronic services is not the right decision. On the contrary, the renewal of others on line as well as business will also be affected.
    One of the best solutions will be to automatically collect the iqama fees from the sponsor’s bank account whenever an iqama is due for renewal. Once the fees is automatically deducted on the day of renewal, the sponsor’s “Muaqqib” has no other alternative but to go online and renew.
    For sick companies, the authorities could also arrange deduction in instalments in agreement with the sponsor, so that on the day of renewal the full amount is totally recovered,
    If the sponsor decides to send a person on final exit, the deducted iqama renewal fees may be returned to sponsor.
    When our Iqama renewal date approaches, the bank automatically freezes our account, then why cann’t they deduct the renewal fee as suggested above?

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