Automatic One-month iqama extension for overseas expats in Saudi Arabia

The Directorate-General for Passports (Jawazat) has immediately extended the validity of the residence permit (iqama) for expatriates outside the Kingdom. The extension is in compliance with the directives of the highest authorities for one month and without any charge.

The Jawazat said in a statement on its website on Monday that the recipients of the transfer are expatriates outside the Kingdom with exit and re-entry visas, and that they have commercial trades as their occupations. The extension is for one month from the date of iqama’s expiry during the period from 1 to 31 Aug.

The new arrangement was made in collaboration with the Ministry of Human Resources and Social Development, and the Jawazat added in the article, the National Information Centre.

Starting July, King Salman, Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques, approved the extension of the expired iqama of expatriates within and outside the Kingdom for a period of 3 months without any charge or fine.


The Ministry of Interior’s Absher app also confirmed that it would be available for domestic workers and family members of expatriates to extend the duration of the exit and re-entry visa program. The requirements for the provision of this service included the individual being outside the Kingdom and the residence permit (iqama) covering the extension period has validity.

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