Every Overseas Filipino Worker (OFW) in Saudi Arabia need to possess an iqama or woking permit. This is a piece of document that proves that their stay in the country is legal and documented.
Failure to secure and carry an iqama/residence permit with you every time you walk around the streets of Saudi may incur certain fines and sanctions.
What Will Happen If an OFW Fail to Carry His Iqama?
Iqama or residence permit is a very important documents for Overseas Filipino Workers (OFWs) in Saudi Arabia. This document must always be brought every time an OFW go out or wherever they will go in Saudi Arabia. Failure to bring an iqama may cause the following:
- If you are a first-time violator, you will be fined SR1,000
- If you are a second-time offender, you will be fined SR2,000
- If you are a third-time offender, you will be fined SR3,000.
In cases where an expat’s dependents, such as the children and wife engage work or businesses without permits, they will be fined the same amount but the police department will then make a proposal of deportation to the Ministry of Interior. Expatriates living in Saudi with expired work and visit visas would be subjected to imprisonment, penalty and deportation.
Expats who offer shelter to overstaying expats will not be spared, too. This is because they may also face cancellation of visa and deportation.
So to Overseas Filipino Workers (OFWs) in Saudi, always carry your iqama when you roam around Saudi to avoid fines or worse, imprisonment. Iqamas also need to be renewed every year so better bear in mind the schedule of your iqama renewal.