An Iqama Status shows the date by which expats working in Saudi Arabia are allowed to stay in the country. Once the Iqama number expires, their residence permit is not valid anymore, meaning they must leave the country or extend the validation date of their Iqama. Otherwise, stay in Saudi Arabia becomes illegal and workers could easily get deported or face other charges.
The Government of Saudi Arabia has made a tremendous step forward to making things easy for expats. They can now check their status online. With the new technology, expats gain quick and easy access to their residence status. There are two ways that expats working in Saudi Arabia can use to check their status. The first one is short, while the other requires several steps to be done.
A. Short Option
To check their status using the short option, expats need to go to this link.
- Expats need to fill out the information in the fields as asked.
- The first field requires the Iqama number of the resident.
- The second field requires image code listed below the box. This code is for security reasons.
- Once they enter the information, expats click on view, and the status is listed/displayed on the page.
B. Long Option
For this option, expats need to open the official MOI website. This option is useful if the above option does not work at the moment.
- Once already at the website, expats need to click on the tab English in order to view the website in English.
- Next step is to click on the E-service tab in the top middle of the website.
- In the left column, there is a tab named Passport. Click on it.
- Now, scroll down until you reach Query Iqama Expiry Service, and then click on it.
- The last step is same as in the short option. Therefore, expats need to enter their Iqama number and the image code in the required fields. Then click on view.