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Sunday, March 31, 2013

Common Iqama Violations in Saudi Arabia





Some common Iqama System violations and their penalties:
1. Violation:
Resident working for another employer or for his own account.
Penalties:
Termination of his Iqama and he shall be deported.


2. Violation:
Expatriate working for an employer other than the one recruited him and whose name is noted down in his work permit, prior to his release by the latter and the approval of the concerned authority on the services transfer.

Penalties:
• The employee shall be deported from the country at his employer expenses and deprived from the right to return to the Kingdom before the lapse of two years from his deportation date.
• Provide a copy of the worker's travel documents to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in order to prevent him from coming back during the above mentioned ban period.

3. Violation:
Runaway resident who was captured by the security authorities or by his employer.

Penalties:
• The runaway resident shall be arrested until the finalisation of his deportation procedures.
• The runaway resident shall be deported at the expense of the party that harboured or employed him. If he was captured working for his own account, he shall be deported at his own expense. Employer shall not be obliged to deport him if the period of the notice exceeded three months. He shall then be deported at the expense of the state by written permission from the General Director of Passports.

4. Violation:
Harbouring a runaway expatriate from the employer who recruited him.

Penalties:
• The runaway expatriate fine is 2,000 S.R. or two weeks imprisonment with the termination of his Iqama.
• The citizen violator fine is 2,000 S.R. or two weeks imprisonment for the first instance. Second instance fine is 3,000 S.R. or six weeks imprisonment.
• The runaway expatriate procedures shall be finalised and he shall be deported at the expense of the party harboured him.

5. Violation:
Employer leaving his employees working for their own account or in return for amounts, paid by them, to him.

Penalties:
• The employer shall be fined 5,000 S.R. and one month imprisonment for the first instance. Second instance fine is 20,000 S.R. and two months imprisonment. Third instance fine is 50,000 S.R. and three months imprisonment.
• Fines are multiplied according to the number of individuals involved.
• Expatriate violator shall be deported at his own expenses.
• In the first instance, the violator shall be deprived from the right to recruit expatriates for one year. Two years for the second instance and three years for the third.
• Sending a copy of the management notification to the patrol command to investigate the establishment's status.

6. Violation:
Employing an expatriate who was recruited to work for another employer, by an expatriate resident.

Penalties:
• If the employer was an expatriate resident, the fine is 5,000 S.R. or one month imprisonment or both in addition to deportation.
• If the employer was a citizen, the first instance fine is 5,000 S.R.. Second instance fine is 10,000 S.R. or one month imprisonment or both. Third instance fine is 20,000 S.R. or three months imprisonment or both.
• Fines are multiplied according to the number of individuals involved.
• The violator expatriate shall be deported at his employer's expense. If he was working for his own, he shall be deported at his own expense.
• In the first instance, the violator shall be deprived from the right to recruit expatriates for one year. Two years for the second instance and three years for the third.

7. Violation:
Return of the deported alien to the Kingdom after his expulsion.

Penalties:
• In the first instance, the fine is 1000 S.R. and re-deportation.
• For the second instance, the fine is 2000 S.R., 5 months imprisonment and re-deportation.
• The fine shall be collected from the deportee immediately upon showing his readiness to pay it, to avoid the possibility of delaying during the finalization of his procedures.






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