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What is Iqama?

When an ex-pat comes to Saudi for a job, the kingdom of Saudi Arabia issues an Iqama. It is a resident permit and the government issues it to regulate the employment of foreigners in private concerns. The government follows strict rules regarding immigration and labour policy. 

When a local sponsor or employer recruits labour, he arranges for the necessary visa and iqama(resident card) for him. Usually, the expiry date of iqama corresponds to the duration of work. Iqama is valid for one year and the employer can be renewed year on year.