In Saudi Arabia, an Iqama is a residence permit for foreign nationals. The laws and regulations related to the Iqama and its validity are governed by the Ministry of Interior and the General Directorate of Passports. The Iqama is typically valid for one year and must be renewed annually.
The holder of an Iqama is required to carry it at all times and present it to authorities upon request. Failure to do so can result in fines and/or deportation. Additionally, the Iqama holder must also have a valid exit/re-entry visa or a valid exit permit in order to leave the country.
Employers are also responsible for ensuring the Iqama and other immigration documents for their foreign employees are valid and up-to-date.
Valid Exit Re-entry Visa
A valid exit/re-entry visa is a type of visa issued by certain countries that allows the holder to leave the country and return at a later date. The visa may have specific restrictions, such as a limited number of times it can be used, or a specific time period during which it is valid. In order to obtain an exit/re-entry visa, the individual will typically need to apply through the appropriate government agency and provide documentation such as a passport and proof of residence.
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