How To Change Kafeel In Saudi Arabia? – KSAExpatsGuide

Many people live in Saudi Arabia, and most work under the ownership of a sponsor, Kafeel, in this Country. Kafeel takes responsibility and provides you with iqama for working legally in Saudi Arabia. I will explain how to change kafeel in Saudi Arabia in this guide.

Most of the ex-pats get to change their Kafeel due to some of their reasons, such as job promotion, getting a new job, or academic excellence. And this Kafeel change process, known as ‘Naqal Kafala’ in Saudi Arabia, allows you to move from one employer to another.

Change Kafeel In Saudi Arabia

However, if you want to change your Kafeel, you have come to the right place. We guide you through transferring your ownership with a few lines of follow-up and explain other related issues. Have a look at How to Check Kafeel Name.

Iqama Kafeel Change Process In KSA

The manual system of changing ownership may take a month, but there are no more difficulties in changing the ownership on iqama because of its online procedure. So, when your notice period is about to end, your new Kafeel needs to create a request to transfer ownership through the Ministry of Labour record. After the request, you can ask your new Kafeel to accept the iqama transfer request in the Ministry of Labour’s system.

Your iqama ownership is transferred to your new Kafeel in the MOL’s database when the request is accepted. So, pay the iqama transfer charges in the Jawazat office. Once it is done, you can get the print of your new iqama from the Jawazat office.

Read More: Check Iqama Status Online

Requirements To Change Kafeel

Changing the iqama, Kafeel, is legal. Nobody can stop you if you want to change your kafeel/sponsor from one to another in Saudi Arabia. In addition, the best thing is if you apply online, you don’t need any documents because these websites have all your information in their database.

However, there are some requirements that you might notice when you are going to change your Kafeel.

  • You must know your company/Kafeel Nitaqat Status in the Ministry of Labour department. If there is Green or Platinum, then it’s ok. If there is Red or Yellow, it’s very difficult for you to apply for transfer ownership.
  • You cannot change ownership if your Passport is expired.
  • You also cannot change Kafeel if you have an exit re-entry Visa or a Final exit Visa.
  • If you are under Huroob status, then you cannot apply for transferring your ownership.
  • If you are a new Saudi Arabian employee, your Kafeel failed to provide Iqama within 3 months. Then you can change your Kafeel legally without any consent of your current Kafeel. You may Also Read the Iqama transfer check.

Frequently Asked Questions

Can we transfer iqama without Kafeel’s consent?

You can transfer iqama without Kafeel’s consent, but there are some conditions, and if the ex-pat meets any of the following conditions, then he/she can change their iqama without Kafeel’s permission. If:-
You don’t get salaries from Kafeel.
Your Kafeel has Red Nitaqat status in Saudi Arabia.
Your Kafeel doesn’t provide iqama within 3 months of your arrival.
Or Kafeel is not able to renew your iqama.

What are the charges for Iqama Transfer?

According to Saudi Law, the government would charge 2000 Saudi Riyal if you transfer your iqama for the first time, and for the second time, 4000 Saudi Riyal would be charged by the government, and for the third time, 6000 Saudi Riyal would be charged by the government.

Who pays the Iqama transfer charges?

As per Article 40 of Saudi Labour Law, your sponsor must pay the charges of first and second-time iqama transfers. And, if you are transferring your iqama a third time, you should pay half of the charges.

What is meant by Iqama Kafeel’s color status?

The government of Saudi Arabia creates some levels for Kafeel/Sponsor according to the reputation of the Kafeel or Companies and gives them different color statuses. However, there are 3 colors in this category Green, Yellow, and Red.
The “Green” color is the symbol of safe, and if your Kafeel’s Nitaqat color is green, it means your Kafeel has a good reputation in Saudi Arabia.
The yellow color means your Kafeel or Company has the average reputation in Saudi Arabia and needs improvements.
And if your Kafeel’s Nitaqat color is red, it means your Kafeel is bankrupt or has a bad reputation in Saudi Arabia. So, it is as bad for you as bad for your Kafeel/sponsor.

Can I transfer Iqama under Huroob?

It is banned to transfer the ownership of an employee whose status has been under Huroob. However, if your current Kafeel has Red Nitaqat Status, your new Kafeel can do this by visiting the Labour Department.

Final Words

Changing the Kafeel process and all the relevant information are connected with MOL (Ministry of Labour). It is registered in their official database, so you cannot change it by yourself. If you have any questions about it, please inform the MOL officials. Your kafeel should also take further steps according to the situation.

Because you are working as an ex-pat in Saudi Arabia, you have no rights compared to this country’s local citizens. So, keep in mind that work here gently. Try your best to satisfy your kafeel and don’t report against you.

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Hence, if you have any questions related to this topic or want to add some extra information about this article, then you can ask and tell us in the comment box.

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