In order to change nationality on Iqama, head over to the Jawazat office and ask for the fingerprints letter. Take that report to the police stations and after that get a renounce confirmation letter from the embassy.
Take all these reports back to the Jawazat office to get your Iqama with the updated nationality on it.
If you are an expatriate in Saudi Arabia and have recently changed your nationality, you may need to update your Iqama to reflect this change. The Iqama, also known as the residency permit, is a crucial document for expatriates living and working in Saudi Arabia.
Why should you change it?
The impact of nationality on salary packages cannot be ignored. Individuals holding passports from premium countries such as the USA, Canada, and the UK have higher chances of commanding a higher salary package than those from Asian countries such as Pakistan, India, Bangladesh, and others.
This disparity can be attributed to various factors, including the cost of living, education, skills, and work experience.
It is important to note that this difference in salary packages based on nationality can significantly affect the standard of living of expatriates working in Saudi Arabia.
Requirements for Changing Nationality on Iqama
Changing the nationality of your Iqama is a process that can take anywhere from 3 to 6 months.
You must provide the Jawazat (Saudi General Directorate of Passports) with the necessary documents to initiate the process.
A list of these documents is given below.
- Valid passport
- Both Original & copy of your Iqama
- Copy of your old passport or ID
- Letter from your sponsor requesting the change of nationality.
- Fingerprints report from the nearest Police station.
It is important to ensure that all these documents are completed. It is recommended to check with the Jawazat office for any updates or changes to the required documents and process before changing your nationality on your Iqama.
Visit Jawazat to get updated Iqama.
You will need to explain to the officer at the Jawazat that you wish to change your nationality on your Iqama. Once the officer is satisfied with your explanation, they will issue a letter to the police station requesting a fingerprint checkup.
Written request to the police
After submitting the necessary documents to the Jawazat for changing the nationality of your Iqama, you should explain the purpose of your visit to the police officers.
Fingerprints from the police
Police officers proceeded to take your fingerprints for verification purposes.
Once the verification process is complete, the police will issue a clearance report, which you should keep.
This report will be required to further process your application for changing your nationality on your Iqama.
Get the print of the Iqama.
Once you have submitted all the required documents, the Jawazat office will verify and confirm the information provided.
If everything is in order, they will update and change your nationality on your Iqama. Completing the process, you will be requested to take the updated Iqama print from the window.
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)
1. Visit the Jawazat office with the required documents.
2. Submit your current Iqama card, passport, and other relevant documents.
3. Pay the necessary fees.
4. Wait for your application to be processed and approved.
5. Receive your new Iqama card reflecting the changes you have requested.
Yes, changing the name on your Iqama card is possible by visiting the Jawazat office and following the required process.
Changing the Iqama profession in Saudi Arabia may take up to a week or more, depending on the processing time at the Jawazat office.
You can change your Iqama profession in Saudi Arabia online by logging in to the Ministry of Interior’s website and following the instructions.
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