Hundreds and thousands of expatriate living in Saudi Arabia and most of them work under the ownership of sponsor which is known by Kafeel in this Country. However, Kafeel is the person who takes your responsibility and provides you to iqama for working legally in Saudi Arabia. Here in this guide, I will explain in detail how to change kafeel in Saudi Arabia.
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 allowed you from one employer to another.
Change Kafeel In Saudi Arabia
However, if you are looking for how to change your Kafeel then you have come to the right place where we guide you to transfer your ownership with few lines of follow up and also explain other related issues.
Iqama Kafeel change Process in KSA
The manual system of changing ownership may take a month but there are no more difficulties to change 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 Ministry of Labour record. After sending the request, you can ask your new Kafeel to accept the iqama transfer request in the Ministry of Labour’s system.
When the request is accepted, your iqama ownership is transferred to your new Kafeel in the MOL’s database. 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.
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Requirements to Change Kafeel
Changing the iqama Kafeel is totally legal and 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 applying online then you don’t need any documents because these websites have all your information in their database.
However, there are some requirements that you might noticed when you going to change your Kafeel.
- You must know that what is your company/Kafeel Nitaqat Status in Ministry of Labour department. If there is Green or Platinum then it’s ok, and 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 and you also cannot change Kafeel if you have exit re-entry Visa or Final exit Visa.
- If you are in under Huroob status, then you cannot apply for transferring your ownership.
- If you are a new employee in Saudi Arabia and your Kafeel failed to provide Iqama within 3 months, then you can change your Kafeel legally without any consent of your current Kafeel.
Frequently Asked Questions
You can transfer iqama without Kafeel’s consent, but there are some conditions and if the expat 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.
If your Kafeel have Red Nitaqat status in Saudi Arabia.
If your Kafeel don’t provide iqama within 3 months of your arrival.
If your Kafeel not able to renew your iqama.
According to Saudi Law, if you are going to transfer your iqama for the first time then it would be charges of 2000 Saudi Riyal, and for second time it would be 4000 Saudi Riyal and for third time, it would be 6000 Saudi Riyal charge by government.
As per Article 40 of Saudi Labour Law, it is the duty of your sponsor to pay the charges of first and second time iqama transfer. And, if you are transferring your iqama third time then you should pay half of the charges.
The government of Saudi Arabia creates some levels for Kafeel/Sponsor according to the reputation of the Kafeel or Companies and gives them different colour status. Although, there is 3 colours in this category Green, Yellow and Red.
The “Green” colour is the symbol of safe and if your Kafeel’s Nitaqat colour is green, it means your Kafeel have good reputation in Saudi Arabia.
The yellow colour means your Kafeel or Company have the average reputation in Saudi Arabia and there is need of some improvements.
And if your Kafeel’s Nitaqat colour is red, it means your Kafeel is bankrupt or have bad reputation in Saudi Arabia. So, it is bad for you as bad for your Kafeel/sponsor.
It is banned to transfer the ownership of employee whose status has been under Huroob. however, if your current Kafeel have Red Nitaqat Status, then your new Kafeel can do this by visiting the Labour Department.
Changing Kafeel process and all the relevant information are connected with MOL (Ministry of Labour) and it is registered in their official database, so you cannot change it by yourself. If you have any question about it, then please inform the officials of MOL and your kafeel also to take further steps according to situation.
Because, you are working as an ex-pat in Saudi Arabia and have no rights as compare to the local citizens of this country. So, keep in mind that work here gently and try your best to keep your kafeel satisfy and don’t repot against you.
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