Jawazat in Saudi Arabia has stated that the wife of an expatriate whose religion is different from her husband must have an independent Iqama whiloe living in Saudi Arabia.
The Jawazat has confirmed that the procedures sattes that if an expat who is the head of a family wishes to add his wife (whose religion is different than her husband) and his minor children to his residence permit (iqama) then his wife is required to obtain an independent iqama with a legally prescribed fee of SR500.
Independent Iqama for Expat’s Wife (If different Religion)
The Jawazat has also revealed the procedures that must be taken to request adding wives and minor children to the residence permit of the head of the family.
First, the head of the family must fill out the application form and match the information to reality as recorded in the passport, and then sign the form.
Second, the head of the family must bring the passport of his wife and children who he wants to add to his Iqama, in addition to an entry visa issued by the Saudi embassy to reside with their guardian or the legal or formal document to be able to add them.
The Jawazat stated that the procedures also include bringing a separate and colored photo of each family member in the size of “4 x 6”, as well as bringing the original Iqama of the head of the family who wants to add them to it.
If the wife whom the head of the family wants to add to his Iqama and he has married her in Saudi Arabia, the Jawazat noted that then her sponsorship (kafala) must first be transferred to her husband after bringing a copy of the marriage contract and paying the fees prescribed by law. Then her name will be added to her husband’s Iqama.
If the minor child are born within Saudi Arabia whom the head of the family wants to include in his Iqama, he should present the original as well as an original copy of the birth certificate.
In addition, the procedure require an official medical report that is from any of the clinics or hospitals, following which the head of the family is able to transmit the report electronically.
It is worth mentioning that the Jawazat have attached a website that shows the approved hospitals or clinics: https://www.efada.com.sa/EMC.UI/Hospitals/HospitalListForUnregistredUsers.aspx