This is a one of a kind bad experience for me here in KSA.Hear yeah !!!hear yeah!!!I lost my Iqama or my residence permit here in Saudi Arabia ,two months ago, days before Ramadan.I lost it together with my Philippine drivers license that are both kept on my Mundipharma wallet,
I wasn't robbed, i just lost it, so careless about my things.Iqama is very important here in Saudi Arabia to do all the transactions here.It took two months for me to get my new Iqama,it looks like an atm card.Since i am based here in Al-Khobar Eastern region of KSA, i was oblige to go to Riyadh, Central Region of KSA where our main office is located to process my new Iqama.For me to travel to Riyadh legally my sponsor sent to me my passport.
With the help of our company's liaison officer and my interpreter for arabic it is easy for me to processed it.Thank you Mr.Mubarak for all your help.I have to go personally at Jawazat or the Immigration and passport office so they can get my fingerprints and photograph.We are both so early to Jawazat and before lunch time we are done.Finally I got my new Iqama now, only two days old
These were the added information that I learned from that experience about Iqama.Normally the validity of iqama is for one year. If you lost your iqama, first you have to advertise in an Arabic language newspaper that you lost it then wait for 15 days for it to be found, hopefully. If not attach the advertisement and re apply for a new one to be issued based on the original one.
Important things to do regarding Iqama.
1. Keep a telephone number in your Iqama in case it gets lost or stolen so the 'finder' can contact you.
2. If you are a victim of pick-pocket, don't leave the crime scene and immediately call 999.
3. Call another friend who can communicate in Arabic to go to you.
4. If you will have no difficulty getting a letter from your sponsor and bringing your liaison officer to the Jawazat, better do it the "right' way and apply for a new Iqama and this is the one i did.