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SAUDI ARABIA – New Identity Card for Foreign Residents


Effective 14 October 2015, Saudi Arabia has introduced the “Muqeem” card, a new type of resident identity card for foreign nationals which replaces the previous “Iqama” card.

How does the Muqeem differ from the Iqama?

The new Muqeem card is valid for five years, so doesn’t have to be replaced annually like the Iqama. However, the information on the Muqeem has to be confirmed online annually.

The new card will be machine readable at checkpoints, banks, police offices and other institutions, and it will be delivered by post instead of collected in person.

Action Items

  • Note the requirement to confirm the information on the Muqeem residence identity card annually.