My Iquama Is Expired and Khafeel not renewing

Good Evening,
My Name is Gokul,From india,My Wife was working here in saudi arabia,
through her company we tried visa for me,, but for her category it is not eligible,
since we plan purchase employment vis by giving money,
we got one person and we paid them 13000 riyals for visa and got AAMIL visa,
and after coming here 4500 riyals for iquama and insurance..
the deal was, still 3 months from the date i entry to saudi arabia i need not to pay anything,
with in this period i need to get job and transfer my sponsporship or else from the 4 month
i need to pay him 400 riyals permonth, i was ok with deal and now 1 year completed,
this month my iquama was expired,But before 1 month itself i paid him 4500 riyals for iquama renewal and insurance charges,But still my khafeel not renewed my iquama, and now demanding that i need to pay him 4800 riyals(400riyals *12months) which is upcoming month khafeel charge,He is saying like he will not renew my iquama until i pay that 4800 riyals.. i am asking for transfership to my new company and my iquama renewal money, but he is saying that he cant give back money.. may be he look in to transfer , what to do in this is situation? every one saying dont fight against saudi its waste better pay and close the problem,,, what u suggest.. the khafeel was in green status..
is any good option or suggestion for me

Hi Brother, yes don't fight with Saudi in court. Your chance is very close to win for nothing and it will dry out your time,energy ,money and mentally exhausting. The rule rule says if your iqama is not renew over three months by your current employer. You are having a full right to get another sponsorship automatically even without your current employer permission. The catch here is you need to get a new kafeel or sponsor to take you under their sponsor ship and the procedure ussually your new sponsor will go to zawazat to proceed and take you under their sponsorship. Note: dont let your current employer now if you are move with another sponsor. Let your new employer do the procedure. And don't make any stupid deals. Ussualy so many saudian employer will give sponsorship for your case if your employer fail to renew your iqama over three months get another employer.

hello, my friend
As u said we can transfer to a new sponsor if the current sponsor fails to renew the Iqama after 3 months of Expiry.
Pls, let me know that the Govt Fee and the fine for the Expiry will be paid by whom if I plan to transfer to a new sponsor ?.

And if the current sponsor asks me to pay the govt fees and the fine for the expiry, what are the Govt Rules to protect us for such kind of activities done by the current sponsor.

What protection are you talking about?   you BOUGHT an employment visa - that is considered as illegal.   My advice is not to raise this issue and go through courts because if this fact comes out, you are looking at a world of trouble i.e. deportation / ban etc.

Settle the issue with your sponsor and pay him.  Or find another sponsor, pay him and settle the issue with previous sponsor - as if you antagonize him, he can always issue you final exit and report you as Huroob.

The only protection for "legal" employees is through labor court and even that is not easy.  You did an "illegal" thing and as such, there is no protection for you.

Actually your sponsor is only transferring the expat charge by the labor office (currently 400 SR/month to you without any markup. He has to pay this to the labor office online before Iqama can be renewed.

The statement is somewhat inaccurate. You can transfer your sponsorship without your sponsor’s approval in 3 situations.

1. Both Iqama and work permit are expired and the company is in Red category,

2. Salary is delayed or unpaid for three consequent months

3. A judge during a hearing can issue instructions to the MOL to transfer the Iqama

Yes the transfer element is correct for "legal" workers BUT:

Let's not forget the fact that he has bought a visa which is illegal so if he resorts to point 1, 2 and 3; there is a big risk.   I have seen it happen in courts where an unpaid salary complaint for an azad visa has led to scrutiny of work being done and at the end, the individual has gotten deported and sponsor fined - for selling azad visas

This is why I have not advised him to pursue any of these routes as that can go bad for him very quickly.  Best option is to settle this quickly and quietly.

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