How to Transfer Sponsorship or Kafeel in KSA

Naqal Kafala means the transfer of sponsorship in Saudi Arabia with or without existing Kafeel or company approval. Nobody can stop you if you want to change a sponsor or company from one to another in KSA with or without company or sponsor approval.

Thank MOL (Ministry of Labor) and MOI (Ministry of Interior)for providing such facilities for expatriates in the Kingdom. Another name for change of sponsorship is Naqal Kafala, and its procedure is very simple, if you want to do it then keep all the below terms and conditions in mind before changing Kafeel or sponsor and company.

Important Note for Sponsorship Transfer in KSA

Don’t worry it is completely legal to change your existing Kafeel or company but there are a few things you should take care of. New Nakal Kafala rules and requirements are:

1. You must know your company’s Nitaqat status in MOL, if they are in the Red or Yellow category then it’s your lucky chance and you apply for Naqal Kafala. To do so check the iqama color red green or yellow on MOL.

2. Iqama sponsorship transfer is legal if a Kafeel or company won’t be able to give you an Iqama Resident id card within the duration of 3 months (90) days. Then you are capable of doing Naqal Kafala.

3. If your existing Muqeem card expired after a month, you are totally free to join another company in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia anywhere anytime. No one can stop you, to do so check the iqama expiry date or validity first.

4. You cannot join another company if your National Passport is expired. You cannot apply for sponsorship change if you have Exit Re-Entry Visa or Final Exit Visa, ensure you don’t have any under your Iqama.

5. Ensure there are no traffic violations, not just for you but then the new Kafeel as well. To check traffic violations and their new penalties. And most importantly there should be enough funds available in MOI.

Change Sponsorship Kafeel/Company in KSA (Naqal Kafala)

There are two things the good and the bad, the good thing is you can easily apply in MOL (Ministry of Labor) online and MOI. The bad thing is there is no English version of MOL yet while checking the status. Now ensure you are a Google Chrome browser for results. If you are applying online then you don’t need any documents. The process may take up to a month.
Step #1: Click this link to go to the MOI page for the change of sponsorship online.
Step #2: Log in to your MOI Absher account.

Step #3: Follow the on-screen instructions, that is it.

How to Check Status of Sponsorship Transfer

1. Click this link to go to MOL to check transfer status online.
2. Click the drop-down and select the 2nd last option “Transfer Agent Service to Expatriate”.
3. Enter the Oder number.
4. Enter the iqama number.
5. Enter the image captcha code.
6. Click “Behis” to search for a new sponsor’s name and status.
Naqal kafala status check
Naqal kafala status check
Transfer agent service to expatriates
Transfer agent service to expatriates. The above is quick for how to change Kafeel or sponsor in KSA for all Expats in the Kingdom. Feel free to comment on any issue in the above, we will be glad to help you out :).
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  1. Noorul says

    My new company they cant rise transfer request online because they said my visa is belongs to government.what should i do.

    1. Shams Ali says

      They are lying, do you know about nitaqat status, I think they are a red category. Anyhow, In your case you need to go to Maktab-e-Amal or nearest Jawazat office. Other than that there is no solution.

    2. Omer says

      How long will takes approval change sponsorship if we request from qiwa?

  2. Jack says

    Hi, just to clarify, if my iqama expired for 30days i can transfer to another company without the permission of my current comapny?

  3. Eliza says

    Good day,
    My employer passed away last August 26 due to a car accident, he did not apply for my exit visa yet. What should I do because I really need to go home, what are the necessary things to be done, and how long it takes? Hoping to hear from you soon. Thank you and GODBLESS

  4. Yuv says

    I want to transfer sponsorship.
    What should I do

  5. Bilal says

    I want to transfer my visa to company what is the procedure i mean i should inform my qafeel ? because if i apply any other company it should take 3 months and then do an agreement so this time period he not want to leave me ? So what i do ? I leave a work from here and start working on other place just confrm me i inform him once and start working on other no any issue like haroof ?

  6. Ashfaq ali says

    My old contract with my company is 2 years.I lave complete one year. Now my company sent me a new contract of 2years..But i want to contract with other is possible or not?

    1. Admin says

      Yes, don’t sign the new contract and ask them to give you transfer allowance (both existing and new company).

  7. banjo king says

    have a gud day sir ,i’m 3 years and 8 months inmy current company,now i found a new company ,can i transfer to new company without permission to my current company,,

    1. Admin says

      If you have completed your current contract and your company is in red color then Yes. You can transfer without your company’s permission. If not, then No.

  8. Talib says

    I am just arrived new only two months in this company now company tarmenat me I have a iqama . until not contract.waht can I do .

    1. Admin says

      Check your company Nitaqat status. I hope you are getting my point.

  9. Najam says

    Dear Admin,

    I am working in a bank and my Iqama is from Al Mawarid recruitment company. I have an offer from another bank. I would like to know what will be the process of transfer in this situation? Al Mawarid will provide the transfer? I heard that they are not providing transfer as they always refer that they don’t have transfer facility. Can you please guide me on this?

    Thank you for your support in advance.

    1. Admin says

      Contact the company that offers you a better opportunity. They will proceed with transfer while your existing company may accept or reject such transfer. If they are red category then you are free to join them with their permission.

      1. Najam says

        My current company is green. Do you think they can reject the transfer request?

        1. Admin says

          Yes, if they are in Green status they can cancel your letter.

  10. jake says

    I completed my contract and planning to transfer to another company is it possible to transfer to another employer if my current company don’t agree to release me as their reason is they are not transfering their worker

  11. Randy Saclag Santos says

    Hi My Finished Contract is on June 14,2021, and my company status is Average Green, it is Possible for me to Transfer in another company?

  12. Malik says

    ” you do not have MOL approval to transfer any worker sponsorship under the selected business”

    Dear Admin,

    My kafeel is getting above message on his Absher, while I am transfer from old sponsor to he new. Any idea what could be the reason. Please note that my current profession is ” Contract Specialist” .

    Can anyone please guide me in this issue i will be very thankful.

    Best wishes,

  13. Syed noroz ali shah says

    Aslam e allkum my kafeel not pay sellery last 4 month and he did not renew my iqama and his company in red colour so please help me i want to nakal kafala another company

  14. Joyce says

    hello admin can i ask a few question?
    im working as a dh here in riyadh and i finished my contract last year but my iqama is not expird and i want to transfer to another employer in jeddah.this is my first time to do a there any problem for me as an employee to transfer to another as a dh?

    1. Admin says

      First of all check your Company or Kafeel Nitaqat Status, you can just in this blog for Nitaqat and follow the steps. Moreover, if your company reflects in red or yellow color, you can transfer and there won’t be any issue. If they are in green status and you need their permission. I hope you are getting my point.

  15. Zubair Mehmood says

    Hi Admin,

    I am working in the company and i have found a better opportunity but i have 6 months left for iqama and contract. My company is Green and the company won’ t give the transfer. The better opportunity company want me in a month notice period. Need your help regarding this that how can i convince the company to give me transfer.

  16. Shahid Ansari says

    My Company asked me to take transfer withing 15 Days that is 15-02-2022 otherwise will send final Exit. I am living with Family and my kids are school going. I do not have job.
    Please help or advise how to get a good honest kafeel / sponsor who can transfer me under him.


  17. Arun balu says

    Hi I am arun my kaffeel not providing iqama within 90 days I am working here it has been 8 months completed still my sponsor not providing me iqama I want to go another company I want to go dammam there is any problem if police got me?

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