With increasing migration from different countries to Saudi Arabia, there has been an increase in job opportunities for these emigrants. KSA provides a well-organized platform to cater to their needs. QIWA platform is worth mentioning as it gives the ministry of human resources and social development services and solutions to enhance electronic services provided to the labor sector. This particular platform is being worked with to transfer sponsorship within the country. We have stated below are some of the steps required to achieve this task:
Step 1: Upload employment contract on the QIWA platform
The new employer needs to upload an employment contract on the QIWA platform that requests the transfer of the employee’s services. But, before that, the employer needs to meet specific requirements. The conditions are as follows:
- The employer should be eligible to obtain a new visa as per the regulations.
- In the last three months, the employing company shows at least 80% compliance to the wage protection system.
- The employer offers 100%compliance with the Contract Registration Program (CRP)
- The company demonstrates 80% adherence to the self-evaluation program regulations
- The employer follows the QIWA maximum limit of workers for nationalities
- The employer Nitaqat program presents a green status.
Step 2: Acceptance of job offer through QIWA
After the employer has created the portal for the job through QIWA, the candidates can accept the employment contract. The candidates can obtain the job or employment contract within 10 days of its creation through these steps:
- The candidates should register themselves with the QIWA platform.
- After successfully registering themselves, they can log on to their account using https://auth.qiwa.sa/en/sign-in.
- Click on ‘Individual account.’
- Scroll down and click on ‘Employee transfer.’
- On the next page, click on ‘View contract.’
- Most importantly, read the employment contract carefully as this would be the only legally binding document from the viewpoint of the HR ministry and the Saudi government before accepting it in QIWA.
- Agree to the stated terms and conditions
- Accept or reject the contract.
- If encountered any problem in accepting the request,
Send an email to support @qiwa.sa or Call QIWA helpline 920000105.
The employing companies are setting specific criteria for the acceptance of candidates:
- The worker should have completed at least one year of service upon entering Saudia Arabia with the current employer
- No record of unpaid violations that are pending by the employee
- No other request is pending for the transfer of sponsorship.
Step 3: Acceptance of transfer request by the current employer
Upon completion of the registration by the candidates and accepting the job offer or employment contract, a request is sent to the current employer, who either approves or rejects the transfer request. During this period, the QIWA shows a status stating ‘Pending for current employer’s approval.
- If the request by the current employer is accepted within 14 days, the employee transfer works. Or, the system overrides and automatically agrees with the transfer request without the need for Kafeel’s approval. In either of these cases, the QIWA will show a status of ‘Approved.’
- The request automatically declines if the current employer fails to accept the transfer request within 14 days. Hence, the QIWA portal will show a status ‘Auto canceled due to not approved or reject request for more than 14 days.’
- If the current employer rejects the transfer service request, it sees an automatic deletion. However, the employer will need to justify such actions, such as an incomplete employment contract. The QIWA status during this time will be stating ‘Rejected by current employer.’ Furthermore, the employee will receive a mail stating, ‘Dear employee, you have a justification from the establishment owner. Please respond to the justification sent to you by logging into the Mudad through the following link: https://mudad.com.sa/compliance/#/registration.
Step 4: Waiting for the notice period completion
After going through the previously stated formalities, as soon as the current employer accepts the transfer request, the employee notice period will begin in QIWA. Therefore, the current employer can decide to implement a transfer request immediately or wait for the notice period to end before the employee’s dismissal. In the latter, the QIWA shows a status of ‘Pending for notice period completion.’
Step 5: Completing transfer by the new employer
After the employee completes its notice period, if there is any and the current employer approval for transfer of its employee, the employee transfer service starts in QIWA. The status changes to ‘pending completing the transfer in Absher by the new employer.’
Followed by the new employer pays the dues for the Iqama transfer and uses the Absher app. This app allows the employer to launch a request to change the company’s name or transfer employees within 24 days. Failure to initiate within these 24 days will result in the cancellation of the entire procedure. As a result, the QIWA system will show the status: ‘Expired because of not completing the request by the new employer.’
Step 6: Signing up for the new Iqama.
If the employee transfer request is successfully accepted by the current employer, to sign up for new Iqama, carry out the following procedure:
- To complete the process in Jawazat, pay the fee to transfer Iqama sponsorship within 12 days.
- Article 40 Saudi Labor law states that the employer is responsible for paying the fee.
- After completing the transfer, one can check the status of their new Kafeel through the Absher app.
- Upon completing the transfer, one can visit any Jawazat office to receive the print of their new Iqama.
All information and errors in this article are stated as received in form of email or in the QIWA platform.