Most expatriates in Saudi Arabia are responsible for knowing when their iqama (legal residency) is to expire. Prior to its expiration it is then either the responsibility of the expatriate to get the iqama renewed or for the employee to provide the iqama to the employer to do the needful.
An expatriate does not want to end up with an expired iqama. There will be penalties to pay and it makes an expatriate appear irresponsible to allow such an important document to expire.
The Ministry of Interior is trying to make it easier and more streamlined for expatriates to remember to get their iqamas renewed before expiration. Expatriates can now sign up for free SMS reminders from the Ministry which would be sent to their mobile phone. This is just one of the new services which the Ministry of Interior is now offering to residents in the Kingdom.