Work Visa issuing only One Year now for Working Saudi Arabia


The Ministry of Labor announced that Saudi Arabia is now heading to reduce the validity up to one year of work visas for foreigners workers in private sector companies as per one of the Saudi Press Agency.

Work Visa Validity In Saudi Arabia Reduce to One Year

Two Year Validity of Work Visas

Before work visas validity for expatriate workers was two years, as a change from now all the foreigner employees will only be issued 1-year validity work visa announced Ministry of KSA to the Press Agency.

Validity in Government Sectors

The foreigner’s workers and domestic working in government sectors will still have the ability to get 2-year work visas. However, it does not confirm the charges of new work visa and renewal will be same like before or it will also change.

Improvement of Labor Market

The decision of minister is consistent with the article 11 of labor law, which permits the minister to take measures that will make sure the improvement of the performance of the labor market.

Huge Change in 2018

All the expatriates in Saudi Arabia should aware from the next year (2018) ahead the huge change is about to come in the work visa fee of foreigners and is going to increase. 

Last change work permit fee

In Saudi Arabia, last time change in the work permit fee was in November 2012, where the government charges a work permit of 200 SAR ($53) on each expat employee where a lot of expatriate workers are more than Saudis citizens in private sector companies.

Increase of Expat Fee

An increase of expat fee is expected to SAR 300 to 400 ($80 to $107) per expatriate employee by 2018 and SAR 700 to SAR 800 ($187 to $213) by 2020. Recommended Post: Expat Levy 100 SAR monthly from July 2017 KSA

Reserved Professions Job

The government of Saudi Arabia is trying to work hard to reduce the unemployment rate of Saudi citizens by limiting few professions job to Saudi only and restricting to foreigners, last time maybe you see some job categories where the foreigner's employees Iqama did not renew as it is reserved to Saudi nationals. Recommended Post: 2020 Saudization Plan Removing Expatriates from Government

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HowGear: Work Visa issuing only One Year now for Working Saudi Arabia
Work Visa issuing only One Year now for Working Saudi Arabia
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