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Work permit issuance, renewal linked to house rent contracts

Riyadh, Saudi Arabia — The issuance or renewal of work permits has been linked with the authentication of house rent contracts in the Ejar network, the Ministry of Labor and Social Development and the Ministry of Housing announced on Monday. This is in implementation of the Council of Ministers’ decision issued in February 2017 that made it mandatory for the Labor ... Read More »

Profession change allowed in Saudi Arabia


Jeddah, Saudi Arabia — Employers can now change expat workers’ job titles mentioned on their iqamas (residence permits). The Ministry of Labor and Social Development (MLSD) on Sunday (July 22) lifted an year-old ban on the change of professions. The move is believed to pave the way for applying a new occupation matrix and allowing profession change based on the ... Read More »

1,500 expats leaving Saudi Arabia on a daily basis


RIYADH — As many as 811,000 expatriates have left the Kingdom on final exit visa in the past 18 months, Al-Hayat Arabic newspaper reported on Wednesday quoting the Directorate General of Passports (Jawazat). According to the Jawazat, an average of more than 1,500 expatriates left the Kingdom on a daily basis on final exit visa during this period. During the ... Read More »

9 expat workers include 3 Bangladeshi killed as holiday trip turns tragic in Al-Baha, Saudi Arabia


Jeddah — Nine expatriate workers were killed and six were injured when the van they were travelling in overturned on a mountainous road in Al-Baha province on Saturday evening. The workers, belonging to a catering company that supplies food to patients in Baljurashi hospital, were going to Qunfuda corniche to spend their day-off when the accident occurred. Apparently due to ... Read More »

66,267 jobless expats in Saudi Arabia


RIYADH — The number of jobless expatriates in the Kingdom increased to 66,267 during the second quarter of the current year compared to 53,084 during the first quarter, according to the General Authority for Statistics (GaStat). GaStat said jobless expatriates represent about 9.3 percent of the total unemployed people in the Kingdom. Of these 66,267 unemployed expats, 45,562 are men ... Read More »

What will we do when the expats leave from Saudi Arabia?


Tariq A. Al-Maeena : What will happen when all the expats leave? Will we lose all our colorful diversity? Are we Saudis up to the task? Will we ever be? Very demanding questions on an untried national society that has long been accustomed to let foreigners do all the work. With the dependent tax increasing annually, it is sure to challenge the ... Read More »

No tax on expat remittances but huge hike in levy and other taxes


Jeddah —There are no plans at present to impose any taxes on remittances by expat workers, Mohammed Al-Tuwaijri, secretary general of the Financial Committee at the Royal Court, was quoted as saying by Al-Madina Arabic daily on Saturday. The Shoura Council is discussing plans to impose a 2 to 6 percent tax on expat workers’ remittances. Former Shoura Council member ... Read More »

BIPP move gives illegally detained expats hope


RIYADH: The Bureau of Investigation and Public Prosecution (BIPP), through its Twitter account, has called on citizens and residents to inform it of any illegally detained person. “Whoever has information on any person imprisoned or detained illegally should report the issue to the BIPP,” said the bureau.  The move is based on Article 40 of the Criminal Procedure Law. The ... Read More »

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