Saudi Arabia to issue immediate labour visas

Saudi Arabia to issue immediate labour visas
The Ministry of Labour and Social Development (MoLSD) will be issuing visas through its qiwa portal
Published: 20 August 2019 - 10 a.m.
By: Priyanka Praveen
Saudi Arabia has announced that it will issue immediate labour visas to private sector companies provided they meet the set requirements.

Companies that have a high percentage of Saudis working for them will be eligible to receive immediate visas without having to go through the regular process, which usually takes up to eight months.

The Ministry of Labour and Social Development (MoLSD) will be issuing visas through its qiwa portal.

According to the ministry, this service aims to achieve a significant growth in Saudisation rates. Once the company reaches the set target of Saudisation, employers can then “apply for any number of visas”.

However, companies will need to fill several prerequisites to be part of this. According to Saudi Gazette that includes “career advertising, and fulfilling other requirements related to the size of the firm and the volume of contracts”.

The ministry has also set a number of conditions for obtaining the service, one of which states that only firms that are in the category of medium green and above (when it comes to the percentage of Saudisation) are eligible to utilise the service.

The firm will also need to remain in the medium green category for 13 consecutive weeks or 26 intermittent weeks during the past 52 weeks. In addition to that, the company will need to have a valid work permit and full compliance with the Wage Protection Programme, Saudi Gazette reported.

In July, the Kingdom announced that it was pushing for 100% Saudisation in hotels and even banned expats from management roles.


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