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SAUDI ARABIA: Additional Step for Business Visit Visa Applications

February 26, 2020

Applications for a Business Visit Visa for Saudi Arabia must now be supported by a pre-approval from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, in addition to a Letter of Invitation from the sponsoring Saudi-registered entity.

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SAUDI ARABIA: Ministry of Labor Cancels Yellow Nitaqat Band

December 12, 2019

Effective 26 January 2020, the Ministry of Labour and Social Development (MLSD) has announced it will cancel the yellow band in its Saudization programme, Nitaqat. 

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SAUDI ARABIA: Work Visit Visa Eliminated

November 22, 2019

The Saudi Ministry of Foreign Affairs has privately confirmed that the Work Visit Visa (WVV) is no longer available.  Newland Chase is being told that the Business Visa now replaces it. Those currently in the Kingdom under a WVV can stay until their visa expiry date.

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SAUDI ARABIA: New Format for Work and Commercial Visit Visas [Updated 19 Nov 2019]

November 19, 2019

With no explanation, Saudi consulates began issuing Work Visit and Commercial Visit Visas in a new form which includes the phrase “not permitted to work”. [Updated 19 Nov 2019]

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SAUDI ARABIA: Government Waives Expat Levy for Industrial Companies for Five Years

October 7, 2019

The Saudi government has announced that it will waive expat fees paid for foreign nationals working in industrial-sector companies for five years, effective 1 October 2019.

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SAUDI ARABIA: Employment Contract Authentication Requirement Launched

August 27, 2019

The Ministry of Labour has introduced a contracts authentication service requiring employers to upload all their employee contracts to a portal.

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SAUDI ARABIA: New Permanent Residence Scheme [UPDATED]

June 28, 2019

The Saudi government now accepts applications for its new permanent residence scheme which aims to attract affluent and highly-skilled foreign nationals.

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SAUDI ARABIA: New Residence Scheme Approved

May 16, 2019

A new special residence scheme aims to attract affluent and highly-skilled foreign nationals, and will be implemented within the next five years.

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SAUDI ARABIA: Companies with High Saudization Rates Eligible for Reimbursement or Waiver of Expat Fees

February 15, 2019

The Ministry of Labour and Social Development (MLSD) has announced that companies with a sufficiently high Saudization (Nitaqat) rating will have expat fees reimbursed or exempted for 2018.

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SAUDI ARABIA: Recent Changes to Work Visas, Block Visas and Nitaqat

February 11, 2019

The Ministry of Labour and Social Development (MLSD) in Saudi Arabia has recently made several significant changes to its rules for issuing block visas and work visas, and to the “Nitaqat” Saudization system.

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