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Job transfer: Iqama fee arrears to be paid by the old employer

The Ministry of Human Resources and Social Development (MHRSD) in Saudi Arabia has exempted private-sector businesses from paying government fee arrears for workers who are transferring their services. The new rule will apply to workers whose services are being transferred beginning on June 9th, 2022.

Work permit fees, expatriate fees, and fines for the delay in renewing residency permits are now the responsibility of the company or establishment from which an employee is requesting a transfer of service (old employer), according to the new rule.

Regarding this, the Qiwa platform of the HRSD ministry has begun implementing the decision to charge these fees to the workers’ previous employers.

Local media say that Qiwa sources said the new decision won’t apply to workers whose services were transferred before June 9.

The new decision intends to allow new businesses to operate without incurring unanticipated financial commitments, ensuring that they compete fairly with other businesses while also avoiding financial troubles.

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