Saudi Arabia

No Hike in Expat Work Permit Fees – Ministry

The Ministry of Labor and Social Development has denied rumors that it has increased the work permit fees for expatriates. The ministry stressed that any decision by the ministry in this regard will be announced officially.

The ministry is scheduled to implement the new Saudization percentages in the Nitaqat program as of Sept. 3, 2017 (Dhul Hijja 12, 1438H).

The Labor Ministry had started on Nov. 15, 2012 (Muharram 1, 1434H) implementing the decision to increase the fee on expatriates and started collecting SR200 per month, reaching SR2,400 per year on all private sector companies where the number of expatriate workers is more than that of Saudis, Okaz Arabic daily said.

The ministry also denied any increase in the fees for the issuance of visas for domestic workers. It said that services for issuance of domestic workers’ visas can be obtained from the Individual Recruitment (Istidam) administrations Kingdom-wide.

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