Saudi Arabia’s Ministry of Labour has announced it will be reducing the duration of work visas issued to foreign employees at private sector firms.

Under the change, employees will now only be issued work visas with a validity of one year from a previous validity period of two years, the ministry said in a statement to Saudi Press Agency.

Domestic workers and foreigners working at government agencies will still be granted two-year visas.

It was unclear if the cost of visa issuance and renewal would remain the same or be halved following the change.

“The minister’s decision is consistent with article 11 of the Labor Code, which stipulates that the minister may take measures that will ensure the improvement of the performance of the labor market,” the ministry said.

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