Saudi Arabia is set to abolish its sponsorship system in the first half of next year, according to a report published in the Maaal online business daily.
Soon, the Saudi Ministry of Human Resources and Social Development will make an official announcement on this matter. The aim of this historic initiative is to strengthen the contractual relationship between foreign workers and their employers.
The sponsorship system, which has been in effect for some seven decades, will be replaced by a work contract that regulates the relationship between employers and foreign employees.
With the elimination of the sponsorship system, expatriate workers will have the right to secure exit and re-entry visas, final exit visas without a sponsor and acquire jobs without a sponsor ‘s approval.
With the abolition of the system, the foreign workers will also have freedom of movement according to what is stipulated in the work contract.