Shoura Council in Saudi Arabia calls to Freeze Expat Fees for 2020

The Shoura Council of Saudi Arabia called for a study to freeze expat fees for businesses and dependent fees on expatriates for 2020, local media reported.

In a meeting conducted on Wednesday, the call was made to keep the fees at the same level as what is charged for the current year.

The study will look into expat fees charged to companies and dependent fees for expat workers.

The fee for dependents was introduced in July 2017, and required expatriates to pay SR 100 per month for each of their dependents at visa renewal. The fee doubled to SR 200 a month in 2018, rising to SR 300 in 2019 and is slated to reach SR 400 in 2020.

Meanwhile, expatriate fees for companies, which were designed to increase the number of Saudi nationals in the workplace, currently stands at around SR 400 per worker, rising to SR 800 by the end of this year.

Earlier this year, King Salman approved a $3.1bn plan to ease the levies and help revive economic growth.

Also, late last month, the kingdom announced that it will waive expat fees for industrial companies for a period of five years.

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