8 November 2017

SAUDI ARABIA: Block visa validity reduced

Effective immediately, the Ministry of Labour and Social Development has reduced the validity of block visa approvals from two years to one year. This means that companies in Saudi Arabia now have just one year to recruit and hire foreign workers before their block visa automatically expires.

Block visas for foreign domestic employees and those hired by the governmental agencies are exempt from this shorter validity period.

The government fee to submit an application remains the same at SAR 2,000.

How does this affect the client?

Employers hiring foreign nationals should prepare their recruitment and hiring processes in advance to ensure their eligibility for employment of foreign workers and use the approved block visas within the given deadlines. 



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