Saudi Arabia will offer new Work visas that will have a validity of 2 years. There will be no additional fees also charged for this. Currently, work Visas are offered by Saudi Arabia for 12 months. The extension of the 12 months will also be applicable to old visas. This was announced by the Ministry of Labour and Social Development.
The MLSD initiative to offer new Work visas with 2 years validity is for a practical reason. This is to cater to the operational issues being faced by private sector enterprises. It is to help them in overcoming hurdles and encourage them to settle and grow. This is as per the statement released by the MLSD. It further elaborates that firms have the right for cancelling old visas. They can issue the new Work visas for 2 years subject to fulfilling of Visa requirements.
In 2017, the MLSD had brought an amendment and reduced the duration of visas to 12 months. This was for overseas workers employed in private sector firms. The earlier Visa validity was 2 years. The exception was domestic workers and overseas nationals in government agencies. These were continued to be offered the 2-year visas, as quoted by the Saudi Gazette.
In broader terms, Saudi Arabia is working towards decreasing the rate of unemployment in the nation. This is by restricting overseas nationals for work to some crucial industries and positions.
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