Saudi expat work visas limited to one year

Reduced validity for visas issued to private sector workers
Saudi expat work visas limited to one year
Saudi Arabia's Minister of Labour and Social Development Ali Nassir al-Ghafis.
By Staff writer
Tue 24 Oct 2017 11:29 AM

Employment visa’s issued for private sector workers in Saudi Arabia will only be valid for one year, down from two years, according to Saudi daily Saudi Gazette.

Visas issued to government and domestic workers will be exempt from the new guidelines, the order issued by Minister of Labour and Social Development Dr. Ali Al-Ghafis said according to the report.

The move is part of efforts to reform the national labour market and make it more efficient, the Labour Law noted.

Foreign mothers of Saudi children and non-Saudi children of Saudi women will also be able to work in professions previously reserved for Saudi nationals, another law announced by the Minister of Labour on Sunday said.

Three Shoura Council members also motioned a change to citizenships laws to allow non-Saudi children of Saudis to obtain citizenship, the report added.

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