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Foreign nationals wishing to work in Saudi Arabia must obtain a Working Visa with Residence Permit. The visa is issued on the basis of a block visa approval held by the Saudi entity, and the residence card obtained post-arrival includes work approval. The applicant must have an employment contract directly with the Saudi Arabian entity, valid for at least one year.
Quotas for the ratio of Saudi to foreign national employees apply under the ‘Nitaqat’ system and will apply to the sponsoring entity only (i.e. foreign nationals working at non-sponsoring client sites will not count towards their quota). The exact amount of the quota varies by sector/industry.
A monthly Expat Fee must be paid up front, in full, for the duration of the applicant’s Work Permit/Residence Permit (Muqeem).
The Work Visit Visa (Short Term) process is for temporary work approval for a maximum validity of 180 days (normally 30-90 days), with a maximum 30-day stay in the country at a time. Note that no block visa approval is required for this process and the application is both quicker and less document intensive than a work and residence permit (Muqeem).
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