• June 16, 2022

Saudi Arabia: How will work visa holders stay?


Riyadh: The probationary period for foreigners coming to work on a new work visa for the first time in Saudi Arabia is three months, during which the employer and the employer have the option to enter into an employment contract at their convenience.

Laws to extend the probationary period are also set by the Ministry of Manpower and Social Welfare, which must be complied with by both parties.

On Twitter, a person who came to the country on a new visa discovered, ‘It’s been two months since I came to Saudi Arabia on a work visa, I haven’t settled down yet, will there be a fine?

Answering the question, Jawazat said that under the Ministry of Manpower, the probationary period for workers coming on new visa is 90 days. There is a fine of 500 riyals for delay in issuance of residency.

It should be noted that according to the Saudi Ministry of Manpower and Social Welfare Population Act, a worker coming on a new work visa is given the right to review the nature of the work according to the contract and decide it within a three-month trial period. The employer is also given the right to enter into a formal agreement after reviewing the quality of work and qualifications of the worker.

The employment contract is written in such a way that it is important not only to read but also to understand the points so that it will not be difficult later.

Under the new employment law, the employment contract is very important in which the rights of the employer and the employee are protected. The employment contract is registered with the Ministry of Manpower, after which it is considered effective.

According to the law, the work permit and residence fee of the worker is the responsibility of the employer. And if it is intended to extend the probationary period of stay which is 90 days, then the employer will get the written consent of the worker after which it is extended for one more month.

For non-issuance of residency during the trial period, the employer has to pay a fine of 500 riyals, after which residency is issued. Residence is not issued without payment of penalty for delay in issuance of residency.

Regarding the residence card, a person asked, “The picture on the residence did not look good. Can it be changed?” In response to the question, Jawazat said that the picture on the residence card can be changed, however, it is necessary that the picture on the card and the shape and form of the person should be clearly changed.

In case of change, prior notice has to be obtained from the Licensing Office for the change of photograph and a valid passport along with a valid passport must be present at the Licensing Office where the present officer will take necessary action after investigating the matter.

It should be noted that the picture in the residence card changes when the children grow up or the facial recognition has changed abnormally and their childhood picture is affixed on the residence. In this case, it is necessary to change the picture on the passport also.

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