Posted by : Unknown Friday, 21 July 2017

Due to the new Nitaqat system which is aimed to create more job opportunities for Saudi nationals, improving the market performance and raising the quality of employment. The Ministry of Labor and Social Development has reported that they rejected as many as 533,016 applications for work visas in 2016, representing about 62.77 percent of the total foreign recruitment requests which were 849,228.

The ministry said it approved 316,212 work visa applications representing about 37.24 percent of the total number of applications it received.

Ministry of Saudi Arabia Rejects 62.77% Expat Work Visa Requests

The Ministry of Labor and Social Development has confirmed that it has signed five years agreement and MoUs to employ workers from Turkey, Mexico, Egypt, India, Morocco and Cambodia, and it has also signed temporary MoUs with China, Japan and Malaysia to this effect.

The ministry’s spokesman Khaled Aba Al-Khail said, “We are trying to create a safe and conducive work environment and to put an end to unproductive nationalization of jobs,” and he also mentioned that the new Nitaqat system will be implemented from Sept. 3

Aba Al-Khail said the rate of Saudization of jobs is decided according to economic activities of establishments.

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