Saudi Arabia seen losing expats over visa limitation

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Saudi businesses are increasingly opposing a decision to limit expat working visas to four year for firms rated “yellow” under the kingdom’s nationalisation employment program.

The Labor Ministry recently announced the decision, which will become effective from October 25, in a bid to encourage companies in the lowest ranking to improve their employment of Saudi nationals in the private sector.

However, the Jeddah Chamber of Commerce and Industry (JCCI) has said the limit would be difficult to implement in the industrial, construction and service sectors, which depend on trained and experienced workers from abroad, Arab News reported.

JCCI member Ahmad Al Marbaie said the decision would create labour shortages and in the long-term would harm the nationalisation process.

 

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