The Saudi Ministry of Interior, represented by the General Directorate of Passports and the Ministry of Human Resources, began implementing the decision of the Saudi Council of Ministers regarding the service (issuing and renewing residence permits on a quarterly basis).
And the Saudi Council of Ministers had issued a decision approving the issuance of residence permits related to work permits and their renewal on a quarterly basis (every 3 months as a minimum), with the exception of domestic workers and the like, and the division of obtaining the value of the work permit and residence permit and the financial compensation and fees necessary for the issuance of residence permits.
The new mechanism will enable the employer to renew residency permits, work permits, and the financial compensation for varying periods (3 months, 6 months, 9 months, as well as 12 months, according to what was previously applied) according to the facility’s need.
The mechanism aims at facilitating private sector facilities, enabling them to achieve cash management with a higher efficiency, and enabling facilities to renew worker licenses according to their actual need. In addition, this decision will support the growth of private sector facilities, contribute to the development of the labor market, enhance its attractiveness, and improve its environment. And giving the existing contractual relationship more flexibility, making it keep pace with global labor markets.
The General Directorate of Passports stated that this service can be benefited from through the platforms (Absher Business – Resident), and in turn, the Ministry of Human Resources and Social Development clarified that this service can be used, with regard to work permits, through the Qiwa platform and the electronic portal for labor services.
For his part, the Saudi Minister of Human Resources and Social Development Ahmed Al-Rajhi confirmed, on Tuesday, the possibility of issuing and renewing work and residence permits according to a quarterly mechanism as a minimum.
The minister added, through his official account on Twitter, that the positive impact of this on the private sector, by contributing to increasing the flexibility and facilitation of business in that sector.