All foreign workers in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia are covered and will not be exempted on the fees levied to expat’s dependents. This is an announcement made by the General Directorate of Passports at the Ministry of Interior on July 3, 2017.
According to the Department, residence permits are not going to be renewed until fees are paid for the dependents. Although this brings another tough time to a foreign worker, this policy is going to be firmly employed beginning July 1 – and is not halted.
The Passport Department further elaborated that fees must be paid before the issuance/renewal of Iqama (Residence Permit) or exit re-entry visa.
With this new policy, the monthly levy is staged accordingly (per dependent) and the amount will gradually increase until year 2020:
SR100 – 2017
SR200 – 2018
SR 300 – 2019
SR400 – 2020
Although this is another burden to the working expatriates in the kingdom (those with families living with them), “this is part of achieving a balance between revenues and expenditure by 2020” – Arab News
Being an expat, what can you say about this new policy? In favour or not (and there’s really nothing you can do about it), how will you cope with this change? Share your thoughts.
Source: Arab News