Saudi Law

13 Key Points for Exit Re-Entry and Final Exit Visa Under New Labor Reforms

The New Labor reforms initiative has been announced and implemented by the Saudi Ministry of Human Resources and Social Development effective from March 14, 2021 onwards.

Many of our website visitors and readers were inquiring us the features and advantages of the new labor system, therefore for their ease, we have listed down the salient features of the new system that every employee and the labor should have the knowledge of.

1). The employer will have a period of 10 days to inquire about the exit and re-entry visa application submitted by his worker. If the employer does not respond within the time limit, the worker will be able to issue a single visa for a period of 30 days within five days since the expiry of this deadline.

2). The worker will not be able to issue either an exit and re-entry visa upon the expiry of the work contract with the employer or issue a multiple exit and re-entry visa. It is also not allowed for the employer to revoke the exit and re-entry visa issued by the Saudi expat worker.

3). As per the new labor reforms, the employer would also be entitled to issue an exit and re-entry visa for the Saudi expat workers in the same pattern of what had been previously in force and effective. Read more: 20 Things Everyone Need to Know About New Labor Reform System

4). The service for executing the final exit visa will be available to both employee and employer as well.

5). According to the new labor regulations, the employer will have 10 day’s period to inquire about the worker’s request to issue a final exit visa, and in the absence of any response from the employer, the Saudi expat worker can issue a final exit visa, and the visa’s validity will be 15 days from date of issue.

6). If the Saudi expat worker permanently leaves the Kingdom during the validity period of the contract, he will be banned from returning to the Kingdom permanently. This will be applied in the event that he obtains an exit and re-entry visa and does not return to the Kingdom before the expiry of the visa to complete the remaining period of the work contract. Read more: How Long is the Blacklist for Deportation from Saudi Arabia?

7). If a Saudi expat worker leaves the Kingdom on exit and re-entry visa and is not able to return to the Kingdom before the expiry of the visa, in such case the right to extend the visa rests fully with the employer.

8). Regarding the employment mobility service for the Saudi expat worker, the Ministry stipulates that the firms that intend to obtain services of the Saudi expat worker must comply with the provisions of the Wages Protection Program (WPS) at a rate of no less than 80 percent for the last three (3) months. Read more: Procedure to Report Online Against False Huroob by Sponsor/ Kafeel

9). There should be 100 percent documentation of the employees’ contracts in the establishment, and at least 80 percent in the commitment of the self-evaluation program along with the mandatory application of an approved internal work regulation.

10). Only those Saudi expat workers who are in the categories of professions subject to the Labor Law will be allowed to transfer their services to another employer.

Another major condition is that the worker should have completed at least 12 months with the current employer after his first entry into the Kingdom.

11). There should not be another request pending related to transfer of the service. The transfer of service shall be in compliance with the notice period upon the validity of the documented employment contract.

12). The new services under the initiative will be available through the Absher and Qiwa online platforms.

13).  It applies to all the Saudi expat workers in the private sector except the following five categories:

  • Private Driver,
  • Home Guard,
  • Domestic Worker,
  • Shepherd, and
  • Gardener or Farmer.

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