The Ministry of Labor and Social Development has introduced a freelancer system for Saudi nationals.
The new resolution pertains to Saudization of all jobs related to the sale of insurance products to individuals by 1 February 2018.
The Ministry of Labor and Social Development has announced that it is reducing the validity period of its block visas from two years to one year.
New immigration fees affecting employers who employ foreign nationals are set to come into effect in January 2018 in addition to existing recruitment fees
Essentially, the program will allow employers to pay fees in order to upgrade their classification within Nitaqat.
The new law amends the Saudisation ratios for economic activities within the Nitaqat Program. The law provides a comprehensive table of the various ratios which apply to the different categories of employers from red to platinum.
Next phase of enforcement of the wage protection system will commence.
Nitiqat quotas are expected to increase significantly in September 2017 which will have an impact on employers.
The implementation of the fourth stage of the ‘Unified Health Insurance Policy’ (Unified Policy) for private sector employers commenced on 10 April and requires employers with less than 25 employees to comply.
All expatriate individuals who are currently residing in the kingdom without valid documentation are premitted to leave the country without incurring any penalties for a 90 day period, which began on 29 March 2017.