As part of the initiative, MHRSD propose the following three main objectives:
- Employment mobility service – the initiative proposes abolishing the requirement for employees to obtain existing employer’s approval in order to transfer to a new employer, subject to certain conditions being met;
- Exit and Re-Entry Visas – foreign national employees will no longer require permission from their Saudi employer to exit and re-enter the country, employers will be notified electronically on departure through the Absher platform. Conditions apply;
- Final exit visa – subject to conditions being met, foreign national employees will no longer require their employer’s consent to obtain a final exit visa to leave the country after termination of their employment. The employer will be notified electronically and the employee accepts any consequences pertaining to terminating the contractual relationship.
The reforms are due to come into effect March 2021.