Saudi: Issuing and renewing residency permit to be done quarterly
Saudi Arabia has started implementing the new service of issuance and renewal of residency permits (iqama) for expatriates on a quarter-of-a-year basis.
The move is in the implementation of a recent decision to allow the issuance and renewal of iqama linked to a work permit for a minimum period of three months. However, there is an exemption of this for domestic workers and the like.
The new mechanism will enable the employer to renew residency permits linked to work permit after the payment of the expatriate fee (financial compensation) for varying periods of three months, six months and nine months, apart from a period of 12 months which has been in force until the recent decision.