Saudi Arabia’s New Hiring Policies Usher A Wave Of Uncertainty Among Expats, Offer Insights To The Current Situation has been offering their Saudi visa services for multiple years in London and have watched the Saudi foreign workers’ scenario evolve with the passing time. Recently, Saudi Arabia’s government announced a change in hiring policies and rules that have received mixed emotions from locals and the expat community locally. The new policy: Saudisation – Saudization or Saudisation of the workforce—the replacement of foreign workers with Saudi nationals in the private sector—is the official national policy of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. While many Saudis are employed by the government, there are not enough jobs for the growing number of youth.

Declining oil reserves and the slump in oil prices are two of the main reasons behind the new policy, to shift the oil reliant economy to a more diversified state the local Saudis are expected to play their part. However, experts believe that this process may not be as easy as it may sound.  Foreign workers and expats constitute a large portion of the Saudi workforce including labor and managerial force, whereas a portion of the locals are not accustomed to working at such jobs. Experts are forecasting that although an increasing number of locals may be joining the workforce, the companies will continue to hire and retain their expat workers by paying a fee to bypass the hiring rule. The fees from the companies and a possible move of the government to allow foreign workers to earn a permanent residency are expected to earn Saudi Arabia billions of dollar in much needed revenue.

Despite the current scenario, more and more British Expats moving to Saudi Arabia, spokesperson revealed that getting Multiple Entries visas are now even easier. is working hard to make the process more streamlined and hassle free.

The company spokesperson said: “So, whether you are a business, a family or a student we can take you through the steps of getting your visa. If you use our services, the application process falls into three easy steps and we keep in contact with you at every step of the way. Additionally, all the information you send us is double-checked, so you can be sure that there are no mistakes by the time it reaches the Embassy.”


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