Sending foreign nationals to work in Saudi Arabia is restrictive and can be complicated due to a quota system and nationalization program, known as Nitaqat. Most companies are required to first give jobs to Saudi Arabian citizens and are only allowed a specific number of foreign national employees. And it’s also important to note that there are additional restrictions and requirements for female employees and female business travelers to travel to and work in Saudi Arabia.
Employers and employees are required to provide information and to work with the Saudi Arabian Ministry of Labor and Ministry of the Interior to be given a valid visa to work in the country. Additionally, foreign nationals applying for a work visa from Saudi Arabia are required to provide medical and police clearance.
Processing times can very, so make sure your company factors processing time into the timeline for sending a foreign national to work in Saudi Arabia. There are a variety of visas and entry permits, but we’ve listed the main categories below.
The process and requirements can vary by type of visa or permit. For help figuring out whether a permit or visa is needed for your company to send employees to Saudi Arabia, click here to download our Saudi Arabia Information Sheet.