By Innovation-sa on January 13, 2019 in News

Saudi Arabia’s Ministry of Labor and Social Development (MLSD) announced on Tuesday a new initiative to extend validity of work visas for expatriates to two years instead of one without any additional fees. The extension of time will be applicable to new as well as old visas.


The Ministry said in a statement that the new initiative is taking into consideration the practical operational aspects facing private sector enterprises, overcoming obstacles, facilitating private sector enterprises, and aims to stimulate the private sector to settle. The statement added that private sector companies can cancel old visas and issue new visas for two years under the applicable visa requirements if needed.


Earlier in 2017, the Ministry had reduced the validity of work visas from two to one year for private sector employees, exempting domestic workers and expatriates working at government agencies.


Saudi Gazette– 08 January 2019