By Innovation-sa on March 11, 2018 in News

The Director General of Passports (Jawazat) reminded expatriates who haven’t documented their fingerprints to complete their registration process soon. Further, it called on expatriates to abide by residency-related regulations in the Kingdom.

Expatriates and their dependents who are six years of age or above must document their fingerprints at any of the fingerprinting centers set up across the Kingdom. The Jawazat also warned expatriates that if they did not hurry up and register their fingerprints, then they will be denied of various electronic services like issuance of exit/re-entry visas and their computer records will be blocked.

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http://alriyadhdaily.com/article/6423000170824966b9bccb7e37bc15cf

By Innovation-sa on March 5, 2018 in News

The General Directorate of Passports (Jawazat) clarified on Twitter that dependent fee would not be refunded to expatriate family members if they leave the Kingdom before the expiry of their iqamas.

The General Directorate of Passports clarified through its official Twitter account that dependent fee will not be refunded to expat family members who have opted to leave the Kingdom on final exit before the expiry of their iqamas.

The dependent fee, introduced by Saudi Arabia in 2017, is linked with a renewal of iqama or issuance of exit and re-entry visa or final exit visa, whichever comes first. It is mandatory for expatriate families to settle the dependent fee amount for all its dependent members during iqama renewal. However, exit re-entry process can be done against single individual dependent by paying the fee till the date of the validity of iqama.

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http://www.alriyadhdaily.com/article/b59976235528416fac9e77ce1d564b4e

By Innovation-sa on March 5, 2018 in News

The Saudi Arabian General Investment Authority (SAGIA) extended the license period for foreign investments from one year to a renewable period of up to five years.

The new efforts were designed to aid the Kingdom’s recent economic changes and promote foreign investment in the Kingdom in line with Vision 2030, stated Ibrahim S Al-Suwayel, Deputy Governor for Investors’ Services and Consultancy.

Under the new rule, investors would be provided the option to reduce minimum license period to just one year as well.

Al-Suwayel said that the Ministry’s recent decision to reduce the time taken to issue business licenses from two days to just four hours by restructuring the processes, reducing the number of documents required from eight to two and training and certifying staff, has already shown a positive effect in attracting new investments to the Kingdom. The new decision to extend license period will also accelerate SAGIA’s efforts to attract foreign investments to the Kingdom, he added.

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http://saudigazette.com.sa/article/529293/BUSINESS/Foreign-investment-license-period-extended-up-to-5-years-renewable

 

By Innovation-sa on March 5, 2018 in News

The higher committee on public transport announced the commencement of new public transport service in Riyadh and Jeddah from Tuesday onwards. The committee urged citizens and expatriates to make the best use of the new public transport service which would cost SR3 per trip and asked them to provide their remarks and reviews about the new service.

The modern public transport system, which replaces the Khat Al-Balad (downtown route) services were announced by the Council of Ministers earlier this year.

The committee has asked drivers of halflas (mini-buses) on the Khat Al-Balad to either work with the Saudi Public Transport Company (Saptco) for monthly salaries or obtain loans from the Social Development Bank to start their own business. As for those who fail to do both, they will be asked to join the Government’s program on social security to receive regular financial assistance.

In Riyadh, the public transportation system will be managed by a national company under the guidance of the High Commission for the Development of Riyadh while in Jeddah it will be under the control of Metro Jeddah Company.

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http://saudigazette.com.sa/article/529294/SAUDI-ARABIA/Public-transport-service-in-Riyadh-Jeddah-begins-today

By Innovation-sa on March 5, 2018 in News

The Directorate General of Traffic (Muroor) banned the use of mobile phones while driving in Saudi Arabia from Monday onwards. During the first phase, special cameras will be installed in Riyadh, Dammam, and Jeddah to electronically monitor motorists using or touching mobile phones while driving.

A recent study by King Abdullah Medical Research Center in Riyadh revealed that 13.8 percent of motorists use mobile phones while driving. Moreover, the use of mobile phones while driving has been found to be the key reason behind accidents and this has led to the use of modern technology to detect traffic violations in the Kingdom.

In addition to banning mobile phone usage, seat-belts are now mandatory for drivers and passengers in the front seat and those who fail to wear them will be detected by cameras and fined.

The traffic authority said that for the first offense, motorists will be fined SR 150 which may increase to SR 300 if the violator repeats the offense, and the violator may be detained for 24 hours as well.

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http://saudigazette.com.sa/article/529371/SAUDI-ARABIA/Use-of-mobile-phone-while-driving-to-be-monitored-from-Monday

By Innovation-sa on February 26, 2018 in News

Saudi Arabia revised speed limits on some expressways starting from Monday, February 19, according to reports from Saudi Press Agency (SPA).

The updated speed limit will be 140kph for small vehicles, 100kph for buses and 80kph for trucks on Riyadh-Taif Road westwards, Riyadh-Taif Road eastwards, Riyadh-Qassim Road northwards, Qassim-Riyadh Road southwards, Makkah-Madinah Road northwards, Madinah-Makkah Road southwards, Madinah-Jeddah Road southwards and Jeddah-Madinah Road northwards.

Col. Sami Bin Muhammad Al-Shuwairikh, Director of Public Relations in Public Security, stressed the importance of abiding by the speed limits and alerted motorists to strictly follow the instructions on sign boards and not exceed speed limits.

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http://saudigazette.com.sa/article/528617/SAUDI-ARABIA/140-kph-speed-limit-on-some-highways-from-Monday

By Innovation-sa on February 26, 2018 in News

In accordance with Saudi Arabian Monetary Authority’s (SAMA) decision to implement the National Address System, banks in Saudi Arabia has now made it mandatory for customers to furnish their address at the banks.

Customers have been receiving messages from various banks reminding them to update their profile in the online bank account page or at https://address.gov.sa/en/ . It has been made mandatory for all types of residences.

Saudi Arabia is the first among the Arab countries to implement the National Address System. Also known as Unwan Al-Watani, the system aims at providing a unified and comprehensive address data storage system through Geographic Information System (GIS).

It consists of six basic information, namely, building number, street name, neighborhood, city, postal code or zip code and additional phone number. In addition, mobile numbers used by customers for Absher services should also be linked with the National Address System.

Once implemented, the system would enable fast delivery of services with effective transparency, expand economic opportunities in the digital world, improve navigation capabilities to send emergency services in the wake of a disaster and help security forces reach crime scenes faster.

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http://saudigazette.com.sa/article/528611/SAUDI-ARABIA/Address-details-now-a-must-for-bank-accounts

By Innovation-sa on February 26, 2018 in News

In a move to upgrade the Kingdom’s health sector, Saudi Arabia will be granting visas free of charge to foreign scientists and health specialists, stated media reports.

Ahmed Al Aamiri, Secretary General of the Saudi Health Council praised the cabinet’s decision and added that the decision to allow free visas to foreign scientists was approved as part of several health initiatives suggested by the council to promote the health sector.

The new visa policy is expected to attract foreign scientists to be part of research programmes in the Kingdom and contribute to major health reforms in the Kingdom’s medical sector. However, visas will only be provided to those who have proven their competency in their respective fields and have a successful track record.

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https://english.alarabiya.net/en/News/gulf/2018/02/19/Saudi-Arabia-to-grant-free-visas-for-foreign-scientists.html

 

By Innovation-sa on February 26, 2018 in News

The Council of Saudi Chambers (CSC) suggested eight amendments to the expat levy policy to uplift the private sector, during a meeting of CSC heads with Ali Al-Ghafis, Minister of Labor and Social Development.

Al-Ghafis granted permission to form a joint CSC and ministry committee to study the best policies to support the Kingdom’s private sector.

The suggestions made by CSC include a request to extend the deadline for expat levy from 2020 to 2025 and to exempt micro, small and medium businesses from expat levy during the first few years.

Abdullah Adeem, head of Hail Chamber of Commerce and Industry called for a study to evaluate the performance of businesses and implement Saudization accordingly rather than applying nationalization uniformly for various job sectors that may damage businesses in few sectors.

Thamer Al-Farshouti, head of Jeddah Chamber of Commerce and Industry Entrepreneurship Committee reminded that if the current policies are not updated soon, 25-30% of private enterprises are at a risk of shutting down soon. He suggested monthly payment of levy instead of annual payment.

Majed Al-Ruwaili, of Al-Jouf Chamber of Commerce and Industry, said the cumulative tax bill which the ministry plans to implement will adversely affect small and medium private sector establishments.

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http://saudigazette.com.sa/article/528865/SAUDI-ARABIA/Saudi-chambers-suggest-changes-in-expat-levy-policy

By Innovation-sa on February 26, 2018 in News

About 12 million foreigners arrived in Saudi Arabia in 2017 for work, visit, pilgrimage, and business said Abdulrahman Al-Yousef, Deputy Foreign Minister for Consular Affairs and Director General of Visa Administration.

Of the 12 million visas issued by the Saudi government, 1.5 million were tourist visas and 50,000 were business visas. Business visas are valid for two years and permit multiple visits, he added.

Meanwhile, the General Authority for Statistics (GaStat) analysis of the third quarter of 2017 indicated that 94,390 foreign employees opted to leave the Kingdom in Q3 of 2017, largely due to Saudization in several job sectors and an exceptional increase in living cost. The number of expats working in the Kingdom’s public and private sector was around 10.79 million in Q2 which reduced to 10.6 million in Q3.

At the same time, the number of visas issued during the third quarter of 2017 totaled 509,180 with 22.3 percent visas issued in the public sector and 39.9 percent in the private sector. Around 37.8 percent visas were issued to recruit domestic employees, the report added.

Source

https://english.alarabiya.net/en/News/gulf/2018/02/22/Saudi-Arabia-issued-12-million-visas-last-year.html

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