Nov 20 2011
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Grace period for red-label firms ends on Nov. 26
"We'll stop renewing the work permits of employees in those companies," said Hattab Al-Anazi, spokesman of the ministry. Renewal of work permits is a must for the renewal of resident permits (iqamas).
He said the ministry had given enough time to companies in Red and Yellow categories to change their status by employing the required number of Saudis. "The grace period given to the Red category ends by the end of this Hijrah year (Nov. 25)," he said, urging companies in the Yellow category to change their situation before the end of Rabiul Awwal 1433AH.
These companies were also allowed to change professions of their expatriate workers to any professions except those jobs restricted by the Cabinet such as personnel manager, receptionist, liaison officer, official in charge of following matters at government departments, treasurer and security guard.
However, he pointed out that the company should remain in Premier category to get this benefit.
Companies in the Green category will be given a recruitment visa after the departure of two expatriates on exit visas. They are also allowed to change profession of expatriate workers, he explained.
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