Saudi Arabia to allow payment of work permit-related residencies on quarterly basis: SPA

The decision excepts domestic workers and similar jobs

  
Image used for illustrative purpose. General view of the new terminal of Jeddah airport, in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia September 19, 2018. Picture taken September 19, 2018.

Image used for illustrative purpose. General view of the new terminal of Jeddah airport, in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia September 19, 2018. Picture taken September 19, 2018.

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CAIRO: Saudi Arabia said it will allow payment for the issuance and renewals of work permit-related residencies to be made on a quarterly basis instead of an annual lump sum basis, SPA reported on Tuesday, citing a cabinet meeting decision.

The decision excepts domestic workers and similar jobs.

The government, under a job creation drive, had imposed fees on expatriate workers to encourage hiring of citizens. Companies have said the fees significantly increase operating costs.

(Reporting by Alaa Swilam and Marwa Rashad Editing by Chris Reese) ((Alaa.Swilam@thomsonreuters.com;))

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