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Expats in Saudi Arabia will only be allowed 1 year work visas

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Work visas were previously valid for two years.

The validity of expat work visas for private sector employees in Saudi Arabia has been reduced from two years to one year, Saudi Gazette reported on Tuesday.

The order, which was issued by the kingdom’s Minister of Labor and Social Development, Dr. Ali Al-Ghafis, comes in a bid to increase employment rates among young Saudi nationals and has already taken effect.

According to Saudi Gazette, the decision was made on the basis of Article 11 of the Labor Law.

The provision grants the labor minister authority to make decisions “deemed necessary for improving the efficiency of the employment market”.

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