Saudi Arabia has recently launched an innovative work visa called the “Temporary Work Visa,” replacing the previous “Work Visit Visa.” This new visa aims to streamline the process of bringing in foreign workers for short-term assignments, providing a more efficient solution for businesses and facilitating smoother resource allocation for employers.
The Temporary Work Visa holds numerous benefits for both employers and foreign workers. It remains valid for up to 90 days, with the option to extend for an additional 90 days. Moreover, it allows multiple entries, granting employees the flexibility to enter and exit the country as needed within the 90-day period.
One of the key advantages of the Temporary Work Visa is its expedited and simplified application process compared to its predecessor. Employers can obtain this visa immediately, without the need for supporting documents such as attested certificates. Additionally, the visa can extended while the holder is in the country, enabling employers to adapt to changing circumstances and project requirements.
The Temporary Work Visa, unlike the previous Work Visit Visa, does not solely limit technical personnel like engineers. It provides a broader scope, enabling professionals from various industries to benefit from this opportunity. Furthermore, the visa does not restrict men, promoting inclusivity and diversity within the workforce.
As Saudi Arabia experiences unprecedented growth and hosts some of the world’s largest projects, the Temporary Work Visa opens up possibilities for multinational employers. Non-KSA based employees now have the chance to explore working in the Kingdom before considering a permanent move or relocation, enhancing mobility and fostering cross-cultural collaboration.
To be eligible for the Temporary Work Visa, employers must meet specific conditions outlined by the Saudi Arabian government. These conditions include having a valid Commercial Register (CR), except for activities exempted from commercial registration, an “Existing” establishment status, a Nitiqat rating of medium green or higher, a clean record with regards to the Wage Protection System (WPS), and a sufficient visa issuance balance. It is important to note that employers with expired pre-existing visas will have their application denied.
Saudi Arabia’s introduction of the Temporary Work Visa signifies a significant step toward a more accessible and efficient work visa system. By streamlining the process and expanding eligibility, the Kingdom aims to attract international talent, facilitate business growth, and foster a diverse and inclusive work environment.