JEDDAH — According to sources at the department of passports, from July 2017 the fees to be paid by expatriates for their dependents and will be collected along with the fees for Iqama (residence permit) renewal. Jawazat is still waiting to receive instructions on the mechanism to collect the fees, said sources.
Released with the General Budget on Thursday, they recalled that the “Financial Balance” document, which has referred to monthly fees to be imposed on all establishments in which expatriates outnumber Saudis.
For every expatriate worker private sector establishments are currently paying SR2,000 annually. Now companies will have to pay extra fees for expats who outnumber Saudis and also for those expats who are in equal number to the nationals.From next July per dependent per month,expats will have to pay SR100.
In January 2018, companies where expats outnumber Saudis will have to pay SR400 every month for each expat worker and SR300 for each expat worker in companies where expats are in equal number to the nationals. The monthly fees on expats for each of their dependents will be raised to SR200.
From January 2019,the fees on expats outnumbering the Saudis will be increased to SR600 per month while those of equal number will be increased to SR500. The fees on dependents will be increased to SR300 per dependent per month.
The fees for expatriates outnumbering Saudis will be increased to SR800 monthly and to SR700 for expatriates who are in equal number to Saudi workers in a company, at the start of 2020.The monthly fees on the dependents will be raised to SR400 per head from mid 2020.
The Saudi labor laws remain to be one of the most liberal in the entire world,regardless of the fees to be imposed on expatriates during the coming three years according to the labour market sources.