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SAUDI ARABIA: Government Waives Expat Levy for Industrial Companies for Five Years

, 09/10/2019

The Saudi government has announced that it will waive expat fees paid for foreign nationals working in industrial-sector companies for five years, effective 1 October 2019.

Employers have been required to pay a levy for every foreign worker they employ since 2018, as part of the government's strategy to diversify into non-oil revenue and encourage Saudization (the hiring of Saudi nationals). The levy, alongside the imposition of value-added tax and subsidy cuts, has contributed to an exodus of foreign workers.

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Employers who may be affected are encouraged to contact a Newland Chase immigration specialist for case-specific advice.