SAUDI ARABIA – Recent Changes for Foreign Workers

The Ministry of Labour and Social Development (MLSD) has recently made several significant changes to its rules for issuing block visas and work visas, to the “Nitaqat” Saudization system and to the expat levy.

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SAUDI ARABIA – Labour Market Testing Requirement Suspended

Effective immediately, the Saudi Ministry of Labor has suspended the requirement for companies intending to hire foreign nationals to first advertise jobs on the Taqat jobs portal before applying for block visas (expatriate quota).

At the same time, the Ministry has announced a fast track visa service for companies who have a high Saudization rate to be able to obtain visas immediately, and has allowed companies in the medium green saudization category to apply for block visas provided that it does not lower the company’s Saudization category. This was previously restricted to the high green and platinum categories only.

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SAUDI ARABIA – Labour Market Testing Requirement Suspended

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UNITED KINGDOM – Universal Jobmatch to be Replaced by ‘Find a Job’

It has been officially announced that Universal Jobmatch – a government website used by UK recruiters and Tier 2 licensed sponsors to advertise jobs – is being replaced by the ‘Find a Job’ service.

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UNITED KINGDOM – Universal Jobmatch to be Replaced by ‘Find a Job’

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GHANA – New Employment Guidelines Released by Petroleum Commission

Effective 2 June 2018. the Petroleum Commission (PC) has released new guidelines covering the employment of foreign nationals.

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