You all know by now that Saudi Arabia strictly implements Saudization or the nationalization of jobs and sectors such as banks, government, telecom and those at the retail shops.
Accordingly, in an unfortunate event for the expats, there are primarily 19 categories in the Iqamathat can no longer be renewed whether an expat is working in private or public sectors – no exception. This is in reference to the published article of blog site, Saudi-expatriates.com
According to this expat blog, which need more deep verification, the Ministry of Labor and Social Development of Saudi Arabia has suspended renewing Iqama permits of expatriates whose job profession is reserved for Saudi nationals
It is imperative to know that each category will have many subcategories. For example, SALESMAN will come under Van Salesman, Showroom Salesman, Key Account Salesman etc.
Here are the 19 Iqama professions that are ‘no longer’ eligible for renewal:
- Sales Manager
- Sales Supervisor
- Finance Manager
- Chief Accountant
- Senior Accountant
- Office Manager
- Sales Assistant
- Administration Manager
- Office Boy
- Warehouse Manager
- Forklift Operator
- Logistics Supervisor
- Human Resource Manager
To address this issue, here’s what you can do:
1. Ask your HR officer to verify this ‘news.’ There might be another update superceding this article.
2. To avoid future problem and if your Iqama profession falls under these categories, you should definitely ask your HR / Admin / PRO / GRO to change it (that is if you still intend to stay longer in the company). There’s, of course, an exception to those regulated professions such as Engineers, because it has its own specific procedure.