Tuesday 22 January 2019

Saudi Arabia announces dependent fee structure

JEDDAH, January 2, 2018

Foreign workers in Saudi Arabia’s private sector will have to pay fees for every dependent or companion, a report said.

The directorate, known as Jawazat among expats, has posted a tweet on its official Twitter account stating that it was implementing a decision previously issued by the Council of Ministers.

Fees for every dependent or companion must be paid through the Sadat payment system, Arab News reported, citing the General Directorate of Passports (GDP).

Targeted dependents include the first wife, male children under 18, and all female children; GDP’s Lt Col Tall Al-Calhoun was quoted as saying by the newspaper.

A note from the GDP clarified that the term “companions” entails the second wife, the third and the fourth, in addition to parents, relatives-in-law, domestic labourers and every expat sponsored by the worker, Arab News said.

“The fees should be paid in advance and on a yearly basis along with the issuing or renewal of the worker’s residency permit, when issuing exit-re-entry visa or even final exit visas,” the GDP said.

The authority clarified that the worker should pay SR100 ($26.7) for every dependent or companion starting from July 1, 2017. It also gave notice that the fees would be doubled from July 1, 2018, and would reach SR300 by July 1, 2019. According to the same announcement, a single dependent’s or companion’s fees will hit SR400 in 2020.

The announcement also stated that no nationality would be excluded from the decision, and the fees are not refundable.

Tags: Saudi Arabia | GDP | Foreign workers |

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