Saudi Arabia: Employers And Brokers Will Be Fined SR50,000 For Dealing In ‘Free’ Visas


Riyadh: Labor law amendments that come into force today (Sunday) will help fight unemployment among citizens, said Labor Minister Mufrej Al-Haqabani.

The minister thanked Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Salman for granting approval to the new amendments.

"The new rules are in the interest of employers and employees," he said. 

"They will provide stability to the labor market, increase efficiency and productivity and protect the rights of all parties."

The new amendments also aim at curbing the illegal visa menace, said officials. 

Employers and brokers will be fined SR50,000 for every single visa violation under the new amendments, according to the ministry. 

Those dealing in the sale of work visas will have to pay fines in multiples of SR50,000 depending on their involvement in the crime. 

Such visas are popularly known as free visas and have been available for a certain price in the past. 

The new system also stipulates that such illegal activity will lead to the blacklisting of Saudi citizens.

Employers obtaining visas based on incorrect data submitted to the ministry will also be fined SR25,000.

The ministry also reminded that hiring non-Saudis for positions restricted to citizens is punishable with a fine of SR20,000 for each employee thus hired. 

Such employers will be fined SR25,000 in the event of non-compliance with the protection, safety and occupational health procedures inside and outside the premises of the establishments.

Any employer found to have employed children less than 15 years of age will be fined SR20,000.

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