On August 1, 2016, the Ministry of Labour introduced a new labor portal and database named “Taqaat.” Employers are now required to advertise job roles via the portal before applying for new block visas. The job vacancy must be posted for at least 14 days and up to 30 days, to ensure that there are no locally qualified Saudi nationals who could fill the role. Proof of efforts to employ local applicants (evidence of interviews and justification for acceptance/rejection) is required for the block visa approval process. Labour Market Testing could add three to four weeks to the overall processing time for block visa approval.
This summary was prepared using information obtained from Peregrine Immigration Management.
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