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Iqama for 18 job categories will not be renewed in Saudi

Friday, 2 December 2011
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December 02:

Riyadh, December 02: The Government is set to effectively SUSPEND all sponsorship transfer for all nationalities effective 07 January 2012. Companies will be required to immediately submit their manpower requirement, visas or sponsorship transfer approval will be given after review by Labor Office, depending on category (GREEN/EXCELLENT).

Companies in RED CATEGORY must submit original passports/Iqama to Labor Office for Final Exit latest by 07-01-12 or they will be penalized SR.100,000 and all system will be closed for company and employees.

Iqama for 18 job categories and sub categories will NO longer be renewed, Accountant/Secretary/Salesman/Administrator/Sales Manager/Sales Supervisor/Finance Manager/Chief Accountant/Senior Accountant/Office Manager/Sales Assistant/Administration Manager/Office Boy/Driver/Receptionist/Warehouse Manager/Forklift Operator/Logistics Supervisor.

Please note EACH CATEGORY will have many sub categories. For example SALESMAN under will come Van Salesman, Showroom Salesman, Key Account Salesman etc etc.

People on Free Visa MUST now regularize their status or they will suffer seriously from 07-01-12.

--Agencies

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Color category

Anyone tell me what is the color category white

only ALLAH WHO GIVES FOOD TO EVERY 1

BROTHERS NO NEED TO FEAR IF OUR FOOD IS LIVING IS HERE IN KSA NO BODY CAN THROUGH US OUTSIDE IF FROM ALLAH OUR TIME HERE ENDS NO1 CAN STOP US JUST BELEIVE IN GOD HE GIVES FOOD TO AN INSECT INSIDE STONE THE RIZQ WHICH IS WRITTEN IN OUR LUCK NO 1 CAN TAKE FROM US WHICH IS NOT IN OUR LUCK NO 1 CAN GIVE US ALLAH O AKBER

appreciate

There is no doubt my dear brother what u said but our duty is to update our iqama. Other wise it is not fare. u said like dont care about that candle which is in open air.

AAH 2 MAY HAI. 2012. KYA HUA ?

KYA HUA NITAQAAT KO ? FEB 2012 TO GUZAR CHUKA.

AAJ 2 MAY 2012 HAI.

KYA HUA NITAQAAT KAA ? HUNH. GEEDAD-BHAPKIYAAN. BLUFFING.

SHER-AAYA., SHER-AAYA.

Bull shit

If they do like this and do not renew the catogeries they will only suffer a lot. This is only to pacify their people or they will revolt against them. Be calm nothing will happen to donkeys!!!! working in gulf if the donkeys are not there who will carry the burden of them...... Ha Ha Ha Ha.

arab news

Labor minister explains expat time-bar plan

By ARAB NEWS

Published: May 31, 2011 00:36 Updated: May 31, 2011 21:59

DAMMAM/RIYADH/JEDDAH: The Ministry of Labor on Monday clarified press reports that quoted Labor Minister Adel Fakieh as saying that the government would not renew iqamas of expatriates who have completed six years in the Kingdom.

"What Labor Minister Mr. Adel Fakieh meant by his statement was that the measure would be applied on those foreigners who work for companies in the yellow category," said Hattab Al-Anazi, official spokesman of the ministry.

He said that companies in the yellow category that did not fulfill Saudization conditions, should correct their status in order to get the iqamas of their workers renewed.

However, the spokesman emphasized that iqamas of those foreign workers in red category companies would not be renewed at all, irrespective of the years they have spent in the Kingdom.

"The new Nitaqat system allows renewal of iqamas without any condition for expatriates who work in companies in the green and excellent category," Al-Anazi told the Saudi Press Agency.

He said the new measure would not apply on house servants as their iqamas would be renewed without considering how many years they stayed in the country. "They are not at all linked with the Nitaqat system," he explained.

Speaking to Jeddah businessmen earlier Sunday, Fakieh said companies not employing enough Saudis may find themselves without foreign workers and expatriate employees may be limited to six years of employment in the Kingdom.

Reports in two Arabic newspapers said Fakieh did not say when the decision would be implemented.

Businessmen across the Kingdom differed on their views on the minister's statement. While many businessmen found the plan unfeasible, others refused to comment on the issue.

A credible business journalist who works for a sister publication of Arab News and who attended the minister's meeting with the group of businessmen and women said the minister was not very clear about the six-year work visa limitation.

According to the journalist, all that the minister focused on was his ministry's "Nitaqat" program, which is expected to be applied in two weeks. Under this program, private companies and establishments will be classified across three colors — green, yellow and red — according to the number of Saudis they employ.

The green companies will be given a number of advantages, including recruitment of manpower from foreign countries and the transfer of employees in the yellow and red categories without their companies' consent.

"The current situation calls for strong cooperation between the government and private sector in solving the problem of unemployment with hundreds of thousands looking for work," reports in the local newspapers quoted the minister as saying.

The minister expected Nitaqat to end 99 percent of black-market work visas and said that with a little help from the private sector, this market would be totally dissolved. "The program will also put an end to the commercial concealment where foreigners run businesses under Saudi cover," he said.

Quoting latest statistical figures, Fakieh said there were about 500,000 unemployed Saudi men and women against the presence of eight million foreigners, of whom about six million are employed by the private sector. "The foreigners transfer about SR100 billion every year to their countries," he said.

Unemployment among nationals in the Kingdom is running at 10.5 percent, he said, adding that 28 percent of the unemployed were women and 40 percent high school graduates.

None of those who worked informally with the minister on a number of proposals to end unemployment was willing to comment on his remarks.

"This is his prerogative," said one planner, but he added that there are many issues that need the consent from the top to go ahead. "Some of the proposals can be implemented by the minister by using a ministerial decree; some others require the consent of the Ministry of the Interior, and yet others will have to go to Custodian of the Holy Mosques King Abdullah for approval," he noted.

That was perhaps an oblique reference to the six-year work visa limitation issue. Such a decision would have to come from the very top.

"This is a sensitive topic," said one Dammam-based businessman. "I don't want to get into any controversy," he said. "I have seen the reports in local newspapers just as you have, and they did say that the minister wants to bar foreigners from working more than six years in the Kingdom."

Another businessman said: "We have had such proposals in the past. Now the question is: Are they feasible? I don't think so. For example, let us take the case of accountants. Almost all the accountants working in Saudi Arabia have been here for more than six years. If we send them back home tomorrow, do we have enough accountants to replace them? These questions need to be asked," he said.

He said he would wait for the minister's presentation at the Eastern Province chamber on Tuesday. "I would like to hear from him directly. He is certainly well-intentioned, and we would like to hear what he has to say," he said.

Economist Ehsan Buhaliga, a former Shoura member, too concurred that the minister's statement on the limits on expatriates was not clear, but added that every Saudi is hoping to see more such initiatives to control the job market.

"I do not want to make any comment on the minister's decision as it comes as a part of a package program to create more jobs for Saudis. It would be difficult to make a statement on the iqama renewal issue as things are not yet clear and I would like to have a clearer picture of the whole program," he said.

Buhaliga said strict control of the job market was necessary to solve the unemployment problem among the Saudis. He said the huge influx of foreign labor posed a big challenge for Saudi job-seekers "who had to face not only the foreigners already occupying jobs but also those going around looking for jobs."

Another economist who requested anonymity described the minister's statement like a Ramadan riddle. "Everybody wants the job market to be controlled but what we hear about new programs every day reminds us about the Ramadan Fazzoura (riddle). We should have a clear picture in order to find an excellent solution for this problem," he added.

John Sfakianakis, chief economist at Banque Saudi Fransi, said the total number of foreign workers in Saudi Arabia as of 2011 exceeds 8.5 million. According to 2009 official figures, the total private labor force was 6.895 million of which Saudis comprised 681,000 - slightly less than 10 percent.

On the minister's reported statement, Sfakianakis said there is a need for more details and granularity at this point.

"The proposal does not limit the inflow of expatriates. Once the six years are over fresh expatriates will be able to work in Saudi Arabia; hence the problem is not solved as the inflow of expatriates is not limited, and dependence on foreign labor will continue. The economy also could benefit by having highly trained and experienced expatriates stay in Saudi Arabia as they contribute to the economy given that it is already challenging to attract good expatriates into the Kingdom."

He, however, felt that it was more of a knee-jerk reaction as the measure does not limit the total inflow of foreigners but only limits the tenure of existing foreigners.

As to whether such an idea is feasible, Sfakianakis said: "If there is commitment it could be realized, but differentiation will be needed. Not all expatriates contribute the same way, and if all exit the implications for the economy could be negative."

Jeddah-based businessman Yasin Alireza said that only growth and development and not bureaucratic decisions would help provide a solution to unemployment. "It is the overall economic development and growth that plays a major role in decreasing and perhaps solving unemployment, not more bureaucratic decisions that hinders the private sector. The ministry could harm local business here instead of benefiting it with this decision. I do not see the logic or benefit from it when companies spend time and the effort in recruiting and training their workers with expertise to work in the country, and have to replace them in six years," Alireza said.

Another Jeddah-based businessman Ahmad Al Faroqi too expressed fears that such a decision would impact negatively on the Saudi business sector. "This decision will create many obstacles as many businessmen depend on qualified expatriate workers to run their businesses. Many jobs here require qualified expatriates, and at the same time, there are no Saudis ready to do these jobs," he said.

But young Saudis welcomed the minister's reported statement with unconcealed glee. "This is the best decision, and we want it to be implemented fully," said Ahmed A., a university graduate who is planning to launch his own business this year. "This is the only way to solve the issue of joblessness. We have no jobs, and as long as foreigners are well-entrenched in the market we will never get a fair chance," he added.

— Siraj Wahab, Maher Abbas, Sultan Al-Tamimi and Ibrahim Naffee contributed to the report

arabnews

Lata ka Cover Kab Aayega ?

When the Devadasi of the temple of Mangeshi., and the hate/hatred-filled Latabai Mangeshkar will die (when will that happen.. she is close to reach 90), I will wear a New White Saree., and sing Lata's songs in all the metro cities of india ("Shraddhanjali" or Tribute to the hatred-filled Devadasi)., and make money. The moment she dies., i shall start the "Shraddhanjali to Lata" concert and stage it in India., and also Dubai and the US/Canada., to earn R and $ !

Bas., Buddhi Paapan/Naagan kay marne kaa intezaar hai. Pata nahin yeh neech Lata kab maregi.

GOD IS GREAT

ASSALAMALIKUM MY DEAR FRIENDS..!! DONT WORRY ABOUT RED, GREEN AND YELLOW CATEGORIES. IF ANY ONE CLOSE THIS DOOR (SAUDI ARABIA) MEANS WHAT AND GOD WILL OPEN 1000 DOORS FROM ANOTHER SIDE. AMEEN SUMAAMEEN...!! MY SINCERELY ADVISE. DONT WRY MY DEAR FRIENDS. THANKS ALOT

Zoning in saudi

You have spoken very sensibly because therefore many who need solace like you have spoken. May Allah bless you, aamin.
But see the others comments so filthy olala ola la!

Oo La Laa Laaa !

Sab bakwaas hai - Darr Qauf Phaila Rahe hain. Nitaqaat par khade ho kar peshaab karta hoon main. Sub log jama ho jaao., aur apne apne Iqamas Jalaa Daalo ! Aur apne aap ko aazaad aur free mehsoos karo. Wear tanktop (sleeveless body hugging t-shirt)and very small shorts (chaddis., and have tattooes on your arms and your ass... and walk the streets of saudi arabia. if anyone asks you anything., just pull down your shorts. Show your 10-inch cock., and the guy will go away. There is no need to fear. Remove fear from heart. Foreigners will remain in KSA for the next 1400 years. Time and again., they bring these rumours into circulation to keep people on their toes.

IGNORE THEM., AND START DANCING.... IN THE NUDE.... SINGING : OO LAA LAA LAA.. Get nude, have fun., and celebrate your sexuality. Iqamas jalaa daalo.,aur dance shuroo karo.

yeh woh log hen jo internet

yeh woh log hen jo internet per shouting kertay hen bahar nekaltay hen to phati paree hoti ha LOlllllXxx

Pagal Oo laa laa

Dimaag main kida athak gaya kya. ya hatgaya kya bakra tere ku khud patha nahi honga haule...

Iqama

Saudi Huwa Khalaas rey bhai

Iqama for 18 job categories will not be renewed in Saudi

IS THIS CORRECT WAY TO REGULARIZE & HOLDING ID'S FOR CHIEF ACCOUNTANTS/FINANCE MANAGERS/OFFICE MANAGERS ETC & DOYOU THINK SAUDI'S SITTING HOME WITHOUT WORK FOR THESE POSITION -NO-NOT AT ALL? WILL LOOSE ECONOMY OF COUNTRY & ONLY TO FAVOR & GAIN NAME. ONE SIDE HOLDING IQAMA AND OTHERSIE INVITING FOREIGN COMPANIES TO WORK AS JOINT VENTURE? WHAT IS THIS SYSTEM., TWO WAY COLOR. STOP THIS

Darr Kaa Dagaar

Darr kaa dagaar - Paad kaa baghaar.

Utha kar phenk do DARR ko., out of the window. Sab bakwaas rumours hain - to spread fear. Expatriates will live in KSA for another 1400 years.

Bring the bottle. Aaj "Black Dog Whisky" piyoonga main. Haan !

varoius

Nothing to worry 'Allah is Great"......

Dont Panic

Salaam to all saudi Resident..this above news is fake...only rumours...siasat had published the same matters as we received through email. its an request to siasat news editors make sure always b4 u published.....
ALLAH KNOWS MUCH BETTER.....
NASEER
0568790445 ( KSA).

Fake emails

It seems that the information being circulated by emails are fake. Can you provide us the source of information please. Thanks.

Assumed as Fake emails

It seems to be the fake emails circulating on net. Could you please tell us the source of information. Thanks.

hai ley yeh kya

hai ley yeh kya ..... saudi public key paas hi kaam nahi hai ... ? phir bahare kaisa jayingen logaan .. abb andar ich rehena padtha dikh ra ...hai ley saudi hua kangaal?

Dear All Anyone pls. confirm

Dear All

Anyone pls. confirm the Authenticity & sources of this news

Mirza
KSA

Rumors

Aasalam Alaikum W.R............... Dear Brothers its true. if any body needs exact information just logon to www.mol.gov.sa

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