46% increase in visas for expatriate workers


The number of work visas issued by the Kingdom to foreigners increased during the third quarter of 2020 on a quarterly basis; While it retreated on an annual basis, affected by the weather left by the new Corona pandemic. Total work visas increased by 46.14% during the third quarter of 2020, an increase equivalent to 22.87 thousand visas over the total number of visas issued in the second quarter of the same year, which amounted to 49.57 thousand.

The total number of work visas issued during the third quarter was only 72.44 thousand, compared to the issuance of 606.44 thousand in the third quarter of the previous year. The number of visas decreased in the third quarter of 2020, by more than 88%, and by 534,000 compared to those issued, according to the administrative records of the Ministry of Human Resources and Social Development and the National Information Center in the same period of 2019. A thousand to 15.13 thousand, compared to 108.77 thousand in the third quarter of the previous year.

According to the data of the Ministry of Human Resources, 25,000 visas issued to the private sector were used in the third quarter of 2020, while no more than 45,000 visas were used, while 408 visas were canceled. As for government visas, they decreased by 68.9% in the third quarter of 2020 on the basis of Annual, to record 5.22 thousand, compared with 16.77 thousand that were issued in the third quarter of the previous year. At the level of the total number of foreign workers, their number reached 10.2 million by the end of the third quarter of 2020, compared to 10.46 million workers in the previous quarter, and 9.83 million in Third quarter of 2019.

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