50 thousand employment visas, down 91% during the second quarter


Work visas issued by the Kingdom to foreigners recorded a decrease of 91% during the second quarter of 2020 year on year. As a result of the outbreak of the new Corona virus (Covid-19), which was reflected in the movement of travel and transportation. The total number of issued work visas decreased to 49.57 thousand visas only during the second quarter, compared to 552.43 thousand visas in the same quarter of last year. Work visas for male foreign workers witnessed a significant decrease in the second quarter; By 91.1% year-on-year, with a decrease equivalent to 404.66 thousand visas; To reach 39.45 thousand visas only, compared to 444.1 thousand visas in the second quarter of 2019, and for female visas, 90.66%, or the equivalent of 98.21 thousand visas, fell to 10.12 thousand visas, compared to 108.33 thousand visas in the second quarter of last year. And coordination with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, on April 29 last, to start implementing a mechanism to allow the cancellation and refund of fees for work visas for workers in the private sector. On March 16, it also decided to temporarily suspend the procedures for mediating the recruitment of domestic workers, through the electronic contracting system, until further notice. Work visas for the government sector decreased by 48.3% in the second quarter of 2020 year-on-year, with the equivalent of 110.53 thousand visas, to record 11.83 thousand visas, compared to 22.88 thousand visas issued in the second quarter of last year. The visas issued to the individual sector decreased by more than 97.4% in the second quarter of this year, which constitutes 216.34 thousand visas, to 5.7 thousand visas only, compared with the number of 222.04 thousand visas in the second quarter of 2019. The total number of workers in Saudi Arabia reached 13.63 million workers, compared to 12.86 million workers in the same quarter of last year, an increase of 6% on an annual basis, compared with 13.64 million workers in the first quarter of this year. The number of Saudi workers increased by 2.6% to 3.17 million workers in the second quarter of 2020, compared to 3.09 million workers in the quarter. Same as last year.



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