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Qiwa sets a limit to foreign nationals working in KSA private sector

Jawazat & MOIQiwa sets a limit to foreign nationals working in KSA private sector

Saudi Arabia is now going to limit workers from certain nationalities. What could be the reason? 

Working in the KSA is a huge opportunity for people all around the world. But it is also a big challenge to succeed. Saudi jobs have some of the strictest rules and strongest values seen anywhere else in the world. Even so, Saudi Arabia remains one of the most rewarding places to work. 

The Qiwa portal of the HRSD ministry has brought up a rather important discussion. It will now limit the number of people working in KSA from certain nationalities. As of now, this rule covers four flags: India, Bangladesh, Yemen, and Ethiopia. Let’s see what this is all about. 

Read: How to register with Qiwa Platform in Saudi Arabia?

What 4 nationalities now have a maximum limit?

The new rule of the Qiwa portal specifies the maximum limit of Indian workers in private firms. It may not exceed 40% of the total workers. But that is not all. The ruling also states that Bangladeshi workers in a private company should be just under 40% of all the workers. A maximum of 25% of all workers may now be Yemeni. As for the Ethiopian workers, the percentage is at a mere 1% of all the workers.

What if the numbers are already over the limit?

The portal notified all relevant firms about this policy change through emails. However, some companies already exceed the percentages mentioned above. Under such conditions, Qiwa allows establishments to keep their employees and renew their visas as required. Even so, the company would not be permitted to employ any more people of that particular nationality.  

This is a rather positive update for most employers. Earlier, private firm owners could not issue visas or transfer services to employees if they exceeded the percentage specified for each nationality in the system.  

A glitch in the matrix?

It seems, however, that the portal is facing some sort of snag. Private establishments have outlined an error coming up on the Qiwa portal when a request for hiring or transfer of services is made. It says: 

“You have exceeded the permissible limit of the number of workers for this nationality. Therefore, you can request one visa for this nationality in the event that no employee of this nationality is with you.”

It would be an excellent service to private institutions and their employees if this error were explored further. It needs resolving since it is now causing people to worry.

The ministry confirmed that each institution has defined percentages of workers’ nationalities based on their eligibility. As the system works, it is worth noting that the Qiwa platform provides the ministry’s services. It has smart solutions to enhance electronic services for the labor sector.

Qiwa aims to put in the right efforts and consolidate all effective workforce services. All of the good stuff is under one platform. This will help develop governmental services to function electronically. Qiwa is doing all it can to aid the private sector in more ways than one.

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