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Using A PEO Service With Immigration Support With Expat Hiring In Saudi Arabia

Looking to hire expatriate personnel for international assignments in Saudi Arabia? This is a loaded process to go through, including finding ways to:

  • Stay compliant with Saudi Arabia immigration laws
  • Have all the necessary documents for work permit sponsorship
  • Effectively manage employment and payroll when your team has their visas

Compounding the issue is that a lot of expat workers generally go into Saudi Arabia to handle shorter projects. So it doesn’t make much sense to set up your own subsidiary to arrange local payroll for your employees. Instead, you may want to take a look at a simpler solution.

For those that want to hire and pay expats in Saudi Arabia, that means enlisting a global PEO that includes work permit support. This saves your company the headache of trying to incorporate in a new country. Your new PEO partner will provide all the guidance you need to handle Saudi Arabia immigration procedures to get your team their visas/permits. After that, they can also help with onboarding and payroll for your expat team.

Acumen International has provided this service for our clients’ expatriate personnel in Saudi Arabia, both for short- and long-term projects. We offer a compliant and fast way to get your team on the ground and working. No matter your timeline or business goals, Acumen International offers end-to-end work permit support and ensures full compliance with local labor legislation in Saudi Arabia and 189 other countries.

Curious as to the best matches for Acumen’s work permit and hiring expats through a Global PEO’ solution? These include:

  • Employer companies that plan to relocate, hire, and utilize expat workers in Saudi Arabia.
  • Seasoned professionals that have already found an employer to finance their immigration and foreign employment, but just need to simplify the process.
  • Businesses planning to hire highly-skilled expats and send them to fill top positions in Saudi Arabia.

A side note, you may not realize that by partnering with a single provider to handle both expat employment and work permit sponsorship, it’s a lot less likely your visas will be rejected. Our global immigration support will also save you time from trying to understand and navigate the different international rules and regulations.

Compared to other global PEO services, Acumen provides added benefits outside of a work permit if you have personnel on international assignments in Saudi Arabia. These include:

  • Medical insurance
  • Office rent
  • Dependant relocation
  • Housing
  • Mobile phone/car provision for meetings

Attention: we are not an immigration service! We do not provide a work permit and immigration support as a standalone solution to individuals looking to find jobs overseas.

Estimated time for work permit issuance

Typically, the procedure of work permit issuance in Saudi Arabia takes from 1 to 4 months until entry to Saudi Arabia, and a further 1 to 3 months before the whole process is completed.


Major steps to get a work permit in Saudi Arabia

  1. Working Visa Pre-Approval Application
  2. Working Visa Consular Application
  3. Entry to Saudi Arabia
  4. Residence Permit (Muqeem) Application
  5. Entry/Exit Visa (optional)

Documents for work permit in Saudi Arabia, main applicant

NameNotesCopies
Passport valid for 12 months beyond end of intended stayWith at least two blank visa pages.One original
Copy of passport valid for 12 monthsWith at least 2 blank visa pagesOne clear copy
Resume/CV (5 years)Showing relevant professional experience and education for at least the last five years.One clear copy
2 Passport Photographs 3.5cm x 4.5cm3.5cm x 4.5cm, in color, with a white background. Face forward, mouth closed, eyes open.Two originals
Visa Application FormCompleted and signed. In countries where applications must be submitted via an approved agency, the agency will supply the application form.One original
Medical CertificateIssued within the last three months. May need to be issued by specific authority depending on the country of application. Format will also depend on the consulate of application; some consulates provide specific forms. Will typically need to be translated and legalised.One legalized and translated original
Highest Educational CertificateMust correspond to the position the applicant will fill, should be legalized for use in Saudi Arabia and translated into Arabic.One legalized and translated copy
Flight ItineraryMay be required depending on consulate of application.One clear copy
Police Clearance CertificateOnly required at some consulates (not in the UK), should be legalized for use in Saudi Arabia and translated into Arabic.One legalized and translated original
Medical FeeSR 200One original
Border NumberHandwritten onto passport at the post of entry.One clear copy
Application Form (Muqeem)Completed and signed.One original
Application FeeSR 650One original
Medical InsuranceValid insurance approved by the Saudi Council of Cooperative Health Insurance (CCHI).One clear copy

If you need to have your expat personnel legally work for you in Saudi Arabia without having to set up your own business entity for that, trust us to assist you with work permit and immigration support, and then employ your expats locally on your behalf.

Contact our team to let us take up your foreign employees’ immigration matters and relieve you of the responsibility of getting work permit by working with our local partners to organize and obtain all the necessary permits, as well as provide you with a detailed update on the progress of the process.

Call us for more information about how you can get a work permit for your expatriate staff and employ them through Acumen International in Saudi Arabia.

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