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Tuesday, January 24, 2017

SAUDI ARABIA VISA TYPES AND THEIR NEW FEES

 The Saudi Arabian Authority has recently published the complete list of visa categories with their new fees that can be paid in Enjaz System in their home country during application for Saudi visa.   The visa fee details cover the following visa types: Commercial visit visa  Working visit visa  Business man visit visa  Family visit visa  Escort visa  Personal visit visa  Tourism visit visa  Good delivery visit  Official visits  Diplomatic and special visit visa  Therapy (special and official) visa  Educational or study visa  Government visit visa  Work visit visa  Temporary visit  Seasonal work visit visa  Residential visa  Exit Re-entry visa fee  Scholar and experts visa  Transit visa fee in KSA Visa fee exempted visas    The following categories of visa in Saudi Arabia are exempted from visa fees: Scholars and experts Therapy (official only) Government visits Education (official only) Diplomatic and special visits Saudi Arabia visa fees paid in Saudi Arabia  As per new visa rules, there are specific visa types that need to be paid in Saudi Arabia instead of paying it at Enjaz system.  This rule will be applied on the following visas: Temporary work visit visa Work visa Seasonal work visa Resident visa Exit Re Entry visa Saudi Arabia visa fees to be paid in Enjaz System  The new visa fee of SR2000 for single visa will be applied to the following categories only. This will be paid in the home country through Enjaz System.    Commercial visit visa Working visit visa Business man visit visa Family visit visa Accompany visit Personal visit Tourism visit visa Good delivery Official visits Therapy special visa  Here is the complete list of the new  visa fees:    However, a member of the High Committee for Hajj and Umrah, Nasir Toruk, announced that  King Salman bin Abdulaziz of Saudi Arabia has issued a royal decree that will cancel Hajj and Umrah visa fees starting last year.  RECOMMENDED:  PRESIDENT DUTERTE VISITS ADMIRAL TRIBUTS    DTI ACCREDITED CARGO FORWARDERS FOR 2017   NO MORE PHYSICAL INSPECTION FOR BALIKBAYAN BOXES    BOC DELISTED CARGO FORWARDERS AND BROKERS   BALIKBAYAN BOXES SHOULD BE PROTECTED  DOLE ENCOURAGES OFW TEACHERS TO TEACH IN THE PHILIPPINES



The Saudi Arabian Authority has recently published the complete list of visa categories with their new fees that can be paid in Enjaz System in their home country during application for Saudi visa.


The visa fee details cover the following visa types:
  1. Commercial visit visa 
  2. Working visit visa 
  3. Business man visit visa 
  4. Family visit visa 
  5. Escort visa 
  6. Personal visit visa 
  7. Tourism visit visa 
  8. Good delivery visit 
  9. Official visits 
  10. Diplomatic and special visit visa 
  11. Therapy (special and official) visa 
  12. Educational or study visa 
  13. Government visit visa 
  14. Work visit visa 
  15. Temporary visit 
  16. Seasonal work visit visa 
  17. Residential visa 
  18. Exit Re-entry visa fee 
  19. Scholar and experts visa 
  20. Transit visa fee in KSA

Visa fee exempted visas 

 The following categories of visa in Saudi Arabia are exempted from visa fees:
  • Scholars and experts
  • Therapy (official only)
  • Government visits
  • Education (official only)
  • Diplomatic and special visits

Saudi Arabia visa fees paid in Saudi Arabia

As per new visa rules, there are specific visa types that need to be paid in Saudi Arabia instead of paying it at Enjaz system.

This rule will be applied on the following visas:
  • Temporary work visit visa
  • Work visa
  • Seasonal work visa
  • Resident visa
  • Exit Re Entry visa

Saudi Arabia visa fees to be paid in Enjaz System

The new visa fee of SR2000 for single visa will be applied to the following categories only. This will be paid in the home country through Enjaz System.


  • Commercial visit visa
  • Working visit visa
  • Business man visit visa
  • Family visit visa
  • Accompany visit
  • Personal visit
  • Tourism visit visa
  • Good delivery
  • Official visits
  • Therapy special visa

Here is the complete list of the new  visa fees:
 The Saudi Arabian Authority has recently published the complete list of visa categories with their new fees that can be paid in Enjaz System in their home country during application for Saudi visa.   The visa fee details cover the following visa types: Commercial visit visa  Working visit visa  Business man visit visa  Family visit visa  Escort visa  Personal visit visa  Tourism visit visa  Good delivery visit  Official visits  Diplomatic and special visit visa  Therapy (special and official) visa  Educational or study visa  Government visit visa  Work visit visa  Temporary visit  Seasonal work visit visa  Residential visa  Exit Re-entry visa fee  Scholar and experts visa  Transit visa fee in KSA Visa fee exempted visas    The following categories of visa in Saudi Arabia are exempted from visa fees: Scholars and experts Therapy (official only) Government visits Education (official only) Diplomatic and special visits Saudi Arabia visa fees paid in Saudi Arabia  As per new visa rules, there are specific visa types that need to be paid in Saudi Arabia instead of paying it at Enjaz system.  This rule will be applied on the following visas: Temporary work visit visa Work visa Seasonal work visa Resident visa Exit Re Entry visa Saudi Arabia visa fees to be paid in Enjaz System  The new visa fee of SR2000 for single visa will be applied to the following categories only. This will be paid in the home country through Enjaz System.    Commercial visit visa Working visit visa Business man visit visa Family visit visa Accompany visit Personal visit Tourism visit visa Good delivery Official visits Therapy special visa  Here is the complete list of the new  visa fees:    However, a member of the High Committee for Hajj and Umrah, Nasir Toruk, announced that  King Salman bin Abdulaziz of Saudi Arabia has issued a royal decree that will cancel Hajj and Umrah visa fees starting last year.  RECOMMENDED:  PRESIDENT DUTERTE VISITS ADMIRAL TRIBUTS    DTI ACCREDITED CARGO FORWARDERS FOR 2017   NO MORE PHYSICAL INSPECTION FOR BALIKBAYAN BOXES    BOC DELISTED CARGO FORWARDERS AND BROKERS   BALIKBAYAN BOXES SHOULD BE PROTECTED  DOLE ENCOURAGES OFW TEACHERS TO TEACH IN THE PHILIPPINES


However, a member of the High Committee for Hajj and Umrah, Nasir Toruk, announced that  King Salman bin Abdulaziz of Saudi Arabia has issued a royal decree that will cancel Hajj and Umrah visa fees starting last year.



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Saturday, January 21, 2017

DEBATE ON 6% TAX ON EXPAT REMITTANCES IN SAUDI ARABIA, SET TO BEGIN


The debate on the proposed 6 percent tax on the remittances of expatriate in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia is set to begin this week.  According to Saudi Gazette, The Consultative Assembly of Saudi Arabia or The Shura Council will study the said proposal with an aim to help lessen the huge budget deficit of the Kingdom.   The program targets to increase the country’s non-oil revenue collection.  The proposal was made by Hussam Al-Anqari, former chief of the General Auditing Bureau (GAB).




The debate on the proposed 6 percent tax on the remittances of expatriate in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia is set to begin this week.

According to Saudi Gazette, The Consultative Assembly of Saudi Arabia or The Shura Council will study the said proposal with an aim to help lessen the huge budget deficit of the Kingdom.


The program targets to increase the country’s non-oil revenue collection.

The proposal was made by Hussam Al-Anqari, former chief of the General Auditing Bureau (GAB).




It has been approved by the Shoura’s financial committee and will be put before the general assembly for discussion.

What's in the proposal?

1. A 6% tax will be charged on the amount of remittances of expats in the first year. But gradually the fees will be reduced.


2. The collected funds from expat's tax will be deposited at the Saudi Arabian Monetary Authority (SAMA).

3. There is also a recommendation to put ceiling on cash an expatriate could keep or carry with him when he makes a final exit in the Kingdom.

Anqari said, this proposal is meant to encourage expatriates to spend money in the Kingdom to help the economy.

Anqari added that this will encourage foreign nationals to invest more in the Kingdom.


According to Saudi Central Bank data, roughly 10 million foreign workers transferred $9.4 billion to their home countries in the third quarter of 2016.

These expat remittances have gone up from SR57 billion in 2004 to SR135 billion in 2013.


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On the other hand, expatriate workers in Saudi Arabia express concern regarding the burden of the proposed 6 percent tax.

Some Filipinos in the Kingdom said this will have a big impact on their remittances to the Philippines, especially for those who are earning just enough.




Indian workers are also worried about the result of the discussion.

Indian expatriate comprises the 20 percent of the total workforce in private sector in Saudi Arabia.


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Monday, January 02, 2017

NEW FEES FOR OFWS AND OTHER EXPATRIATES IN SAUDI ARABIA



If you are an Overseas Filipino Worker (OFW) or an expat working in Saudi Arabia and you are working hard for your family, this 2017, you must work even  harder.
An "expat levy" will be introduced this year and it is already been approved during the budget announcement.

Currently, the companies who are hiring more expat workers is required to pay SR200 for every expat employed in their company. This year, they will start to pay the amount of SR800 and up  for every expat they hire.


This is to ensure that the companies based in Saudi Arabia will hire more of their citizen over OFWs and expats from other companies, giving employment to Saudi locals.
The said levy will gradually increase from this year onwards.
For the companies who are hiring more Saudis over expats, the fee will not be applied.

It will not only be a burden to expats but also for their dependents. Effective July 2017, SR100 for expat dependents will be implemented.


“There are two kinds of fees, the first is according to the number of family members an expat has in return for utilities used… this minimal amount will increase gradually every year, the second is already imposed on companies which employ expat workers; this will increase gradually as well until 2020, "  Finance Minister Mohammed Al-Jaddan said.














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Friday, December 23, 2016

OFW BANK IN RIYADH TO OPEN ON SEPTEMBER 2017

Good news to all OFWs in Saudi Arabia! The Postal Bank that will soon turn to be OFW Bank will open a branch in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia. The LandBank, a state-run bank in the Philippines, will acquire the Postal Bank, which would be 30% owned by the OFWs and has an authorized capital of P3 billion, according to Finance Secretary Carlos G. Dominguez III. LandBank President Alex Buenaventura said that there are 800,000 OFWs, 40% of  which are  residing in Riyadh and in that consideration , they will open a branch of the OFW Bank in the area. The Riyadh branch will initially offer financial education and investment counseling services to OFWs, according to Dominguez. The creation of the Bank for the OFWs is one of the promises of President Rodrigo Duterte  to the OFWs and their families that has been fulfilled. Another proof of the sincerity and concern of the new President towards the "modern heroes". Dominguez said that the acquisition of the Postal Bank will be completed at the 3rd Quarter of 2017 and that the LandBank has sufficient resources to make it happen.      LandBank will seek clearances from the Governance Commission for Government Owned and Controlled Corporations (GCG) and the Philippine Competition Commission (PCC) for the acquisition process to complete.  The government bank also needs approval from the Monetary Board, Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) and the Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas (BSP) for the OFW bank to be operational by Sept. 1, 2017.  Source: Saudi Gazette ©2016 THOUGHTSKOTO


Good news to all OFWs in Saudi Arabia!
The Postal Bank that will soon turn to be OFW Bank will open a branch in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia.
The LandBank, a state-run bank in the Philippines, will acquire the Postal Bank, which would be 30% owned by the OFWs and has an authorized capital of P3 billion, according to Finance Secretary Carlos G. Dominguez III.
LandBank President Alex Buenaventura said that there are 800,000 OFWs, 40% of  which are  residing in Riyadh and in that consideration , they will open a branch of the OFW Bank in the area.
The Riyadh branch will initially offer financial education and investment counseling services to OFWs, according to Dominguez.
The creation of the Bank for the OFWs is one of the promises of President Rodrigo Duterte  to the OFWs and their families that has been fulfilled. Another proof of the sincerity and concern of the new President towards the "modern heroes".
Dominguez said that the acquisition of the Postal Bank will be completed at the 3rd Quarter of 2017 and that the LandBank has sufficient resources to make it happen.
Good news to all OFWs in Saudi Arabia! The Postal Bank that will soon turn to be OFW Bank will open a branch in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia. The LandBank, a state-run bank in the Philippines, will acquire the Postal Bank, which would be 30% owned by the OFWs and has an authorized capital of P3 billion, according to Finance Secretary Carlos G. Dominguez III. LandBank President Alex Buenaventura said that there are 800,000 OFWs, 40% of  which are  residing in Riyadh and in that consideration , they will open a branch of the OFW Bank in the area. The Riyadh branch will initially offer financial education and investment counseling services to OFWs, according to Dominguez. The creation of the Bank for the OFWs is one of the promises of President Rodrigo Duterte  to the OFWs and their families that has been fulfilled. Another proof of the sincerity and concern of the new President towards the "modern heroes". Dominguez said that the acquisition of the Postal Bank will be completed at the 3rd Quarter of 2017 and that the LandBank has sufficient resources to make it happen.      LandBank will seek clearances from the Governance Commission for Government Owned and Controlled Corporations (GCG) and the Philippine Competition Commission (PCC) for the acquisition process to complete.  The government bank also needs approval from the Monetary Board, Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) and the Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas (BSP) for the OFW bank to be operational by Sept. 1, 2017.  Source: Saudi Gazette ©2016 THOUGHTSKOTO




 LandBank will seek clearances from the Governance Commission for Government Owned and Controlled Corporations (GCG) and the Philippine Competition Commission (PCC) for the acquisition process to complete.

The government bank also needs approval from the Monetary Board, Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) and the Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas (BSP) for the OFW bank to be operational by Sept. 1, 2017.

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Thursday, December 15, 2016

IT'S TIME TO REPLACE EXPAT WORKERS WITH SAUDIS - SAUDI GAZETTE


Saudi Arabia remains the top destination of Overseas Filipino Workers (OFW) giving more than 100,000 jobs to Filipinos from January to September 2016.  As of the moment, approximately, there are two million OFWs in Saudi Arabia.
Saudi Arabia remains the top destination of Overseas Filipino Workers (OFW) giving more than 100,000 jobs to Filipinos from January to September 2016.

As of the moment, approximately, there are two million OFWs in Saudi Arabia.








But due to the recent slump in the oil prices in the Middle East, some OFWs in Saudi Arabia lose their job and got stranded in the said country.



In the opinion section of Saudi Gazette, one columnist said, it is time to replace expat workers with Saudis.

In the article written by Dr. Ehsan Buhaliqa, and published in Saudi Gazette website last December 10, he said the government failed in qualifying young Saudi men and women to hold technical and specialist positions that required skilled workers.


As of the moment, he said, there are at least 2.6 million jobs that need a highly-qualified Saudis and currently held by non-Saudis of expatriate workers.



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Buhaliqa believes that this is going to be a big challenge for the Commission for Job Generation and Anti-unemployment.
The labor market continues to suffer from unemployment, a high percentage of expatriate recruitment, low productivity and poor utilization of local human resources.

The job opportunities that should be created for youth need to be lucrative and exciting. These opportunities should spur young Saudis on to exert more effort in order to rekindle their ambition to be successful.



Buhaliqa added that in recent statistics, there are 660,000 unemployed Saudis and that around four million Saudis are employed compared with seven million expats and there are only 12.1 percent job seekers in Saudi workforce.

Read the full article here.




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Wednesday, October 19, 2016

VIDEO: A SAUDI PRINCE, EXECUTED FOR MURDER

 VIDEO:SAUDI PRINCE,EXECUTED  FOR MURDER    "The law applies to all,otherwise none at all." These quote has proven once again to be true when a Saudi Royalty has been executed for murdering a Saudi citizen during dispute. A statement was released on Tuesday by the Saudi Arabia Ministry of Interior confirmed the execution of Prince  Turki Bin Saud Al-Kabir,who has been sentenced for murdering a fellow Saudi citizen  Adel bin Suleiman bin Abdul Karim Mohaimeed. “King Salman’s keenness on enforcement of security, justice and God's judgments,” Interior of Ministry confirmed. The victim's family refused the offer of "blood money" and demanded that the capital punishment be carried out.  The Ministry of Interior warned : “that legitimate punishment would be the fate of whoever tries to assault innocent people and shed their blood”.  Al-Kabir was the 134th among being served capital punishment this year and clearly defined Saudi Arabia's fair justice system and is a rare case of Saudi Royalty being executed.  ©2016 THOUGHTSKOTO
VIDEO:SAUDI PRINCE,EXECUTED  FOR MURDER


"The law applies to all,otherwise none at all." These quote has proven once again to be true when a Saudi Royalty has been executed for murdering a Saudi citizen during dispute.
A statement was released on Tuesday by the Saudi Arabia Ministry of Interior confirmed the execution of Prince  Turki Bin Saud Al-Kabir,who has been sentenced for murdering a fellow Saudi citizen  Adel bin Suleiman bin Abdul Karim Mohaimeed.
“King Salman’s keenness on enforcement of security, justice and God's judgments,” Interior of Ministry confirmed.
The victim's family refused the offer of "blood money" and demanded that the capital punishment be carried out. 
The Ministry of Interior warned : “that legitimate punishment would be the fate of whoever tries to assault innocent people and shed their blood”.

Al-Kabir was the 134th among being served capital punishment this year and clearly defined Saudi Arabia's fair justice system and is a rare case of Saudi Royalty being executed.


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Friday, July 29, 2016

Latest News Post: In Saudi, Money Reward if you Report Violation; In UAE, Penalty for Using Virtual Private Network


News Post: In the UAE, or United Arab Emirates, Penalty for Using VPN or Virtual Private Network Connection

In UAE,creating or using a VPN (Virtual Private Network) fraudulently  can land you in jail and pay AED2,000 to AED2,000,000.
Yes,you read it right and it is actually included in the new series of federal laws on IT crimes. 

Article 1 provides for replacing the text of Article 9 of Federal Law No. 9/2012 as follows:

Whoever uses a fraudulent computer network protocol address (IP address) by using a false address or a third-party address by any other means for the purpose of committing a crime or preventing its discovery, shall be punished by temporary imprisonment and a fine of no less than Dh500,000 and not exceeding Dh2,000,000, or either of these two penalties.
What is a VPN Client or a VPN Network?
VPN passthrough,  allows you to connect to a secure VPN server or a secured private network and hide your actual location which is considered as a fraudulent use of an IP address.

Some apps like  viber,snapchat,whatsapp,which are messaging and voice apps and are used by the expats to communicate with their families in their home countries for free are inaccessible in the region.People use VPNs to acces these apps so that they dont need to use expensive  services offered by the local Telcos.
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In Saudi Arabia, Latest News is You Can Get 25% Money Reward if you Report Violation; 

Meanwhile, Ministry of Labor law in Saudi Arabian Government is giving rewards to anyone who will report Saudization violations,especially in the IT sector.The amount equal to 25% of the actual fine will be rewarded to the informant as announced by Labor and Social Development Minister Mufrej Al-Haqabani. 

The ministry will conduct "community inspections" allowing every individual to report Saudization violations.
This is in accordance with  the 100% Saudization goal for the IT Sector starting on September.

Haqabani said that young Saudis has proven their ability in the IT sector and that they are the source of pride and their participation in the IT market is fantastic and professional and the young Saudi IT's proved that they are capable of doing such tasks.

Saudization aims to give jobs to locals including Saudi women,improve working environment and reduce unemployment rate in the Kingdom.

We hope they will also check Saudi violations for expats, including those expats who has no private health insurance. 
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