Saudi Arabia’s new fees for expat dependents came into effect this week.
The new rules will see expats have to pay SAR 100 per month for every dependent on their visa, making it SAR 1,200 per year to sponsor a dependent.
The Saudi authorities said that no visa renewals or entry/exit stamps will be granted for expats until the fees for their registered dependents had been paid. According to reports, you’ll have to pay for the number of months left on your dependent’s iqama up front.
A dependent can include an expat’s wife, children, parents, in-laws, maid or driver.
And the fees are only set to get higher as time goes on. From July next year, the monthly fee will be SAR 200 for each dependent in the country. That number will increase to SAR 300 in 2019, and to SAR 400 by 2020.
On top of these fees, additional fees will be levied on private businesses employing expats by the end of the year. When those charges come into place, companies will have to pay SAR 200 a month for each foreign worker they employ.
According to reports, the Saudi government will benefit from up to SAR 65 billion in extra funding from these fees on expats.
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