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New Labor Laws Crippling WorkForce?

 
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ebooktrial0001



Joined: 02 Jan 2014
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PostPosted: Tue Mar 11, 2014 1:54 am    Post subject: New Labor Laws Crippling WorkForce? Reply with quote

Hello Everyone,

I was about to return to Saudi Arabia (after two short-term teaching jobs).

My current employer just told me that since January 1st, there is a problem with employment visas. No new workers will make it until around August.

1. Do any of you know anything about this?

2. Is there any way around this? (Like business visas).

3. Any other options?
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nomad soul



Joined: 31 Jan 2010
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Location: Terra firma

PostPosted: Tue Mar 11, 2014 3:20 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Your post is too vague. Which employer is stating this? What's the exact reason given? You also say you were about to return to KSA, so how is it that your current employer is telling you this about KSA? Confused

As for business visit visas, they're not intended for (legal) employment purposes---lots written on that within this forum. Anyway, it's not unusual for new teachers to be brought onboard effective the next academic year, so there doesn't seem to be any issue.
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scot47



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PostPosted: Tue Mar 11, 2014 10:31 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

And this employer will follow through by saying "I have arranged a business visa for you."
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lcanupp1964



Joined: 12 Dec 2009
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Location: Jeddah, KSA

PostPosted: Tue Mar 11, 2014 1:02 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

It sounds like they are saying this as an excuse due to not being able to get a proper work permit. This is perhaps due to the company really being the contracting company for the school/university/learning center - i.e. not a direct hire position. Or... you could be coming over to work for a place like Wall Street School of English - a private company that has really felt the effects of the new changes that took place on Jan 1.

The top government universities has felt the ripple effect of the new changes, but they will always be able to get the proper/legal work permit and they would never bring a direct hire over on a business visa.

I agree. The first posting is too vague.

In general, only the desperate come over on a business visa.
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sicklyman



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PostPosted: Tue Mar 11, 2014 3:53 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

... or find themselves desperate shortly after they arrive Wink
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lcanupp1964



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PostPosted: Tue Mar 11, 2014 3:56 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Right on.
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LPKSA



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PostPosted: Fri Mar 14, 2014 10:12 am    Post subject: Re: New Labor Laws Crippling WorkForce? Reply with quote

ebooktrial0001 wrote:


2. Is there any way around this? (Like business visas).



Bag your recruiter and go with another one. I'm not an expert but it sounds shady. I was issued a temporary visa in February. A month later (two weeks after arriving) I received my Iqama. I went through many recruiters before settling with the one who brought me here. 5/6 of the recruiters were trying to get me here on a business visa, and I was being offered half of what the average salary in the field is (for someone with my qualifications).
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