Saudi Arabia to Give " Green Card " Residency Permit for the Fist Time in 2019

The idea of Saudi Green card was first floated by Crown prince Mohammad bin Salman in 2016 as a part of his plan to boost foreign direct investment and to make residents and expatriates an active part of the Saudi economy.

 In 8 May 2019 Saudi Arabia’s Shoura Council approved a draft law to provide a new ‘green-card’  residency permit for foreigners. It will for the first time allow foreign nationals to work and live in Saudi Arabia without a sponsor. 

Under the law, An iqama (Green Card Holder) will have full resident status, can recruit workers, own property, can obtain visit visas for relatives, can freely enter and exit the country and will also have the use of designated queues at airports.

There are more than 12 million foreigners in Saudi Arabia. Saudi Arabia was perceived as the world’s most restrictive residency laws,  Without Hajj Visa a person needs for a local sponsor and permission to live & leave the country. 

In a statement, Saudi Economy Minister Mohammed Al-Tuwaijri said in a statement. “This ensures that residents and expatriates -- including those who have lived in the kingdom for decades -- are an active part of Saudi Arabia’s economy. This will strengthen the state’s revenue and robustly support the Saudi economy.”

  • The applicant must be over 21 years of age, must have a valid passport
  • Applicants must possess scientific or professional skills that are not abundantly available in the Kingdom, or who can invest in the country.
  • The Privileged Iqama does not entitle the holder to Saudi citizenship
  •  Privileged Iqama, will enjoy several rights, including residence in Saudi Arabia with his family

More Read :

Rights and benefits of the Saudi ‘Green Card’

Saudi Arabia Says Landmark Residency Plan Will Bolster Economy-bloomberg