Riyadh: Saudi Arabia has proposed to introduce a monthly fee for expatriates residing in the Kingdom. Minister of Finance Mohammed Al-Jadaan announced the decision while presenting the 2017 budget.
The new rule will be applicable to foreign nationals working in the commercial sector till 2020. Those working as drivers and cleaning workers will be exempted from the fee.
There will be two types of fees and will be based on the number of family members using the facilities in the Kingdom. Though it will be a minimal amount initially, it will be hiked annually.
The Minister also announced increase in the monthly fees paid by companies to employ foreign workers. The level of fees will depend on the proportion of foreigners in each company’s workforce. The fee will be hiked every year till 2020.
The new decision will affect the Indian diaspora in Saudi. The Ministry has not announced the amount of the fee, but Arab News reported that it could go up to 800 Riyals per month.
Meanwhile, the Minister made it clear that there will be no tax imposed on Saudi citizens and expatriates working in Saudi companies.