Nitaqat is said to enable employment mobility for ‘guest workers’, what is the duration period for this? How long would an employee have to look for a job, apply and land a job?
The ability of an employee to move from one organization to another will be effective only as of Muharram (1433) next year (December 2011 in English/Gregorian calendar) and we’re currently doing the final reviews of these detailed period and steps and relationships between when the visa expires, vs. when the work permit expires vs. when the residence permit expires, this aspect spans across the Labor Ministry and Interior Ministry. Details should be announced before the end of Ramadan. Additionally all employees will not be asked to leave the country as long as their work permit is still valid. Second, we will stop renewing work permits for expats in Red entities as of 1st of Muharram 1433 ( 26 November 2011 in Gregorian Calendar). So expats working for Red entities will not be able to renew after this date, so they have to find another Green entity or Premium if they wish to renew their work permit by then. Last, for expats working in Yellow entities, they will not be able to renew after 1st of Rabie II (March 2012) so they have to find a Green entity or Premium by then if they wish to renew their work permits. Again, I am repeating, they will not be asked to leave after the above dates, so they can stay as long as their work permits are valid, but they will not be able to renew after above dates with their current noncompliant company. – Saudi Labor Minister Adel Fakeih