Employers of the private sector in Saudi Arabia can now again apply for the so-called Block Visa without additional fees, which is valid for a two-year duration. The validity of the Block Visa was reduced to one year from initially two years, by a policy imposed in 2017. As the change will take immediate action, employers may cancel existing work visa and apply for the new two-year valid Block Visa, provided that all conditions are still valid.
With the reintroduction of the initial validity, employers have more time when recruiting foreign nationals and assigning work visa.