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Immigration developments in the MENA Region

Date: Sun, 02 Sep, 2018

Immigration developments in the MENA Region

News about El Salvadoran Visas and Work Permits in Saudi Arabia

United Arab Emirates

Effective immediately, citizens of El Salvador are eligible for visa-free entry into the United Arab Emirates for stays of up to 90 days.

Saudi Arabia

The Ministry of Labour and Social Development (MLSD) has announced that beginning of September 2018, the renewal of work permits will require the foreign national to have a tenancy agreement authenticated by the Ministry of Housing. Registration of the contract can be done through the ‘Ejar’ platform which is now linked to the MLSD’s electronic system. The registered tenancy agreement will also be mandatory for the issuance of new work permits, however the effective date of this new requirement has not yet been announced.


Employers in Saudi Arabia face significant delays in obtaining approvals for block visa requests due to technical issues with the Taqat portal for advertising available job openings. In many cases, job posts advertised by employers must remain available to potential job seekers for much longer than it is normally required. The authorities managing the portal are currently working on resolving the problems.