P.K. Abdul Ghafour
31 May, 2005 (22, Rabi` al-Thani, 1426)
JEDDAH, 31 May 2005 The validity of labor visas will be restricted to one year beginning June 8, according to Labor Minister Ghazi Al-Gosaibi. The visa will be canceled after a year and will not be renewed nor will its validity be extended, the Saudi Press Agency quoted him as saying.
However, Gosaibi said, the beneficiaries could request alterations to visas such as changing the name or nationality within six months after issuance.
The new measure has been taken after reports of misusing visa extensions for the purpose of forgery and illegal visa transactions, he added. Any firms have disappeared after receiving visas or their ownership has been transferred to others, Gosaibi said explaining the reasons for taking the new decision, which he added, would prevent duplication of visas.