You might have heard the News of Expatriate Fees which will be imposed from July 2017 for Expatriates. Due to the efforts made by Government of Saudi Arabia towards Saudization and Vision 2030 by downsizing the Expatriate population in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, they have implemented rules of dependent Fees which is supposed to be implied on each and every expatriate from July 2017.
Instead of stopping issuing of Visa’s, Dependent Fees rule was implicated to cut-down the population of Expats and is a very big step towards Saudization.
Dependent Fees will be applicable to all the non-working members of the Expatriate family and children who are above 18 years of age as per the below table.
We have also hear news from few sources that Fees will not be for First Wife, Sons and Daughters who are under 18 years of age. We are still waiting to hear Official statement or News from Saudi Government on this.
Here are Few Ways you can Use to Avoid or Escape Expatriate Dependent Fees in Saudi Arabia:
- Renewing Dependent Visa just Before the Fee is getting imposed (July 2017). Fee is applied with the renewal of Iqama.
- Renewal can be done before 90 days of Iqama Expiry, so if your Iqama renewal is between July 2017 – Sept 2017, then try renewing your Iqama in June 2017.
- Eid Holidays starts from June 15 2017, so renewal has to be done before that date to avoid or escape dependent Fees.
These ware the ways to avoid paying Dependent Fees for 2017. However, you will have to pay the Iqama Fees for Dependent in the year 2018 while renewing Iqama.