Ministry of Manpower extends ban on new visas for nine professions


The Ministry of Manpower (MoM) has extended by another six months, its more than two year old decision to not issue fresh visas for workers in several categories in the private sector.

he ministry issued four decisions on May 24 to extend the visa ban. The ban on all categories except carpenters, metallurgists, blacksmiths and brick kiln workers will come into effect from June 1 while for the remaining jobs it will come into force on July 1, 2016.

The first six-month ban on fresh visas forconstruction workers and cleaners came into effect in November 2013, while restrictions on sales and marketing professionals and camel keepers took effect on December 1 the same year. The initial six-month ban on carpenters, metallurgists, blacksmiths and brick kiln workers came into force on January 1, 2014.

The decisions state that the freeze will apply only to new visas and not renewals. The decision will not affect companies registered as excellent or are of international grade, consultancies and those implementing government projects.

The decision will also not apply to companies that are managed full-time by their owners and registered with Riyada and insured with the Public Authority for Social Insurance.