New ‘nationalization’ program announced | Nitaqat– New Saudization Program

Updated : How to Check Current Working Status (Company Category) | Nitaqat System of Ministry of Labor

The Ministry of labor have announced last Saturday the full details of the new Saudization  program, for companies which are classified into 4 categories. Here is a copy that we got from Saudi Gazette.

The “Nitaaqat” — “Scopes” – program comes into effect as of June 11, 2011, and classifies companies as Excellent, Green, Yellow and Red, according to their rates of Saudization – now known as “nationalization” in the ministry’s new terminology. Companies are requested to visit the government website: www.mol.gov.sa to verify their category status.
Companies deemed Excellent or Green would be granted the most privileges in visa requests and operations for non-Saudis. Yellow listed companies are given a period of nine months as of June 11 to improve their rate of nationalization before restrictions come into effect, while Red firms are given six months.
In the restrictions, Yellow listed companies will find themselves barred from transferring visas of non-Saudi workers to their sponsorship, while Red companies will be barred from new visas, substitute visas and seasonal work visas, and from opening new branches or facilities with the Labor Office.
Following are the categories in the system and the dates for implementation for each category:
Excellent
Applications for visas will be received according to the rules of the new criteria for the recruitment of foreign workers provided the enterprises do not fall to a category lower than green after granting the visas. Also, an enterprise must not apply for visas more than once every two months. The date of implementation in Riyadh Office is June 18, 2011 (16th Rajab 1432H) and in all other offices across the Kingdom as of June 25, 2011 (23rd Rajab 1432H).
n Granting of new visas with open profession through electronic (computer) service provided the enterprise maintains its position in the excellent zone after being granted the visas. (The number of visas issued must take into consideration the visas issued earlier even in the case of the foreign workers not having arrived in the Kingdom). The date of implementation is Sept. 11, 2011 (12th Shawwal, 1432H).
An enterprise will be allowed to change the profession of its expatriate workers to other professions including those restricted to Saudi nationals (except for professions exempted according to a decision of the Council of Ministers and these include employment in-charge, receptionist, expediter, cashier and civil security guard). The date of implementation is Sept. 11, 2011 (12th Shawwal 1432H).
An enterprise will be allowed to transfer the services of expatriate workers to it together with change of profession simultaneously provided the enterprise does not fall below the excellent category, it does not submit applications for transfer of workers’ services more than once every two months. The date of implementation is Sept. 11, 2011 (12th Shawwal 1432H).
n An enterprise will be allowed to transfer the services of expatriate workers to it without the need to fulfill the condition that the worker should spend two years with his current employer. This is on condition that the enterprise maintains its position in the excellent category after transferring the services of expatriate workers to it. Also, it should not submit applications for transfer of workers’ services more than once every two months. The date of implementation is Sept. 11, 2011 (12th Shawwal 1432H).
The Ministry of Labor will give a grace period of one year during which it will provide its services to the excellent zone enterprise in case the validity of its licenses or certificates required by other government authorities expire. Examples are Zakat certificate, professional licenses, commercial register or municipal licenses. The date of implementation is Sept. 11, 2011 (12th Shawwal 1432H).
An enterprise falling in the excellent category will be able to renew work permits of expatriate workers irrespective of their period of stay (in the Kingdom) provided the remaining period before the expiry of the Iqama is at least three months on the day of renewal of the work permit. The date of implementation is June 11, 2011 (9th Rajab 1432H).
The enterprise will be able to sign contracts with expatriate workers from companies and establishments falling in the red category and transfer their services to it without the consent of the employer (provided these enterprises do not drop below the green category. The date of implementation is Nov. 27, 2011 (1st Muharram 1433H).
The enterprise will be able to sign contracts with expatriate workers from companies and establishments falling in the yellow category and transfer their services to it without the consent of the employer (provided these enterprises do not drop below the green category). The date of implementation is Feb. 23, 2012 (1st Rabi’ Al-Thani 1433H).
Green
Applications for visas will be received according to the rules of the new criteria for recruitment of foreign workers provided the enterprises do not fall to a category lower than the green after granting the visas. Also, the enterprise must not apply for visas more than once every two months. The date of implementation in Riyadh Office is June 18, 2011 (16th Rajab 1432H) and in all other offices across the Kingdom as of June 25, 2011 (23rd Rajab 1432H).
Enterprises in the green category will be granted the right to obtain one (replacement) visa for every two transactions for exit-only visas (i.e., one visa for every two workers departing from the Kingdom for good). The date of implementation is Sept. 11, 2011 (12th Shawwal 1432H).
These enterprises will be given the right to change the profession of their expatriate workers except for professions restricted for Saudi nationals. The date of implementation is Sept. 11, 2011 (12th Shawwal 1432H).
n Enterprises will be granted a grace period of six months during which the Ministry of Labor will continue to provide it with its services in case the Zakat and Income Certificate only expires. The date of implementation is Sept. 11, 2011 (12th Shawwal 1432H).
Companies or establishments falling in this category will be able to renew work permits of its expatriate workers irrespective of their period of stay (in the Kingdom) provided the remaining period in the worker’s residence permit (Iqama) is more than three months on the day of renewal of the work permits. The date of implementation is June 11, 2011 (9th Rajab 1432H).
The enterprise will be able to sign contracts with expatriate workers from companies and establishments coming within the red zone and transfer their services (to it) without the consent of the employer (provided the enterprise does not drop below the green category). The date of implementation is Nov. 27, 2011 (1st Muharram 1433H).
The enterprise will be able to sign contracts with expatriate workers from companies and establishments in the yellow zone and transfer their services (to it) without the consent of the employer (provided the enterprise does not drop below the green zone). The date of implementation is Feb. 23, 2012 (1st Rabi’ Al-Thani 1433H).
The enterprise will be able to sign contracts with expatriate workers from companies and establishments within the red zone and transfer their services to it without the consent of the employer (provided these enterprises do not drop below the green zone. The date of implementation is November 27, 2011 (1st Muharram 1433H).
The enterprise will be able to sign contracts with expatriate workers from companies and establishments coming within the yellow zone and transfer their services (to it) without the consent of the employer (provided these enterprises do not drop below the green zone). The date of implementation is Feb. 23, 2012 (1st of Rabi’ Al-Thani, 1433H)
Yellow
Applications for new or seasonal visas will not be accepted   from an enterprise falling in the yellow category. The date of implementation is Sept. 11, 2011 (12th Shawwal 1432H).
It will be granted the right to obtain one (replacement) visa for every two transactions for exit only visas (i.e., one visa for every two workers departing from the Kingdom for good) provided the two workers have actually departed from the Kingdom and the application for (replacement) visa is submitted within one year from the date of departure of the first worker. The date of implementation is Sept. 11, 2011 (12th Shawwal 1432H).
The enterprise will deprived of transferring the services of expatriate workers to it. The date of implementation is Sept. 11, 2011 (12th Shawwal 1432H).
n It will be deprived of changing the profession of its workers. The date of implementation is Sept. 11, 2011 (12th Shawwal 1432H).
The enterprise will be able to renew the work permits of its expatriate workers irrespective of their period of stay and provided the remaining period in the worker’s Iqama is at least three months on the date of renewing the work permits. [11/6/2011 to 22/2/2012 (9th Rajab to 29th Rabi’ Al-Awwal 1433H)].
The enterprise will be able to renew the work permits of its expatriate workers provided these workers have not spent a total of more than six years in the Kingdom irrespective of the period the worker has spent with the employer. The date of implementation is Feb. 23, 2012 (1st of Rabi’ Al-Thani 1433H).
The enterprise will lose control over its expatriate workers hence giving them the freedom to sign contracts with a new employer and transfer their services to enterprises within the green or excellent zone without the consent of the employer. The date of implantation is Feb. 23, 2012 (1st of Rabi’ Al-Thani 1433H).
Red
Enterprises falling in the red category will be deprived of changing workers’ professions. Date of implementation: Sept. 11, 2011 (12th Shawwal 1432H).
Such enterprises will be deprived of transferring expatriate workers’ services to it. Date of implementation: Sept. 11, 2011 (12th Shawwal 1432H).
These enterprises will be deprived of any new, replacement or seasonal visas. Date of implementation: Sept. 11, 2011 (12th Shawwal 1432H).
An enterprise that owns an entity falling in the red category will not be permitted to open files for new enterprises (whether they are entities or branches) at the labor offices. Date of implementation: Sept. 11, 2011 (12th Shawwal 1432H).
Such enterprises will be able to renew the work permits of expatriate workers irrespective of their period of stay on condition that the remaining period in the worker’s does not exceed three months on date of renewal of work permits. Date of implementation: 11/6/2011 to 25/11/2011 (9th Rajab until 29th Dhul Hijja 1432H).
Enterprises will be deprived of renewing work permits. Date of implementation: Nov. 27, 2011 (1st Muharram 1433H)
Enterprises will lose control over its expatriate workers hence giving them the freedom to sign contracts with a new employer and transfer their services to enterprises coming within the green or excellent zone without taking the consent of the employer. Date of implementation: Nov. 27, 2011 (1st Muharram 1433H).
– Saudi Gazette/SPA __ ( http://bit.ly/nitaqat )

There are still lots of question from the expatriates point of view regarding this new system. Yesterday mol.gov.sa shows the company color of a certain individual upon entering the iqama through this link :

http://mol.gov.sa/Services/Inquiry/NonSaudiEmpInquiry.aspx?m=4 but as of this writing, information about the company is not shown.

I do hope that the website could have an English translation so that, expatriates with English as native language would be able to check out the details on the site.

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6 Responses

  1. doza says:

    Dear All,

    can red category company make new IQAMA or NOT , because my 90 days of visa going to expire

  2. rafeek says:

    just iam not change my profession in december 19th.iam in red catogary,now i can change my profession

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