We published an article on Friday 24th October 2014 when Saudi Gazette shared the news that “Dependents can work without Transfer of Sponsorship”. They claimed that approval has been sought by the Saudi Government but detailed guidelines are still to come about this. However, today on 28th October, 2014, Arab News has published a bit of contradictory statement to what has already been published by the Saudi Gazette. According to them, dependent teachers are not allowed to work in Schools without transfer of sponsorship. I have explained it in detail in the following paragraphs. But before going into further details, I would strongly recommend you to read into the following lines.
- On October 24, 2014, Saudi Gazette published news that Ministry of Labor has allowed dependents of expats to work without transferring the sponsorship to employer. We have covered this news in this article “Dependents can work without transfer of sponsorship”
- On October 28, 2014, Arab News published news that dependent expat teachers are not allowed to work under without transferring sponsorship to the school. We have covered it in this link “Dependent Expat Teachers not allowed to Work”
- On November 03, 2014 Arab News has published again that only one dependent from each expat family is allowed to work in private school without transferring sponsorship to the school. We have covered it in this link “1 Dependent from Expat Family can Teach without Transfer of Sponsorship”
Sultan Al Harbi, Director of Labor Office has strongly rejected that dependents of expatriates are allowed to work in schools without transferring the sponsorship. He further added that this law has been proposed by the Ministry of Labor but no decision has been taken by the Saudi Government yet. Labor Ministry will continue its raids on the private schools to catch any violations of the Saudi Labor Law.
Four days ago when the news published on the Saudi Gazette, it caused happiness for many expatriates living in Saudi Arabia. However, we are still unable to determine if Director of Labor Office has just given this statement for expatriate dependents working in Schools or for other expatriates as well who intend to work in private companies. Further explanation regarding this rule is to be sought by the Labor Office.
Source: Arab News