Saudi Arabia: Labour Market Testing Period Extended

Effective immediately, job advertisements posted by employers on the Taqat portal must remain posted for at least 45 days, up from the previous 14-day requirement.

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Effective immediately, job advertisements posted by employers on the Taqat jobs portal must remain posted for at least 45 days, up from the previous 14-day requirement, unless a suitable candidate has been identified earlier, according to an announcement by the Ministry of Labour and Social Development.


The labour market verification period was extended to increase an employer's chances of finding an appropriate Saudi candidate.

What This Means for Employers

Employers in the private sector must ensure that they account for additional time to complete labour market testing before their block visa application is adjudicated by the Saudi Arabian Authorities.

This alert is for informational purposes only. If you have any questions, please contact the global immigration professional with whom you work at Fragomen or send an email to mideast@fragomen.com.

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