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No more contract renewal after 10 years of service

The Ministry of Health in Saudi Arabia has restated that labor contracts of Expatriates working in the public health sector for more than 10 years will not be renewed. However, there are few exemptions on expats who have proved their outstanding performances in some specializations. The deputy minister of Health for Human Resources, Abdul Rahman Al- Ayban issued a circular and sent the directors of Health Affairs of all regions and governorates of Saudi Arabia including executive heads of Health clusters.
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In the circular, It is said that the approval for renewing the iqama of exceptional cases shall be as per the powers granted to them by the Health Minister.
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He said, the circular to follow an earlier decision of the Council of Ministers in this respect, There is a provision in the Cabinet decision few years ago, that states the period of the contract of expats staff in public health sector should not be more than 10 years, beginning from the date of the contract signing.

However, the cabinet gave an exemption for continuing the service of those expats who have distinguished competence in Health jobs as well faculty members in Universities.

The responsibility of it assigned to Health Ministry in implementing the tasks stipulated in the royal orders and the decisions and regulations related to concluding or renewing contracts with expats and determining the period of their stay in the job.