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|Posted by Engr Waseem Raja on January 22, 2012 at 1:15 AM|
JEDDAH: The Ministry of Labor has set Rabiul Awwal 30, 1433H (Feb. 22, 2012) as the last date for expatriates to change their professions in their resident permits (iqamas).
About 35,000 expatriates have benefited from the service since it was launched on Nov. 29, 2011.
The changes were done electronically without referring to any labor office,” said spokesman of the ministry Hattab Al-Anzi, adding that the service will come to en end on Feb. 22, 2012.
The ministry was providing this service to all expatriate workers disregarding whether they work in companies classified as red or yellow or green. “After this date changes of occupation will be limited to establishments in the excellent and green categories only,” the spokesman said.
He recalled the ministry had put some conditions on the amendment of some occupations including engineering. “Those who want to change their profession to engineers have to come in person to the labor office with documents proving their specialization,” he said.
Al-Anzi also said medical personnel such as doctors, surgeons, dentists, nurses, pharmacists and others have to show official licenses from the Saudi Medical Specializations Authority before having their occupations changed.
He explained that jobs limited to Saudis only were exempted from amendment. “These include directors of HR and PR, personnel specialists, time keepers, receptionists, cashiers, security guards, pursuers and others specified by the Council of Ministers,” he said.
The spokesman warned the ministry would take punitive measures against any establishment providing incorrect data about the occupations of their foreign employees. “The punishments may include preventing these establishments from foreign recruitment or suspending their licenses for periods of up to five years,” he said.
Human resources expert at the Jeddah Chamber of Commerce and Industry Al-Sharif Awad Al-Hibaili said giving expatriates an opportunity to amend their occupations was an important step toward organizing the Saudi labor market. “The Ministry of Labor has given all the private establishments and companies the opportunity to change the occupations of their foreign workers electronically without referring to the labor offices,” he said.
Meanwhile, Hamad Al-Rajbi, a public service specialist, said the change of occupation is a matter that also involves the Passports Department, which has to approve any change in the official papers of expatriates.
He noted many of the occupations that were amended involved simple labor. “Very few professionals were able to amend their occupations. They included a medical doctor who came to the Kingdom as a laborer,” he said.
PROCEDURE OF CHANGE OF PROFESSION (IQAMMA STATUS):
1. If you are already present in Saudi Arabia, You need a letter from your Company/Sponsor to Saudi Consulate Islamabad/Karachi. It should state that you are having an Iqama and working in Saudi Arabia and company has no objection if Saudi Embassy will attest your degree, then attest this letter from chamber of commerce in Jeddah. (If you don’t have this letter you got to pay additional 10,000+ pak rupee to agents in Pakistan to get your degree attested.)
2. Copy of your Iqama
3. Copy of your passport.
4. Your Degree or Diploma
2. Attestations Required from your Home Country:
Before submitting it for attestation from Saudi Embassy / Consulate get your degree attested by yourself from following offices.
§ Higher Education Commission of your home country
§ Foreign Office of your home country
Once degree/diploma is get attested from above, then contact any recruting agency, travel agency or agent who is speciallized for Saudi Arabia. Almost all the agents who provide Umrah Visa can help you in attesting your documents. You need to attest degree from following.
§ Saudi Culture Center in home country
§ Saudi Consulate in home country
In Pakistan all these offices are located in Islamabad. Please note that you can’t go to embassy yourself for this work, you should find an agent who is approved by Saudi Consulate to do this. This is the website of one of the agents doing this.
3. Next Steps Required in Saudi Arabia:
Once you have done these attestation, bring your documents in Saudi Arabia and attest again from.
§ Consulate of your home countery
§ Saudi Foreign Office (located in Jeddah or any other city called خارجیہ
4. Submit an Application for Change of Profession:
Your company / sponsor must issue a letter that you are working with us, doing same kind of work which you are intended to change your profession. Now translate your degree into Arabic and find a good General Service Agency/Agent. These agencies and agents have their offices at Jawazat Street in Jeddah and you can find by yourself in other cities. Discuss necessary details with them. They will tell their requirements and fees. Settle a suitable amount that is acceptable for both parties. Also make sure your new profession will be eligible for Istikdam (family visa issuing authority).
Then submit your application for change of profession. Once you completed change of your profession to a profession that is eligible for family visa, further process is very simple.
After this every B.Tech Engineer can apply to SCE for registeration as Professional Engineer. for more details plz visit the following link tab:
For More Details Contact:
Engr WASEEM RAJA
(Contact Timing 7 PM to 10 PM)