Termination of Employment in Saudi Arabia

This article will discuss what could happen to you if you find yourself victim of termination of employment in Saudi Arabia and where you would stand according to Saudi Labor Law and what you can do about it.

 

Saudi Labor Law

 

Pay and conditions agreed within your contract should be set in concrete and you are able to enforce them legally through Saudi Labor law and by taking your employer to the courts. If something is clearly stated in your contract (The Arabic version not the English or any other language version) then you will win and your employer will be made to make good by giving you whatever he owes you. If what is written is less than that demanded by Saudi Labor law then the higher requirement is the one that is enforced. You should have a copy of your official contract as it is required when you apply for your Saudi work Visa, most of the time it will be written in both Arabic and English but occasionally only in Arabic; either way you are unlikely to know what your true terms and conditions are unless you read Arabic.

However you hear many times about people not being paid their full wage, being denied holidays and other problems and that they have no way to complain. Why is this? Well many people do not know that they can complain or that they have a court to which they can take their employer or sponsor. Those that do know about Saudi Labor law; also know that if they do take their sponsor to court they could be in for a difficult and long wait.

 

Changes to Employment Contract in Saudi Arabia

 

Termination of Contract in Saudi ArabiaIn the last position that I held the company decided to cut everyone’s salary and benefits as cost saving during the economic crises. Most people did not agree but the company made it clear that this was not a negotiation and that it would be done with or without our agreement. A letter was then circulated stating the individuals reduction and asking them to sign to accept this change to their contract. Of course many people refused to sign, the HR manager then contacted each one that had not signed and informed them that the instruction from “head office” was to let go those that did not agree, which eventually got many more to sign. Only a handful never signed (including myself – more laziness than rebellion) but there was no further follow up, several months later when I spoke to the HR manager he had no idea that I had never signed! However the legality (confirmed by the companies own legal representative) was that the company had no way to enforce the change to our contracts, but to go to court would require us to pay for lawyers, and the case may take over a year to be heard. During this time we would not be able to work for another sponsor, leave the country, and would be at the mercy of our employer who could just then cause us many problems at work etc.

 

Termination of Contract in Saudi Arabia

 

The length of time that any case would take was reemphasized to me several months later when the company terminated the contacts of several expat workers to once again save money as well as comply with the laws regarding the number of Saudis they had to employ. Instead of offering payment to the end of contract which for most of those was several months, they only offered one months notice and limited benefits. Each was only given a couple of days to sign their paperwork and were told that failure to sign would cause the company to withhold payments. If they did not sign and wanted to go to labor court the company would do the following;

  • No wages or any other benefits would be paid.
  • No Transfer of sponsorship would be entertained and no letter of recommendation or letter of no objection for transfer would be given at the end of the case no matter what the outcome.
  • No exit visas would be allowed before the case was settled.

This would basically mean that if the case took an average amount of time in the labor court the individuals would have to spend over a year without wages (and benefits such as car, housing, and health insurance), unable to leave and unable to work for anyone else as you can only work for your sponsor. At the end of this time the person could almost guarantee that they would win their case however they would be unlikely to ever work for another Saudi company!

Most of  the expats being “professional” level employees; engineers and managers had little choice if they wanted to continue their careers within Saudi or wanted to not be stuck there for a year or more without wages, they had to accept the companies offer. Some tried to negotiate additional notice or benefits but only one person that I know of managed to get anything extra.

The behavior towards those terminated was downright hostile and threatening, I recorded one conversation where an employee was basically shouted at by the CEO of the company and told to sign or the offer would be reduced to nothing. The treatment of Expats by Saudis can be far from ideal, and in this case it was the worst I had ever been treated by anyone anywhere in the world.

 

Legal Advice in Saudi Arabia

 

I was one of those terminated, I left the office and sought legal advice as I should have had almost 9 months notice according to my contract and Saudi Labor Law and my initial offer was just one months payment and goodbye! I got a list of lawyers from the British Embassy and set off to see one with my contract and other paperwork that I had to show how terribly the company had been treating me and how it was violating my contract. The Lawyer that I saw was very sympathetic, took my paperwork, made many notes and told me that he would contact me the following morning with advice which at this stage would be free.  The following morning I went into the office to check through emails and apply for some more jobs and was called into the legal advisers office. He had all my paperwork that I had given to the lawyer the previous afternoon. The lawyer was on retainer to the company and just took everything I gave and said and gave it straight to the company without informing me! I could not believe how dishonest the guy could be to not tell me that he worked for my company and would do this! I was so angry, but what could I do?

I phoned around every lawyer on my list and found only two that said they were not already on paid retainer to the company. I spoke to one and he explained that I would 100% win my case but it could take up to 18 months and his fee would be just 15%, paid in advance. This would have taken all of the cash that was available to me as the company would freeze any payments once I initiated any action. I asked if he would accept payment when we won the case if he was 100% confident but he refused.

 

Negotiating a Settlement in Saudi Arabia

 

By the end of that afternoon I had a promise of a job from a fellow expat who held a very senior position in another well known company. So I decided to bluff the company into thinking I would go all of the way to court and see what they would do. The legal director had been very friendly thinking that I believed he was on my side so I went to see him and told him my plans to take the company to court, that I would feed various bits of information back to head office and various other threats and asked his advice knowing that as soon as I left he would tell the CEO..

The HR manager gave me a revised offer the following morning which increased my offer by an additional 150% but I would have to sign “today.” I thought that was very quick and easy so decided to push for more through the CEO. (The CEO who had spent the previous three months having me map out a new structure for the company, creating a new position for myself and doing reports on how to improve company efficiencies!) I met with him and explained that with a pregnant wife I felt that I needed a better offer to tide me over while I looked around for a new job as they were difficult to get (I now had two job offers.) The CEO totally lost it, told me in no uncertain terms that as far as he was concerned the offer will be returned to just one months notice and if I did not accept one months notice then I can go to court if I wanted! Wow, Saudi compassion in action!

I refused to sign and stayed away from the office for two days telling people that I knew would feedback what I said that I was developing my case with my lawyer. On the third day I had an offer letter for one of the jobs so went back into the office to see what was happening, after all I would need the companies permission to change sponsorship.

The HR manager informed me that they thought they could get the CEO to still go with the increased package if I were to agree today. I said that I would consider it seriously but wanted to ensure that once I agreed that I would be able to remain in the kingdom until the end of my current Iqama and the company would transfer my sponsorship quickly and without problem when I finally found a new position,and I would need all this in writing in English and Arabic signed by the CEO. This was agreed fairly quickly so I accepted the revised offer knowing that the new company wanted me to start in 4 weeks time.

At this point I want to revisit a small comment I made above, I had known for some time that the company was to make cuts, I had actually pointed out that it was overstaffed by around 40% to 50% and showed how things could be reorganized around a new structure that would be better focused on the customer and more efficient for the company also. The CEO had had me working on this for three months with myself taking a key role, then he put the knife in my back when I had fully delivered how things should be reorganized placing a friend and Saudi in the role that I had developed for myself to take to help push the company forward. Do not trust anyone in Saudi Arabia, I have had many promise things but few deliver. Most will claim to be your friend and encourage you to speak your mind but then pass on what you have to say, office politics can be very venomous in KSA.

My Friend who I mentioned earlier in this story that had offered me a position was sacked along with every other western expat in the group he worked in shortly after he had made the offer, if I had relied on just his job offer I would have had no job to go to after this one.

If you find your employment terminated in Saudi Arabia I hope you are one of the lucky ones who gets paid all of their benefits without problem rather than be the victim of bullying and blackmail as I was.

135 comments for “Termination of Employment in Saudi Arabia

  1. irfaan harris
    May 30, 2012 at 2:42 pm

    I have first hand experience in this matter – and feel free to contact me.
    1. your contract with your company is the contract that the courts will use.
    Court case took 2.5 years
    I lost.
    Lawyer cost me SAR30,000
    it is YOUR responsibility to make sure you WORK permit is in order (IQAMA is not a work permit it is a residence permit)
    taking your employer to court is not easy .
    Ask yourself: where do you start…..

    • admin
      June 3, 2012 at 2:01 pm

      Hi Irfaan,
      Sorry to hear of your problems, this is why I took what I could get and did not bother to take them to court. I know a few people who have taken companies to court over unpaid salaries and they have won, but the cases have all taken over a year and they were very obvious cases to rule. In general in any official dealings it tends to be the Saudi that is favored in most cases.

    • Ahamed
      December 31, 2012 at 2:29 pm

      i need a advice on changing sponsorship, i am working with a company since 5 years (i was not in their visa while entering this firm)now i got a very good job offer. If my present company not allow me to go out saying that they will not give me the transfer then what I have to do

      • admin
        January 25, 2013 at 7:57 pm

        Hi Ahmed,

        You cannot force your sponsor to give you a transfer and I guess if you quit they will also not provide you with a no-objection letter allowing you to work for someone else. You are pretty stuck unless you quit and try to return with a new sponsor, but you may have to wait a full year.

    • Mohammed
      June 17, 2015 at 11:25 pm

      Hi

      My cousin got work visa from pakistan n now working in saudi 2 year contract but hes finding it very difficult with heat n labour work.
      hes currently in hospital as he got really sick
      can he cancel his contract n go back home any way

  2. Imran Ahmed
    September 3, 2012 at 1:31 pm

    Assalamu Alaikum,

    I was appointed as an Administration Officer in November 2012 and since then I have been working in the company happily. But in the month of July, company transferred me to sales department to work as a sales executive. I don’t have any knowledge about sales but my boss talked to me very rudely and told me that He can put me in any position according to the Saudi labor Law and no one can stop him to do so. He is even refusing me the transportation service and i have to walk 8 km daily in the hot sun that has caused me health problems. Please help me to get rid of him. Jazakallah

    • admin
      September 14, 2012 at 1:53 pm

      Hi Imran
      I suggest that you contact your home embassy for some advice as to what you can do with regards to your situation. As far as I am aware they cannot make you work in a role that you are not suited for especially as your Iqama will state what job you should be doing. You can download a copy of Saudi Labor law in various languages if you do a quick search on google and have a quick search for yourself as to what the rules are that apply to you.

    • September 8, 2014 at 10:02 pm

      i fernando my contract is 3 years now 2 years completed i like to go my country but company ashed sum of money 5000 riyal in my contract telling 2000 riyal i heard new saudi law 2 years maximum period of contract now is it true realy i want to go my country tell what can i do for my exit please help me sir

  3. September 13, 2012 at 9:56 pm

    I want to Saudi Arabia work visa.

  4. rachel
    December 17, 2012 at 5:48 pm

    My contract is about to end this March.How many months from now would you advise me to send my demand letter to the employer ?Thank you.

    • admin
      December 23, 2012 at 2:52 pm

      With the speed at which most Saudi companies move I would advice sending anything as soon as possible – three months will just about give the time to open the letter and read it..

  5. Michael Calicdan Quias
    January 2, 2013 at 2:19 pm

    Dear Sir/Madam,

    I’m a Expat-Filipino(nationality), in turning 1 year next month February 2013 in such a reason no increasing from salary and my question is this. I’m planning to resign on my company this year and just waiting for my Iqama Permit residency expired this month of May 2013, Is there any possible will my company share with me a half of the total for my airfare or it will be shoulder by myself? And, also In my situation now i already finish my first 1year and 1 more year to go before my contract ends but now I’m terminating/breaking my contract. So, is there any suggestion or advise.Please, and thank you.
    Hoping for your as soon as possible comments..

    • admin
      January 25, 2013 at 8:01 pm

      Hi Michael

      You cannot leave the country without an exit visa through your company so they pretty much have full control over you at the moment. If you want to quit before the end of your contract then it is likely that your employ will either insist that you remain or they will request that you refund all of the recruitment and other costs. Of course you may be lucky and have a very understanding employer who will just let you leave.

      What most people do is they ask for an exit visa for a vacation or even a weekend trip to Dubai with friends, pay their own flight and do not return. However if you do this you will not be able to find a new sponsor for one year.

      • arnold montero
        March 18, 2013 at 7:05 am

        I have similar situation,just want to ask if the “sponsor” you mentioned here is limited only to saudi arabia or any sponsor overseas?

  6. Lenimar
    January 23, 2013 at 3:00 am

    My husband is presently working in company in Ryadh,I just want to know if what is the rule for the exit or going for vacation,because his company dont allow him to go for vacation for this coming February which is the end f his fourth year contract already,he take a vacation June 2011 and go back at work August 2011..What I want to know is does he really need to wait for August so he could go for vacation again as what his boss told him so?..cause they told him that they must be based on the date when he got back for vaction to complete for 2 years.

    • admin
      January 25, 2013 at 8:12 pm

      Hi Lenimar

      It depends what your husband has agreed within his contract. He will need to discuss with his sponsor but to be honest the company holds all of the power in these cases!

      • maqbool ahmed
        March 17, 2015 at 3:50 pm

        I have been terminated due to hiring saudi wef 1/Feb/2015. I want to know how much I can get service benefits as per Saudi labour law.

        Awaiting yr urgent advice’s.

        Best Regards
        Maqbool

  7. February 7, 2013 at 5:15 am

    Sir,
    During work i was injured I went to doctor he referred me for xray,MRI scan and medicine,doctor said i have backbone L5s1 problem so i have been taking treatment from 45 days but still i have pain i told to doctor if i don’t get well from treatment then what should i do he said surgery is the last option.Now my company said it is not serious problem you have to work i told them i can not work so they stop my salary and terminate me,actually it is serious problem because i have pain in my backbone to left leg i can not sit , stand and sleep properly.I really need to go to Pakistan. Sir please help me here my company and doctor behave is not good with me.Please tell me should i go to labor court or not?
    Thanks
    Farhat Ullah
    0593667464

  8. Janette
    February 9, 2013 at 5:07 am

    my contract finished September 2012 but my employer ask us to extend because we have cbahi accreditation last December so we extended. now we are requesting to go but still they won’t sign our exit papers because they said we have no replacement. we are already 5 months extended and we don’t intend to renew our contract. please give us some advice on what to do. this is a clear violation of our rights.

  9. Mahmoud
    February 13, 2013 at 1:32 pm

    Hi,

    I have worked with company for 8 months, now they issued a termination letter for my services:

    1- End of service is my right to get or no? as they terminated me and I did not resign.

    2- They gave me a one month as a notice period and still they did not close the financial issues regarding the end of service and to issue the final exit, if I stay more than one month, who shall pay the accommodation regarding my staying after the one month notice?

  10. Mahmoud
    February 13, 2013 at 1:33 pm

    Hi,

    I have worked with company for 8 months, now they issued a termination letter for my services:

    1- End of service is my right to get or no? as they terminated me and I did not resign.

    2- They gave me a one month as a notice period and still they did not close the financial issues regarding the end of service and to issue the final exit, if I stay more than one month, who shall pay the accommodation regarding my staying after the one month notice?…..

  11. Siva
    February 27, 2013 at 7:47 pm

    I came to KSA on Dec’12. I’m working as a Mechanical Engineer in a private company. Before some days I got a call from my friend who was selected along with me and staying in India(waiting for visa). He told his job contract was revised from 8k to 6k. When he contacted the company they told “this is not only for you. First we’ll revise the contract for the people those who didn’t came here. After that we’ll revise it for the people those who are all joined/working here.If you want sign it otherwise leave it”.

    My question: Is it possible to revise/deduct the salary which they mentioned in contract after they joined? If it happens what legal steps I have to take? Please advise us. We’re more than 40 nos. of people. Your reply is valuable to us.

  12. March 29, 2013 at 11:52 pm

    Hi i just have a question..will it be possible for me to quit my job here in saudi while im still on my provisionary period? I dont have my iqama yet and my visa will expire 6 weeks from now. I got here about a month ago and since then i do not like the way my employer is treating me and he doesnt follow whats written on my contract. I also do not like how me and my co workers here are being treated like prisoners. The employer locks our door on our accomodation so we cannot go out. Please i need information. I didnt came hete to work just to become like a prisoner. I am a doctor and is not being respected hete.

  13. March 31, 2013 at 2:29 am

    my father working in saudi arabia last 19year’s. Now he dead in vacation but his company not give any benifit or service benifit insurance. What i do now plz tell me

  14. saravanan
    April 22, 2013 at 1:57 pm

    i am presently working in company in Ryadh,I just want to know if what is the rule for the exit or going for vacation,because his company dont allow him to go for vacation my aggrement is 2 years but i completed 18 months so please help me i was give notice period one month company asking one month salary after u will go ticket ur responsible

  15. muhammad
    April 27, 2013 at 3:40 am

    Hi

    I was in KSA about 7 yrs. One of my enemy sent a letter with 1/2grm of heroine (drugs). And i was taken to prison, and my statement was clear enough that i am not involved with this. after 5 months the lower court judge didn’t gave me any punishment but he sent my file to riyadh and after 10 months i was sentenced 4 months jail. After 15 months they sent me back. now i need to know am i a red listed in saudi arabia/gcc/europe/usa countries and if yes than for how many years. Do my record disclosed to other countries? My exit stamp not in red color.Pls reply

  16. Frank
    April 28, 2013 at 11:29 pm

    Our company brought 10 of us here on business visas. We have all been given exit visas by the immigration. But our boss is saying he will extend the visas. Many of the passports he took to the immigration have not been extended and have expired. The rest of us don’t want to give him our passports. But he says if we don’t give him the passports he will not pay us. Is he right to do so? Has he got the right to hold us in KSA when immigration has given us exit? What are the options? What about those whose visas have expired ? What can they do?

  17. Allan
    April 30, 2013 at 4:07 am

    I’am a Filipino worker who worked in our company for 19 years and was terminated is there any new law that would allow me to transfer my sponsorship without the approval of my current employer

  18. May 2, 2013 at 10:15 am

    Hi.
    I am working in hotel in makkah as a outlet manager my boss is harassing me a lot & I doubt that he is sending wrong feedback to company about my job & Plamong to terminate me. I have completed only two month in the company please advise.

  19. philip ommem
    May 4, 2013 at 6:51 pm

    Hi,
    If an Engineer from India wants to go for final exit with a NOC from employer before the contract period of 2 years( almost completed 22 months) whether he can come back to saudi with a new visa .

  20. dmq
    May 6, 2013 at 12:10 am

    hi!good day.
    i am currently working here in ksa with a rental establishment. we are having a big problem with this company, they are sending us to work with a position that is not our category. also, our salary is almost delayed for three months now. please, we’re badly in need of your advice. what should we do? thanks! you will help us a lot!

  21. Muhammed Suhail
    May 9, 2013 at 3:10 am

    Assalamu Alaikum,

    I have been working in a company on third party sponsorship(company bought a free visa and brought me in)for 2.5 years. I have resigned on 26 Dec 2012 and waited for more than 4 months and trained a new person who came as my replacement. But, even after following company rules regarding termination of contract, they have broken my trust and given me a re-entry visa instead. i told them that if I wanted to go on a re-entry visa I could have gone 6 months back when my vacation was due. They said, it is not their responsibility to get me an Exit by saying I was not under company sponsorship despite the fact that they are the one who brought me here illegally on a third party visa.

    Is there any way that I could get an exit visa without having to go to court and all the nuisances where I believe that I will not get what I deserve?

    I am not able wait here for a longer period as i need to get home for my wife’s delivery which is expected in third week of May 2013.

  22. Rayhana
    May 10, 2013 at 7:30 pm

    Hi, I just want an advice. I am currently working in a Hospital here in Dammam as an Insurance Billing Clerk but holding a General Cleaner Iqama. In my contract, My work should be a Medical receptionist but when I arrived, they assigned me to be in the Billing Department as Billing clerk. I hold the biggest Insurance company but with a very very low salary. Our manager demands and expects too much from me and I can no longer handle the stress that I got from my work.. I am planning to resign and terminate my contract and willing to pay the penalties (10,000 SR as they said) if necessary just for them to send me back home. Do they have any right to stop me from what I am planning? can you give me some advice and tips on how to terminate my contract legally?

  23. reign
    May 15, 2013 at 4:22 pm

    my mother died last night.. I have filed a resignation letter to my Manager before my mother died but he just ignored it. I really2x want to go home and I am willing to pay 10,000 riyals as require by the owner but still our manager does not want to release me… secondly, in the contract that I have signed is to be a Medical receptionist but when I arrived here, I was assigned to handle the biggest insurance company as a Billing clerk…I am totally pressured with the attitude of our manager.. he used to scold me, blame me, and pressure me alot which drives me to emotional crisis.. at the same time, I hold an Iqama stating that my work is as General Cleaner in the Hospital.. Many of us hre in the Hospital holds an Iqama like mine… what will I do? please help me.. I want to go home :(

  24. Mirza Tabrez Baig
    May 24, 2013 at 1:39 pm

    Dear Sir,

    I would like to know an employee can change the company without completing his contract with His previous organization.If he comes to India from Saudi Arab after one year and his contract is of two years but he did not go back to work and his residence permit (IQAMA) is expired in this case he can join other organization in same country or not please guide.

    Actually i was working with an organization in Saudi Arab, after completing one year i came back to India and due to my health problem i did not back to work and during this period my residence permit of Saudi Arab (IQAMA) also expired it was not of two years, it was of only one year four month but my contract is of two years now i have one opportunity for same place but company is different i would like to join please guide me should i work for other company I don’t have NOC from previous company.

    Mirza Tabrez BaiG
    +918454923810

  25. Gufran Khan
    May 28, 2013 at 4:40 am

    Dear Admin,

    I am from India working in saudi arabia, my contract was for 2 years. i had been to india sep 2012 and now i completed 2 and half years. I just applied for exit as i wanted to leave this company but they refused me. Now from 1 month my health is not good. Doctor gave me a letter to go back to my native. even though, they r not sending me. I dont know what to do as my health is very serious.

  26. John
    June 4, 2013 at 9:56 am

    Any advice Please

    Im a chef here in Riyadh, my Iqama finish on feb, and I want
    to resign to my company Nov or Dec, and I want to barrow my passport
    for my US visa apply, because my uant invite me for vacation.its
    posible to resign in that early? or they are asking me to pay.?

    thank you :)

  27. ryan
    June 10, 2013 at 5:21 am

    Good day
    Hope you Can Help Me.
    Im almost 7 Months Here in riyadh as A Barista/coffee Server.
    I worked for 12 Hours A Day With no Dayoff even once Since I Started Working.
    As I Read my Contract, It Indaicates that My Work should Be Maximum Of 8 Hours a Day Only And 6 days Per week.
    My salary Is 300 Usd And 200 Sr For My Food allowance But I Only get 1100 Sr Per Month.
    I want to quit My Job So i call My Sponsor And He Told Me that I Can Only Go back To The Philippines when I Finish My Contract.
    I really want To Quit this Job, What should I Do?
    Hope You Can Help Me.
    Thanks in Advance

  28. ronnie
    June 14, 2013 at 12:39 am

    Hello Admin,

    Just want to ask, my 2 year contract is being terminated by my employer, i’ll be 1 year at work by July 15, 2013. They told me I’ll be only working til the end of this month. I just want to know if I’ll be getting any compensation or I’ll be the to pay my exit fare?

    Also, is it possible to visit Qatar directly from Saudi Arabia?
    Thank for the help Admin?

  29. June 19, 2013 at 11:52 pm

    sir/maam,

    i want to asked if my employer have the power to blocklisted me on the arab countries.i went saudi dammam last january 2011.I worked as a dialysis nurse for about 1 year and 3 months.came accident by april 20 of 2012 me and my friend went on a shopping.We rode a car of a lebanese boy my chat mate we rode in his car first time we will meet this guy what happended is that he droves his car very fast and he is calling someone over his mobile unknowingly this is our greatest nightmare with my friend.They raped us different guys and bad guys i thought its my last day on earth.luckily yes we survived from them but unfortunately we loose our job.they sent us back in Philippines they terminated us.they did not find justice for us what I want to asked because i am nurse and im trying to apply dubai or any other arab countries is there a possibility that i will be put on jail?please answer my queries for i am hopeless.

  30. Shivakumar F
    June 29, 2013 at 10:14 pm

    Dear sir,

    I am an Indian national working in Saudi Arabia from past 19 months. My contract is 2 years and coming December 2013 my contract will finish. But, my mother is taken ill and I have to go back urgently. I requested my company for emergency vacation. General Manager of my branch has approved my emergency vacation but he written my vacation paper that, I have to bring a guarantor for my come back or I have to pay 6000SR to company.
    and Vice president has written on the form that, there is no emergency vacation, I have to finish my contract. I want to go at any cost and even I don’t have a guarantor or I cannot pay big amount of money to company. I told them that, I would go in my cost but they are not responding.

    AS per article 40, (2) A worker shall incur the costs of returning to his home country if he is unfit for work or if he wishes to return to his home country without a legitimate reason.

    Can I go as per this rule? Please help me out…

    Regards,

    Shivakumar F.

  31. Ahmed
    July 7, 2013 at 7:45 pm

    I worked 7 yeras in previous company, in last three years there was no increment and no bonus,in the last year company contract with armco also terminated. There was no work as well and people were just sitting Idle.
    After then people strated leaving and company was trying to keep them at any cast, some people were draged for six months and then left.
    I also resined and finaly I got exit after two and half month. They forced every one to sign paper that we shall not come back in eastern province for two years, they refused to give passport untill the paper is not signed.
    So there every body signed and left, some of the people came back and joined different companies, I also joined one of comapny.
    Now I heared that our previous company filed case againt some of the people working in an other company, company won the case and the court order their employer to send them back within a month.
    I am also in same boat.
    Please advise whether is it possible, if yes how we can fight and save ourself.

  32. Michael Angelo Duca Perera
    July 13, 2013 at 1:50 am

    Good day everyone!

    I need someone who is adept with my concern and that s/he be able to shed some light to me with respect to my concern.

    Here’s it. I’m nearly ending my third year as an EFL instructor in one of Jeddah’s technical institutes.

    What laws say the number of months of notice must one’s resignation be in effect? Is it two, three, or four months? If so, please site sources (online links) for me to be enlightened cz my employer told me it’d take four months while some say it would take three, two, or even just a month.

    My purpose of resignation is better job opportunities because of competitive salaries and benefits which my current employer could hardly extend among its employees.

    Please be of help to me. Thanks in advance and may God bless you most!

    Hoping,

    Mike

  33. Imran
    July 13, 2013 at 4:33 pm

    Dear,

    Please Help me that i worked in company total for 8 years.
    I came in that company on transfer sponsorship before 8 years.
    Now i got very good offer and i already have submitted my resignation and now my notice period for one month also finished and i started my job in new company also.

    All related my job in my old company i got clearance from new replace person.And i am complete clear from there as officially.

    Please tell me in all above status my old company may give me Final Exit very easy or.
    For this i may go to labor court because i do not want final exit i need Nakal Kafala from old to new company.

    Please help me admin if you have some points for this.

    Thanks,

  34. salman
    July 23, 2013 at 2:19 am

    Hi dear friends

    I need a sincere advice. I accepted a job offer in Saudi Arabia two months before and the company issued a visa. Meanwhile I got another offer which is much better than first one. Can I accept the second offer now? Can the second company issue a visa for me? How can I refuse the first one? Please advise according to Saudi laws.

    Thanks salman

  35. Miles
    July 31, 2013 at 3:30 am

    my brother got terminated from his company last june of this year and he is planning to come back here in saudi by september..how will he know if he is not blocklisted here in saudi? for how long will he be blocklisted?and what can we possibly do to clear his name in the list?.

    will be waiting for your response..thanks much!

  36. September 3, 2013 at 6:29 am

    Hello good day

    I have been working in my company for 21 months and supposed to be my contract will be finish this coming october but my employer terminated me. It is that my obligations to pay my repatriation back to my origin country and also pay for two months left from my signed contract?
    Plss replay me soon. Thank you

    Best regards
    ROWEL GANO

  37. Yasir
    September 22, 2013 at 10:26 pm

    Dear Admin,
    I have worked in a company for 5 years and never received any warnings letter in this duration
    Company is terminating me now and only giving 1 month extra salary for my 5 year services
    Please advice what should I do because I requested them for 3 Paid salary

  38. Mohammed Suyeb
    October 26, 2013 at 12:24 am

    Assalam walekum
    My question is that i was sing my contract in India for 2 years given by agency and when i was come in Saudi Arabia and start my job after 5 months company give me contract paper and i was sing for 1 years and in contract 30 days annual vacation. and company not give me copy of my contract. now i complete one year and i talked to my manager regarding vacation he told me you sing in India for two years. but i want to go in India can you help me what i do regarding my vacation.
    i will wait your response.

  39. October 26, 2013 at 8:26 am

    sir/madam
    i am working in a company from 10 years.i complete 10years.now i want to leave saudi arabia .my contract will be expire in january 2014.what i will have benefits according to saudi labour law.if they will terminate me and what if i resign.
    thank you

  40. Joanna Hermosa
    October 29, 2013 at 1:57 am

    Hi Im newbie here in Riyadh KSA. Nurse from Philippines. Just want to seek some advice regarding my situation. Ive been here for 4 months but unfortunately Im not working in the Clinic which is in my contract. The reason of my employer was our clinic isnt yet open and the license is still under process. They send me to another clinic but I worked as a homecare nurse. 12 hrs/day (required 4 hrs OT). Regarding the salary, they underpaid me too. Im very disappointed and just wish to go back in the Philippines but my concern is, who will be responsible for my ticket, exit visa etc? What will be the best first move regarding this? I hope for your immediate response. THANK YOU.

  41. Anne
    November 29, 2013 at 7:44 pm

    Hi. Good day! Im a PT working here in saudi. Mu contract is 2 years, and i am already on my 10th month here. I filed a resignation almost a month ago. And now, i want to retract my resignation. Will that be possible? How will i know if my employer has already started to process the termination of my visa? My employer is not answering my calls and is always busy, doesnt show up. Thank you

  42. Juan Dela Cruz
    December 19, 2013 at 7:42 pm

    I want to ask for an advice regarding my case. I am currently living in jeddah, KSA and i am under the sponsorship of my father. I was hired as a Staff Nurse in one of the hospitals here in Jeddah. The hospital promised me to transfer my sponsorship under them. I signed a contract last July 2013 (locally hired) and the years of my contract under them was not specified. No housing and no benefits. I expected this as i was signing a contract under locally hired. They told me that my 2 years contract will start after being transferred to them. They are able to transfer my sponsorship under their hospital last October 2013 but there is no new contract given to me for me to sign. This December 2013, i decided to resign since my application for studies in Norway has been granted. I need to go back to Philippines to process all my documents to be able to finally enroll in a University in Norway and process for my student visa. But unfortunately, they did not allow me to go. I told them that i did not sign any contract stipulating my years of contract under them. I am still under locally hired employee. All i want is a peaceful exit and if i need to pay the fees they costed for my transfer, i am willing to pay. Additionally, I am no longer reporting for duty 1 week now. Please help me. What will i do? All i wanted is to go home so that i can pursue my dream of studying abroad.

  43. alfred
    December 30, 2013 at 4:03 am

    i just want to ask, i filed my resignation but my manager refuses to sign it what shall i do?

  44. SK
    January 11, 2014 at 7:07 pm

    Assalamu Alaikum,
    I have expertise in ERP functional (more than 10 years) with MBA-Finance. I came here on azad visa as general accountant…..I mean on my own visa. Then I found job and I gave transfer to new company. At present job, my boss is continuously blackmailing me to change my line and become a programmer with multi languages otherwise he will give exist me from KSA and band me for 5 years in KSA. Even no transfer will acceptable from this job other than only exit from KSA. This is a mental torture for me while performing my functional task.
    I mentioned him may times that it is impossible to change it because my experience is purely functional, for being a developer one should have that level of educational background and mind set which I do not have.
    I should I do if he did I said to me; fire me with some blame of theft or data manipulation. Note that I am here on my own vise not sponsored by present company. What is my legal right? How I can process on it? Cost and expected time?

  45. Izzath Mohammed
    February 1, 2014 at 3:35 pm

    My company plan to terminate me, pending 4 mnth to end contract,
    company will give only one mnth salary. Its mentioned in my contract, and it ok for saudi labour law.

  46. edgar
    February 24, 2014 at 5:28 am

    Sir/madaam, i working in my company as a trailer driver,I arrive here march 14,2013 1st to 10 month my company assign to me in moda project but the moda project is already finest so I transper in other site,but my problem here is my new foreman hes not satisfy my work and he told me you don’t know how to drive and he get the key,now I’m flouting 6 days ago without time sheet.pls,give me advise what I do.

  47. anonymous xxx
    March 5, 2014 at 1:47 am

    Gents…need an advise.

    Im working in construction company for more than 13 years and 11 months. Last January 2014 i received a termination letter stated termination of contract for the reason: service no longer required. This termination was accepted by myself with no complaint/ objection because i knew the company have the rights to terminate. In bargaining with my termination. i requested for a release of sponsorship in which the CEO duly signed and approved my request. Furthermore, during the 30 days notice i looked for new job and i found one and request for a demand letter in which i submitted to HR manager after the 30 days lapsed. 30 days have lapsed and my demand letter still on hold which means i cant work to a new employer. Recently, i visited the HR office to follow up my status but unfortunately, there is no crystal clear answer of my question…either the release of the sponsorship or going home to my country?. And now, 20 days have passed from the deadline of 30 days notice still i am hanging on the tip of the knife….please advise what im gonna do. I am worried of my settlement for 14 years and my new job.

  48. March 30, 2014 at 4:42 am

    My fiancée live and works is Saudi she was just approved to. Get visa and be married . Her contract is up in July 2014 how can she leave now she is a filipina contract worker?

  49. Ghie Flores
    April 12, 2014 at 3:03 am

    I have signed contract in Philippine but when I came here in Saudi Arabia the contract is nit been followed and salary is different.now I want to go back home what should I do about this

  50. mohammad aizaz
    April 16, 2014 at 2:02 pm

    Hi,

    I worked in saudi for almost 2 years.
    The company first give me visit visa which was renewed after every 3 month. My first visit visa was extended to about 12 months then i came back to my country on visa epxiry.
    The company send again a visit visa which was also extended upto 12 month and on expiry i came again to my country.
    This time they said they will send a permament visa but they did not send and waited for about 4 months. During this four month I did not get any salary or any earnings.
    Now i accepted an offer from an other company from saudi and joined them.
    Before joining my new company i wrote my old company to settle my dues becuase he had no visa so I am unable to continue with them due to their fault.
    Company has not given dues like end of service and vacation pay etc.
    Please advise my can complain this to saudi labor office for settlement of dues.
    Looking forward to your advise and detail reply to above case.

    Thanks

  51. khan
    April 21, 2014 at 9:16 pm

    can anyone help me that i was working since 2.5 years in same comp and now I gave resign from my job and asked company for release they said we will not give release we will make final exit i said this is not your visa i came on release in your company at the time hiring retired manager told to us we will grant release those who came from release in our comp…now in this situation what shall i do ??

  52. KARTHIGS
    April 22, 2014 at 9:52 pm

    HI
    MY COMPANY TERMINATING ME,MY CONTRACT IS 1 YEAR, 8 MONTHS COMPLETED, I WILL ASK THE COMPANY, IF TERMINATED GIVE THE 4 MONTHS BASIC SALARY, AND ALL OTHER BENIFITS, (I WANT MORE DETAILS OF SAUDI LAW) THIS IS POSSIBLE IN 4 MONTH BASIC SALARY,

    KARTHIGS

  53. rey
    April 27, 2014 at 11:15 am

    my contract will be finished this july is possible for me to get a release paper or can i transfer to another company? is there any law about that? thanks i hope youll reply i really need to know

  54. ali
    May 25, 2014 at 8:45 pm

    Please let me know if an employer can terminate the contract after been asked from an employee to signed and served the notice period in the current company.
    My problem is that i was in job and got a bettr job opportunity and an offer ,HR dept of that company has sent me a contract congratulating me and asked to signed back and sent to them and state joining date.i did so,,and resigned from the present company and was serving notice period of one month,which my employer knows,during the notice period i asked many times fro HR dept to give me demnad letter and they always replied a month left we will give you the letter once you finished notice period,but now they stepped back and refuse to transfer me to the company.can i take legal action?as iam jobless because of them,resigned from the present company based on their offfer and contract.please state my position

  55. thunder
    June 7, 2014 at 5:02 am

    Hi…
    I am currently working in a company in Riyadh and i have signed one year bond with them which will end in 2015 only. Now i am having another offer in Dubai. If I leave without informing my sponsor(ie going for vacation and wont return) , will I be able to go to Dubai? Is there any restriction like we cant enter any GCC countries if we leave any GCC county illegaly. Waiting for your reply.. Thanking in advance….

  56. anees
    June 7, 2014 at 10:38 pm

    Will some body Advise me that My company Terminated me After 10 Month of my service with 30 days notice (11 Months Continuos) although My contract is stated 12Moths.

    I need to ask regarding My Vacation Salary + Family Tickets which in contract Paid after 12Months of Continuos services.

  57. ze
    June 25, 2014 at 2:53 am

    hi admin good day,
    my husband is currently working as an elect engr in saudi arabia. Early this June, He filed his vacation dated August 20, but instead on June 15 he received a termination of contract due to recession. And the company refuse to pay the 1 month advace salary fee which is indicated in the saudi law in case if they terminate the contract due to Recession. What shall he do? please I need your advice

  58. shakeelahmed
    June 25, 2014 at 4:45 am

    salamalikum my name is shakeel i am hare in kingdom since last year 1 march 2013 since then i have no iqama i by this visa and i paid 18000 riyals to my sponsor an when i came in kingdom my sponsor took 10000 riyals for my iqama and still he is dodging me every day since i am hare i asked him i need iqama and give me release to go in company but he is layer so i need iqama what should i do no should i go to labor court or not help me please what should i do

  59. Ronald
    July 30, 2014 at 3:54 pm

    good day to you sir.i would like to ask if i will just finish my 1 year contract,which is 2 years that i signed,am i the one who will pay for the airfare ticket?my 1 year is on Dec
    2014 and my iqama will expire on march 2015.if i can go home in december ,and i can have a new employer, will there be a problem if i return with new employer on february 2015, but i have my previous iqama going to expire on March 2015,will there be any conflict with that?

  60. ED
    August 2, 2014 at 10:58 pm

    Your working already almost one year this month. And you feel that your not happy with your company anymore. And you like to resign and be transfer with the other company.

    Is this be possible? what should i do?

  61. Ahmed
    August 25, 2014 at 3:54 am

    Hi Admin,

    If I return Egypt on final Exit, do I need an NOC to apply for a new visa with new sponsor?

  62. September 6, 2014 at 2:28 pm

    my problem to company is the company has terminated me to work becauseim involved to a case that i can not do one of the filipino worker has doing a certificate of employment and selling to other employee and he catch and this guy told that the usb with format he use is came from me yes i know the usb is came from me but i dont have any idea what happen and what this filipino doing and for that the company cannot make any investigations about this matter,the company urgently terminated me and the one who make and selling certificates and the company told that if we cannot agree to the settlement we will go to jail a afraid because im innocent why im agree the company make a letter that we will go home if i will pay the expenses of company like iqama ,visa and work permit and also our ticket is our own money what i can i do because i have no money to pay to company because we already terminate i hope you will help me and give me some advice regarding to my problem thank you sa much and any help given will be highly appreciated..

  63. rakesh
    September 10, 2014 at 12:09 am

    helo respected sir
    i just wana now if anybody termined by company after how many days they sent him to his country and what about benifits what is the rules of termined in saudi labour law
    thank you : sir

  64. September 10, 2014 at 10:07 am

    I took a medical leave in my home country for 1 month without notice to my Job Site manager since several times that i discuss about my health condition with them but they never attending my request and also not signing my vacation leave. So, my second option is to ask request for my principal sponsor to have my 1 month medical leave vacation but asking me for approval to my Job Site manager and so i give an old approval letter which is signed by my Job Site manager last year. This action took me into approval for my leave. After i came back from my medical leave, my Job Site manager didn’t allow me anymore to work with them due to inappropriate action i made. Meanwhile, 1 month after my come-backing here in saudi that was already my end of contract period and I want to exit so i can able to look for another sponsor, but actually i found a new sponsor willing to hired me but i need to settle first my problem into my principal sponsor. In this case of my history, do i have a violation prior for my principal sponsor to hold me and not to give me an exit visa since i already break or stop working in the my Job Site? Is there any consequences that i may face in case matter where in i want to go home rather than staying in saudi without work. Please give me your idea in this matter.. thank you

  65. kumar
    September 25, 2014 at 4:49 pm

    Dear Sir,
    I have working last 6months in jeddah in Saudi Arabia, My company is Interior works company, they gave me a iqama from Riyadh as a labour iqama , i am graphic designer , i dont know first of all what about this all, I am first time this experience in international, now a days they are not giving salary also, what should i do, How can i help from whom??,. need help please give me a good solution for this issue,.

    thanks
    kumar

  66. Earl
    October 22, 2014 at 11:27 am

    Hi. I really need your advice. My exit is on november 2014, i already submitted all the documents needed in my exit last august 2014 for out 3 months notice policy but until now may head of the department do not want to sign my exit papers. I just want to finish my contract according to the schedule. They are telling me to change the date extending me to 1 month extension but i do not like because i need to go home after my contract finish. I am always following it up but they are taking me for granted. What will i do now because it is one month before my exit schedule then the processing did not start yet. They are telling me to extend for 1 month because there are no staffs but i do not want to extend. Please i need your legal advice about this matter..

  67. Muhammad Yaqoob
    October 23, 2014 at 2:27 am

    Dear Sir,
    I am working in one electrical construction company since 7 years 6 month now i am currently working in abqaiq project my trade is electricial helper on my iqama 04 years i am working as per my trade 3.6 years i am working as safety officer as per company management now in tehes days few days ago i submit my Resignation letter on my site office but they are not signature they put only stamp and send to the head office i mention in my Resignation letter as soon as possible send me back in my country but they are not agree if i go labour court after one month my evidence will help me or no kindly tell me on my email id i am very thanks to you for this.

  68. ANDREW
    October 28, 2014 at 9:05 pm

    im about to finished mty contract this coming oct 30 i already gave my regis=gnation letter last month now im about to leave they are holding me because i have to wait for my replacement,i have another job and if i will not go i will lose my new job,do they have the power to hold me even my contract is ended

  69. November 8, 2014 at 4:58 pm

    assalamu alaykum.. i just want to know, why my company was asking me to pay iqama. my contract is two years only, i came here in saudi since May 4, 2012 to my company. my contract ended since may 4, 2014, but i still stayed in my company even my contract is finished. i was extend and renew my iqama,but i never signed any papers from my company. then after 6 months from the date of my renewing iqama,i file my final exit but the company asking me to pay my iqama. need answer plsss

  70. November 9, 2014 at 12:42 pm

    Hi sir.i back boom crack and nick pain i canot work hard ineed to my country. But kafeel not allow to send me back home please give me avdice .thanx

    • November 9, 2014 at 12:57 pm

      Dear sir madam.iam in Saudi Arabia Ihave Have Problem With My heath my Back Bone Have problem And Nick Legs And Hand Pain. Ican Not Work Hard I need To Go my Country. But My Spimnsor Not Agry To Send Me My Contract Is 2years Not Yet Finish. So Please Give Me Advice.

  71. mohammed shoaib
    November 15, 2014 at 5:33 am

    Hi,

    Myself shoaib, I was working for an organization and suddely the management terminated due the niqaty issue at the time of termination my iqama valdity was for 7 months. And after 4 months I recived a call from my comapany saying “do transfer in 1 month or management going to put exit. My iqama has still 3 months of validity please can u guide me with the fact of rule in KSA regarding “after termination how many months I have rite to stay nd hunt for a new job and are they having rights for giving an Exit”.

    If there is a possiblity of being legal and looking for an another job can u send me the link than I can show to my Ex Organization.

    Thanks.

  72. chris
    November 16, 2014 at 3:28 pm

    Hi admin,

    I am working here in riyadh for almost 9 months going 1year next year February 2015, and still I dont have iqama, I always make a follow up for my iqama but my company said undress process in jawazat, and yet they not give me a job contract, the things I have here where I sign is only company offer, can you give me advice what I need to do to get my iqama and my real contract. Thank you.

  73. joseph
    November 22, 2014 at 9:59 pm

    Hi..my iqama is currently expire and my employer doesnt want to process my papers because i’m exiting his company..then hes telling me that i will not get my benefits and salary..i am already 6yrs and 1month here in riyadh..but there is this paper that we’ve signed indicating a salary increase and contract written on it..is this contract acceptable without the laws attached on it and signed?..do i have to get what is for me even if i’m 3months under my new contract?please help..thanks a lot..

  74. January 10, 2015 at 8:43 am

    Hi Ma’am/Sir

    I have some question that wanted to be clear,first of all i want to terminate the contract of my employer due to some personal reasons, i did submit resignation letter to them until end of march 2015, my contract will be finished on January 2016,but then they told me that i need to pay them about 9,000 SAR together with the airplane ticket,is that fair to pay them on that amount? because im not a titled employee i’m just a waiter/food server on a Restaurant,the must review my annual income per month right? can you please give me some feedback about this and to whom i can hooked some help in case of..
    thank you and godbless..

  75. January 13, 2015 at 9:29 pm

    Hi friends am working in Saudi oger from 2 years in Riyadh airport project but this company contract is finished but incoming company is stressing to sign the contract with him but am not intrested to go with that new company but he saying if am not sign the contract means he bann in kingdom 2 years and he saying terminating etc approximately 135 Indians suffering this problem pLZ suggest me. Thanks

  76. red
    January 18, 2015 at 2:49 pm

    Dear Sir,

    i been working 3 yrs now this January 2015 last November i take my vacation 2 months when i return back to my company this December i asked my employer where is my 2 month vacation leave pay, and my employer tell me theirs no payment of my vacation leaves, and i reply this is my right because this is under the labor law, but no answer my question, and one more I’m warehouse manager 2 yrs ago but they demote me as a ordinary employee of warehouse with out salary increase. pls help me or advice me regarding to my problem thank you

  77. Jerry
    January 20, 2015 at 11:03 pm

    I am 5 years and 6 months now in my company, before they hired me five years ago they promise a good accommodation with pulley furnish and i am alone to the room to give me more privacy, but when i just arrived here my accommodation is just like a container ban and we are 6 person in one room, but thanks be to God that my other 3 colleague was file an exit, now this year they make a renovation for the room and it become more smaller and they planned to be accommodated by 6 person again, to make my situation short, though i have the right to ask the administration of my company to give me the housing allowance in order to me to live out the company premises?

  78. Mukhtar Sayyed
    January 26, 2015 at 11:11 pm

    I am working EPC Contractor with Saudi Aramco Project in a prominent position. My extension contract is finishing on 28 Feb 2015. I have given my request for non-renewal of contract by email. Admin Manager requested to stay until May 2015. However, I have health and personal problem, hence, I don’t want to continue. Now company has started harassing me and they are torturing me mentally in order to renew the contract. Until now I didn’t got any response from them. Please advise what shall i do.

  79. Abul Haris Usman
    January 31, 2015 at 9:18 pm

    Dear Admin,
    Please if you can suggest me a good way to leave my current company.I joined in 4-March-2011 as 2 years contract in 4-March-2013 i signed it again for next 2 years according to my current contract it should be finished in 4-March-2015 but i went 2 times vacation with in last 2 years,now my employer saying after deduction of my vacation period 2 years not completed and give tow option #1 continue my job for more months to compensate vacations period or i should pay him my 2 salaries and he will not give me any of my vacation money and end of service benefits. Please guide me what to do? i want leave company.Thank & Regards

  80. Joseph Barroa
    February 25, 2015 at 5:27 am

    Hi sir, I need your advice because im going for exit this year in the company.Mostly of those people who exited already ddnt receive an end service benefits from the company and im also worried that it might also the same on me not to have the ESB if ever I will go ezit this year..Sir, what would be the best thing to do if my company will not give us the benefits that we owe to have? Thank you

  81. Greg
    March 4, 2015 at 6:01 am

    I work as graphic designer in KSA. I send one job for printing and finally we discovered that there are small mistake from the address of the company profile that we print, that led to client rejection of the printed material, my manager told me that he will deduct all the printing amount to my salary, is this legal?

  82. Allan
    March 12, 2015 at 1:05 pm

    Dear Sir,

    I was working for almost 12 years in Saudi and company terminated me for administrative case but mentioned in the termination letter that I will receive my final settlement after 30 days notice however after my 30 days notice pass they hold my Gratuity and informed that they discovered I did a gross miss conduct case. Do the company had a right to do this and not to give my gratuity? and do I have a right to sue the company to the labor court?

  83. bisilla
    March 21, 2015 at 2:26 pm

    Please can I terminate my contract within six months ,, I am only a month old in saudi arabia, and will I pay anything to my employer, or will he pay for my return tickets to my country, nd will he give me my 6 months salary,

  84. ryan
    April 8, 2015 at 2:13 am

    Hi admin,Im currently employed as draftsman and I am still in my probationary period I decided not to continue my contract because they are giving me additional whoch is not my job.can I know who will shoulder the expenses?the employer or employee?

  85. rj
    April 8, 2015 at 2:03 pm

    I was hired as a service van technician here in Jeddah. But before I agree to sign the contract. I ask the HR personnel a simple request. Because before he hired me I already have a contract in a very popular car company here. The offer from that company is a little lower than this company. So I decided to accept this offer with only one condition and that is I only prefer to work inside Jeddah only. He said its OK because your jobs is inside jeddah only. A guy will pick you up and send you to the job site and send you back home in the afternoon. That’s why we agreed. Before I signed my contract I ready it several times to make it sure that there is no conditions that may send me to trouble. Everything I going good since the day I started to work at the company. The company gives all the benefits to all off us. But after a few months my boss did some unhumane acts against me. The first one is when I got sick. The doctor told me that I’m having a problem with my gallbladder he said I need to undergo an operation but before that they need to door some series of examinations and medications. The doctor ask me to do the followup checkup every Saturday. On the first week my boss send me to the hospital for my checkup. But then on the 2nd Saturday he refused to send me to the hospital even if I show him my followup card he want me to go there at night but my scheduled time is 8am so if I go there at night maybe the doctor will not be there at that time. Luckily the pain subsides because of the meds they gave me and until now I’m still alive but my Aunt 1 of the best doctor in my country said that sooner or later the pain will strike you again it only stop because the meds control it. The 2nd violation did by my boss is when he send me to Riyadh without any further notice and any assistance from him. I still follow his instruction because his my boss but when I arrived at the airport the personnel told me that I cannot bring all my stuffs to Riyadh he said I should pay extra for my baggage. Because I didn’t have proper preparations I cannot pay it because the money I have that time is only 340riyals. I ask my boss to help me but he said no the only way to send my stuffs there is to leave it here or pay the amount. I didn’t have any choice but to leave my stuffs back to my apartment cause I already paid for it until June this year. When I arrived in Riyadh a new boss is there he pick me up at the airport and send me to the job site and leave me without any advice or assistance where can I buy the things I need where can I get food without any knowledge and stuffs I need in that place I tried everything to provide my needs. But while I am there in Riyadh I send some emails to the head office here in Jeddah to send me back. I spend almost 2 months in Riyadh when I received a call that the head office will send me back to Riyadh. The client that time also told me that tomorrow will be your last day here in the job site because of that I called my boss to arranged everything for me. My boss talk to a friend of mine if I can stay in his place for at least 2 days and after that I will leave. My friend say yes then pick me up in that place and send me to his place. My friends only pay a very small room there that is why that is why one of them needs to sleepover a friends room for at least 2nights. With that I’m still working while waiting for my ticket. But its the 3red day but still my boss there didn’t arrange anything for me. I knew the people there in my friends place is getting mad at me cause they say I will only stay there for 2days but now I’m on my 3rd day in that place. I heard some bad words and see some bad attitude every time I pass by their way. That’s why I talk to another friend if I can stay to his place for few days. My friend told me that its OK if I stay in his place. So I told the first guy that I’m going to leave his place and if he can send me to my other friends place. While I’m staying there I’m still doing my Job everyday but I also ask some feedback to my boss regarding my transfer back to Jeddah he ala ways say that I will try in sha’ Allah. Its almost my 2nd week since I left the first job site and also its my 2nd week of waiting for my plane ticket to jeddah but still no updates from my boss so I decided to send a message to our department head here in Jeddah the after that I received a call on that day also that my flight is tomorrow at 7am. And guest what no assistance again comming from my 2nd boss. Everything happens to me is because I have lots of friends who helped me at all times. I arrived in Jeddah and I was surprised when my old boss picked me up at the airport and send me to my apartment before. The next day we worked even on Fridays because all the job is urgent and until now we need to work if the client needs us. Because as we all know Saudi has a war at this time and our schedule of work is also affected because of that. Then my boss called me that after a few weeks here in jeddah that I will be transferred to Madinah but I said no Sir because I’m not a Muslim and I’m not allowed to go other Sir. Then the next day or should I say yesterday he called again and told me on week end you will be transferred to Bisha. But then again I refuse to go there because at the first place I already experience twice how they do the transfer procedure and 2nd is I have a deal with the personnel department head that before he hired me is that I will stay in Jeddah only although it is only a verbal agreement i still count on it cause base on a book an Arab people also respect a verbal agreement. and the last reason is my job description is a Service Van Technician. But now my boss ask me to do the Job of a Technical Service Manager without any signed documents that I’m going to perform this job. My only question is do I have a right of terminating my contract because of this situations? And what will be my benefits after the terminating of my contract. Will I need to buy my own ticket to go back to my country. Please help me sir. Thank you very much…..

  86. rj
    April 8, 2015 at 5:05 pm

    I was hired as a service van technician here in Jeddah. But before I agree to sign the contract. I ask the HR personnel a simple request. Because before he hired me I already have a contract in a very popular car company here. The offer from that company is a little lower than this company. So I decided to accept this offer with only one condition and that is I only prefer to work inside Jeddah only. He said its OK because your jobs is inside jeddah only. A guy will pick you up and send you to the job site and send you back home in the afternoon. That’s why we agreed. Before I signed my contract I ready it several times to make it sure that there is no conditions that may send me to trouble. Everything I going good since the day I started to work at the company. The company gives all the benefits to all off us. But after a few months my boss did some unhumane acts against me. The first one is when I got sick. The doctor told me that I’m having a problem with my gallbladder he said I need to undergo an operation but before that they need to door some series of examinations and medications. The doctor ask me to do the followup checkup every Saturday. On the first week my boss send me to the hospital for my checkup. But then on the 2nd Saturday he refused to send me to the hospital even if I show him my followup card he want me to go there at night but my scheduled time is 8am so if I go there at night maybe the doctor will not be there at that time. Luckily the pain subsides because of the meds they gave me and until now I’m still alive but my Aunt 1 of the best doctor in my country said that sooner or later the pain will strike you again it only stop because the meds control it. The 2nd violation did by my boss is when he send me to Riyadh without any further notice and any assistance from him. I still follow his instruction because his my boss but when I arrived at the airport the personnel told me that I cannot bring all my stuffs to Riyadh he said I should pay extra for my baggage. Because I didn’t have proper preparations I cannot pay it because the money I have that time is only 340riyals. I ask my boss to help me but he said no the only way to send my stuffs there is to leave it here or pay the amount. I didn’t have any choice but to leave my stuffs back to my apartment cause I already paid for it until June this year. When I arrived in Riyadh a new boss is there he pick me up at the airport and send me to the job site and leave me without any advice or assistance where can I buy the things I need where can I get food without any knowledge and stuffs I need in that place I tried everything to provide my needs. But while I am there in Riyadh I send some emails to the head office here in Jeddah to send me back. I spend almost 2 months in Riyadh when I received a call that the head office will send me back to Jeddah. The client that time also told me that tomorrow will be your last day here in the job site because of that I called my boss to arranged everything for me. My boss talk to a friend of mine if I can stay in his place for at least 2 days and after that I will leave. My friend say yes then pick me up in that place and send me to his place. My friends only pay a very small room there that is why that is why one of them needs to sleepover a friends room for at least 2nights. With that I’m still working while waiting for my ticket. But its the 3red day but still my boss there didn’t arrange anything for me. I knew the people there in my friends place is getting mad at me cause they say I will only stay there for 2days but now I’m on my 3rd day in that place. I heard some bad words and see some bad attitude every time I pass by their way. That’s why I talk to another friend if I can stay to his place for few days. My friend told me that its OK if I stay in his place. So I told the first guy that I’m going to leave his place and if he can send me to my other friends place. While I’m staying there I’m still doing my Job everyday but I also ask some feedback to my boss regarding my transfer back to Jeddah he ala ways say that I will try in sha’ Allah. Its almost my 2nd week since I left the first job site and also its my 2nd week of waiting for my plane ticket to jeddah but still no updates from my boss so I decided to send a message to our department head here in Jeddah the after that I received a call on that day also that my flight is tomorrow at 7am. And guest what no assistance again comming from my 2nd boss. Everything happens to me is because I have lots of friends who helped me at all times. I arrived in Jeddah and I was surprised when my old boss picked me up at the airport and send me to my apartment before. The next day we worked even on Fridays because all the job is urgent and until now we need to work if the client needs us. Because as we all know Saudi has a war at this time and our schedule of work is also affected because of that. Then my boss called me that after a few weeks here in jeddah that I will be transferred to Madinah but I said no Sir because I’m not a Muslim and I’m not allowed to go other Sir. Then the next day or should I say yesterday he called again and told me on week end you will be transferred to Bisha. But then again I refuse to go there because at the first place I already experience twice how they do the transfer procedure and 2nd is I have a deal with the personnel department head that before he hired me is that I will stay in Jeddah only although it is only a verbal agreement i still count on it cause base on a book an Arab people also respect a verbal agreement. and the last reason is my job description is a Service Van Technician. But now my boss ask me to do the Job of a Technical Service Manager without any signed documents that I’m going to perform this job. My only question is do I have a right of terminating my contract because of this situations? And what will be my benefits after the terminating of my contract. Will I need to buy my own ticket to go back to my country. Please help me sir. Thank you very much…..

  87. Ashish Mishra
    April 9, 2015 at 7:51 pm

    Dear Sir,

    Good Afternoon,

    My name is Ashish Mihsra and I hail from India, I came here approx. 2 months ago with an employment Visa under a company sponsorship, Now the company is saying that they want to terminate me and want to send me back to India!!

    However, for your kind info, I would like to let you know that i was in Dubai for a good company whilst I go hired by this company, now the situation is if they terminate me by claiming I don’t perform well, I will be JOBLESS which would route me to the worst financial conditions along with my family.Is there any way-out as I can find a job here(actually I am already talking with few companies) or what all legal steps could be taken in order to get the release from the employer? I guess, its really tough to judge an employee within the time frame of 1 month or so..!!

    kindly guide.

    Kind regards,
    Ashish Mishra

    :ashishmshr366@gmail.com|:+966-531-416-686(Saudi Arab)| :ashish.mishra900|:https://www.linkedin.com/profile/view?id=49834693

  88. Nadeem Akhtar
    April 14, 2015 at 10:50 pm

    Dear Admin,
    I am working in riyadh. I want to leve this company. I submitted my resignation to copany according to my contact with 30 days serving notice.
    The problem is that company not leaving me. Its 14 month working in this company and my Iqama is going to expire after few days.
    Please advice me, what I have to do?????

  89. Nadeem Akhtar
    April 20, 2015 at 1:51 pm

    Dear Admin,
    I am working in riyadh. I want to leve this company. I submitted my resignation to copany according to my contact with 30 days serving notice.
    The problem is that company not leaving me. Its 14 month working in this company and my Iqama is going to expire after few days.
    Please advice me, what I have to do?????

  90. Syed
    April 25, 2015 at 12:11 am

    Hi,

    I was hired by the company in the month of August 2014, they made 2 years contract by me. But the company terminated me within 8 months of service on March 2015 with given 30 days notice period without reason.
    I asked HR the about the reason of termination in orally, they replied about cost cutting of the company. Even though they are not giving me transfer.

    Could you please suggest me,

    Is it possible to complaint in Labor Court ?
    how can I take a step to complaint on them ?

  91. nawaz
    April 25, 2015 at 12:20 am

    Asalamwalakum,

    my name is nawaz and I am a graduate I am in Saudi from the last 5 months but I didn’t get my iqama I asked for it so many times but my employer who is an indian always says that it is on the way , but when I checked online I got to know that “Hurrob” is set on me. I was shocked seeing that bcoz I am working in the same company but still hurrob is imposed on me, then I inquired about this internally then I got to know my company is in red catogery so no new visa will be issues to it ,so for that my employer who is an indian had buys visas from other kafeels and after that he intentionally puts them under huroob so that he get another new visas and after geting new visas he pays the fine to remove huroob and remove huroobs , this is the illegeal way for getting visas.when I asked him about this he was furious on me bcoz I had all the thruth he said I have to face the concequencys for this , he demorted me from supervisor post to salesman and has stoped my salary from the last month . I didn’t to work in this company so I asked exit but he is not giving it .so I have decided to go to court . What is your sugesstion to get out from this.

  92. nawaz
    April 25, 2015 at 12:26 am

    I had a agrement of my post, working hours,annual leave etc but it is in English is it helpful or not if I go to labour court .he is taking 13 hours of work me as a salesman and as a labour, but in the agrement it is clearly stated that working hours are 8 ,and my post is as supervosor . And another thing is if I go to labour court he will simply say that I am on ones visa and working in another company but I have all the proof that I am working under him and plus agrement please suggest me what to that bcoz I am a fresher and didn’t know any rules

  93. Tabussam
    April 29, 2015 at 9:18 pm

    Dear,

    My friend was thier in a company, during this he interviewed in an other company and went exit and re enter on new company viza, but after 3 months & 14 days the company noticed him to leave the company by reason that hi is not fit for this job. So now what hi has to be done?????

  94. Daniel c. Leonardo jr
    May 3, 2015 at 9:26 pm

    admin, I am Filipino worker here in Jeddah, I was terminated by my employer. I was working for only 4 months. My contract was 24 months. So I need your opinion how much is my entitled termination pay. Basic salary 2800 ryal

  95. ishrat salim
    May 5, 2015 at 9:44 pm

    my company has terminated an employee due to losses the company was going through. The company gave 1 month notice as per contract, so that he may look for an alternate employment. Can the ex employee continue to look for an alternate employment indefinitely, or should the company give him a reasonable period & take an undertaking to get a job within agreed period or what legality is involved, because the company does not want him to get caught while working for another company without transfer due to present raids etc; nor the company wants get in trouble due to such situation, wherein one of his ex employee was working without transfer. what is your advice ?

  96. Khursheed
    May 7, 2015 at 10:51 pm

    I want to resign 10 months before the end of contract, what will be the implications?

  97. edward
    May 8, 2015 at 5:50 pm

    Hi. I just like to ask,my contract will be finish this coming October 2015. I want to resign because I have big problem in my family in my home country. I knew that i have to shoulder my plane ticket but how about my remaining months before my iqama will be expire. Do i have to pay also the remaining months.

  98. Ian Vidad
    May 11, 2015 at 3:06 pm

    I am presently working here in KSA as an Executive Secretary since 01 March 2010.
    Last 2 weeks I went for a quick vacation (5 working days) which was approved by my supervisor. Though I was on vacation, I usually check my emails to monitor whether my boss emailed me. In the 4th day of my vacation, I was really shocked and surprised that he forwarded an email informing our department and HR department that I am being replaced as his exec. secretary and replaced with our document controller. I tried to call him to check what was the problem but he told me his on a meeting and will call me back. but he didn’t call me. I send him an email but I found out the my password was replaced. I tried to call IT dept. but they told me that they cannot reset my password because my supervisor told them to change it and not to reset it without his approval. I was totally at a lost and don’t know really what happened?? After my vacation I reported to my dept. and talked to him. He was really so upset and he told me that I AM A LIAR..i asked him on what occasion did I lied? and he told me that I lied to him of where I am going for vacation and he told me that he instructed me to change my visa request from multiple to single. I told him I didn’t lie to you of where will be the location of my vacation and i didn’t even request for an approval of a multiple or single visa. I already informed you that i already have a visa and what i only requested is a 2 weeks early passport release. But he was totally upset and didn’t listen to my explanation. It was just totally a miscommunication. I even told him that i was offered by our Gov’t Relations for a multiple visa and i even told our gov’t relations that i am no longer eligible for a free visa and it will be under my account and not with the company. though i kept on explaining my side he didn’t listen to me. i was investigated by the HR department and told then the whole story. All documents related to my vacation was signed by my supervisor and government relations issued a multiple visa to me upon my payment. Until this date 2nd week i don’t have any position nor department to work with. I am just being asked by my supervisor for a turn over of duties and responsibilities. I check with my supervisor this morning what is now my status and he replied, check with HR dept. but i checked no concrete reply from them. I was also informed by my friend from HR dept. that they are working on revising my contract which contains a demotion of my current position and also a revision of my salary. Sir, is it legal for them to demote me and cut my salary? I am totally at a lost and really don’t know what to do. I am being accused of something that i didn’t do nor plan to do it. I was convicted or penalized without having an investigation beforehand. Please help me and hoping to hear from you soon. Thank you so much.

  99. Gaylord Tioco
    June 4, 2015 at 4:57 pm

    Dear Sir/Madam,
    I was hired in my previous company last March 19,2014 and terminated due to manpower reduction last May 18,2015.So i did not complete my 2 yrs contract.Now i am here in the philippines with final exit visa stamp,can i come back and work anytime in KSA?
    Hoping for your reply soon.
    Thanks,
    GCT

  100. paras nath pathak
    June 12, 2015 at 8:48 pm

    Dear sir
    Already iam being terminated from my company after 13 yrs of working in march 2015.Now i have got released and joine in some other company and working there. my end of service benifit is on hold due to some fake reason and allegation.
    Is there any chance to pay me nothing and deduct my all end service benifits.
    please help me to get my end service benifit.

    Thanks & Best Regards

    P.N.PATHAK

  101. June 29, 2015 at 2:59 pm

    Salam alaikom

    I would like to ask. My employer he force to take my iqama and he told me stop work now and go to your home and don’t come back to your office.. How I solve this problem like this. pls. Help to solve this..I’m only 3 months in my company ..pls.. Help..

  102. ferdinand meriales
    June 29, 2015 at 8:01 pm

    hi sir can i have your advice here is my problem about my final exit.my employer was pressing me and force me to extend my contract i am already extended for morethan 1 month he told that i can go after 1 month but after that he did not follow to our agrement he said i need to extend again for 3 months but i dont like to extend again what we can do.?

  103. Mohammed
    July 6, 2015 at 12:51 am

    I currently have alot of issues with my company here in Saudi. To quit I have to give a one months notice and pay back a relocation package. If I decided to leave without the month notice or paying the relocation package. What are the consequences?

  104. farhath
    July 7, 2015 at 2:18 pm

    my friend is working in a company for the past 4 years, and his contract was finished on last may, now the company give him a termination notice and they tell that your contract is finished and they will not like to renew the contract so you have to go from here before 15th august, in this case i just want to know that whether he is entitled to any benefit

  105. Renz Cuison
    July 8, 2015 at 6:44 pm

    Hi Admin,

    I am currently working in riyadh for about 2 years and 7 months, I received offer letter to new employer in Jeddah.

    But my current employer is not allowing me to resign my position because of no replacement.

    What legal reason i can tell to my employer to allow me resigning on my current position. and start working to NEW Employer.

  106. Rolly Araneta
    July 9, 2015 at 2:25 pm

    Hi. I requested vacation after my 1 year contract. Which is as per agreed contract with the company. But they rejected it . Thats is I gave them notice for contract termination just 5 days before my end of contract but willing to stay to finish my term and they ask me to stay for for more than 30 for my exit processing. They did not give my vacation pay intead they force me to pay them the amount equivalent to the 4 days of my salary because I gave them late notice. What will I do. Is that right?

  107. Jana
    July 10, 2015 at 5:30 am

    Dear sir/madam:

    Someone owes me money, its been a year and yet he ignores paying. Is there a means to sue him for not paying? What legal action should i do? Your advice would really be appreciated. Shukran.

  108. Homkashi Puriban
    July 10, 2015 at 10:07 pm

    If the contract just says “The Employer will pay to the Employee his full termination service benefits.” What does it mean? I am assuming this clause applies if the employee is abruptly, without notice or any justification is summarily dismissed/terminated. My question: What are “full termination service benefits” in this eventuality in KSA?

  109. sasikumar s
    July 14, 2015 at 1:53 am

    hi sir,i am from India,now i am working in jeddah,saudiarabia as network engineer,my contract is 2 years now i almost complete one year i want to go exit now but company will not allow me to go exit they asking 20000SRS remuneration,i don’t have that much of amount but coming November 2015 my one year iqama will expired before when i ask to go exit they hold my salary, if i am not work with them they told me they send me to jail
    i want to go exit pls give me good suggestions to go exit

  110. Jeffrey
    July 14, 2015 at 9:24 pm

    I have a question about contract.
    i have 2 years contract and now i want to resign after 1 year because company is not in good condition and also the boss are not good.
    and our contract stated that
    ” Any expatriate joining the company on permanent visa and decided to leave the company before his contract then employee will pay all expenses incurred by the company such as Visa Fee, Iqama, Air Ticket, Recruting Agent Fee and any other related expenses . ”

    is it possible that i can resign after 1year without paying anything.

    thanks.

    • admin
      September 30, 2015 at 3:57 pm

      Hi Jeffrey, you signed a contract and knew what the conditions were – so your choices are to pay or finish your contract. You have very little real power in Saudi. Most employees will go home on a vacation and then just not return to avoid this but then you lose out on any benefits etc.

  111. A.M.Quadri
    July 25, 2015 at 10:36 pm

    Dear Sir ,

    I need to go back to my home country , I have a contract of 2yr but I was completed 1yr , what is the procedure to come back again on new company visa , , and what is the procedure to to go on exit , what are the charges that company will charge to us for Final exit . Please suggest me .

  112. Naif Olano
    August 16, 2015 at 4:55 am

    Salam. Can you help me with my problem, I am working in an Hotel here in Makkah KSA and running 10 months, i worked here as Request, a Roomboy,. There is possibility that they will terminate me any days this month of August 2015. My Ikama is not still expired and i am just asking if i can apply to other company for me to transfer there,..

  113. Ausaaf
    August 19, 2015 at 6:53 pm

    Hello,

    I was forced resigned recently by my employer from a senior positions based on office politics.

    I was given a day to either face the termination and don’t get anything as benefits or resign as they don’t want me there anymore and get 1 month salary. I resigned but everyone knows that it was forced because I wasn’t allowed to stay in the country by the employer for more than a week.
    I returned 2 weeks ago and furious now and wish to take an action against that humiliation and termination of contract. My contract length was on going as per the agreement.

    • admin
      September 30, 2015 at 3:28 pm

      Hi Ausaaf, you can take action through the Saudi Labor court however this can be very time consuming so you may just wish to take what you can as you will not be able to work for another sponsor while you still have a visa with this employer.

      • Ausaaf
        October 2, 2015 at 5:55 pm

        Thank you for your response Admin.

        I was sent out of the country within a week of that decision and my Iqama was cancelled.
        I am back to UK and looking for new job for the last 2 months, which is a shame. How can I go about them compensating for my unemployment? The original contract was unlimited period of time.

      • Ausaaf
        December 13, 2015 at 8:36 pm

        Any solicitor that you could refer for this purpose please?

  114. August 23, 2015 at 4:26 pm

    Sir i am new person here so sir i want to change the job if any company give me new viza (only 6month at here spand )i want to go pakistan quicly reentry this is posible mostly person telling me you can not come back here 1st of all my 1st iqama not finsh What is your answer

  115. Sir_Mozart
    October 11, 2015 at 4:50 pm

    Hi Admin!

    A question please, can my company can terminate me if i reach 60 yrs old even contract will end after 10months more?

    regards and more power!

    • admin
      October 13, 2015 at 12:53 pm

      The last time I checked Saudi Labor Law I believe that it said that expats can be employed up to the age of 60. You can download a copy at http://www.gulftalent.com/repository/ext/Saudi-Labour-Law.pdf The main clauses with regards to your contract length are 52, 55 and then 37… However article 74 clearly states that the contract can be terminated when the employee reaches 60 years of age..

  116. Jordan
    October 15, 2015 at 1:48 am

    Good day to all.
    Can somebody help me wat do do.
    A came here on april 20 2015, but until now october 14 2015 my company cant find a job for me.my agency in philippines told me before that i have a job waiting for me here,but when i came here they have to find a job for me my company is like a manpowers supply.In my 6 months here they gave me only 2 months salary that in my contract with or without work they will give me my salary.Now im planning to go home my situation for now is not good.What shall i do now?will they give me my remaining salary if i go home.
    Thank you so much..

    • admin
      October 18, 2015 at 6:46 pm

      Jordan,
      All you can do is talk to your employer and also your embassy. Unfortunately employers in Saudi pretty much have all of the power. If you have a contract they may ask you to pay them for flights and other costs as that is what I often get messages about.

    • Ausaaf
      December 13, 2015 at 8:34 pm

      I would suggest, don’t go back and meanwhile try to have your iqama transferred to any other supplier with better contacts in the market who could get you a contract work quickly, for example, RFID for IT contractors.

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