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DUBAI – Overseas Filipino workers (OFWs) in Saudi Arabia will be unable to renew their residence permit if they work in any of 35 job categories affected.
Among those affected are Filipino human resource professionals, pharmacists and security guards, according to GMA News Online.
Applicants awaiting permits for the said positions will also be affected.
Earlier this year, Saudi Minister of Labor and Social Development Ahmed bin Suleiman Al-Rajhi issued a decree to limit work in 41 activities in Madinah to Saudi nationals starting on April 7, 2019, and June 10, 2019, for hospitality and tourism sectors.
More than 300,000 Filipinos working in Saudi Arabia are expected to be affected by the new rule. The Philippine Department of Labour and Employment has offered affected OFWs with financial and livelihood assistance.
Medical equipment stores
Car spare part outlets
Building material shops
Outlets selling all types of carpets
Home furniture shops
Office furniture shops
Ready-made garment shops
Sale outlets of garments
Children clothes shops
Men’s supplies shops
Household utensils shops
Hospitality and Tourism sector, including:
Safety and security officer
Food service employee
General services supervisor
Room service supervisor
Sales and marketing supervisor
Safety and security supervisor
Tourism programs supervisor
Front office supervisor
Supervisor of telephone operators
Director of security and safety
Room service manager
Customer service manager
Sales and marketing representative
Director of tourism programs
Director of the front office
Director of staff relations
Residence permits scrapped for Filipinos in 35 job categories
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