Picture for illustration purposes only.


Residence permits scrapped for Filipinos in 35 job categories in Saudi Arabia


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.

Expatriates are banned from working in these sectors or jobs:

Watch shops

Optical stores

Medical equipment stores

Electrical shops

Electronics shops

Car spare part outlets

Building material shops

Outlets selling all types of carpets

Car shops

Mobile shops

Home furniture shops

Office furniture shops

Ready-made garment shops

Sale outlets of garments

Children clothes shops

Men’s supplies shops

Household utensils shops

Pastry shops

Closed markets

Commercial centres


Non-government organisations

Hospitality and Tourism sector, including:

Light-vehicle driver

Order taker

Safety and security officer

Food service employee

Telephone operator

Data-entry clerk

Administrative clerk


General services supervisor

Room service supervisor

Maintenance supervisor

Sales and marketing supervisor

Safety and security supervisor

Tourism programs supervisor

Front office supervisor

Supervisor of telephone operators


Director of security and safety

Acting director

Maintenance manager

Room service manager

Customer service manager

Administrative manager

Sales and marketing representative

Director of tourism programs

Director of the front office

Director of staff relations


ADVERTISE HERE Find or post new jobs, motor ads and classifieds

Explore Expat Media