Wednesday, May 30, 2007

Your contract

Before you accept any job in Saudi Arabia, the fundamental thing is to read the contract very carefully. You must be absolutely clear who your sponsor is. Remember, one cannot work or even enter Saudi Arabia without a sponsor. A sponsor has to necessarily be a Saudi citizen who should have taken prior permission from his government to bring an expatriate for work inside the kingdom. The sponsor could be either an individual or a company. Knowing the background of your sponsor could save you from a lot of trouble, but if you do not have this information, you have to dig in a bit deeper.

Be absolutely sure that you would be working only for your sponsor. There are also cases of people coming in under a person's sponsorship by paying him a certain sum of money and then once inside the kingdom working for someone else. This is called "free-visa" in expat jargon, (i.e., once inside KSA you are "free" to work wherever you like) and if you are planning to do this, you are really asking for trouble. Please desist from any such moves.

Read and re-read your contract several times. This is the only document which is going to protect you. Now answer this simple questionnaire:

1. Are you going to pay for your air tickets to go to the kingdom?

2. Are you going to pay for your exit / reentry visa and iqama charges?

3. Are you going to bear all your medical expenses in the kingdom?

4. Is it clearly mentioned in your contract about your vacation (once a year, once in two years, etc.)

5. Is your local agent in your home country reputable? (Watch this blog for further information, if you are not so sure)

6. Has your compensation been clearly mentioned giving all the break-up (Basic, transportation, housing, education for the kids, medical, dental, paid vacation, etc.)

If your answer to any of the above questions is "No", then my friend, you better step back. Remember, your contract decides your future in the kingdom, so do not leave any scope for ambiguity. Get everything in WRITING, this is very important. DO NOT GO BY VERBAL ASSURANCES.

14 comments:

Rayees_Hyd said...

I could have been benifited if i would gone thru this blog before entering the kingdom, obviously these all posts will help a lot to the new gulf aspirants .

@author
I really appreciate your great efforts you are putting in terms of posts in this blog.
Raju bhai keep on posting.

Expatguru said...

Thanks Rayees. Glad that my blog has been of some help. Do keep visiting my blog and leave your comments on the topics you would like to be covered. Your appreciation is my motivation.

Anonymous said...

Sir, Thanks for your excellent efforts.I am a General practitioner working in Nejran region since 3 years.I want to know about the possibility of transfer to a another city where schools are there & if possible, how can I proceed.
Expecting your valuble opinion
Thanking you

Expatguru said...

Doctor,

Thanks for your comments. There are several options. If you are working under MOH directly, you should look out for a mutual swapping from someone who wants to work in Nejran. The second option is to obtain permission from your sponsor to get a transfer to another city. Of course, the last way out is to get an NOC from your current sponsor (if he is willing to give one) and re-enter on a fresh visa. Otherwise, you have to wait for 1 year for re-entry.

Anonymous said...

excellent blog. very helpful for those who will work in KSA. keep up the good work! :-)

Anonymous said...

An endless thanks to you!you are really a big help to us here in saudi.keep up the good work.our God may bless you and your family.
My question is, what if i tender my resignation before my contract ends because as what you have said that i might fleeced because i am underpaid,could my employer charge me for what he has paid for my visa and in everything for getting me in here?because my friends said my employer might do that.

Expatguru said...

Yes, that is absolutely possible.

Husen said...

Hi Expatguru, for a start I would like to thank you for your blogs, they have been very informative.

I am currently in the UK and am in the process of accepting a job working in Riyadh and the information you have provided will be very useful.

My query is that I am offered a job working for an American Company but will be based on client sites, would that pose any problems?

Expatguru said...

Husen,

Be vigilant abou the contract you sign, because that is what is binding ultimately on both sides. Do not ever compromise on anything. There are a lot of western expats working here, but almost all of them invariably stay in secluded compounds. Working for an American company on a client site is not a problem and this type of arrangement is quite common here.

Anonymous said...

Hi ExpatGuru,

Your blog is extreamly helpfull and informative for the new entrants to Saudi.Thanks fo your efforts in advance.

I have an offer from a reputed Global MNC firm in Saudi.
My answer to the questions 1,2,3 are "No", when i read my offer letter.Are you still advice to step back from the contract?
Also my contract says only "Medical cover:Family status".will this cover complete medical expenses of my family ie including dental and maternity?

Please advice as i waiting your reply for further steps.

With regards
SMISTIE

Expatguru said...

SMISTIE,

Please fill in your query in the form using the link given in the top right corner of this blog. I charge a nominal fee for this consultancy which would give you a detailed personalized reply.

Anonymous said...

wonderful effort.surely it is very helpfull for thousand of expatriats.
i am working in a private firm.my profession is accountant but i am serving as a counter sales man in a plumbing and sanitary ware showroom.i transfered my visa two times.i agreed with my sponsor to take certain percentage from profit margin evey month.and no saary.i am working from 2009 and till feb 2014 i took my percentage as i agreed with my sponsor.but now he is pressurizing me to take 5000 SR per month.which is not acceptable to me.he want to give me final exit visa and i want to take transfer from him.he does not agree to give me transfer.i transfered my visa to him earlier and not come from pakistan on his visa.i dont have a written agreement but i have a paper which is attested from chamber of commerce that my salary is 7000 per month.
i want to take transfer from him, is there any legal way to get transfer from him.

Expatguru said...

Anonymous,

Please fill in your query in the form using the link given in the top right corner of this blog. I charge a nominal fee for this consultancy which would give you a detailed personalized reply.

Expatguru said...

Anonymous,

Please fill in your query in the form using the link given in the top right corner of this blog. I charge a nominal fee for this consultancy which would give you a detailed personalized reply.