Saudi Arabia has launched an instant labour visa service available through the Ministry of Labour and Social Development’s qiwa portal. It allows private sector firms which have reached a higher percentage of Saudisation and comply fully with the ministry’s regulations to obtain a visa immediately, without having to go through the usual recruitment process, which can take up to eight months. In other news, Saudi Aramco, the state-owned Saudi oil giant, has invited international banks to send proposals as part of the re-initiation of the IPO. The IPO is expected to take place between 2020 and early 2021.

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