Expat engineers seeking work in Saudi can register in new system to ease entry

By November 19, 2018News

Saudi has launched a new online accreditation platform for expatriate engineers seeking employment in the Kingdom, reported the Saudi Press Agency (SPA).

The service was inaugurated by the Saudi Engineers Authority chairman, Saad Bin Mohammed Al-Shahrani in Riyadh, and it requires those looking to work in the engineering sector in the Kingdom to register with the Saudi Engineers Organization before they arrive in the Kingdom.

The platform aims to facilitate procedures for those wanting to work in the Kingdom and for employers, Al-Shahrani said.

The platform was set up in collaboration with the government entities such as the interior and labour ministries and Saudi embassies and consulates globally.

The platform aims to implement decisions relating to the granting of work visas and entry into the Kingdom for those without abilities or professionalism in the approved engineering disciplines, he added.

On January 1, the law changed concerning foreign engineers with less than five years experience will no longer be hired in the Kingdom.

Expatriate engineers must also take a professional exam and an interview to validate their experience.

The new platform will prevent the entry of engineers that are not accredited in the Kingdom, said the SPA report. It will also help prevent engineering violations in companies and reduce engineering errors in projects.

To access the platform, they can visit the website and register. Payment is required to become a member.