Article Source: Saudi Gazette
Shoura Council Riyadh asked for a study to review the dependent fees for the fiscal year of 2020. This can be a sign of hope for expatriates if the council decides to keep the fees same as 2019. The council has advised to carry out an in-depth study. This study will include all the aspects of the expatriate levy. The decision can save SAR 100 per month for each dependent paying expatriate levy. In total, this can save SAR 1,200 per year for an expatriate.
The dependent fee is calculated on a monthly basis and collected on a yearly basis. The fee is payable for dependent children, spouses, housemaids, parents or any domestic workers. The domestic workers or dependents are only counted if they are a foreign national.
The fee is paid to Jawazat directly which is issuing office for renewal or new visas. The fee is applicable at the time applying a new dependent visa or renewal of existing visa.
How to Calculate Dependent Fee?
1 year Visa Renewal cost will be: 300 x 12 = SAR 3600 for one dependent per year
If you have two dependent i.e. Spouse and a Child: (300 x 2) x 12 = SAR 7200 for two dependent per year
History of Expatriate Levy
The dependent fee also known as expatriate levy was introduced in July 2017. The main purpose of the expatriate levy was to collect the fee from foreign nationals living in Saudi Arabia sponsoring their dependents. The fee started in 2017 with SAR 100 per month. The plan was to increase the fees SAR 100 every year until the year 2020. Here was the structure decide before:
|Year||Dependents for expats|
|2017||SAR 100 per month per dependent from July 2017 onwards|
|2018||SAR 200 per month per dependent from July 2018 onwards|
|2019||SAR 300 per month per dependent from July 2019 onwards|
|2020||SAR 400 per month per dependent from July 2020 onwards|