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Recent changes in Saudi law for female teachers


by Expatguru - 06/28/2013


"This article gives information on recent changes in Saudi labor law involving female teachers and analyzes what it means for potential teachers in the kingdom.
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A lot of activity has been going on in the past three months in the employment front in Saudi Arabia. As mentioned in my previous articles, a large number of expat workers, most of them unskilled laborers, had either absconded from their original sponsors to work elsewhere or were running illegal businesses. Over a period of time, the number of such illegal workers had risen to a substantial number. As part of a program called 'Nitaqat' which aims to provide employment to its own citizens, the Saudi Government started cracking down on such illegal workers in the kingdom.

Sensing the impact an abrupt expulsion of these illegal workers would have on its economy, the Saudi king announced a 3-month amnesty period within which all illegal workers could choose to either leave the country without facing penalty / imprisonment or to set right their papers and become legal workers. The amnesty period ends on July 3rd, 2013 and though there is widespread speculation and expectation of an extension of this date, nothing official has been announced until now.

One of the recent rules set by the Ministry of Labor directed that wives of expats who were under the sponsorship of their husbands in the kingdom were no longer allowed to work as teachers in the kingdom unless they transferred their sponsorship to their respective schools’ custody. This sudden decision threw international schools completely out of gear as many schools were dependent on spouses of expats to make good the acute shortage of teachers. With this changed rule, none of such teachers could work legally unless they got their sponsorships transferred from their husbands to that of the institutions where they wanted to work. This led to quite a peculiar situation. Schools faced a sudden shortage of teachers while households had to re-calculate their budgets to take care of the sudden loss of jobs.

After a lot of representations from expat teachers as well as Saudi businessmen, the Ministry of Labor has recalled the rule and has now allowed wives of expats to work in schools as before, even if they were on their husbands’ sponsorship. This exception has been made specifically only for female teachers. This has come as quite a relief to the expat community and to students. The interesting point is that the only exception made to the new rule is for female teachers. For all other professions, it is absolutely mandatory for every expat to work only under his or her sponsor. In fact, the new rule imposes extremely strict penalties such as a fine of SR 100,000 and imprisonment for those found working illegally. Rest assured that there is absolutely no cause for worry for all legal workers.

There is an important piece of information which I would like to highlight. Female teachers who are directly under the sponsorship of their schools and have family status can sponsor their husbands, but in such cases the husbands are not allowed to work. It makes sense because they are technically dependents of their spouses and if they seek employment elsewhere, they would automatically become illegal workers. They can obtain employment only if they obtain a proper work visa from a Saudi sponsor. For this to happen, they must first come out of the sponsorship of their spouses by correcting their visa status from a dependent visa to a work visa.

For teachers who are hired fresh from abroad, there is absolutely no problem because they would in any case be under the sponsorship of their employer. But for those planning to bring their spouses, it is important to be aware of this new rule.

Expatguru


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45 comment(s)


June Feldman
Tuesday 9 July 2013, 6:57 am
I am a female expat teacher in Saudi Arabia. I am married and my husband is also a teacher. We were both hired independently and therefore both have our iqamas. All I wish to say to anyone thinking of coming to work in Saudi is to notice from most blogs, reports, testimonials etc that rules and policies here are all questionable and change at the drop of a hat - or altered depending on who you talk to or know or ...let's be honest - gift. ( they call it 'wasta' here). No one, not even the Saudis fully understand the visa and sponsorship process or can keep up with the piles of bureaucratic - - - - fed to all expats. Come here to work 'for the money' but have a thick skin, resolve, extreme amount of patience, and a humorous outlook on levels of incompetence such as you have never seen before.

Sarah
Tuesday 3 September 2013, 8:58 pm
hi June, are u jewish by any chance?just wondering coz of ur last name. i am &i'm also considering teaching in KSA for a year-for the money, but im concerned about safety and possible employment disputes :S

Jing
Wednesday 4 September 2013, 10:10 pm
Hi June Is it worth trying to grap a job there?

Expatguru
Tuesday 16 July 2013, 12:20 am
@June, I agree with you. But then, the only thing certain in the kingdom is uncertainty. As long as one is ready to accept this fundamental fact, I guess life would be more tolerable.

mary claudette stoffberg
Sunday 11 August 2013, 3:05 pm
Please put me in touch with agency and head teacher s of primary schools. Also is SENCO positions open at these schools or not

shaista
Tuesday 27 August 2013, 12:50 pm
sir i want to apply saudia becz my husband is working there,i have done M.A/MED,and also teaching experiences.plese if any one have visa of teaching plese reply me on my id.thanks

Syed Shafiullah
Wednesday 28 August 2013, 10:08 am
Assalamualaikum, Please Email your resume to this ksateachingjobs@yahoo.com. I got this via msg , and they need CELTA Qualified Teachers. May Allaah bless you with Ease .

syeda anees fathima
Monday 16 September 2013, 6:45 am
Dear sir/madam my self syeda anees fathima and i have completed my BCA(bachlor of computer application) PGDCA(post graguade diploma in computer application) and BA(bachlor of arts) with 3years of teaching expreance now im intrested doing job in your school in dammam,jubail,khobar only and im a heard working girl and i realy want this visa and im from hyderabad india so please keep in contact with me on my number and email id osmanalif123@gmail.com and my number is +918801222196 so please contact with me for the further process please do find with my attachments thanking you your's faithfully syeda anees fathima.

syeda anees fathima
Monday 16 September 2013, 6:56 am
Dear sir/madam my self syeda anees fathima and i have completed my BCA(bachlor of computer application) PGDCA(post graguade diploma in computer application) and BA(bachlor of arts) with 3years of teaching expreance now im intrested doing job in your school in dammam,jubail,khobar only and im a heard working girl and i realy want this visa because i am married my husband live in dammam and im from hyderabad india so please keep in contact with me on my number and email id osmanalif123@gmail.com and my number is +918801222196 so please contact with me for the further process please do find with my attachments thanking you your's faithfully syeda anees fathima.

Austin Braeden
Saturday 21 September 2013, 1:40 am
These are indeed great rules made by Saudi government which will really help education system to improve and remove the illegal work. laser sintering

Mona
Sunday 29 September 2013, 10:17 am
I am an American female who is going to work in Saudi Arabia as a teacher, according to Saudi law, am I allowed to live with my brother or I must live in the college's housing? Please let me know

Deepa Sharma
Tuesday 22 October 2013, 6:16 am
I am a dependent resident on my husband's sponsorship - running a play school with kids 3 to 5 years old I have 4 teachers working with me having about 40 Kids. We are NOT a registered entity. Please advice what is required as per new Saudi law so that we do not have problems.

Asher Hafeez
Tuesday 12 November 2013, 5:14 am
Hi, I am under sponsorship of my wife. I have taught in Pakistan for 5 years and in KSA 2.5 years somehow. My wife is a doctor. I need your advice according to my case, 1- Is it possible to transfer my sponsorship after to a school after 4th November 2013? 2- If yes what procedure i should follow 3- If not, can i take permission from ministry of education and labor to work? 4- How? 5- Does Jawazat change the profession on Aqama if permission is taken? I will be very thankful to you if you reply me on my email id. Please reply me soon.

Asma Ahsan
Saturday 15 February 2014, 6:19 pm
asak i am dependent resident sponsered by my husband i am an arts graduate with montosery training certificate have served montesory and primary classes for for more than three years i myself teach my son after his hifz from 1st to fifth class in one year at home then he get admited in city school of karach Now he is studing a level in maria international school jubail the 2nd one is studing in o level final 3rd one is my daughter who is also in class 8th i mean i am still engaged with teaching. i want to avail advantage of new rules for female teachers depedat on the sponsership of husbands and to start a job in any near by school.l shall be really great ful if some one help me in this regard

sana
Thursday 22 May 2014, 7:14 am
Aslaam alykum I have twoyears of teaching experience and I want to work in Saudi arabia any teaching work visas please reply me... Or any other process for teaching there...

sana
Thursday 22 May 2014, 7:15 am
Aslaam alykum I have twoyears of teaching experience and I want to work in Saudi arabia any teaching work visas please reply me... Or any other process for teaching there...

saida
Saturday 31 May 2014, 9:42 pm
Asc I need to get a job in Saudi arabia. I have a Bachlor degree and TESOL 120 . Pls email me if you need a teacher.

Sabrina
Monday 2 June 2014, 9:11 pm
Hi, I'm a TESOL-certified English teacher with 13 years of experience in various international and national schools in Riyadh. I'm working toward my MA, and hope to find work in the secondary section of an international school soon - wish me luck! I've heard from those in the know that (in the new academic year) it might get easier for expat teachers to find work as they would only require a teaching license from the MoE. Does anyone know if this is true?

asma firdouse
Thursday 3 July 2014, 7:31 pm
as km myself Asma Firdouse Bsc Bed and I am pursuing Med. I am having experience in mathematics for 6 years.I want to teach in Saudi schools.I taught 2 years in almansoura international school in Riyadh.so please send me visa or any details to my e mail thanking you.

saher khan
Wednesday 16 July 2014, 11:57 am
ASAK sir , i m an advocate doing practice in delhi high court as well as all distt courts. My speciality is in matrimonial cases civil as well as mohmden law. I want to do job in saudia or in UAE . PLZ contact on my email or on my phone no 9999852111 .

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faizalkunjbava
Sunday 17 August 2014, 11:49 pm
Hi,aslamialikum My name is mohd faisal from INDIA.I am seeking for job to my wife.she is under my sponsership.she is a teacher.Qualification is BA/BED.

shahna.v
Monday 25 August 2014, 4:21 am
Sir, I am seeking a teacher job in dammam.i have done bsc and bed.now I am living in saudi under my husband visa.what r the formalities to get teacher job in saudi.pls inform me

Khan
Monday 8 September 2014, 2:25 am
If you are under the sponsorship of your husband, just you can go to any school if there is a vacancy you can face an interview, if qualified you can work in that institution, you will be still under the sponsorship of your husband.

Syed Zaheeruddin
Monday 1 September 2014, 4:44 am
Dear Sir/Madam my wife would come here in Kingdom on teachers visa. i;ve two kids 1:4yrs and 2: 3yrs. i wana ask can they com along with my wife on any visa or what should i do to bring them here.... awaiting your reply regards zaheer

suhin begum
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sir i want work.

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