Saudi Arabia

The work week in Saudi Arabia begins on Sunday and ends on Thursday.

About Country

    Continent

    Asia

    Capital

    Riyadh

    Population

    34,813,871

    World share 

    0.4 %

    Land area

    2,149,690 km²

    Official Languages

    - Arabic

    Unofficial Languages

    Currency

    SAR

    Economy rating

    19

    Economy GDP

    804,921 millions USD

    ВВП на человека

    23,121 USD

Democracy Index

2.08

Authoritarian

*

Electoral process and pluralism

0
0

Functioning of government

3.57
3.57

Political participation

2.22
2.22

Political culture

3.13
3.13

Civil liberties

1.47
1.47

    Crime Rate

    1.3

    Safe zone

    Unemployment

    7.5 %

    Normal unemployment

Expense and Salary

3.66

Middling

*

Average salary

2.6
2.6

Average expense

5.5
5.5

Average rent price

2.87
2.87

    Average salary

    1,828 USD

    Average expense

    422 USD

    Average rent price

    387 USD

Immigration

    Immigration difficulty

    Normal

    Recommended Savings

    4,850 USD

    Double citizenship

    Forbidden

    Official site

    Immigration official website

    Compulsory exams

    -

    Passport rating

    68 Amount of countries: 81

Immigration options

Immigration typeRequired TimeFee
Marriagefrom 5 to 14 days (paperwork)
5 years (for citizenship)
56 USD
Studentfrom 5 to 14 days (paperwork)
10 years (for citizenship)
56 USD
Employeefrom 5 to 14 days (paperwork)
10 years (for citizenship)
56 USD
Businessfrom 5 to 14 days (paperwork)
10 years (for citizenship)
56 USD


Marriage

Immigration feeImmigration Time
56 USDfrom 5 to 14 days (paperwork)
5 years (for citizenship)

List of documents:
- Completed questionnaire;
- International passport;
- Color photo;
- Receipt of payment of the fee;
- A document that confirms the relationship;
- The original or a copy of the invitation;
- Booking tickets.
Additional Information:
Only women can immigrate to Saudi Arabia through marriage. Arabian men can marry women who belong to a different faith, but after marriage, the girl is obliged to change it to a Muslim one.
Also, do not forget that women have very few rights here, for example, to obtain citizenship, you need to have the approval of your husband and the rector of the temple.

Student

Immigration feeImmigration Time
56 USDfrom 5 to 14 days (paperwork)
10 years (for citizenship)

List of documents:
- Completed questionnaire;
- International passport;
- Color photo;
- Receipt of payment of the fee;
- A letter from a university in Saudi Arabia stating that the applicant has been accepted for study;
- The original or a copy of the invitation;
- Originals of the certificate and appendices;
- Birth certificate;
- Medical certificate;
- The original certificate of non-conviction.
Additional Information:
You can apply for a residence permit in Saudi Arabia if you study in this country. Spiritual higher education institutions are most in demand. You can take exams online or in the country.

Employee

Immigration feeImmigration Time
56 USDfrom 5 to 14 days (paperwork)
10 years (for citizenship)

List of documents:
- Completed questionnaire;
- International passport;
- Color photo;
- Receipt of payment of the fee;
- Employment contract;
- The original or a copy of the invitation;
- Original diploma;
- Booking tickets;
- Medical certificate;
- The original certificate of non-conviction.
Additional Information:
In Saudi Arabia, there is a demand for narrow specialists in such areas as programming, foreign language teaching, medicine, etc.
The employer is obliged to bear all costs, namely: visa processing, arrival in the country, provision of housing to the employee.

Business

Immigration feeImmigration Time
56 USDfrom 5 to 14 days (paperwork)
10 years (for citizenship)

List of documents:
- Completed questionnaire;
- International passport;
- Color photo;
- Receipt of payment of the fee;
- A copy of the registration card of the inviting company;
- The original or a copy of the invitation;
- Original and photocopy of the diploma;
- The original certificate from the place of work on the letterhead of the organization;
- Medical certificate;
- Booking tickets.
Additional Information:
You can invest money in the economy and industry of Saudi Arabia. You need to send an application for consideration. The minimum amount is $300,000. After approval, a residence permit is issued.
The opening of your business or purchase takes place on approximately the same conditions.

Taxes

The tax system in Saudi Arabia is considered one of the most convenient in the world. The Saudi taxation system can be described as protectionist, it is aimed at maintaining the standard of living of the population and protecting the interests of companies.
Taxes in Saudi Arabia are paid by both individuals and legal entities, both residents and non-residents. The exemption from taxes on their income can only be used by third-country nationals employed under a contract in Saudi Arabia.
Basic taxes:
1. Zakat
Zakat is a mandatory annual tax in favor of the poor and needy, in addition, it goes to the development of projects that help spread Islam and true knowledge about it.
This tax is paid by both individuals and legal entities residents. The amount of tax is 2.5% of net income, the exception may be capital that is invested in real estate and long-term investments. No penalties are provided for late payment of zakat.
2. Income tax
Income tax is levied on a progressive scale. Residents, foreign companies of non-residents of the Kingdom and GCC member countries are charged at the following rates:
- from 1 to 100,000 riyals — 25 %
- from 100,000 to 500,000 riyals — 20%
- from 500,000 to 1,000,000 riyals — 25%
- over 1,000,000 riyals — 30%.
Branches of foreign companies can pay tax at the rate of 15% if they are registered in the country for a period of no more than 1 year.
And from non-resident individuals engaged in entrepreneurial activities, income tax is charged at the rate of:
- from 0 to 6000 riyals — 0 or 5%
- from 6000 to 16000 riyals — 5 %
- from 16,000 to 36,000 riyals — 10%
- from 36,000 to 66,000 riyals — 20%
- over 66,000 riyals — 30%.
You can get a tax deduction for the first 6,000 riyals of profit if the taxpayer has lived in Saudi Arabia for the first full year.
There are penalties for late payment of income tax. Fines amount to up to 25% of the amount of unpaid tax for a delay of 15 days or more.
There is no sales tax, VAT, or real estate tax in Saudi Arabia.

Education

Public education is open to every citizen of Saudi Arabia. The second largest expenses of the country go to him.
Saudi education is free and focuses on the study of Islam, but is becoming more diverse. The education system is under the jurisdiction of the Ministry of Education.
Preschool education
In Saudi Arabia, children from 3 to 5 years old go to kindergarten. Attendance at kindergartens is not required for admission to primary school, as they are not included in the official level of education.
Primary education
Primary education in the state lasts six years. Children can go to school in the first grade from the age of 6. All national primary schools are day schools.
Secondary education
Secondary education in Saudi Arabia lasts three years. After secondary education, students have the opportunity to receive both general and specialized secondary education. Children study at colleges for 3 years. There are three directions: trade, agriculture and industry.
Higher education
Higher education in Saudi Arabia can last from 4 years to 6 years, it depends on the direction. If the field of humanities and social sciences is chosen, then 4 years, and if the fields of medicine, engineering and pharmacy are chosen, then from 5 to 6 years. There are 24 state universities in the state. Some schools also provide distance learning. In addition, there are private colleges and universities, community colleges and colleges for girls in Saudi Arabia. For example, there are 13 private universities in Saudi Arabia.

Healthcare

In Saudi Arabia, the healthcare system is divided into public and private. Approximately 60% of medical services are provided by State institutions, they are managed by the Ministry of Health.
Saudi citizens, as well as foreigners who work in the country, have access to health insurance. Everyone who moves to the country must have medical insurance, the employer must take care of its provision. At the moment, there are 27 companies in Saudi Arabia that provide medical insurance services to individuals. The average insurance premium is $469.
Private medicine is very well developed in Saudi Arabia. Both foreigners and many local residents apply to private clinics. The level of service in public institutions practically does not differ from private ones. But there are a couple of significant nuances, for example: prices in private clinics are certainly higher, but there are also a number of advantages: a short waiting period for a specialist, access to English-speaking staff, and so on. Private medical institutions in Saudi Arabia include: 158 hospitals, rehabilitation centers, specialized clinics, outpatient treatment facilities.
There are about 460 hospitals in the state, of which 58% are state institutions, 33% are private institutions, and 9% are military hospitals.
Most of the medicines are dispensed in pharmacies without a prescription and at a fairly low price thanks to government subsidies. Some medicines are either banned in the country or are under strict control, for example: antidepressants or sleeping pills are prohibited for sale in the country.
Saudi Arabia ranks 55th in the ranking of countries in terms of the level of development of the healthcare system. Medical institutions in Saudi Arabia are equipped with everything necessary, and emergency medical care is provided to everyone who applies.

Climate

Saudi Arabia is the largest state on the Arabian Peninsula, which is washed by the Red Sea and the waters of the Persian Gulf.
The climate here is very arid, in the north it is subtropical, and in the south it is tropical and dry. Due to the diverse landscape (from mountains and deserts to beaches), this country is characterized by absolutely all kinds of weather conditions.
In summer, the average temperature varies from +30 degrees Celsius to +35 degrees, and the maximum recorded temperature reached +50 ° C in the sun and in the shade +43 ° C. But in winter, the temperature stays around +22 ° C, in the eastern regions it can be slightly lower (up to +8 ° C), and in deserts at night it can drop to zero, as the sand quickly gives off the heat accumulated during the day.
The average annual precipitation is no more than 70-100 mm, and in the mountains up to 400 mm per year, and they are distributed unevenly - in the central and eastern regions precipitation is possible only in February - April, in the west - from the end of November to the end of February. Fogs are not uncommon in mountainous areas in winter. The desert climate is characterized by rare precipitation: rains mainly fall from November to April. In the Rub al-Khali desert and some other areas, rains may not fall at all. Snow is not uncommon in this country, especially in the mountains of the northern regions. Hot and dry southern winds samum and khamsin in spring and early summer often cause sandstorms.
The time from November to March is considered the best for swimming and sunbathing, as the sea and air are warmed up even in winter.

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