February 20, 2024

RIYADH: In a bid to draw world expertise and diversify its financial system away from oil, Saudi Arabia has added 5 new merchandise to its premium residency program.

This system, launched in 2019, goals to permit eligible foreigners to dwell within the Kingdom and obtain advantages corresponding to exemption from paying expat and dependents charges, visa-free worldwide journey, and the appropriate to personal actual property and run a enterprise with out requiring a sponsor.

The initiative goals to additional enhance the nation’s ongoing financial transformation by creating employment alternatives and fostering switch of information, the Saudi Press Company reported.

Particular necessities

Residency packages, every with its personal particular qualification necessities, will run beneath classes corresponding to particular expertise, gifted, investor, entrepreneur, and actual property proprietor. A one-off utility price for every class has been set at SR4,000 ($1,066).

⁠“With the introduction of those 5 new premium residency merchandise, we’re opening doorways to a world of alternatives for professionals and buyers. Our purpose is to contribute to Saudi Arabia’s effort as a chief vacation spot for skills and investments, contributing considerably to our imaginative and prescient of a diversified, knowledge-based financial system,” Mohammad Al-Sultan, CEO of the Premium Residency Middle, informed Arab Information.

“Collaboration with our strategic companions throughout varied authorities entities has been key in growing these residency merchandise. We provide well-designed merchandise past fundamental advantages, offering a holistic atmosphere for our premium residents to dwell, work, and contribute to Saudi’s vibrant future,” the highest official mentioned.

He was additionally quoted as saying in a bit of the native press that: “We’ve restructured members of the family’ eligibility for premium residency holders, now together with mother and father as dependents. This alteration is a part of our ongoing efforts to reinforce the residency program.”


The allow holders will now have the ability to acquire premium residency standing for his or her members of the family, run companies, earn cash transfers freed from cost, and host and invite relations.

“Whereas every premium residency class has its particular validity interval, all holders are required to stick to the stipulated phrases and situations,” the official mentioned.

Most often, common utility necessities will apply, together with the necessity to maintain a sound passport, have a latest medical certificates, and possess authorized residency in Saudi Arabia (for these making use of inside the nation).

“We’ve additionally prolonged the age restrict for dependents to 25 years,” Al-Sultan added.


The investor choice will provide direct everlasting residency to these investing SR7 million and creating a minimum of 10 jobs in the course of the first two years. These making use of can be issued an funding license, they usually should additionally present a business register and articles of incorporation.

Edgard Tawk, CEO and co-founder of Eurisko, a multinational digital innovation agency, mentioned these “choices carry thrilling alternatives for buyers like us.  Not solely can we set up a company presence in Saudi Arabia, however we will additionally designate it as our strategic headquarters.”

He mentioned with these added perks, the investor residency choice “is poised to change into a extremely sought-after attraction for each regional and worldwide buyers.”

Commenting on the report, George Haddad, founder and inventive producer at Saudi-based Yellowcore Productions, mentioned: “As a movie and TVC producer, the brand new premium residency choices in Saudi Arabia provide the potential for simpler entry to a rising market, alternatives for enterprise growth, and the power to capitalize on the nation’s financial development.”

Haddad was optimistic in regards to the affect of those new insurance policies on the general development of his sector. “You might discover it simpler to ascertain and increase your manufacturing actions, entry expertise and sources, and discover regional and worldwide enterprise alternatives within the movie and TVC trade.”

Entrepreneur residency

This class will permit candidates to appoint two members of workers for particular expertise standing.

Class-1 entrepreneur residency will present a fixed-term 5 years renewable for one extra time period (topic to assembly ongoing eligibility requirements and dwelling within the Kingdom for at least 30 months inside the 5 years). Candidates should have obtained a minimal SR400,000 funding from an accredited group and maintain a minimum of a 20 p.c share of the startup.

“Reflecting our dedication, a key criterion for the enterprise investor residency is the availability of employment alternatives for Saudi residents,” Al-Sultan famous.

The second class will grant everlasting residency straight on the situation that the entrepreneur creates a minimum of 10 jobs within the first 12 months and 10 or extra jobs within the second 12 months. To qualify, a minimal SR15 million funding will must be proven alongside proof of a ten p.c share within the enterprise enterprise.

Actual property possession

This residency plan can be tied to property possession or usufruct. Standards will embrace proudly owning an actual property asset value a minimal of SR4 million that is freed from current and future mortgages. Property possession or utilization should not be linked with actual property financing, actual property owned should be residential, developed, and never from undeveloped or unimproved land, and lastly, the property asset should be appraised by accredited valuers from the Kingdom’s Taqeem authority.

“We welcome purposes from all nationalities. Our purpose is to deal with the abilities gaps in several sectors, so candidates assembly our necessities and goals are inspired to use,” the CEO of the Premium Residency Middle mentioned.

Initially, Saudi Arabia launched a one-year limited-duration residency program with an annual price of SR100,000 and the requirement to show monetary solvency. In the meantime, unlimited-duration residency prices SR800,000 for everlasting residency, once more with proof of an applicant’s monetary well being.

“Saudi Arabia isn’t just a spot to work and make investments, however a land of alternatives the place innovation, tradition, and enterprise thrive collectively. These new premium residency merchandise serves as our invitation to the world to affix us in our journey of transformation and development,” Al-Sultan informed Arab Information.

Particular expertise

To realize the five-year particular expertise residency choice, candidates should be professionals specializing in healthcare and science and incomes a minimum of a month-to-month SR35,000, or researchers with a minimal month-to-month wage of SR14,000.

Executives searching for particular expertise standing can be required to have an executive-level employment contract, with month-to-month pay in extra of SR80,000.

“These new residencies are extra than simply permits; they’re a dedication to shaping our nation’s future. By attracting particular skills, entrepreneurs, and buyers, we aren’t solely boosting our financial system but in addition enriching our cultural and scientific panorama, ” the highest official of the Premium Residency Middle mentioned.

Gifted residency

This class will cowl a fixed-term interval of 5 years and be cut up into two classes. Within the first case, candidates will must be nominated or be a recipient of an award accredited by the Saudi ministries of tradition and sports activities. Alternatively, they need to fulfill the minimal eligibility standards accredited by the 2 ministries.

Todd Albert Nims, a US nationwide born in Saudi Arabia, was excited over the information. Speaking to Arab Information, he mentioned: “Saudi Arabia is in my coronary heart. It gave me a lot (whereas I used to be) rising up. As a artistic skilled in movie, theater and the humanities, I’m humbled to have had the great fortune to present again by serving to to develop these sectors within the Kingdom after getting back from the US.”

Mohsin Ali Khan, a monetary controller at a cloud gaming firm in Riyadh, additionally expressed comparable views. He mentioned the introduction of the 5 new premium residency choices marks a big growth within the Kingdom. He highlighted that the potential inflow of specialised expertise may have a optimistic affect on analysis and growth initiatives within the nation.