SR35,000 bank balance ‘a must’ to hire one maid

Updated 03 November 2015

SR35,000 bank balance ‘a must’ to hire one maid

JEDDAH: The Ministry of Labor has reiterated that employers seeking to hire domestic workers must meet several criteria to qualify, including cash in the bank and no unpaid traffic fines.

These are some of the stipulations that the ministry has highlighted after complaints from employers that their online applications for visas were rejected, a local publication reported recently.
The ministry said the poor financial status of applicants was one of the main reasons for rejecting applications. The other reasons include missing or unclear documents, seeking too many visas, not paying the SR2,000 application fee, and not providing bank statements as proof of income and savings.
The ministry said that to hire one maid a prospective employer must earn at least SR5,000 a month, and have at least a bank balance of SR35,000 over the six months before the application was submitted.
For a second visa, the employer must earn at least SR18,000 and have SR120,000 in the bank.
For the fourth visa, the minimum salary must be at SR30,000 and a bank balance of SR250,000. There is no salary requirement stipulated for a fifth visa, but the applicant must have SR500,000 in the bank.
The ministry said that the number of active visas of an applicant is taken into account whenever new applications are made. It said that non-Saudi families can recruit domestic workers by verifying their salaries, whether they are married or single, and over 25 years of age.


KSRelief dispatches help for Lebanese medical teams treating explosion victims 

Updated 05 August 2020

KSRelief dispatches help for Lebanese medical teams treating explosion victims 

RIYADH: The King Salman Humanitarian Aid and Relief Center (KSRelief) has assisted Lebanese medical teams treating victims of the Beirut explosion on Tuesday.

Emergency teams from the Souboul Al Salam Relief Team, which is funded by KSRelief, went from north of Lebanon to Beirut to support medical teams on the ground. 

Another team from Al-Amal Medical Center, also funded by KSRelief, provided emergency health care services and started a blood donation campaign to meet the demand of Beirut hospitals.

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The prime minister of Lebanon, which is already struggling with an economic crisis and battling COVID-19, has made a desperate plea for help following Tuesday’s deadly explosions.
Kuwait said it has delivered medical aid and other essentials by a military plane on Wednesday morning.
The World Health Organization and the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies were sending 40 tonnes of medical supplies, including personal protective equipment to Beirut on a flight paid for by Dubai-based International Humanitarian City, a hub for humanitarian emergency preparedness and response, a WHO representative said.
"We are offering medical trauma kits and surgical kits containing things such as syringes, bandages and surgical gowns," said Nevien Attalla, operations manager for the WHO's Dubai hub.

*With agencies