With the amnesty period deadline fast approaching, many private companies have started selecting the best expat workers from their staff to be made full-timers and sponsored. Conversely, several expat workers will also be let off by their employers to avoid complications with labor authorities after Nov. 3, when the deadline ends.
Human resource supervisors in private companies told Arab News that their companies will transfer sponsorships of expat workers who are crucial to them, while releasing other part-timers due to difficulties in changing their sponsorships.
“We have six expat workers who did not transfer their sponsorships to us. We need two of them to continue working and will let go the rest by the end of this month (October),” Ali Mansour, an HR supervisor in a private company specializing in the advertisement field, told Arab News.
There are several expat workers in the private sector who have been suspended by their employers and they hope to transfer their sponsorships before the end of the amnesty period. 
“We cannot transfer sponsorships of all our expat staff due to their large number. The firm depends on part-timers and the budget is not enough to hire them as full-timers. Besides, transferring their sponsorship also costs us a lot. However, our firm has started hiring Saudis in line with the Saudization law and to improve our classification in Nitaqat program,” Ahmed Alawi, an HR manger in a private industrial company, said.