The Kingdom is working on a plan which will ensure that no expatriate will
receive a valid residence permit without subscribing to the social insurance
The move will help to provide social security benefits to a growing number of
expatriates who have been working mainly in the private sector companies.
The move will help to provide benefits to the insured workers in cases of
deaths or disabilities on account of injuries while on duty and occupational
The new plan will cover nearly seven million expatriates currently working in
Saudi Arabia. Until now, the insurance coverage under the General Organization
for Social Insurance (GOSI) has not been made mandatory on all expatriate
The GOSI, however, has stepped up its efforts to provide social security
benefits to the foreign workers.
The GOSI, according to a report released by this social insurance
organization, has already covered millions of workers in over 19,000 small
enterprises, medium-size companies and big companies. These companies are
currently operating in various parts of the country.
The report said that more than 20 million beneficiaries, including Saudis and
expatriates, have already received social security benefits from GOSI.
Under GOSIís current social security scheme, Saudi workers are entitled for
monthly pension benefits and refund of their contributions, whereas expatriates
are only entitled to occupational hazard benefits.
Referring to the GOSIís services, the report said that this social insurance
body is also a member of the International Social Security Association (ISSA),
which appointed GOSI to undertake the huge task of translating, publishing and
distributing the International Social Security Review (ISSR), which contains
updated social security reports, surveys and research materials.
All these services offered by the GOSI comes in line with the directives of
the Saudi government, which is genuinely interested in the welfare of its
citizens and its expatriate workers. The GOSI, the report said, seeks to ensure
protection under the social insurance act, which calls for benefits to be
extended to the Saudi workers suffering from temporary disabilities, sickness
It also offers other benefits to Saudi and foreign workers within the
framework of its provisions.
It also covers the cost of medical treatment, offers compensation for partial
or permanent disabilities, marriage grants and funeral expenses. The GOSI, an
entity enjoying technical and administrative independence, has set up more than
17 chapters in various parts of the country.