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Saudi Arabia Says Landmark Residency Plan Will Bolster Economy

  • Special residency for wealthy expats won’t require sponsorship
  • Rules for receiving residency to be determined within 90 days
Expats in Saudi Arabia are subject to some of the world’s most restrictive residency rules.

Expats in Saudi Arabia are subject to some of the world’s most restrictive residency rules.

Photographer: Simon Dawson/Bloomberg
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Saudi Arabia approved a program that offers permanent residency for some foreigners to attract investments, the latest sign of how the quest for non-oil revenue is prompting Gulf Arab countries to rethink the role of expats in their societies.