Saudi Arabia introduces new study visas

JEDDAH — The Council of Ministers has announced the creation of long-term and short-term study visas.

The decision was taken during the weekly session of the Council of Ministers, chaired by the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques, King Salman, on Tuesday.

The new long-term visa will be granted to students, researchers and experts, for the purpose of academic study and research visit.

While the short-term visa will be granted to visiting students, researchers and interns, for the purposes of language studies, training, participation in short programs and student exchange programs.

The council decision said that the holder of a study visa is excluded from the requirement related to the provision of a sponsor.

At the start of the session, the Cabinet was briefed on the content of recent talks and consultations covering current developments in the international arena that took place between Saudi Arabia and a number of leaders of brotherly and friendly countries and their representatives.

In this context, the Council of Ministers reiterated the Kingdom’s support for good offices aimed at finding a political solution that would lead to the resolution of the Russian-Ukrainian crisis, and to continue to contribute on a humanitarian level to mitigate its impacts.

The Cabinet expressed its thanks to the governments of Russia and Ukraine for their cooperation and response to the mediation of the Crown Prince in the release of prisoners of different nationalities, as part of his efforts to adopt humanitarian initiatives.

The Cabinet also discussed the results of the Kingdom’s participation in the 77th session of the United Nations General Assembly and the bilateral and multilateral meetings held on the sidelines of its activities.

The Kingdom has emphasized continued support for joint action and strengthening international cooperation to address the challenges facing the world, and initiate all that contributes to the achievement of a more peaceful and peaceful world. fairer, and a promising future for peoples and future generations.

In his statement to the Saudi Press Agency (SPA) after the meeting, Acting Media Minister Dr. Majid Bin Abdullah Al-Qasabi said the Cabinet reviewed the overall situation and its courses in the region, highlighting the content of the statement issued by the International Quartet on Yemen.

He also underlined the Quartet’s condemnation of the Houthi militia’s military reinforcements and its attacks inside Yemen, which threatened to disrupt the truce, and its affirmation of its full support for the efforts of the Special Envoy of the United Nations to prolong and extend the truce.

The Council of Ministers underlined the confirmation of the Kingdom – during the general debate of the 51st session of the Human Rights Council in Geneva – on the importance of promoting a culture of dialogue, cooperation, tolerance and respect for noble values ​​and other cultures, considering their diversity as the key to prosperity and sustainable development for all peoples of the world.

With regard to internal affairs, the Council of Ministers commended the State’s attention to programs and strategies based on the Vision of the Kingdom, particularly with regard to the housing needs of citizens and the quality of services are provided, including continued work to facilitate and increase homeownership rates to reach the target of (70% by 2030).

The Council of Ministers welcomed the need to improve the quality of municipal services, enhance the urban landscape and develop infrastructure, in addition to optimizing and sustainably using natural and water resources.

The Cabinet welcomed the fact that the Kingdom leads the G20 countries in the rate of international tourist arrivals in the first seven months of 2022, with an increase of 121% compared to the same period in 2019, according to the latest reports published by the World Tourism Organization.

The Cabinet sees this as a continuation of the qualitative leaps in the tourism sector, which provides employment opportunities for citizens of the Kingdom and represents a cultural bridge to communicate with the world.

The Cabinet was informed of the topics on its agenda, as well as the conclusions reached by the Economic and Development Affairs Council, the Political and Security Affairs Council, the General Cabinet Committee and the Expert Office of the Cabinet in this regard.

The Council of Ministers authorized the Minister of Culture, who is also the Chairman of the National Committee for Education, Culture and Science, to discuss and co-sign with the Arab Organization for Education, Culture and Science (ALECSO) a draft Memorandum of Understanding for cooperation in the cultural field between the Ministry of Culture of Saudi Arabia and ALECSO.

The Council of Ministers authorized the Minister of Investment to discuss and co-sign with the Chinese side a draft Memorandum of Understanding between the Ministry of Investment of Saudi Arabia and the Ministry of Commerce of China on cooperation in the area of ​​direct investment promotion.

The Cabinet authorized the Minister of Investment to discuss and co-sign with the Hong Kong side a draft Memorandum of Understanding between the Government of Saudi Arabia and the Government of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region on cooperation in the field of promotion direct investments.

The Cabinet authorized the Minister of Finance to discuss and co-sign with the International Monetary Fund (IMF) a draft Memorandum of Understanding between the Government of Saudi Arabia and the IMF regarding the establishment of an IMF regional office in the Kingdom, as well as than to support him. in the area of ​​capacity building.

The Council of Ministers authorized the Minister of Health to discuss and co-sign with the Moroccan side a draft Memorandum of Understanding between the Ministry of Health of Saudi Arabia and the Ministry of Health of Morocco on cooperation in health fields.

The Council of Ministers approved the system for the use of security surveillance cameras and also approved a change in the organization of the General Statistics Authority.

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