How To Work as an Overseas Nurse in Saudi Arabia
<p>Healthcare professionals are in high demand in Saudi Arabia (KSA). Saudi Arabia employs nurses from different parts of the world, from the <a rel="noreferrer noopener" href="https://www.trueprofile.io/member/resources/how-to-find-a-job-in-saudi-from-the-philippines" target="_blank">Philippines</a> and India to South Africa and Egypt.&nbsp;If you want to know how to work as an overseas nurse in Saudi Arabia, you must meet the eligibility criteria for employment. This includes the relevant <a rel="noreferrer noopener" href="https://www.trueprofile.io/member/resources/mytrueprofile-digital-cv-highlight-your-education" target="_blank">education</a>, experience, and skills.&nbsp;</p> <h2>Requirements for Working as an Overseas Nurse in Saudi Arabia</h2> <p>Nursing overseas can be a lucrative and life-changing opportunity if you have the right skills and qualifications. Different countries have different requirements that all applicants must meet to work.&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>If you want to work as an overseas nurse in Saudi Arabia, some of the requirements you should meet include:</strong></p> <ul><li>Getting the right education</li><li>Having enough work experience</li><li>Having the right licensing for your nursing specialty</li></ul> <p></p> <p>You need a relevant education degree from an accredited institution.&nbsp; KSA accepts fresh graduates without work experience. However, most institutions require 2-3 years of relevant nursing experience.</p> <p>Licensing is another critical requirement for nurses who work in KSA. You must pass the licensing examinations in your home country to be eligible for a nursing license. A valid nursing license from your country&#8217;s Ministry of Health or a licensing department is required.&nbsp;</p> <p>You will need supporting documents to accompany your application. These documents are used to examine your suitability for working as a verified nurse.&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>The documents you should prepare for overseas employment in KSA include:</strong></p> <ul><li>Your degree or diploma certificates</li><li>Transcripts of records or mark sheets&nbsp;</li><li>Your professional health license issued by a recognized official authority from your country</li><li>A good standing certificate obtained within the last six months&nbsp;</li></ul> <p></p> <h2>How To Apply for a Nursing Job in Saudi Arabia</h2> <p>KSA offers attractive salaries and benefits to overseas nurses. </p> <p>The first step is to find a reputable recruiting agency and submit your <a rel="noreferrer noopener" href="https://www.trueprofile.io/member/resources/build-a-digital-resume" target="_blank">digital CV</a> and application. Use your myTrueProfile account to provide your digital CV or&nbsp;submit an application to recruiting agencies. Toggle your <a rel="noreferrer noopener" href="https://www.trueprofile.io/member/resources/update-your-contact-settings-and-unlock-career-opportunities" target="_blank">Contact Settings to &#8216;Recommended&#8217;</a> to allow recruiters and employers contact you. &nbsp;</p> <p>Some recruiters will schedule an interview with you to further evaluate your eligibility. This is not your final interview. The KSA employer will also interview you if they choose to hire you.&nbsp;</p> <h2>How to Apply for Nursing Registration&nbsp;</h2> <figure class="wp-block-image size-large"><img loading="lazy" width="1024" height="535" src="https://production-prod-trueprofile-blogassets-origin.s3.ap-southeast-1.amazonaws.com/uploads/2021/09/shutterstock_388538224-1024x535.jpg" alt="" class="wp-image-12469" srcset="https://production-prod-trueprofile-blogassets-origin.s3.ap-southeast-1.amazonaws.com/uploads/2021/09/shutterstock_388538224-1024x535.jpg 1024w, https://production-prod-trueprofile-blogassets-origin.s3.ap-southeast-1.amazonaws.com/uploads/2021/09/shutterstock_388538224-300x157.jpg 300w, https://production-prod-trueprofile-blogassets-origin.s3.ap-southeast-1.amazonaws.com/uploads/2021/09/shutterstock_388538224-768x401.jpg 768w, https://production-prod-trueprofile-blogassets-origin.s3.ap-southeast-1.amazonaws.com/uploads/2021/09/shutterstock_388538224.jpg 1200w" sizes="(max-width: 1024px) 100vw, 1024px" /></figure> <p>One benefit of working as an overseas nurse in Saudi Arabia is the ability to secure a job contract before the registration process.&nbsp;If you proceed to Saudi Arabia without a job or contract, you can leverage your myTrueProfile to help with your job search.&nbsp;The Saudi Arabia Commission for Health Specialists (<a href="https://www.trueprofile.io/member/resources/mumaris-plus-the-scfhs-portal-explained" target="_blank" rel="noreferrer noopener">SCFHS</a>) is the registration board for healthcare professionals. </p> <p><strong>Registering as a nurse in Saudi Arabia takes 4 steps:</strong></p> <h3>1. Verify Your Credentials</h3> <p>Send scanned copies of the documents required by the SCFHS to verify your qualifications to DataFlow. <strong>Some of these documents include:</strong></p> <ul><li>Your <a href="https://www.trueprofile.io/member/resources/how-to-verify-your-degree-with-trueprofile-io" target="_blank" rel="noreferrer noopener">degree certificate</a></li><li>Academic transcripts</li><li>A statement of service</li><li>Your current nurse license</li><li>A copy of your passport</li></ul> <p></p> <h3>2. Register with Mumaris+</h3> <p>Register on the <a rel="noreferrer noopener" href="https://www.trueprofile.io/member/resources/mumaris-plus-the-scfhs-protal-explained" target="_blank">Mumaris+</a> online portal using your email and phone number. The SCFHS will use the Mumaris+ portal to determine whether you meet the criteria for becoming a registered nurse in KSA. If successful, nurses will receive an eligibility number.&nbsp;</p> <p>If you experience any challenges on the Mumaris+ portal, reach out to <a rel="noreferrer noopener" href="https://www.scfhs.org.sa/en/eservices/Pages/MumarisPlusTawasul.aspx" target="_blank">Tawasul</a>. Tawasul is SCFHS’s support platform where you can ask questions, follow up, request technical support or provide suggestions.</p> <h3>3. Take the Prometric Exam</h3> <p>Once you have your eligibility number, take the <a rel="noreferrer noopener" href="https://www.trueprofile.io/member/resources/3-steps-getting-prometric-scfhs" target="_blank">Prometric Exam</a>. The Prometric exam is a multiple-choice test based on different nursing specialties. Applicants have up to three hours and three attempts to complete the exam. You need <strong>45%</strong> to pass the exam if you are a nurse technician of <strong>50%</strong> for nurse specialists.&nbsp;</p> <p>The results of your Prometric exam are sent directly to the SCFHS. You will receive your professional classification after about two weeks. It is advisable to take the exam from your home country before traveling to KSA.&nbsp;</p> <h3>4. Visa and Work Permits&nbsp;</h3> <p>In most cases, employment for expats lasts two years (renewable). You need a work and residency permit that allows you to work as an overseas nurse and live in KSA.&nbsp;</p> <p>You will need a sponsor, usually your employer, who also requires visa approval from the ministry of labor to hire foreign nationals.&nbsp;</p> <p>Before you obtain the residency visa, you must first obtain a work visa. Your employer will apply for the visa on your behalf, allowing you to enter the country after the visa approval. You will need to obtain the residence permit (Iqama) within 90 days of your arrival.&nbsp;</p> <p>For the first three months of your employment in the KSA, you must remain in the country.&nbsp;</p> <p>The residency permit serves as your primary form of identification. You should have it on you at all times. The permit will allow you to open a bank account. The work permit contains personal information such as your name, nationality, date of birth, employer, job title, Iqama number and the issue/expiry dates.&nbsp;</p> <p>Keep track of the expiry date and renew it before it expires to avoid fines. An invalid permit will get you fined!&nbsp;</p> <h2>Work as an Overseas Nurse in Saudi Arabia</h2> <p>Most expats find it rewarding to work in Saudi Arabia as nurses. The salary, benefits and advanced healthcare system are just some factors that motivate nurses to work in Saudi Arabia.&nbsp;</p>