90-days amnesty to legalise in KSA from March 29

The government of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia (KSA) has given a chance to the illegal foreign workers to legalise their illegal documents or leave the country without penalties taking the advantage of its 90-day grace period.

If they fail to legalise their documents in time, they would be deported to their countries of origin with special drives of the law enforcers, a KSA newspaper Arab News reports.

The high officials of the Expatriate Welfare and Overseas Employment Ministry also aware of the KSA move to legalise the undocumented and illegal foreign workers working to the country.

According to the ministry, a good number of illegal Bangladeshi workers will get chance of legalising their papers and extend their service period to the country during the general amnesty period. Earlier, more than 7 lakh Bangladeshis took advantages of similar amnesty there.

The Arab News reports that the Saudi Arabia has launched “A Nation without Violations” campaign to give residency and labour law violators 90 days to leave the country without penalties.

Prince Mohammed bin Naif – a crown prince, deputy prime minister and minister of interior – urged violators to take advantage of the 90-day grace period effective from March 29.

The prince directed authorities to facilitate the procedures of people who seek to leave the country within the stipulated period and relieve them from all sanctions, it reports.

Quoting its Interior Ministry spokesman Mansour Al-Turki said 19 government agencies will carry out the campaign. It “covers those who overstayed after their Hajj or Umrah visit, or any other type of visa”.

He said procedures will be finalised for violators with no residence or work permits who infiltrated the borders illegally. Travel permits will be issued for those individuals.

The General Directorate of Passports and the Immigration Department also completed their preparations to facilitate the departure of violators. The residents with no identity cards or who overstayed after Hajj must visit the nearest passport department to complete procedures, he said.

Urging citizens and residents not to employ individuals who violated their work or residency permits, or cover up for them, he said, “Please report violators by calling 999”.

Warning for penalties he said once the grace period passes, penalties will levied against violators.

Al-Turki said the same campaign was launched three years ago with more than 2.5 million violators departing under the program.

Marine Col Saher Al-Harbi, spokesman of the Border Guard, said his department had returned thousands of illegal infiltrators who arrived via land and seaports.

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