Expats can legalise status by paying fine says Saudi
Jeddah, November 10, 2013
Saudi Arabia's Labour Ministry has said that it would continue to accept applications from undocumented expats to legalise their status despite the end of the amnesty, said a report.
Such workers will have to pay fines and face other penal measures for the delay in legalising their status, said the Arab News report.
However, raids to nab violators of the law will continue, said the report quoting Faisal Al-Otaibi, director-general of inspections at the ministry.
“The correction process is continuing and those who want to legalise their status can do so through our electronic services and labour offices,” he was quoted as saying in the report.
Thousands of illegals have been reportedly arrested in different parts of the country and many companies have suspended operations to avoid raids.
He said companies with a ‘closed’ sign on their window will not be exempt from questioning or search. The ministry has deployed 55 teams in Riyadh, 45 in Jeddah and 64 in the Eastern Province to inspect firms.