Saudi king extends amnesty for illegal workers

Gulf kingdom gives illegal foreign workers until Nov 3 to change status or leave country

Saudi ruler King Abdullah.

Saudi ruler King Abdullah.

Saudi Arabia's King Abdullah has extended an amnesty for foreign workers to obtain legal status in the country until the end of the Islamic year on November 3, from the previous deadline of July 3, the official Saudi Press Agency reported on Tuesday.

Earlier this year the kingdom began to crack down on the many foreign workers who have violated their visa terms with surprise inspections on streets and in company offices.

Tens of thousands of people were deported or decided to leave the country under this pressure, raising concern about possible damage to the economy if deportations continued.

The government then announced an amnesty during which workers would be forgiven any fees or fines for visa violations such as overstaying or switching jobs, but bureaucratic delays mean many have still not regularised their status.

Security forces will resume cracking down on illegal workers in the new Islamic year, SPA said, quoting a government statement.

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Posted by: feitan

thank you for showing mercy for the people., you are a true leader.,

Posted by: jeniles24

long live the king!!!thanks

Posted by: mary ann

so grateful to King Abdullah for your kindheart and understanding to the situation we are having now.... GODBLESS,,,,ranya

Posted by: Arnel Arriola

before i work at the national guard as personal waiter of Prince Majid at Villa E,now im still arrange my paper so thanks for the extension......allah well always bless you more King Abdullah.....

Posted by: maila deguzman

Alhamdulillah...Answer prayer ..thankx be to ALLAH..HE is a sustainer...and more power to KING ABDULLAH he is a good Leader ....

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