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Saudi Arabia extends amnesty to illegal Yemeni residents

Yemenis who illegally entered the kingdom before April 9, two weeks before Saudi Arabia began airstrikes in the Gulf state, have been granted six-month visit visas

Saudi Arabia extends amnesty to illegal Yemeni residents
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Saudi Arabia has extended an amnesty to illegal Yemeni residents, offering a six-month visit visa while they attempt to rectify their status, state media Saudi Press Agency reported.

The amnesty applies only to Yemenis who arrived illegally in the kingdom before April 9, about two weeks after Saudi Arabia began airstrikes against Houthi militia in the Gulf state.

The visit visa is intended to give them time to arrange legal documents from Yemeni authorities that they can use to apply for a work visa.

“They should be allowed to work in accordance with regulations set by the competent authorities. This procedure shall be effective for two months from the date of residence status correction,” a Royal Court statement carried by SPA said.

The offer was made in response to a request from Yemeni President Abdrabbu Mansour Hadi.

Saudi Arabia has led a coalition force against the Shia Houthis, who are attempting to take control of the country from internationally recognised President Hadi.

Hundreds of thousands of Yemenis routinely cross the border with Saudi Arabia, an area so remote and desolate it has been difficult for the kingdom to secure.

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