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Saudi king extends amnesty for illegal workers

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

Saudi king extends amnesty for illegal workers
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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jovy d.formento 7 years ago

I never expect this kind of opportionity a million tenks to king abdulah and his ministry to extend the amnesty instead of july he extend to nov 3 coz they have many people run away here to process their papers so that we are hapy to go home and wrk here in your country im ordinary people im ofw here I want to salute you sir

radzma sanny 7 years ago

alhamdulillah, we are very thankful for 3 months extension,,,,

Noel N. Almasco 7 years ago

We thank his excellency for the humanitarian action he did for the Filipino expats- part of the illegal workers, true to what i have in mind for him as a compassionate king...God bless you King Abdullah...we pray for your good health, long life and more blessing.

arriel reyes 7 years ago

Thanks God...and for the KIng of SAUDI His excellency King Abdullah for this greatness forgiveness,,,for all OFW grab this extension and hoping this time given is enough to fix and complete ur documents...Mabuhay ang Hari at walang sawang pagtulong ng ating Consulado.....GOD BLESS to all

Shihab Uddin 7 years ago

This is called mercy .Thanks to Custodian of two holy mosque king Abdullah.

Hanz 7 years ago


John 7 years ago

First Of I would like to Thanks Allah SWT who is Sami ud Dua who have listen our duas. Secondly My prays to His Majesty HEH King Abdullah Bin Abdulaziz Alsaud May Allah SWT tala keep him safe healthy and happy.

Mohammed siadath Ali Khan 7 years ago

First of all I thank to Allah Almighty who has given a kind heart to H E king Abdullah and Royal family towards expatriates.
Million thanks for extending AMNESTY PERIOD. It is a big relief for Expatriates as well as local business authorities.
Thanks a lot again.

norhaya lala 7 years ago

first of all thanks to almighty allah, to listen and accept our praying, thank u also to king abdullah for his good and kindness person, you have a good heart king.. allah give u more2x long life and good health.. jazakallahu khair king.

Mansawi Basman 7 years ago

alhamdulillah...and for the KIng of SAUDI His excellency King Abdullah for this greatness forgiveness, More Power to King Abdullah and Prolong his Life.