Saudi sends texts to warn of hiring illegal workers

Authorities have begun sending text messages warning against employing illegal expatriates
Saudi sends texts to warn of hiring illegal workers
By Beatrice Thomas
Sun 20 Oct 2013 11:40 AM

Saudi authorities have begun sending text messages to citizens, companies and establishments warning against employing illegal expatriates and having financial dealings with them, it was reported.

The Ministries of Interior and Labour have warned companies and individuals against providing cover to the undocumented expatriates and those overstaying their visa period, the Saudi Gazette reported.

The messages also said that providing shelter to any illegal expatriate was punishable under Saudi law.

Sources quoted by the Gazette said the Ministry of Labour said special teams had been formed to inspect workplaces to check on illegal expatriate workers once an amnesty for status correction ended on November 3.

The teams, which include security support in some locations, have been empowered to arrest violating workers after the amnesty, the Gazette report said.

It said the Ministry of Labour was also planning to hold a workshop for all directors of labour offices in the kingdom to revise and study the mechanism to carry out post-amnesty inspection campaigns.

Penalties for defying the law include up to two years’ jail and fines up to SR100,000 ($26,664).

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