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Tuesday, August 01, 2017

Saudi Arabia to Impose SR50,000 Fine, 6-months Jail Time to Unauthorized Expat Workers

If you are planning to work in Saudi Arabia, make sure your recruitment agency is legitimate and licensed from the Philippines Overseas Employment Administration (POEA) so that you will not end up in the hands of an illegal recruiter that may send you in the Kingdom as an authorized worker.  Same if you are working in Saudi, make sure you are not working on your account or without a proper sponsor. Because at the moment, severe penalties and hefty fines in awaiting for unauthorized foreign workers or those expatriate working on their account.  According to local media quoting the General Directorate for Passport, unapproved foreign workers will face up to six months in jail, will be fined of SR50,000 and will be deported if caught working illegally in the Kingdom.

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If you are planning to work in Saudi Arabia, make sure your recruitment agency is legitimate and licensed from the Philippines Overseas Employment Administration (POEA) so that you will not end up in the hands of an illegal recruiter that may send you in the Kingdom as an authorized worker.

Same if you are working in Saudi, make sure you are not working on your account or without a proper sponsor.
Because at the moment, severe penalties and hefty fines in awaiting for unauthorized foreign workers or those expatriate working on their account.

According to local media quoting the General Directorate for Passport, unapproved foreign workers will face up to six months in jail, will be fined of SR50,000 and will be deported if caught working illegally in the Kingdom.

Read: Crackdown Against Undocumented Expats in Saudi Arabia Starts

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Al-Madina Daily reported the following fines for violations
  • 1st offense - SR10,000 and deportation
  • 2nd offense - SR25,000, a month in prison and deportation
  • 3rd offense - SR50,000, 6-months in jail and deportation



According to the Interior and Labor Ministries, they are coordinating an effort to flush out illegals in the Kingdom. With this labor market can be regulated according to the framework of the current plant to attain the Vission 2030.

It was last July that the amnesty for undocumented workers in Saudi Arabia has ended.


Read: Jobs in Retail Sector Including in Baqalas in Saudi Arabia will be off-limits to OFWs
“A nation without violators” campaign was given to work and residence violator to correct their status in the Kingdom.

Accordingly, there are more than 600,000 expatriate workers have benefited the campaign and can go back to Saudi to work legally.



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