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Showing posts with label About Saudi. Show all posts
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Sunday, March 05, 2017

SAUDI GOV'T TO COMPANIES: RETURN PASSPORT OF EMPLOYEES WITHIN ONE MONTH OR BE PENALIZED



OFWs and other expats have a reason to rejoice, for finally, their passport will be given to them, as LABOR MINISTRY of SAUDI ARABIA warned employers to return non-Saudi passport within one month or face penalties.

The government of Saudi Arabia through the Ministry of Labour and Social Development has reportedly given employers one month to return passports to their employees.
#Saudi Labor Ministry — One-month deadline for #employers to return #employees#passportshttps://t.co/fUGN2E5YTy
In a report by the Saudi Gazette, the country’s Council of Ministers first banned employers from keeping passports severals years ago.

SEE ALSO:
SAUDI ARABIA, UAE, QATAR, OMAN, BAHRAIN AND KUWAIT EMPLOYERS SHOULD NOT HOLD WORKER'S PASSPORT

Also, a couple of years ago, former Philippine Ambassador to Saudi Arabia inform Filipino Overseas Workers to report to labor department if their employers are keeping their passport from them


PHILIPPINES AMBASSADOR TO SAUDI: REPORT IF YOUR EMPLOYER REFUSED TO GIVE YOUR PASSPORT
The KSA Ministry of Labor will also penalized employees with a fine of SAR2,000 if they keep their employees passport or fail to return them. Accordingly, reports says that the Labor Ministry and Social Development is giving EMPLOYERS ONE MONTH deadline to return the passports of their employees.

Previous posts about this generated a lot of comments that their employers are still keeping their passports and do not follow the Labor Ministry order. 


This is good news to many Filipinos, OFWs based in Saudi Arabia especially those working as household service workers.Some employers are keeping their passport so they cannot escape from maltreatment and abused. Some are simply keeping their passport so they will be hold hostage, especially if employers are not following rules and regulations agreed especially when it comes to salary, day-off and unfit labor practices.


Read some of the comments below regarding OFW employers withholding their passport from them
Quoting the Secretary General of National Society for Human Rights Khalid Al-Fakhiri said that holding an employee’s passport is a form of human trafficking. “What binds the employer and the employee is the contract. The passport is a personal document. No one has the right to take it because it becomes a crime of abuse and denial of rights,” as reported in Saudi Gazette.
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Thursday, November 17, 2016

PHILIPPINE EMBASSY IN SAUDI TO ALL OFWS IN THE KINGDOM: LIST OF PENALTY FOR EXPAT VIOLATORS IN SAUDI


Are you working in Saudi Arabia under different sponsor from the one on your visa; over-staying when your visa or iqama has expired; are you helping illegal expatriates by employing them, transporting them, or sheltering them? These are against the rules of Saudi and you could end up sanctioned and deported.

The website of the Embassy of Philippines in Saudi Arabia recently published information issued by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.  This pertains to the sanctions or penalty that will be given to expatriates who violates rules and regulations in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.



In the Ministerial Sanctions defined by Saudi MFA, penalties for expatriate violators were defined. Some violators includes expatriates who are free lancer or those who have Kafeel, over-stayer or those whose visa or iqama are already expired. Expatriates who are also helping and protecting illegals by any means like employing, sheltering, or transporting  them will be fined and could face deportation, imprisonment, and confiscation of car or transportation.

The advisory given by MFA reads as follows:

ADVISORY
Saudi Ministry of Foreign Affairs Issues Ministerial Sanctions 
Against Violators of the Rules and Regulations Pertaining to 
Dealing with Expatriates
(14 November 2016) The Philippine Embassy wishes to inform the Filipino Community in Riyadh that the Saudi Ministry of Foreign Affairs issued its Ministerial Decision Circular which contains the sanctions to be imposed against violators of the rules and regulations when dealing with expatriates in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.
The matrix includes sanctions on the violations such as, protecting or harboring an expatriate, delay of departure of an expatriate after expiration of entry or exit visa, and employers who allow their workers to work for other employers under their sponsorship.



NO.VIOLATIONSANCTION
FOR FIRST OFFENSE
SANCTION
FOR SECOND OFFENSE
SANCTION
FOR THIRD OFFENSE & MORE
1
Any expatriate who works for his own account (Free Lancer)
  1. SR10,000 fine
  2. Deportation
  1. SR25,000 fine
  2. One month imprisonment
  3. Deportation
  1. SR50,000 fine
  2. Six month imprisonment
  3. Deportation
2
Any expatriate who delays his departure after expiration of his entry visa
  1. SR15,000 fine
  2. Deportation
  1. SR25,000 fine
  2. Three months imprisonment
  3. Deportation
  1. SR50,000 fine
  2. Six month imprisonment
  3. Deportation
3
Intruders who are caught outside the border
  1. Fine of SR15,000
  2. One month imprisonment
  3. Deportation
  1. SR25,000 fine
  2. Three months imprisonment
  3. Deportation
  1. SR100,000 fine
  2. Six month imprisonment
  3. Deportation
4
Persons who transport or give jobs to intruders who are caught outside the border; protecting or harboring them; or extending them any means of assistance
  1. SR25,000 fine
  2. Six months imprisonment
  3. Deportation (if violator is an expatriate)
  4. Criminal libel
  5. To demand for court order to confiscate the means of the land transport if it is owned by the transporter himself, his accomplice or partner
  1. SR50,000 fine
  2. One year imprisonment
  3. Deportation (if violator is an expatriate)
  4. Criminal libel
  5. To demand for court order to confiscate the means of the land transport if it is owned by the transporter himself, his accomplice or partner
  1. SR100,000 fine
  2. Two years imprisonment
  3. Deportation (if violator is an expatriate)
  4. Criminal libel
  5. To demand for court order to confiscate the means of the land transport if it is owned by the transporter himself, his accomplice or partner
5
Any individual person who transports or gives jobs to violators of the Rules & Regulations; protecting or harboring them; or extending them any means of assistance
  1. SR15,000 fine
  2. Deportation (if violator is an expatriate)
  1. SR30,000 fine
  2. Deportation (if violator is an expatriate)
  3. Three months imprisonment
  1. SR100,000 fine
  2. Deportation (if violator is an expatriate)
  3. Six month imprisonment


The matrix includes sanctions for those who are protecting or harboring an expatriate;  delay of departure of an expatriate after expiration of entry or exit visa, and employers who allow their workers to work for other employers under their sponsorship. 
source

READ ALSO: RUN AWAY WORKERS WILL NEVER BE ALLOWED TO RETURN TO SAUDI



SAUDI WOMEN WANTS DH/HSW's SALARIES TO BE CUT BY HALF OR SR1,000
126 RECRUITMENT AGENCIES IN SAUDI, BANNED FROM RECRUITING DH;478 EXPAT MEDICAL STAFF, LOSES JOB IN KSA

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Tuesday, August 09, 2016

Saudi Latest News: SAUDI ARABIA EMPLOYER IS PAYING P275,000 TO RECRUIT A KASAMBAHAY

The latest Saudi Arabia news is an article posted at ArabNews regarding the recruitment of Household service workers or Kasambahay. Saudi labor ministry is being demanded to be fair with Kingdom's recruitment services.
Your employer, Sir and Madam, must have paid, P275,000 in over-all recruitment process, including visa in order for you to work to them, at a salary of P18,750 a month or SR1500. That's how costly and expensive the hiring process of a kasambahay bound for Saudi is, that's maybe the reason why some employers are not paying OFWs some salaries, or deprived them of some basic things because they are afraid that you will run away and they will lost a lot of money. 

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From ArabNews:

The sources pointed that the total amount needed to recruit Philippine household help reached SR22,000, including the SR20,000 cost of recruiting, and SR2,000 for the visa, with a monthly salary of SR1,500."
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Some old videos about OFWs, and housekeepers having problems in Saudi Arabia.


Thursday, April 07, 2016

Saudi Is Working On A Plan To Issue Permanent Residence Card





In an interview the Deputy Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman disclosed a plan to issue permanent residence card similar to the green card system of United States. 




Prince Mohammed:"...We are working on a specific program similar to the green card..."

Read the whole transcript of his interview here.

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If implemented, the system allowing permanent residence will allow expatriates to own property and undertake commercial, industrial and other business related activities. Implementation of this will also help generate revenue for Saudi economy.

Here are the thoughts of some expatriate workers:

“This is actually in recognition of the universal human rights of residency. We are glad to see the host government extending such a privilege to deserving expats.”-  John Monterona, (OFW Forces Worldwide)


“This will also help the Kingdom’s economy and increase its revenues. It will bolster their manpower without relying on oil.” -Jehad Zacaria Pangcoga, Philippines
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“I am just like many other expatriates who have spent more than half of their lives in this country. All my children were born here. So it is really a great honor if this privilege of either permanent residence or a green card is granted to us.”- Saleh Ampaso Bucay, Tawuniya Engineer working in Saudi since 1992

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Sunday, March 06, 2016

These are Some of the Answers to Your Basic Saudi Labor Questions

Contact the ministry's customer service center number: 
19911 and you can find all the information on the 
ministry's website, www.mol.gov.sa.
Customer Service Department Twitter Account 

To submit a complaint to one of the offices of the work, please go to the Office of the defendant and the complaint or through contact center. 
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The customer number that highlights the civil registry number and established, in addition to personal phone number 

The customer to follow up the issue with the Office of the complaints in the Ministry of Labor, through the Center for Communication or to attend personally to the ministry and to highlight No. complaint to ensure their validity and follow-up through the Ministry of Labor and then call the Customer to benefit 
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To follow up on the complaint, the customer give No. civil registry, No. established, telephone number, facsimile number and complaint at the labor office 

The customer to go to the office who work in which the employee, and direct the complaint to the Director, where follow-up to the complaint and advise the customer 

The client then go to the Ministry of Labor, and written testimony concerning the problem that has occurred, in addition to the adoption of health information, attached full submissions. 

The types of complaints: 

o Delay of salaries (3 months and more) 
o Assigned to different work on the nature of the work agreed upon in the contract signed between the two parties 
o Abuse 
o Lack of employee housing 
o Contrary to one of the conditions

9. What is official number of hours of work

o    Non-Saudi nationals are not permitted to perform any work unless obtaining a work permit from the Ministry according to the form prepared for this cause.
o    The employer is not permitted to employ workers in an occupation other than the occupation provided in the employee's work permit. Similarly, the employee is prohibited from performing any work different from his occupation, before taking the required legal actions and procedures for changing an occupation.

o    The worker has entered Saudi Arabia legally and authorized to work.
o    The worker must have the educational and occupational qualifications required by the country, where no Saudi national has obtained such qualification, or the numbers of qualified Saudi individuals are not sufficient, or the worker is considered within the regular worker needed by the country.
o    The worker has contracted with the employer and is under his responsibility.


The employment contract of a non-Saudi national must be written and for a definite term. If the contract does not specify the term, the expiration date of the work permit is considered the expiration date of the contract.
The costs of employing expatriates are as follows:
1. The employer is responsible for the cost of recruiting new employees and expatriates into the country, the cost of residency and work permit (iqama), the cost of its' renewal, fines for late renewals, the cost of changing occupation, exit and returns, and the cost of return tickets for employees after the termination of their contractual relationship.
2. The employee is responsible for the cost of return tickets if he is not qualified to work, or if he wishes to return for no specific reason.
3. The employer is responsible for transfer expenses if the employee wishes to transfer his sponsorship to the employer.

 Text and Graphics Source: Saudi Labor 
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Wednesday, March 02, 2016

Expat Doctor In Saudi Was Caught With Fake Credentials

Forging school credentials or university degree is a crime, and expatriates in Saudi Arabia should not take this lightly. Over the years, there are some expatriates usually working in the field of engineering who were discovered to have fake credentials and they were deported. 
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If you are wondering what could possibly happen to you if you will work in Saudi under fake or forged credentials, learn from the experience of this expatriate: 




 An expatriate working in a dispensary in Jeddah was sentenced to one year and five months in prison, SR 5,000 fine and deportation after he was proven guilty of forging a Ph.D degree in medicine. 
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According to the local news, he was able to work for 7 months practicing his degree. When he brought his credentials for attestation, the Foreign Ministry discovered it was fake. He was then handed to the police.

The source said that the expatriate came in the Kingdom with his mother to perform Umrah. He was able to secure a job offer later and was given a permanent residence permit to  work as an accountant. He later realized that his salary as an accountant is not enough to cover the needs of his family back in his home country. Since he has one year background studying medicine in his country,  he decided to contact a forger back home so he can have credentials for a Ph.D Degree in Internal Medicine. He paid the forger SR 2,000. 

With his fake credentials he was able to secure a job and exercise the profession and was paid well as a doctor.  But when the dispensary asked him to submit his credentials for authentication by the Foreign Ministry, they found out it was fake. 
©2016 THOUGHTSKOTO

Sunday, February 28, 2016

IMPORTANT! OFWS in SAUDI ARABIA: EMBASSY DATABASE REGISTRATION

The Philippine Embassy in Saudi Arabia is urging all overseas Filipinos based in Saudi Arabia to register at the Embassy website to have a detailed info of OFWs in cases of emergencies, outbreak and other important notices.
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"The Philippine Embassy in Riyadh urges all Filipinos in Saudi Arabia (and Yemen) to register with the Embassy through the Embassy website (www.philembassy-riyadh.org).
For those in Saudi Arabia, they should click on the flag of Saudi Arabia to enter to the Saudi Arabia specific module.
The Embassy’s campaign is part of its efforts to implement Section 20 of Republic Act 8042 and Section 13 of Republic Act 10022. The information is important for submission to Congress and during emergency situations, and will allow the Embassy to contact Filipinos regarding updates on services and advisories on matters important to Filipinos in Saudi Arabia.
The Embassy assures the public that the information submitted is saved on the Embassy’s server, and will not be shared with non-government agencies."
-End of Advisory

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This how it look like in Mobile/Smartphone

I tried to register and we invite all OFWs especially the Kasambahay and HSW's and those working in the establishments to fill the form for our safety and protection as well.

These are the info's you need as required:
Name
Job/Occupation
Birthdate
Address in Saudi Arabia/Yemen
Passport Number
Passport Date of Issue
Passport Date of Expiry
Region and City
Contact Details (Phone and Email Address)
Employer Name
Employer Contact Number
Relative Name in the Philippines
Relative Mobile Number in the Philippines
Relative Email Address

After you successfully register, you will received the following message
******************

Thank you very much!

You are now included in the list of registered Filipinos in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.
Expect to receive an email confirming your registration with links to edit and delete your registration.
For further inquiries, you may contact us at:

Philippine Embassy in Riyadh

Address:
Diplomatic Quarter, Ummayah Abu As-Salat Street
P.O. Box 94366, Riyadh 11693
Fax: (96611) 488-3945
Tel.: (96611) 482-3559, 482-0507, 482-1577
Email: rype@riyadhpe.com or riyadh.mis@dfa.gov.ph
 or 

Philippine Consulate General in Jeddah

Address:
Um Al-Qurra Street in Al-Rehab District
P.O. Box 4794, Jeddah 21412
Fax: (96612) 669-6797
Tel.: (96612) 669-6303, 667-0925
Email: pc.jeddah@gmail.com

You will also receive an email like this.
*****
Dear Juan Dela Cruz (RIY01733422),
Thank you for registering.
We also encourage you to register your dependents living in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.
Click this link to modify/view your registration:  Edit Record ID - RIY01733422
Click this link to delete your registration:  Delete Record ID - RIY01733422
***Important: Please save this email as this contains links to modify/view and delete your registration.***
This confirms your registration in the database of the Philippine Embassy in Riyadh.

2016 UPDATE
Ambassador Tago reiterated that OFWs in Saudi Arabia are encouraged to have their names listed at the Embassy Database, not about wars or rumors of wars but for personal database of the Embassy and Consulate.

WATCH AMBA TAGO VIDEO HERE
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Updated (2016)


Thursday, January 21, 2016

PHOTOS and VIDEOS: THEY CALL IT HAIL SNOW IN SAUDI ARABIA, THE STORM OF TINY ICE

An extreme cold weather has blanketed most parts of Saudi Arabia with six regions — Tabuk, Northern Borders, Al-Jouf, Hail, Qassim and Eastern Province – experiencing sub-zero temperatures, according to the January 10 report of Saudi Gazette.
Rainfall is also expected in many parts of the country by the middle of the week. Meteorologists said the temperature would continue to drop in coming weeks. Riyadh and parts of Qassim are likely to experience record low temperatures in the next few days. The drop in temperatures began with the start of the new year. Madinah recorded the lowest temperature in western Saudi Arabia.
Remember the brief snow last year (2015) in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia?


Snow in Riyadh 3am yesterday morning
Posted by Kevin Smith on Sunday, January 11, 2015
“The cold weather will continue in all parts of the Kingdom, especially its northern and western parts. It will be accompanied by surface winds with a strength of 50 km per hour, especially in the Northern Border Province, Al-Jouf, Tabuk, Hail, Madinah and Makkah,” said Hussein Al-Qahtani, spokesman of the Presidency of Meteorology and Environment.
Strong cold winds are also expected in Riyadh, Qassim and the Eastern Province, including Hafr Al-Batin, Al-Qahtani said, adding that the sky would be partly cloudy to cloudy with the possibility of light rainfall in the northern and eastern regions.
He also expected snowfall in the northern regions, especially its northwestern parts of the country including Turaif, Qurayyat, Arar and the highlights of Tabuk. “We also expect rains in the Kingdom’s southern regions,” Al-Qahtani said.
The spokesman pointed out that thunderous rainy clouds could appear over Asir, Jazan and Baha regions, extending to the southern part of the Makkah region. Fog is likely to form in the northern regions as well as southwestern and western highlands during night and early morning hours.

SNOWING IN SAUDI ARABIA
SNOWING IN #SAUDI #ARABIA:- #MECCA to #MEDINA:- JANUARY 16, 2016 - Heavy snowfall in Saudi Arabia. I'm back up. IN CASE YOU DO NOT KNOW! WARNING! GET CASH OUT THE BANK!SAUDI ARABIA is a DESERT! It DOES NOT SNOW in this region of the world!
Posted by Michael Bermingham on Sunday, January 17, 2016

The videos below probably happened January 13, 2016 along Makkah Madinah road in Saudi Arabia
Enjoying snow falling in Saudi Arabia
Posted by Siddique Saeedi on Wednesday, January 13, 2016
Can you believe this! A friend of the family sent this today to my wife. This was taken on the way from Makkah to Madinah...that's right, it snowed in Saudi Arabia. My God, can you imagine being in Ihram around the ka'bah while it snows! May Allah protect us. (Polite reminder: Bdesh appeal. Only 2 days left. 47% raised. justgiving.com/Hasan-Ali4 )

Posted by Shaykh Hasan Ali on Wednesday, January 13, 2016
"A rarity in Saudi Arabia, snow has blanketed the Hejaz region with two Bedouin shepherds having a chance to build a snowman "
Posted by Hieshaam Abrahams on Monday, January 18, 2016

 Even Camels are covered with the tiny ice from the heavy pour. 
 Thick pile of hail snow.
 screenshot from the video above while cars and buses are passing the Makkah Madinah road.


They even predict according to the weather forecast in Turayf, Saudi Arabia, on January 27th, there will be snow showers. 

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