Saudi announces 90-day amnesty for violators

Staff Correspondent | Published: 13:51, Mar 20,2017


Saudi Arabia has revealed an amnesty period of 90 days beginning March 29 for violators of the residency (iqama), labor and border security regulations, reports local news portal Saudi Gazette on Monday.

This announcement by crown prince Muhammad Bin Naif came during the inauguration of the ‘Nation Free of Violators’ Campaign at his office in the ministry, Saudi press agency said.

The Crown Prince stressed that the campaign, which has been approved by custodian of the two mosques King Salman, comes within the King’s wish to settle the status of violators of the residency (iqama), labor and border security regulations.

The amnesty also aims to help whoever wants to settle his violation and be exempted from penalties. The crown prince called on violators to avail this opportunity during the amnesty period of 90 days beginning on Wednesday, Rajab 1, 1438H corresponding to March 29, 2017.

He added that all should cooperate in achieving the objectives of this campaign.

Prince issued directives to pertinent authorities to facilitate procedures for those who take the initiative to depart during the amnesty period and exempt them from penalties.

Security spokesman of the ministry of interior Mansour Al-Turki said if the violator of the iqama (residency) and labor regulations takes the initiative to voluntarily depart from the Kingdom, he will be exempt from fines and penalties due to the violations. Moreover, he will have the right to return to work legally in the Kingdom.

‘His fingerprints will not be taken — the way it is taken from those who are deported and are not allowed to work in the Kingdom again — thus allowing them another chance to come to the Kingdom,’ he said, according to the Saudi press agency.
Al-Turki added that all embassies in the Kingdom have been informed on the campaign by the ministry of foreign affairs. He mentioned that there are many cases of undocumented persons and most of these cases do not even have documents determining their nationalities.

According to Saudi Gazette, around 2.5 million illegal residents and workers, many of them from Bangladesh, availed the opportunity.

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