The General Directorate of Passports (Jawazat) has warned that individual employers who allow their foreign employees to work for others or independently would face fines, jail time, and a ban on future recruitment.
The penalties are designed to discourage Saudi employers from engaging in such practices. Employers who are caught will be fined heavily and could face jail time. Additionally, their ability to recruit new employees will be severely restricted for a period of five years.
According to a statement on Jawazat’s official Twitter account, “Individual employers who enable their workers to work for others or be self-employed shall be subject to the following penalties: A fine of up to SAR 100,000 Riyals, Imprisonment for up to six months and Deprivation of recruitment for a period of up to five years”.
The Jawazat called to report violations of residency, work, and border security regulations by calling 911 from Makkah, Riyadh, and Eastern provinces and 999 from all other kingdom regions.