How to Resolve Huroob Status

By Mohammed Ameen

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How to Resolve Huroob Status

In Saudi Arabia, the legal status of an expatriate is closely tied to their Iqama (residency permit). When an employer reports an employee as an absconder (Huroob), it signifies that the employee has left work without notice, leading to a problematic legal status. Understanding how to resolve an invalid Iqama or Huroob status is crucial for expatriates living and working in the Kingdom. Here are the updated methods to legalize your status:

1. Resolution through Iqama Transfer within 60 Days

Under the new regulations, if your Iqama is marked with a Huroob status, you have a 60-day window to rectify the situation through an Iqama transfer. This process is significantly streamlined:

  • New Employer Initiative: A new employer can initiate the Iqama transfer request through the Qiwa platform, bypassing the need for the current sponsor’s involvement.
  • Ministry Approval: The Ministry of Labor will review and approve the transfer request.
  • Completion Window: After approval, you must complete the transfer within 15 days to avoid remaining in Huroob status​​​​.

2. Applying for a Final Exit Visa

Expatriates now have the option to apply for a final exit visa within 60 days of the Huroob status being applied. This new regulation offers a significant advantage:

  • Return Possibility: Successfully leaving Saudi Arabia under this status allows for a return to the Kingdom on a new visa without facing a Huroob ban, opening the door for future employment opportunities in Saudi Arabia​​​​.

3. Filing Cases against Unfair Huroob

For those facing an unfair Huroob designation, the Saudi government has provided clear avenues for legal recourse:

  • Online and Maktab Amal Filings: Workers can file a labor case online or at Maktab Amal offices, ensuring support is accessible outside of Jawazat.
  • Legal Guidelines and Assistance: Expatriates can seek legal guidelines and assistance through these filings, providing a structured approach to address grievances​​.

Consequences of Not Resolving Huroob

It’s important to address Huroob status within the stipulated 60 days. Failure to do so can lead to:

  • Detention and Deportation: Individuals who do not resolve their Huroob status may face detention and eventual deportation.
  • Re-entry Ban: A lifetime ban from entering Saudi Arabia on any visa may be imposed, highlighting the importance of promptly addressing Huroob statuses​​.

In conclusion, the Saudi Arabian government has made significant updates to the process and options available for expatriates under Huroob status. These changes provide more flexibility and avenues for resolution, emphasizing the importance of quick action within the provided windows. By understanding and utilizing these updated regulations, expatriates can navigate the complexities of Huroob status more effectively, ensuring their ability to work and reside in Saudi Arabia remains intact.