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Saudi Arabia Announces 90 Days Amnesty for Illegal Expatriates

Amnesty Starting from 29-03-2017

Crown Prince Muhammad Bin Naif, deputy premier and minister of interior, has announced an amnesty period of 90 days beginning March 29, for violators of the residency (iqama), labor, and border security regulations on Sunday 19-03-2017.

This announcement by Crown Prince Muhammad came during the inauguration of the “Nation Free of Violators” Campaign at his office in the ministry on Sunday.

The Crown Prince stressed that the campaign, which has been approved by Custodian of the Two Holy 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.

Prince Muhammad 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.

Maj. Gen. Mansour Al-Turki, the security spokesman for the Ministry of Interior (MOI), held a press conference on Sunday and urged violators of the residency, labor, and border security regulations to grab the opportunity to settle their status and be exempted from fines and penalties.

He 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,

He said that the “Nation Free of Violators” Campaign is a continuation of the 1435H campaign, as a result of which over 2.5 million violators of the iqama and labor regulations left the Kingdom.

He said the new campaign has taken a new dimension to include all government authorities. This

Al-Turki said that 19 government authorities are participating in the new campaign. There will be inspection campaigns with support from the security authorities.

He said the campaign is aimed at all expatriates who do not hold valid Iqamas in the Kingdom or identification papers and have the residency or labor regulation or both, or those who have entered the Kingdom on Haj or Umrah visa or transit and have not taken the initiative to depart after the expiry of their visas. This also applies to those who have violated the Haj directives by performing Hajj without a Haj permit.

Haj, Umrah, Ziyarah (visit), or transit overstayers can depart directly from any of the Kingdom’s seaports, airports or border posts. There is no need to visit any government authority.

Those who have come to the Kingdom on a work visa and have violated the residency and labor regulations must begin departure procedures through the pertinent websites whether for the Ministry of Labor or Passports Department.

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