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Tuesday, 22 July 2014

Employing an Expatriate on Free (Azad) Visa

All of us know that it is a severe violation of the Saudi Labor Law if some expatriate works for another employer than his Kafeel (Sponsor). If somebody is caught by the authorities working for someone else than his sponsor, he is immediately detained and deported to his home country with lifetime ban to enter to Saudi Arabia. Normally expatriates who work like that are said to be on “Free Visa”. Although there is no term like “Free Visa” in the legal terms of Saudi Arabia but this kind of visa is called free visa in general. Saudi Government takes strong action against “Free Visa” holders so I would never suggest you to work for another person than your sponsor.



In the above paragraph, we have just talked about the penalties imposed on the expatriate working for another sponsor. This is not only the employee who is penalized, penalties are imposed even on the person who issued “Free Visa” for the expatriate and did not set “Huroob” against employee when he started working for another employer. Penalties are also imposed on employer who allowed the expatriate worker having “Free Visa” to work under him without transferring the sponsorship. In the following lines, I will be explaining about the penalties imposed on the employers who let the expatriates work for them without transferring sponsorship.



Penalty on Employer Employing an Expatriate on “Free Visa
  • If the employer was an expatriate resident,
  • The fine is 5,000 S.R. or one month imprisonment or both in addition to deportation. Gulf News has reported that a plan to ban the deported expatriates from one GCC country from entering on work visas in any other GCC country has been finalized. To know about the status of the implementation, click on this linkGCC Wide Ban on Deported Expatriates of GCC Countries


  • If the employer was a citizen
o   the first instance fine is 5,000 S.R
o   Second instance fine is 10,000 S.R. or one month imprisonment or both
o   Third instance fine is 20,000 S.R. or three months imprisonment or both.
  • Fines are multiplied according to the number of individuals involved.



Penalty on Kafeel allowing his worker to work for another Employer
  • The Kafeel allowing his employee to work for a third party without reporting their Huroob, shall be penalized with the penalties mentioned in this article. “Penalties for Not Reporting Huroob
  • In the first instance, the violator shall be deprived from the right to recruit expatriates for one year. Two years for the second instance and three years for the third. Fines are multiplied according to the number of individuals involved.





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