Saturday, 2 August 2014

Return of Deported Expatriate to KSA

If you are living in Saudi Arabia now days, we normally hear about the raids of Jawazat and Ministry of Labor on illegal workers and illegal residents of Saudi Arabia. Once these people are caught by the Saudi government, they are detained in the detention centers for some period of time and then deported to their native countries. All the expenses related to diet in detention centers are borne by themselves. Moreover, they also have to bear the expenses of deportation to their own country. At the time of deportation, Saudi Government bans their passport for re-entry to Saudi Arabia and takes their biometrics so that they cannot even enter on another country’s passport. 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

In order to prevent these deported expatriates from re-entering to Saudi Arabia, Saudi Government has given strict guidelines to all its embassies all over the world. Whenever a passport reaches to them for visa stamping, they have strong controls to check if the passport holder was already deported from the Saudi Arabia. If he was one of those deported culprits, his application is immediately rejected since he has a lifetime or a ban of some period. This is a less risky situation since the deported expatriate is still in his country.

However, if that deported expatriate enters to the Saudi Arabia through any way, he will still be in danger. Mere fact that Saudi Embassy has stamped his visa does not necessarily mean that he can enter to Saudi Arabia. There is a possibility that immigration officers will catch him and detain him again. One of our readers has shared his experience of returning back to Saudi Aarbia has shared in this article. “Expatriate Returning back to KSA” from which you can have an idea about it.  If some expatriate is caught in Saudi Arabia by the authorities he will be penalized in the following way. The fine referred below shall be collected from the deportee immediately upon showing his readiness to pay it, to avoid the possibility of delaying during the finalization of his procedures.

  1. In the first instance, the fine is 1000 S.R. and re-deportation on his own expense.
  2. For the second instance, the fine is 2000 S.R., 5 months’ imprisonment and re-deportation.


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