The Ministry of Labor and Social Development and the Ministry of Commerce and Investment have just confirmed that any foreign expatriate worker who will report a cover up (also known as tasattur) operation will be able to transfer their sponsorship to any other employer, on one condition that the expatriate foreigner is not involved in the tasattur operation himself. This news was reported by the Saudi Press Agency on Sunday. Commercial Cover-up here pertains to an arrangement where an expatriate is actually running a business on the name of a Saudi. Expatriates are not allowed to conduct business in Saudi Arabia unless they get a SAGIA license. Recommended: Procedure to Apply for SAGIA license in Saudi Arabia
In accordance to the new rule, the ministers of their deputy will have the complete right to authorize any transfer of sponsorship of any of the foreign expatriate employees without any approval from their sponsors. This news comes within the circle of eagerness and cooperation between the ministry of labor and social development and the ministry of commerce and investment in a bid to combat the commercial cover up which is also known as tasattur. The two ministries are also eager to create a ‘law abiding commercial environment’ which is completely free of any violations. This news also comes as part of a strong effort to enable all the citizens of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia to practice trade in an environment which is both legal and vibrant. Recommended: Transfer of Sponsorship without Approval of Kafeel
The Ministry of Labor and Social Development and the Ministry of Commerce and Investment have called upon all the expatriates and local Saudi citizens to cooperate with the two ministries and concerned authorities in order to put a limitation upon the act of tasattur. Any member of the public that wants to be a whistleblower of any such tasattur operation can do so by simply dialing the emergency hotline number 1911 which has been allocated solely for the purpose of receiving reports at the Ministry of Social Development and Labor and reporting the violation.
Any citizen or expatriate wishing to report any such tasattur activities can also the number 1900 which has been allocated solely for the purpose of receiving reports at the Ministry of Investment and Commerce. The whistleblowers also have the option to contact any of the two ministries via their official accounts on various social media platforms.
The Ministry of Labor and Social Development and the Ministry of Investment and Commerce have also come forward to warn all companies, individuals and establishments not to cooperate with any of the violators of the labor and investment regulations in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia as any and all violations will make the companies, individuals or establishments answerable to the law enforcement agencies and authorities and will also have to face the penalties which will surely be imposed upon all the guilty violators.
The penalties for the act of tasattur or cooperating with those who are involved in the act of tasattur may vary from two years in jail, SAR 1 million in fines for each of the violations, naming and shaming and also permanent deportation from the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia for the expatriates who are involved in these activities.
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