Saudi Press Agency has published a statement issued by the Jawazat or Passport Department in Saudi Arabia stating that a worker who remains absent from work will be fined with SR 10,000 followed by deportation. These expatriates will be banned from entering back to Saudi Arabia for 5 years. It is important to mention here that it is the duty of every employer to report absenteeism of every worker to labor office and Jawazat. Moreover, public at large should not be employing those workers who are absent from work.
A resident who employs a worker who is absent from his work will be fined with SR 10,000 and jailed for 6 months. If the resident is an expatriate, he will also be deported at the end of the imprisonment with a ban of 5 years to enter back to Saudi Arabia. It is very important for all of us to realize that it can be a dangerous issue resulting in full stop to your growing career.
A worker who is absent from work is also called Huroob. If Huroob is set against an expatriate, it means that the expatriate has run away from his employer. If police catches such guy, he is immediately detained and deported from Saudi Arabia with 5 years ban. Their iqama is not renewed, they cannot leave Kingdom. Their bank accounts are seized.
With this new development in the Saudi Laws, now the employee who was absent from work will also have to pay a fine of SR 10,000 before deportation. We have published many articles about Hruoob in the past which are given below. It will help you out in understanding this dilemma.
Source: Saudi Gazette
- Procedure to Remove Huroob Online from Iqama
- Procedure for Expatriates with Huroob (Absconder) Status to Avoid Jail and Go Home
- Transfer of Sponsorship under Huroob
- Check Huroob Status of Employee
- Removing Huroob from Iqama