The amnesty time has started from Wednesday i.e. 29th March 2017. It has caused a stir among expatriates of the Kingdom. The Interior Minister Prince Mohammed bin Naif announced the initial of “A Nation without a Violator” campaign on Tuesday, which has created a buzz around Saudi Arabia. Basically, the campaign aims to help illegal residents of the Kingdom to leave the country within 90 days so that they would be excluded from fines and from being registered as a deportee under fingerprint system. The 90 days’ grace period or the amnesty time has been started from 29th March. These people are granted a time of 90 days in which they can leave the Kingdom on their own and protect themselves from heavy fines, penalties, and aftermaths of deportee fingerprint system. Only those violators can benefit from grace period, who had committed residence, work, and border security violation before 29th March 2017. Here’s the procedure of official departure for benefiting from amnesty period for different violators;
- Residents whose iqama has been expired: They can either transfer their sponsorship without approval from the current employer or leave the Kingdom without renewing their Iqamas.
- Workers with work permits but no iqama i.e. those who entered with work visa but failed to obtain iqama within 90 days: They can either transfer their sponsorship without approval from the current employer or leave the Kingdom without Iqama procedures. Those who have Iqamas and are not reported as huroob yet are unaware of their employer shall approach the Labor office’s Labor Dispute Committee. They shall obtain a letter from the Jawazat that shall confirm their status.
- Those who over-stayed in the Kingdom after performing Haj or Umrah (visit or transit): They can go back home without undergoing the deportation process. In this way, there will be no ban on them and they can come back on any visa to the Kingdom later.
- Huroob Employees: Those workers that are claimed as runaway workers by their employer or commonly known as huroob can also go back to their home countries without approval of their sponsors and without undergoing the deportation process. In this way, there will be no ban on them and they can come back on any visa to the Kingdom later. Huroob and those violators who are registered in Jawazat computerized system shall go to Jawazat’s Expatriates’ Department.
- Employees whose employers are in Red category of Nitaqat: Those violators who work for Nitaqat red category companies shall go to Ministry of labor office and get their temporary work visa, only then they shall be entertained with departures. They shall visit the Jawazat office with their passport, iqama, and temporary work visa to get an exit visa.
Others shall get an electronic appointment from the ‘Absher’ electronic portal and then approach expatriates’ administrations. The amnesty time is a great opportunity for infiltrators of residence, work, and border security. They shall benefit from the one-time opportunity and not face heavy fines and penalties. They can get through their illegal status and their fingerprints will not be recorded so that they may enter the Kingdom with legal status. But once the opportunity is missed fines ranging from 15,000 Saudi Riyals to 100,000 Saudi Riyals shall be levied. Also, their fingerprints shall be scanned and recorded in deportee fingerprint system which shall uplift a ban on their entrance to Saudi Arabia.
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