More than 3,000 expats in Saudi Arabia deported

In this Wednesday, Nov. 13, 2013 file photo, Saudi security forces watch Ethiopians gather as they wait to be repatriated in Manfouha, southern Riyadh. (File photo: AP)

Some 144 Saudis and 2,705 expatriates were detained and 3,322 expatriates were deported last month for violation of Iqama regulations, Director General of the Passports Department (Jawazat) Maj. Gen. Sulaiman Abdulaziz Al-Yahya said on Sunday.

Some 21 vehicles used in transporting violators were confiscated.

Meanwhile, the Passports Department said that 52,130 Yemenis all over the Kingdom had rectified their status till Sunday since the beginning of the rectification campaign.

The Jawazat called on Yemenis needing to get their status corrected to benefit from the grace period.

It said the rectification centers witnessed a huge increase in the number of Yemenis applying for the rectification of their residency status in the Kingdom.

Director of the Information Center in the Ministry of Labor Tayseer Al-Mufarrij said those whose status has been rectified can apply for work through the e-gate “Ajeer”.

Last Update: Monday, 01 June 2015 KSA 14:30 - GMT 11:30