Fresh opportunity for illegals in Saudi Arabia to correct status

Deputy Crown Prince Muhammad Bin Naif, deputy premier and minister of interior, announced that next month a second amnesty for illegal expatriates. (File photo: Reuters)

Deputy Crown Prince Muhammad Bin Naif, deputy premier and minister of interior, announced that next month a second amnesty for illegal expatriates to rectify their residential status would come into effect.

Head of General Security Othman Al-Muhrij said the grace period will be implemented across the Kingdom.

“We are looking to rectify the status of expatriates who have entered the country illegally or working under a sponsor or on a position that is different from what is stated on their residence permits,” said Al-Muhrij.

He added that implementing the grace period would involve the cooperation of all prison and passports directorates in the Kingdom.

Al-Muhrij said: “The previous grace period has decreased the rate of crime in the Kingdom and people now live in a safer society.”

Millions of foreign nationals rectified their labor and residency status during an amnesty period in 2013.

Al-Muhrij added there are 600 new offices and locations for police authorities and other general security services in various areas of the Kingdom.

“The Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Abdullah Security Renovation project will be implemented soon.

Within two years, all security services and directorates will be using the latest technology,” he said.

Finally, he addressed a new dress code for all security services and authorities in the Kingdom, saying that the scheme is in its last stages and its official implementation would commence soon.

“The Minister of Interior recommended changing the security forces’ uniforms and the scheme will start in Riyadh in the coming months.

After Riyadh, we will implement the new dress code in Makkah region, then the Eastern Province and finally the rest of the Kingdom.”

 


This article was first published in the Saudi Gazette on Tuesday, Feb. 17.
 

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