RIYADH: ALI FAYYAZ
Published — Tuesday 10 September 2013
Last update 13 September 2013 4:16 pm
Some 250,000 Pakistani workers have legalized their status with the help of various legal resources and job fairs organized by the Embassy of Pakistan, asserted Muhammad Naeem Khan, Pakistani ambassador.
“The number of illegal Pakistani workers has declined in part due to the embassy’s official efforts to help compatriots through the various job fairs organized across the Kingdom,” Khan said during a job fair recently organized in the capital.
The Pak envoy thanked Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Abdullah for his kindness in extending the amnesty deadline.
“We are also thankful to representatives of participating companies, whose contribution is important for the rectification of illegals’ status,” he said.
Khan emphasized that all undocumented workers must legalize their status before the Nov. 3 deadline.
“After Nov. 3, a special team of Saudi inspectors will visit different companies to review the legality of manpower,” Khan said.
Mueenuddin, community welfare attaché at Pakistani Embassy, said: “We thank Pakistani volunteers for their services and their valuable time in helping undocumented fellow workers.”
Mueenuddin said: “More than 400 companies have registered at the Pakistani Embassy to recruit our nationals. We plan to utilize the extended time to rectify the status of illegals Pak workers who intend to continue working in the Kingdom.”
Syed Hammad Abid, another community welfare attaché at Pakistani Embassy, said: “The participation of companies helps in achieving the objective of hiring workers from different professions and also facilitates the process for hundreds of Pakistani workers seeking jobs before the Nov. 3 deadline.”
Most of the job vacancies available at the job fair are for construction workers, shuttering carpenters, masons, steel fixers, plumbers, electricians, heavy equipment operators and accountants, as well as mechanical, civil, electrical engineers, sales executives, waiters, restaurant services, graphic designers and welders, among other professions.
More than 70 Pakistani, local and multinational companies participated in the daylong job fair, which was held at the Pakistan International School in Nasiriya.
The next job fairs will be arranged at the Pakistan International School in Jubail on Sept. 26 and the Pakistan International School in Alkhobar on Sept. 27. The two job fairs will take place between 5 to 10pm.