Employers hiring illegal workers facing prison, ban in Saudi Arabia

A prison sentence of up to one year will be applied for those in charge of the violation, with the possibility of deportation if the manager is an expatriate. (Supplied)
Updated 06 February 2019
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Employers hiring illegal workers facing prison, ban in Saudi Arabia

  • The directorate also called on the owners of establishments not to hire workers breaching Saudi residence, employment and border security rules

JEDDAH: Employers hiring workers living illegally in Saudi Arabia have been warned they could face prison, fines and a recruitment ban.
The Saudi General Directorate of Passports has announced that anyone found to be employing, transporting, or sheltering people in breach of the Kingdom’s residence, labor and border regulations, could be jailed for up to six months and fined a maximum SR100,000 ($27,000).
If the violator is an expatriate, they will be deported, and fines will vary accordingly, the directorate said.
Individuals entering the Kingdom on a visitor pass have been urged not to stay in the country beyond their visa expiry date.
The directorate also called on the owners of establishments not to hire workers breaching Saudi residence, employment and border security rules. Those who do will be fined SR100,000 and banned from hiring expatriates for up to five years. A prison sentence of up to one year will be applied for those in charge of the violation, with the possibility of deportation if the manager is an expatriate.
More than 2.54 million violators of residency, work and border security systems have been arrested in a year-long roundup.


Bollywood comes to Saudi Arabia

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Bollywood comes to Saudi Arabia

JEDDAH: Saudi Arabia will host several concerts featuring major Bollywood performers after the General Entertainment Authority (GEA) signed two memoranda of understanding (MoUs) with Indian entertainment companies on Wednesday.
The agreements were reached during the Saudi-Indian Forum that was held in the latter’s capital, New Delhi, during the visit of the Kingdom’s Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman to the South Asian nation.
Over 400 people attended the opening day of the forum, including government officials and businessmen from both countries. It included an exhibition called “Invest in Saudi Arabia,” in which several Saudi companies showcased their services, expertise and missions to their Indian counterparts, to facilitate investment from the subcontinent in the Kingdom’s burgeoning private sector.
The MoUs, signed by the GEA’s chief information officer, Ibrahim Al-Moqbil, were agreed with the creative agency Totem Spot FZE, to plan Bollywood concerts in the Kingdom in 2019, and entertainment agency BToS Productions, to manage the concerts for the Bollywood stars, as well as for other international musicians performing in Saudi Arabia later this year.