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

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.


Saudi Arabia announces 17 more COVID-19 deaths

Updated 27 November 2020

Saudi Arabia announces 17 more COVID-19 deaths

  • The total number of recoveries in the Kingdom has increased to 345,622
  • A total of 5,857 people have succumbed to the virus in the Kingdom so far

LONDON: Saudi Arabia announced 17 deaths from COVID-19 and 302 new infections on Friday.
Of the new cases, 70 were recorded in Riyadh, 28 in Jeddah, 18 in Yanbu, 17 in Madinah, 14 in Dhahran, 14 in Makkah and 8 in Dammam.
The total number of recoveries in the Kingdom increased to 345,622 after 407 more patients recovered from the virus.
A total of 5,857 people have succumbed to the virus in the Kingdom so far.