Massive Fingerprinting of Expats Begins


Massive Fingerprinting of Expats Begins

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7 Feb. 2009/Diraiyah, Riyadh

Saudi Government through its Director General of the Passport Department are now  implementing finger-printing on all migrant workers here in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.

This massive fingerprinting of expatriates begins today 7 February, 2009 at Saudi Oger, Diraiyah compound.

The order from the Passport Department is to strengthen its internal security measures against terrorist activities and infiltration;  crimes such as drug smuggling, manufacturing and alcohol use, visa forgery, immoral act and back door activities where undocumented expatriates were able to flee the country despite of police and court pending cases.

Although the order was already issued last year but authorities are now on its massive implemention stage. Today thousands of expatriates including Filipinos from various companies in Riyadh arrived at Diraiyah where the fingerprinting and photos of expatriates were taken at Saudi Oger compound.  

According to the interior ministry security experts substantial increase in crimes involving foreigners  were reported. Mandatory fingerprinting will help solve crimes and prevent those expats or foreigners with criminal backgrounds to return the country with false names or new identity. The system will uncover their presence upon entering the country’s air and sea ports. According to an Immigration official, “this could also prevent expatriates to leave the country using backdoor facilities”.  

The finger-printing requirement was already implemented to new expatriates coming in the Kingdom and former expatriates with new employer.

The system is now being implemented in the airport Immigration upon arrival of foreigners  to work in the country.

OFW Congress an organization of Filipino Community leaders in Riyadh, advocating OFW issues and concerns are worried about undocumented OFWs, overstaying, stranded  and ran away OFWs roaming around the four corners of the Kingdom.  Engr. Faisal Sharque of OFWC said “the Philippine Embassy and Philippine Consulates must be ready to help and protect its nationals and to house undocumented OFWs  that will surely ask for their assistance”.  

In King Abdulaziz City for Science and Technology-KACST, a Government institution provide buses to their expatriate employees going to Diraiyah, Saudi Oger compound in compliance to the order.

“Philippine Embassy officials should act as early as possible and invite Filipino Community organizations to a meeting where  proactive solution to the problem must be acted upon before the jails of the Kingdom will be congested with Overseas Filipino Workers” a member organization of OFW Congress said.    

Exclusive Report by: Aiman Ahmad

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54 thoughts on “Massive Fingerprinting of Expats Begins

  1. Sir,
    good day po! Confuse lang po ako, umuwi po ako sa atin w/ exit re-entry visa. d po ako nakabalik then my employer send me visa extension nong dinala ko po sa SAudi embassy di po daw nila pwede iprocess yon kc expired na ang iqama ko. i informed my employer that i need my new iqama para makapagprocess sa embassy. until now, wala pa rin po silang pinadalang iqama at d na rin cla komontak sa akin. it’s been 4 months na po and i heard nothing from them. tanong ko po, pwede po ba nilang irenew ang iqama ko while im on vacation at nasa akin ang passport ko? nag-end na rin po ang contract ko sa kanila d nila ako pinag renew before umuwi kc pagbalik ko na lang daw which it didn’t happen. new passport na rin po ang hawak ko sa nov na po kc mag-eexpire old passport ko. pwede na po kaya akong bumalik ng Saudi with a new employer?
    thank you po and more power. God bless!

    bert

    • Albert,

      Ang lahat ng mga expats sa KSA ay required mag renew ng iqama 3 months prior from the date of departure kung ito ay malapit ng ma expire. Kaya malabo po na ma-renew ang iqama mo dahil alam po ng jawasat na ikaw ay nasa bakasyon ka. Ang pag renew ng iqama bago ma expire ito kung ikaw ay scheduled na magbakasyon ay stricctly required ng kaharian at ito ay mahigpit na ipinapatupad.

      Try to contact your employer na kung hindi nila magawan ng paraan na makabalik ka. let them issue a letter na ikaw ay ni-release na ng kompanya at hindi na empleyado nito upang ikaw ay may pinanghawakan na papel or dokumento kung sakaling babalik or mag apply ka ng bagong employer KSA.

      Regards.

      Bong

  2. Sir, goodmorning!
    Ako po ay nurse na ex -Saudi at naterminate sa hospital dati sa Abha, Ksa from Nov 2006 nakauwi nung April 1, 2008… exit visa po ako at kinansel na po iqama ko dat time….
    Mag-sasaudi po ako ulit at naka-schedule na mag-flight July 29, dis year using new passport at new visa at sa Jeddag destination ko…
    Ask ko po if ma-hohold ba ako sa airport at immigration?
    Kc po nababasa ko po d2 na wala problem bumalik as long as exit visa at wala po ako natandaan na nag-fingerprint po ako nung April 2008…. Sana po masagot nyo po ako…. thanks….

  3. sir magandang araw, itanong ko lang kung pede na akong bumalik sa saudi, nag resign ako ng buwan ng july 2010,naka 2 yrs and 9 mos lng ako sa dati kong emplyer. wala akong noc

    • Totoy,

      Puwedeng puwede, EXIT ka naman di ba? Ibig sabihin binigyan ka ng clearance na iyong employer. Siguradohin mo lang na wala kang pinirmahang undertaking na hindi muna babalik sa KSA.

      Ang NOC ay hinahanap lamang ng Saudi Royal Embassy kung kinakailangan.

      Bong

      • sir halimbawa na meron nga akong pinirmahan na undertaken ilang buwan po ako pwedeng makabalik sa ksa.

        • Toy,

          Sana, pag may tanong kayo or inquiry, sana isang sulat na lang.

          Sa mga expat na pumirma ng undertaking, 2 lang ang mangyayari.

          1. Kung na-submit ng employer ang undertaking sa immigration, at naharang ka sa airport, port to port ang mangyayari sa iyo.
          2. Kung nakalusot ka at nalaman ng dati mong employer na narito ka despite of your undertaking or promissory note na hindi muna babalik sa KSA, sa KULONGAN ang kahihinatnan mo.

          Bong

        • Toy,

          Depende sa taon na nakalagay sa undertaking na pinirmahan mo.

          Ngunit kung ang iyong employer ay may hinalang babalik ka sa KSA at sa kompanya na kakompetensya nila at ang iyong trabaho sa dati mong employer ay may mga sekreto na maaaring gamitin ng bago mong employer, the undertaking should be within the duration of two years in which you are not allowed to come back to KSA.

          Art. 83 of Saudi Labor Law : If the work assigned to the worker allows him to get acquainted with the employer’s customers, or to have access to his business secrets, the employer may require the worker in the contract not to compete with him or reveal his secrets upon expiration of the contract. For this condition to be valid, it shall be in writing and specific in terms of time, place and type of work and to the extent required to protect the legitimate interests of the employer. In all cases, the duration of such agreement shall not exceed two years from the date of termination of the relationship between the two parties.

          Pero kung ikaw ay isa lamang pangkariwang clerk ipaglaban mo na huwag pumirma ng kahit anong klaseng undertaking.

          Bong

  4. SIR,GOOD EVE PO,ISA PO AKONG TAKAS 5YEARS NA PO NGAUN GUSTO KO NA PO UMOWI SAPNAS ANO PO BA DAPAT KNG GAWIN DITO PO AKO SA DUBAI HANK U PO WAIT PO AKO NG REPLY NYO

    • Mon,

      Pumunta kaagad sa Embahada natin (Dubai) sa madaling panahon upang matulongan ka. Ang ating Embahada lamang ang makakatulong sa iyo. Alam mo ba na may penalty ang takas na expats sa Dubai? Pasensya na at nandito ako sa Saudi Arabia hindi kita maalalayan sa iyong problema. Dumulog agad sa Embahada upang hindi mapunta sa mas malalang problema.

      Bong

  5. hello po! isa po ako sa mga run aways ng riyadh na napauwi ng polo owwa nagaun taon 2010 at gusto ko pong bumalik uli, sir gusto ko pong itanong kung pwede na ako bumalik sa panahong ito? salamat..

    • Hi Lor,

      Kung na deport ka or napauwi man sa tulong ng ating POLO OWWA sa kasong absconding or takas or tnt, I’m sorry to tell you na kung may record na po kayo sa Jawasat or Passport Dept or MOI mahirapan po kayong bumalik sa kaharian.

      Regards.

      Bong

  6. Mageexit na po ako after 2 years of contract, me balak po akong lumipat ng company, pano po ako makaaply dito para mabilis akong makabalik uli? Sallamat po>>

    • Manny,

      Maraming paraan, kung may internet ka mas madali na lang ngayon ang pag apply. Maraming mga kompanya dito sa KSA na maganda ang trato sa mga empleyado. Try mong mag surf sa SABIC web site, Saudi Oger at iba pang malalking kompanya. Hanapin mo ang page like HR Human Resources or just simply look for Job offers.

      Enjoy surfing!

      Bong

  7. Sabi poh, kc ng embassy na 5 years “daw” ang banned ng mga taong nakauwi tru travel documents with Finger prints. Hindi na daw ina allow ng saudi arabia na bumalik ang mga Undocumented OFW na bumalik with the span of 5 years. I hope our Government will do something about this, kc saudi lang kc ang maluwag with regards to Age qualifications at mahirap kc manirahan sa atin hirap hanap ng work.

    Thanks

    van

    • hi van, kung sinabi ng embassy ito, baka totoo dahil sila ang nakakaalam sa mga kaso ng mga takas or undocumented ofws. sila rin ang nag work para maka uwi ang mga takas nating ofws pabalik sa pinas.

  8. Hi,

    I just want to ask regarding my problem mo. I hope you can help me. I am here in Riyadh since 2005 pero december 0f 2006 when i was about to renew my iqama hindi poh cya marenew because hindi poh namin mahagilap ang sponsor ko. Binili lang poh kc ng mom ko ang visa ko thru an agency. Now i wanted to go home and want to come back. complete naman poh ung documents ko, my passport poh ako at kakarenew lang ne2 but my iqama hindi poh talaga marenew kc my remarks sa jawasat. Hindi poh black list pero remarks lang poh talaga na “hindi daw ako nagwowork sa sponsor ko” We have been searching my sponsor for 4 years now kc ngah gusto ko po maayos ang case ko at makauwi ng maayos. Gusto ko bumalik dito kc andito ang mom ko and she is the only family i have. Pls. advice me on what to do.marami na pong pera ang naubos at napupunta lang sa wala dahil gusto namin makauwi ako ng maayos. ayaw ko kc umuwi ng tru travel documents at cgurado my fingerprints napo dun at for sure hindi napo ako makakabalik. can u advice me on what to do? pls. i need help badly.

    • dapat doon ka makipag ugnayan sa agency na binilhan nyo ng visa upang mahanap ang iyong sponsor. tanong ko lang, bakit ka di makabalik kung legal naman ang pag alis mo thru travel docs?

    • Pag dating mo sa atin, puntahan mo ang iyong bagong recruitment agency (agency sa bago mong employer), itanong mo doon kung anong dapat gawin sa iyong problema.

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