Extension of the Amnesty Period for Overstayers


Advisory No. 2012-006 (10 January 2012)

Extension of the Amnesty Period for Overstayers of Hajj, Umrah and Visit Visa Until 9 March 2012

The Embassy of the Philippines in Riyadh informs all Filipinos in the Kingdom that the amnesty period for those who have overstayed their hajj, umrah, and visit visas has been extended by another six months starting from 16/10/1432-H (corresponding to 14 September 2011). All concerned Filipinos are strongly urged to avail of the amnesty before the deadline on 16/4/1433-H (corresponding to 09 March 2012).

On 02 January 2012, the Embassy received Diplomatic Note No. 8/4/365161 dated 30/1/1433-H (25 December 2011) informing the Embassy of the Royal approval of the extension period for amnesty for violations of hajj, umrah and visit visas for another six months starting from 16/10/1432-H (14 September 2011). The six-month extension period will end on 16/4/1433-H (corresponding to 09 March 2012).

The Note did not include any mention of those with expired iqamas; those who came to the Kingdom for employment with a sponsor and have stayed beyond the validity of their iqama; or those who absconded from their original employer and seek repatriation. It is therefore clear that absconding workers or “ TNTs” are not included in the Royal Pardon or “Amnesty”.

The Embassy strongly advises all concerned Filipinos who have overstayed their hajj, umrah or visit visa to avail of the amnesty. According to the authorities, all overstaying nationals, including those availing of the Royal Pardon, will be blacklisted from returning to the Kingdom. Overstaying foreign nationals apprehended after the deadline will be required to pay a heavy penalty and may be subject to imprisonment.

The Embassy advises all Filipinos against dealing with “fixers” of any nationality, who claim that they could facilitate repatriation in exchange for fees. All concerned Filipinos are advised to proceed to the Saudi Immigration Office (Jawazat) in their region and complete the processing of their repatriation as soon as possible and before the deadline on 09 March 2012. ###

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2 thoughts on “Extension of the Amnesty Period for Overstayers

  1. magandang araw po Mr. Bong,

    Kami po ay 5-limang mga visit visa,kinuwa po kami ng employer namin para magtrabaho po dito sa jeddah na ang gamit ay visit visa. dumading po kami dito sa jeddah noong october 19, 2010.at pumunta po kame ng philippine consulate dito sa jeddah, para po magpatulong sa pag-uwi sa pinas.noon pa pong nakaran ammesty.angga po ngayon hindi po kami mapauwi.ngayon po amnesty nanaman po.pumunta po ng jawasat ang case officer namin sa consulate para po ayusin ang pag-uwi po namin.at gumawa po sila ng letter of endorsement para sa immigration at deportation. na approve po iyon sa malaking jawasat, pero pagdating po naming deportation sa tarhil para po mag basma…sabi po ng deportation, HINDI PO DAW KAMI KASALI SA AMNESTY… BAKIT PO? di po ba ang amnesty ay para sa mga umrah, hajj, visit visa at lahat ng over stayed po dito sa jeddah.

    • Kung na approve po ito sa jawasat, bakit hindi po kayo kabilang sa mga mabigyan ng Amnesty? Dapat po bumalik kayo sa ating Konsalado at alamin po ang problema. Kung sakali man na may problema, baka naman na-identify kayo na hindi lang ordinary visit visa kundi nag trabaho pa kayo dito na ang hawak visit visa, na isa pong illegal dito sa KSA. Secondly po, hindi po lahat ng mga overstayer ay kasama sa amnesty. Iba po ang overstayer na mga takas sa employer, ito ay hindi kasali sa amnesty.

      Pasyalan nyo po muli ang Consulate, kung puwede makipagkita kayo kay Consul General Norman Garibay, pakisabi ni-refer ko ang problema ninyo sa kanya. Madali po itong kausapin at madaling lapitan.

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