Govt goes full throttle to correct expat status


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india helping nitaqat-761744The Ministry of Labor has ordered all the labor offices to work in the evening and on Thursdays, if required, during the grace period as it expects a heavy rush of applications for rectification of residence and labor status of expats following Friday’s announcement of concessions.

Ninety percent of the services for expats are done online to avoid long queues at labor offices.

Labor Minister Adel Fakeih met late last night with diplomats from labor-supplying countries in a closed-door meeting in Riyadh to discuss the new regulations governing expatriate labor.

Representatives from Pakistan India, Sri Lanka, Nepal, the Philippines and other countries participated. One South Asian diplomat described the meeting as “excellent.”

Meanwhile, tens of thousands of illegals have registered with their consulates over the past 30 days in an effort to get airline tickets, consulates and embassy officials told Arab News.

An estimated 6,000 Pakistanis, 60,000 Indians, nearly 10,000 Filipinos, 7,000 Sri Lankans and other nationalities have sought permission to leave the Kingdom.

Mohamed Nazmul Islam, consul general of Bangladesh, told Arab News that those who registered themselves with the consulate earlier to go home are now seeking transfers of iqamas following the announcement.
Expat teachers have found little relief in Friday’s announcement, as the Ministries of Labor and Interior have not covered expats under the sponsorship of relatives in their concessions.

School authorities have expressed concern regarding the transfer of iqamas of female staff. 

First, teachers want a guarantee that they can transfer their iqamas to the sponsorship of their fathers or husbands in case their contracts are terminated. Second, if their male guardians lose jobs, they may be allowed to continue residing in the Kingdom on a “mahram” status since women need male guardians to live in the Kingdom.

Finally, the schools should give workers family status should they decide to transfer their iqamas to the schools’ sponsorship. – ARABNEWS/13/05/2013 

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Meanwhile, the Saudi Council of Engineers (SCE) in Makkah Province, Director Abdullah Shahri, announced that  the SCE has found 1,050 fake degrees among expatriates engineers in Saudi Arabia and they are subject for early deportation.

Engineers whose degrees were found forged came from the Philippines (317), India (178), Pakistan (92), Egypt (89), Syria (53), Jordan (44), Lebanon (44), Sudan (40), Palestine (35), Bangladesh (16), China (12), Yemen (12), France (10), South Korea (7), The UK (7), Sri Lanka (5), Turkey (4), the US (4) and Cyprus (3).  There were also 29 Saudis holding a fake engineering degree.

All local and expatriates professional engineers working in the Kingdom must be registered with the Saudi Chamber of Commerce. Without this membership an expatriate engineer can’t renew his residency permit (iqama). 

Article 3 of the Statutes of Saudi Council of Engineers states :  The membership of the Council of Engineers consists of:

1. Primary membership: It comprises all Saudi graduates in engineering disciplines or equivalent, practicing this profession.

2. Associate membership includes:

a. All non-Saudi engineers holding a university degree or equivalent in any engineering discipline, and working in the engineering field in the Kingdom.

b. Technicians, students, and those interested in engineering science and apply for membership.

c. Professional engineering offices and companies authorized to practice engineering profession in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.

3. Honorary membership: It is awarded by the Council’s Board of Directors to those who make distinguished contribution to serve the Council. Honorary members are exempted from subscription fee.

Saudi Council of Engineers is a scientific professional body independently handling its financial obligations, and operating under the supervision of Ministry of Commerce. -end-

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