50,000-riyal reward to report illegal expats in Saudi Arabia

 

DUBAI – Saudi security authorities will reportedly offer a reward of up to 50,000 riyals to anyone who can point out expats violating the country’s residency or labour laws.

Public security consultant Jamaan Bin Ahmed Al Ghamidi made the announcement during a town hall meeting in Al Baha.

He also warned that authorities will have zero tolerance towards anyone who employs or shelters illegal residents in the country.




In March, Saudi Arabia gave illegal expat residents a deadline of three months to leave the country without paying fines or facing legal measures.

After the deadline, violators will be given fines ranging from 15,000 to 100,000 riyals, authorities warned.

Meanwhile, an ongoing campaign in Al Baha has helped regularise the residency status of 1,350 foreigners, Al Ghamidi was quoted as saying by Saudi newspaper Al Madina.

He said 30 companies have been asked to employ foreigners legally as domestic helpers, farmers, construction workers and shepherds.

Saudi Arabia has a population of 32 million, with more than 12 million expatriate residents. DAJ/Expat Media

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