The amnesty for undocumented workers to leave Saudi Arabia without penalty and fines will not be further extended, according to a Saudi high official involved with the process.
This is likely to result in a large number of Bangladeshis, working in the kingdom without proper paperwork, getting kicked out.
The four-month-long amnesty under the so called campaign 'Nation Free of Violators' came to an end on Monday.
“Four months given to violators of residency and labour laws to leave the Kingdom voluntarily were enough,” Saudi daily al-Madina quoted Maj Gen Solaiman Al-Yahya, director general of the Passports Department, as saying.
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The amnesty started late March and was extended by one month.
Al-Yahya warned that those who did not benefit from the amnesty will be apprehended and punished,
“These are reckless people who have no respect for the law. Therefore they will be penalised,” he asserted.
“The amnesty was a golden opportunity for the violators to leave voluntarily and be able to come to the Kingdom any time legally,” he said.
According to him, more than 600,000 violators left the Kingdom and more than 15,000 of them have come back to the Kingdom legally on new work visas.
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Al-Yahya explained that those who benefitted from the amnesty were not given Murahal (deportee) fingerprinting, so it was easy for them to come back legally.
He warned that those who completed their departure procedures during the amnesty period but remained in the Kingdom will be fined and deported.
A massive crackdown campaign in which 19 government departments will participate will soon start to apprehend violators.
Envoy urges irregular BD nationals to return from Saudi
Bangladesh Ambassador in Riyadh Golam Moshi has urged all "irregular" Bangladeshis living in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia (KSA) to return home and get re-entry to the country through legal channels.
"They (irregular Bangladeshis in KSA) can go to Saudi Arabia legally again. There'll be no problem," UNB quoted him as saying.
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The ambassador also urged the Bangladesh nationals in the KSA not to tarnish Bangladesh's image there by getting involved in illegal activities.
He was addressing an opinion exchange meeting in Dammam, a city in Saudi Arabia, on Thursday, according to a press release.
The ambassador said the Bangladesh Embassy will remain beside Bangladeshi expatriates in their any need.