Saudi King Orders Grace Period for Illegal Foreign Workers

Foreign workers violating labor and residency laws will get three months to rectify their situation or face deportation, the official Saudi Press Agency said today.

“King Abdullah has ordered the Ministry of Interior and Ministry of Labor to give workers in violation of labor and residency regulations in the Kingdom a chance to rectify their situation during a period of three months maximum,” SPA reported in a brief statement.

Saudi Arabia has begun in recent weeks a camping to crack down on illegal workers, part of a push to create more jobs for its citizens. Local media reported that inspectors have raided many places around the country where they suspect illegal workers are employed.