Grace Period for Illegal Foreign Workers Extended

As expected:

King Abdullah, the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques, has extended by four months the amnesty period for undocumented expatriates in the Kingdom to correct their status.

A royal order cited by a Ministry of Interior statement and carried by the Saudi Press Agency on Tuesday said the original three-month grace period, which ends on July 4, will be extended to the end of the current Hijra year 1434, equivalent to Nov. 4, 2013.

Human Rights Watch today called on Saudi Arabia to abolish the sponsorship system and protect the rights of migrant workers.

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