Saudi Amnesty Offers Illegal Chance To Leave

JEDDAH: Makkah Province is “perfectly ready” for the “A Nation Without Illegal Expatriates” national campaign, Mohamed Hussain, spokesman of the Jeddah Passport Department, told Arab News.

Starting Wednesday, undocumented workers in Jeddah and Makkah can go to Al-Shumaisi’s branch of the Passport Department, located on the Jeddah-Makkah expressway, to finalize their departure procedures.

“A special section has been designated for it at the General Services Center in Al-Shumaisi to cover Makkah and Jeddah,” Hussain said.
Al-Shumaisi is one of many centers that will implement the 90-day campaign, which will include all provinces.

The initiative was granted by the Interior Ministry for undocumented workers to correct their status and leave the country without penalties.
Overstayers following the 90-day grace period will risk paying fines. “Violators who don’t initiate correcting their status and get detained will be subject to enforcing the rules and regulations of the labor law and residency system,” Lt. Col. Talal Al-Shalhoub, spokesman of the General Directorate of Passports (GDP), told Arab News.

Violating the residency system entails deportation, a prison sentence, and fines. The fine can range between SR15,000 ($4,000) and SR100,000, Gen. Sulaiman Al-Yahya, director general of the Passport Department, told the Saudi state-run news channel Al-Ekhbariya.

Al-Yahya urged violators to make use of the amnesty that exempts them from fines and the consequences associated with the deportee fingerprint system, an opportunity “that may not come again,” he said.

Those who have overstayed their visas for Haj, Umrah, visit or transit should go directly to a border point with a valid passport and confirmed travel tickets.

If an “absent from work (escape or huroob)” notice has been issued, the violator will need to finalize the procedures in the local Expats Affairs Administration first.

Employers of holders of expired “resident identity” (iqama) who did not renew them before the announcement date of the campaign (March 19) shall issue a “final exit” visa online after paying all due fees and fines. Illegal workers should then leave the country.

Pilgrims who entered the country illegally should refer to the local Expat Affairs Administration to obtain a “final exit” visa before going to the designated passport center with their valid passport.

Illegal workers with valid iqama IDs, but who work for different employers or are self-employed and have an “absent from work (escape)” notice, should refer to the local Labor Disputes Committee to obtain a “proof of status” directed to the GDP.

They should then refer to the local Expats Affairs Administration to obtain a “final exit” visa with their passport and iqama ID before leaving the Kingdom.

Workers for an employer in the Red Zone, whose company has more non-Saudi employees than Saudi, should refer to the Labor Ministry to obtain a temporary work permit before going to the local Passport Department with their passport and iqama ID to get a “final exit” visa and leave the country.
According to the campaign, workers can return to the Kingdom on condition they pursue legal methods to gain entry.

Jeddah-based Pakistani Consul General Shehryar Akbar Khan and Indian Consul General Mohammed Noor Rahman Sheikh both urged their nationals to take advantage of the scheme in two separate press statements sent to Arab News.

The Pakistani Consulate said it had made arrangements to assist “Pakistani community members who desire to avail the amnesty scheme announced by the Saudi government.”

The Indian Consulate said it would provide information to Indian expats, and assured “the full cooperation of the consulate in facilitating all Indian nationals who want to go back to their motherland using this opportunity.”

A similar campaign took place in 2013 to legalize the status of undocumented workers. A 90-day amnesty was announced in April 2013 before the late King Abdullah extended the grace period to November 2013.

Interior Ministry spokesman Major Gen. Mansour Al-Turki said more than 2.5 million violators left the country under that campaign.



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POEA resumes processing of documents of directly hired OFWs

The Philippine Overseas Employment Administration

– As directed by the DOLE Secretary has resumed processing of applications for exemption by workers hired directly by foreign employers. Secretary Silvestre Bello III, on May 16, 2017, issued Administrative Order No. 155 – A ordering the POEA and the Philippine Overseas Labor Offices (POLOs) to continue the processing and issuance of overseas employment certificates (OECs) subject to the requirements as set forth by the provisions of the Revised POEA Rules and Regulations Governing the Recruitment and Employment of Land-based Overseas Filipino workers of 2016.

Through Administrative Order No. 155, Secretary Bello suspended on April 25, 2017, the issuance of OECs to direct-hire workers over reports of alleged irregularities in the processing of exit clearance of the said workers. POEA rules prohibit the direct hiring of Filipino workers by foreign employers except for members of the diplomatic corps; international organizations; heads of state and government officials with the rank of at least deputy minister; and employers who are close relatives of the OFW. The issuance also exempts certain skills categories from the ban on direct hiring as permitted by the Secretary of Labor. Source:

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Germany needs 400 nurses for Triple Win Project


The Philippine Overseas Employment Administration is now accepting qualified applicants for nurses for deployment in Germany under the Triple Win Project.

The International Placement Service of the German Federal Employment Agency (ZAV/BA). This time needs qualified applicants to fill up its vacancies for ICU, general, and geriatric care wards. The POEA supervises the Triple Win Project through a government-to-government arrangement with the Federal Republic of Germany.

Qualified applicants must be a Filipino citizen and permanent resident of the Philippines with Bachelor of Science in Nursing (four years professional education), active Philippine Nursing License and at least two years of professional experience as a nurse in hospitals, rehabilitation centers, and care institutions.

Applicants must have German language proficiency and are willing to undergo German language training in the Philippines to attain Level B1 (to be paid by the employer) or with Bl or B2 language proficiency level following the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages.

Successful candidates shall have a starting monthly salary of €1,900 (gross) and an increase to € 2,300 after recognition as a qualified nurse. The employer will pay the visa and airfare from the Philippines to Germany and will assist the employee to find suitable accommodation. The selected nurse will bear the expenses in full or in part of the board and lodging.

Qualified applicants should register online at www.ereqister. and personally submit the following documents (fastened in a folder) under the heading “Triple Win RSF No.17003” at the Manpower Registry Division, Windows S and T, Ground Floor, Blas F. Ople Bldg. (formerly POEA Bldg.), Ortigas Avenue corner EDSA, Mandaluyong City:

• Cover letter and curriculum vitae with colored passport size picture, in English and, if possible, in German

• High School Diploma (notarized copy)

• Diploma of nursing (notarized copy)

• Board Certificate from Professional Regulation Commission

• Certificates of employment from former employers (notarized copy)

• Document of German language skills, if available

• Copy of valid Passport

Applicants are required to present their original documents for authentication of written information before forwarding the resume to the employer. The deadline of submission of application is on May 15, 2017.





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