Saudi Arabia not to extend three-month grace period for illegal expatriates

Manama, May 7 (ANI): Saudi Arabia's interior ministry has asked foreigners staying illegally in the country to take advantage of the three-month grace period to regularise their situation.

The ministry in a statement said that there will be no extension of the grace period and there will be a zero-tolerance policy for those who fail to regularise their status.

According to Gulf News, the ministry said that expatriates who were staying illegally should get their status rectified from concerned authorities.

Last month, King Abdullah Bin Abdul Aziz called for giving foreigners staying illegally in the country a three-month grace period to regularise their situation.

Authorities in Saudi Arabia have launched a massive campaign to deport thousands of foreigners who have overstayed in the country working beyond the given permits or worked illegally.

According to the report, the nation-wide campaign is attributed to ambitious labour market reforms and boosting security levels.

Around eight million expatriates work and live in the vast Saudi kingdom, mainly unskilled labourers and domestic helpers from Asian countries, the report added. (ANI)