1 million expats likely to leave KSA under 90-day amnesty plan

Riyadh – About one million expats are expected to leave Saudi Arabia under an Amnesty Plan.

With 70 days to go before the end of the campaign of targeting residency and labor violators, preliminary results are already “positive,” according to officials from the General Directorate of Passports and Ministry of Labor and Social Development, said a local daily quoted Al-Bilad.

The campaign is helping violators leave the country without facing fines or penalties for violating regulations.

Expats are also exempt from the exit fingerprint requirement, allowing them to return to the Kingdom at a later date legally.

Nineteen government entities are participating in the “A Nation without Violators” campaign which is seeking to help overstayers and work visa violators leave the country during the three-month grace period which started on March 29.

The campaign, which initially was launched four years ago, has facilitated the departure of more that 5.5 million illegal expats.

Ministry of Interior spokesman Maj. Gen. Mansoor Al-Turki said various government agencies are working together to ensure the success of the campaign through joint inspections with security agencies, the paper reported.

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