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Expats under Nitaqat red cant correct their status

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Expats under Nitaqat red can't correct their status

Last updated: Friday, April 12, 2013 12:21 AM
Majed Al-Soghairi
Okaz/Saudi Gazette

MADINAH — Expatriates working in firms under 'red' category of Nitaqat Saudization program are not entitled to take advantage of the new drive to correct their iqama status, the Ministry of Labor announced Thursday.

 Hattab Al-Enezi, spokesman of the ministry, said most of the foreigners violating the labor law are working in firms falling under the 'red' category.

The spokesman urged owners of these firms to expedite procedures to employ the required number of Saudis so as get into the "green" category. "Foreigners in 'red' firms can rectify their status only after the firm changes into 'green' category," he added.

Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Abdullah issued directives last Saturday to the ministries of interior and labor to give a three-month grace period to workers violating the labor and residency (iqama) regulations to rectify their status.

The King's directive came as a huge relief to thousands of expatriate workers who have been under tremendous strain following reports of inspections by ministries on private firms.

Al-Enezi said that his ministry, in coordination with the Ministry of Interior, is currently working out a mechanism to implement the King's order. "The new mechanism is expected to be ready within a few days," he added.

Meanwhile, the concerned senior officials at the ministries of labor and interior held their first meeting Wednesday to work out the mechanism.

The Ministry of Labor has instructed its staffers across the Kingdom not to take their annual leave during the three-month grace period except in emergency cases.


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