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Sunday, May 12, 2013

Press release from Indian Embassy

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Subject: [tanzeemhumhindustani] Press release from Indian Embassy Riyadh,Jeddah,Dammam for all

Embassy of India



May 11, 2013

The Embassy of India in Riyadh welcomes the announcement on May 10 by Saudi authorities allowing expatriates to rectify any violations related to residence and work permits. The Embassy expresses its gratitude to the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques His Majesty King Abdullah bin Abdulaziz Al Saud for this announcement. The Embassy urges all Indian nationals in Saudi Arabia who are affected by Nitaqat programme and those who are in any violation related to residence and work permit to rectify such violations within the grace period announced by the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques His Majesty King Abdullah bin Abdulaziz Al Saud.

The Embassy of India and the Consulate in Jeddah are fully equipped to help the Indian community in Saudi Arabia in this endeavor. The Embassy is currently studying the details of the measures announced by the Saudi authorities and would come up with regular advisories on any clarifications required.

The Embassy would like to inform the Indian expatriate community in Saudi Arabia the following:
i)  A summary of the concessions announced by Saudi authorities on May 10, 2013 is available at to view). Shortly this will be published in other Indian languages also.

ii) The announcement of May 10 covers violations which took place before April 6, 2013. It is important to ensure that no further violations take place under any circumstances. Any Indian planning to travel to Saudi Arabia for employment should ensure that the visas on which he travels to Saudi Arabia does not violate any rules of this country. It is also important to ensure that the firm which sponsors them meets all the laws and regulations of Saudi Arabia. It is important to generate awareness in India on the new rules and regulations in Saudi Arabia.

iii)  The Embassy is in receipt of a large number of Emergency Certificate (EC) applications. It will continue to collect EC applications from those wanting to leave Saudi Arabia on exit. Those who have submitted EC applications will be issued ECs in due course after ascertaining from the applicant whether he wants to continue to work in Saudi Arabia availing the concessions announced by Saudi authorities on May 10 or to leave Saudi Arabia. Embassy will contact each EC applicant either through telephone or through the volunteers. As required Embassy will establish EC distribution Centres in various cities in Saudi Arabia.

iv)  There has been an overwhelming response to Embassy's request for volunteers to register with the Embassy. The Embassy will soon release the names of volunteers who have registered with the Embassy. It would also issue an advisory to the volunteers on how to help those Indians who wish to change their legal status or to return to India. The services of all volunteers are free of cost. No money may be paid to the volunteers for any services. All Indian Community Schools Management Committees, teaching and non-teaching staff have been urged to offer their services.

v) The Embassy continues to get requests from companies in Saudi Arabia offering jobs  (Click to view) for Indians who wish to change their jobs. The list is available at

vi) The Embassy has been approached by mega-recruiting companies which propose to recruit Indians who wish to change their sponsorship to these companies. A contact list of these mega recruiting companies (Click to view) is available . A list of companies which  approached Consulate General of India, Jeddah is available at  

vii) The Embassy has strengthened its 24 hour helpdesk with more people and more telephone lines. The telephone lines are 01 4884697, 01 4881982, 0501699879, 0501700106, 0501699895, 0501699894. Consulate General of India, Jeddah help line numbers are   02-2611483, 02-2614093, 0596810574.

viii) Ambassador will hold a meeting with volunteers and Indian community workers at the Embassy premises at the Diplomatic Quarter in Riyadh at 4 PM on Tuesday May 14. Consul General of India, Jeddah will hold a meeting of community workers at 4 PM on Wednesday May 15. Another meeting of volunteers and community workers would be held at the International Indian School Dammam at 6 PM on Friday May 17. All volunteers, community workers and media are invited to attend these meetings.


Thanks & Best Regards,
Saudi Arabia