The Saudi Arabian government has formally opened the application for undocumented foreign workers who wish to get amnesty from the government.
This, after King Salman signed an order giving 90 days for illegal workers to process their documents.
“This is the easiest way for me to return home, God willing, if I get qualified to be under the amnesty program provided by the Saudi government,” said an undocumented OFW.
According to Consul General Imelda Panolong, “We can bring over 200 for Filipinos for them to be included in the first batch to avail of the amnesty. We will continue doing this.”
The official said they expect an influx of Filipinos at their office.
In the western region, there are over 5,000 Filipinos without legal documents.
The amnesty covers overstayers; persons with Hajj Umrah and only a visit visa, those who escaped from their employers, and persons with expired Iqama, as long as they do not any case with the police.
The application opened on March 29 and will conclude in June.
This prompted the Philippine consulate to call on the Filipinos who are illegally staying in Saudi Arabia to not hesitate and instead immediately process their application.
“I am calling on Filipinos here in Jeddah and in the western region of Saudi Arabia to grab this opportunity, the three months given to us by the Saudi government and the king, to be able to fly back home without any penalties in every step of the procedure,” Consul General Panolong said. — Jude Abarquez | UNTV News & Rescue
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