Saudia: Indian Embassy launches special registration drive to help overstaying Indian nationals

    By TCN News,

    Riyadh: The Embassy of India has been urging all Indian nationals in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia to fix their legal status during the ongoing grace period which is set to expire on Nov 3, 2013. This follows the new Saudia policy to increase employment among Saudi nationals.

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    Many Indian nationals have already availed of the concessions given by the Saudi authorities and corrected their status or obtained final exits and left the country, without facing any penal action. The Embassy officials have been assisting Indian workers to correct their status or assist them in getting such final exits from the beginning of the grace period.

    “All undocumented/illegal Indian nationals who have not corrected their status or have not processed their cases for final exit at Tarheel so far, are hereby urged to register with the Embassy through volunteers registered with the Indian Embassy. A Special Registration Counter will be opened in the Embassy on October 12, 13 & 14, 2013 (Saturday, Sunday & Monday) from 9.30 AM to 1.00 PM. For those outside of Riyadh, the details in the prescribed format could also be forwarded to First Secretary (Community Welfare) on [email protected],” said a release by the Indian Embassy.

    “Those Indian nationals who do not posses any documents whatsoever should register themselves with the Embassy. The purpose behind this drive is to have a data base of such Indians and to know their specific problems in order to explore the possibility of finding a suitable solution for them within Saudi rules and regulations. While the Embassy will be taking up this matter with the local authorities, there can be no assurance given in this regard by the Embassy, since this is a matter to be decided entirely by the Saudi authorities.”