Saudi gov’t. offers SR50,000 reward to anyone who reports illegal expat

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Up to SR 50,000 ($13,300) reward awaits anyone who will report illegal aliens in Saudi Arabia.

The reward scheme was revealed by Jamaan Bin Ahmad Al Ghamidi, a  consultant to public security, during a recent town hall meeting in Al Baha in the south west of the kingdom.

Al Ghamidi said the campaign has been, so far, successful in Al Baha with at least 1,350 expats residing illegally in the region being able to regularize their status in a short time.

“Several aspects have been tackled and the campaign has designated 30 companies to employ foreigners in a legal way and for cheaper operation costs,” said Al Ghamidi.

“Visas were also issued to help those who could hold positions that are not included in the Saudization programme, such as domestic helpers, farmers, construction workers and shepherds,” he added.

However, Al Ghamidi warned that stringent penalties will be imposed to those who are conniving with and harboring illegal aliens.

Last March, the Saudi government, through an order by Crown Prince Mohammad Bin Nayef as part of the “Nation Free of Violators” campaign, launched an amnesty program that gave foreigners staying illegally to leave the country without paying fines or facing any legal actions.

Those, however, who failed to take advantage of the campaign and caught, will face a penalty ranging between SR15,000 to SR100,000.