Saudi set to fine, ban firms over illegal employment of foreign workers


Saudi authorities have have disclosed that any company or establishment that employs foreign workers illegally or allows its employees to work for others or for their own account would face a number of penalties.

The country’s Public Prosecution warned that the penalties for erring establishments include a fine of up to SR10,000, in addition to a ban on recruitment for a period of up to five years, as well as publicizing names of the facilities in the local media at their own expense.

The Public Prosecution stated that the penalties also include imprisonment for up to one year for the managing director of the firm, noting that he will be deported from Saudi Arabia if he is an expatriate.

It also called on everyone to report violators of the residency, work and border security regulations in case they detected any such cases by calling over the numbers of 911 in the regions of Makkah and Riyadh, and 999 in the rest of the regions across the Kingdom.

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