Undocumented foreign workers in Saudi Arabia who were not able to correct their legal status during the seven-month amnesty period were given another two months by the Saudi government to complete the rectification procedures at the Passport Department (Jawazat), according to Labor Secretary Rosalinda Baldoz.
By Assad Abboud
Illegal foreign workers in Saudi Arabia, mostly Asians, are in a race against time to take advantage of an amnesty ending Wednesday that would allow them to stay or return home without prosecution.
By Casiano Mayor Jr.
About 200 Filipinos are crammed on the rooftop of the Philippine consulate here, while hundreds more have pitched makeshift tents in a vacant lot beside the diplomatic office. Everyday, many more line up on the sidewalk even as temperatures in this desert kingdom rise to 49 degrees Celsius (120.2 degrees Fahrenheit).
Filipinos in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) illegally have until February to avail themselves of an amnesty program that would legitimize their stay.
By Rodolfo Estimo Jr.
RIYADH—Twenty-nine imprisoned Filipino women in Saudi Arabia have been pardoned by the government, the Philippine Embassy announced. The 29, who were jailed at the Al-Nisa prison in Riyadh, departed Tuesday night for the Philippines, the embassy said. “The inmates were women charged with petty crimes that are covered by the amnesty. Their crimes included theft [...]