Philippine Ambassador Thanks The Custodian for the Exemptions and Facilities for Expatriates to Rectify Status
Philippine Ambassador Ezzedin H. Tago welcomed the guidelines, exemptions and facilities announced jointly by the Ministries of Interior and Labor on 10 May and posted on the Saudi Press Agency www.spa.gov.sa in Arabic, which were approved by the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Abdullah bin Abdul Aziz, that provide for exemptions for expatriates to rectify their labor and residency status.
“On behalf of the Filipinos in the Kingdom, we thank the King and the Saudi authorities for the guidelines, and we vow to work closely with the community and the Saudi authorities to help our nationals rectify their labor and residency status within the grace period granted by the King,” said Ambassador Ezzedin Tago.
The guidelines specify rules for return to the sponsor, the transfer to different sponsors, or final exit. They also explain the waivers for fees and penalties.
The guidelines are being translated into English and Pilipino for the guidance of all Filipinos in the Kingdom.
The Minister of Labor has invited several Ambassadors, including the Philippine Ambassador, to a briefing to further explain the guidelines.
The Philippine Ambassador reiterated his gratitude to the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques and the Saudi authorities. He called on all Filipinos to check the website www.philembassy-riyadh.org for further guidelines.
The Philippine Embassy remains ready to help the Filipinos who will benefit from these guidelines.