Riyadh, June 15: Saudi Arabia giving a major relief to all the Indians who are overstaying in Kingdom allowed to go back to their homeland without any penalty and punishment via amnesty scheme. Now, Indian Embassy in Saudi Arabia has appealed all the Indians overstaying their visas to return back to home on amnesty scheme before it expires. However, it has also said that the one who does not return will later have to pay fine or can get imprisonment etc.
Indian Embassy in a series of twitter post requested all the Indian citizens saying, “it is much easier to return to India before the expiry of the amnesty; everything (out pass & exit pass) is free; one can return to the kingdom at any time in future without a valid visa. Once Amnesty expires it will be difficult to return; may even lead to imprisonment, penalty and ban on future entry.”
Giving further details on twitter, Indian Embassy stated, “Saudi Amnesty expires on 25-06-2017; Only a few days left. All undocumented Indian nationals are once again requested to obtain EC/Out Pass from the Embassy/Consulate and Exit Visa from the Saudi Authorities and leave the Kingdom peacefully without any fine/penalty. After the Amnesty Expires, all illegal persons will be dealt with severely.”
However, over 20,000 Indian citizens had already applied for return under the amnesty scheme. Several workers from Uttar Pradesh and Bihar are also making use of the scheme. Saudi Arabia has granted a 90-day amnesty to allow thousands of Indian workers, including several Keralites and Tamils who are stranded in Kingdom and overstayed their visas, to come back to their homeland. Notably, this is not for the first time when Saudi is allowing Indian workers to go back to their country without any legal actions who overstayed.
Also in 2013, a similar campaign took place to legalize the status of undocumented workers in the Kingdom. Back then, a three-month amnesty was announced in April 2013 before late King Abdullah extended the grace period to November 2013. However, this time number of applicants are lesser than 2103 forgiveness period. Importantly, the diplomatic relations between India and Saudi Arabia is strengthened over decades and both the countries have been working as a close ally since many years.