Punishment for Trading in Visas for Expatriates and Saudis

Every resident of Saudi Arabia should know that Saudi Laws impose harsh penalties on anyone dealing in trading of visas. A few years ago, many Saudis, as well as expatriates, were dealing in trading of visas and it was their main business. However, this trend started changing from 2013 when Saudi government took serious action against the illegal residents and people who were working without transferring their sponsorship. Now, this practice has vanished and you rarely find anyone who is dealing in trading of visas.

Punishment for Trading Visas: Following punishment will be given to all the people involved in all the above-mentioned crimes.

If the violator is an expatriate, he shall be fined 10,000 S.R. or imprisoned for 3 months or both, along with the termination of his Iqama and deportation from the Kingdom. Gulf News has reported today that a plan to ban the deported expatriates from one GCC country from entering on work visas in any other GCC country has been finalized. To know about the status of the implementation, click on this link “GCC Wide Ban on Deported Expatriates of GCC Countries”

If the violator is a Saudi Citizen;

  • He shall be fined SR 10,000 for the first time
  • SR 15,000 in the second time along with one month imprisonment
  • SR 15,000 in the third time along with 3 months imprisonment. Type of violation shall be considered while applying the penalty.

These penalties are applicable to the principal perpetrator, partner, and contributor.

Paid money shall be confiscated in all cases.

Fines are multiplied according to the number of individuals involved and violations.

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