SR 2,000 for keeping worker’s passport and SR 15,000 fine for forcing to work

We all are fully aware of how the business in the Kingdom runs. Saudi Arabia is one of the richest and fully developed countries of the world because it knows well how to cover their flaws. They might not have the labor that can help build their economy, but it sure knows how to use cheap labor from different underdeveloped and developing countries from around the world and get their work done easily.

This not only benefits these expats but also helps employers establish their small businesses and contribute to the ever growing and flourishing economy of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. Since the Kingdom currently holds nearly 10 million expats, one can easily wonder whether getting a Visa for Saudi Arabia is that easy.[irp]

In order to get a work permit and a visa for the Kingdom, all one needs is a sponsor who calls in the expat from countries like the Philippines, India, Pakistan, and Indonesia. This sponsor will take permission from the Ministry of Labor providing all the documents of the expat and give them assurance that the man or woman coming in will serve in their company and abide by all the Saudi Labor Laws (SLL) set by the government.

Perhaps this wasn’t enough for most sponsors since they ran a little out of their league and offered the expats what we call “free visas” which is illegal under the Ministry of Labor (MOL). The Ministry has renewed and amended the original Saudi Labor Law and brought in the light of the employers that if they are found in contempt or violation of any of the laws, they will bear consequences and extreme fines.

1-According to the amended laws, the sponsors who hold documents or passports of employees will be charged SR 2,000 per employee.

2-Apart from that, if they do not hand their employee a copy of their employment agreement, they will be charged SR 5,000 per employee.

3-Employees have been given a lot of importance under the amended laws which include a fine of SR 15,000 for forcing employees for work that isn’t a part of their agreement

4-A fine of SR 25,000 for violating safety and health hazards

5-A fine of SR 50,000 for selling visas to expatriates

6-Employers will face charges if they try to forge the identity of their employer as a Saudi and would be charged a fine of SR 25,000 for every employee.[irp]

All those sponsors who are found violating either one or some of the amended laws displayed in the Saudi Labor Law will be blacklisted in Saudi Arabia and that would not only disrupt their business but can cause them to be put in prison.

If they continue this malpractice, they would have to bear consequences and there is no need to elaborate on how strict the action is upheld against all those who try to break the laws. The Ministry of Labor has outdone them and tried to protect the expat workforce within the Kingdom and also kept the economy of safe.

Source: Saudi Gazette