A few days ago, a friend of mine sent me a message to confirm if Saudi government is planning to stop issuing new visas to expatriates above 40 years old. He told me that he has heard from one of his friends that all the new work visas of expatriates above 40 for the Bin Ladin Group have been rejected. After that day, I have seen on many online websites the rumors which talk about the issue that Saudi government will not be issuing any new work visa for expatriates above 40 years of age. Moreover, sometimes I also heard that the expatriates who are above 40 will not be able to renew their iqama and government is planning to deport them. Well, until today I was only able to say that the news has not been confirmed from Ministry of Labor of Saudi Arabia.[irp]
Today, Ministry of Labor of Saudi Arabia has clarified the issue and came up with their stand on it. Ministry of labor has categorically denied the rumors circulating on social media that the expatriates above 40 years of age would not be able to renew their iqamas. The Ministry has said that this is a false news story and the government has no plans to take these kinds of measures at all. This kind of rumors creates dissatisfaction among expatriates.
MOL clarified that the Ministry only make publications on its website. We believe that the main motive behind spreading rumors is to destabilize the economy, spread chaos and harm the relationship between citizens and expatriates. One who shares this kind of unauthentic information in his or her social circles is actually helping the enemies of the country to spread panic and chaos.
I would strongly recommend you and every reader of this blog to not to trust any kind of information which does not come from a reliable source. We have been working hard to always provide you with the correct information.[irp]
I think at this point of time, the government should also take action against those websites and individuals who spread this kind of wrong information. These websites publish the news without talking about any authentic source of information. Most of these websites are being managed from outside the Saudi Arabia.
Source: Saudi Gazette