12 Nurses jailed for presenting fake degrees for Saudi Visas

Nurses from Delhi and Manila had fake certificates

In an operation done by The Saudi Ministry of Health, the experts found that many of the nurses who were recruited through many reputed manpower firms in New Delhi and Manila had some issues in papers provided.

The degrees and the work experience were correct but in some cases, the agents had forged or tampered with the experience letters in order to make the acquiring job more easily and readily available.

According to the rules set by the Saudi Ministry, the nurses with a long time of experience are given much priority when they apply for jobs.

In order to apply and go for the job in Saudi Arabia, you need to file the case through an agent or manpower recruiting agencies and in some cases, agents had submitted forge experience certificates on behalf of the nurse.

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12 Filipino Nurses have been arrested from Jeddah

It was reported that the nurses who were found guilty of forgery are sent in various prisons of Makkah, Riyadh, Eastern Province, Qassim, and other regions. At least 12 Filipino nurses were arrested from Jeddah and other cities of Makkah Province while 30 are sent for investigation in Riyadh and Eastern Province.

The Public Prosecution is working with the Saudi Commission for Health Specialties (SCHS) and under the supervision of the provincial emirates to handle these cases. Large numbers of nurses from India are also facing probe for falsification of certificates.

One Indian nurse was found innocent by the court and was reinstated but her service was terminated and she was deported. One Indian nurse from Qassim was unaware of the fake certificate and said that the agent might have submitted on her behalf, she was fined and deported. 

Many Nurses could not renew their licenses

Some of the nurses who are working in the Kingdom for a long time with proven track records are also facing problems after the authorities made it obligatory for them to produce their certificates for the renewal of licenses.

These nurses say some of the institutions they graduated from or worked at are either closed or relocated. The issuance of licenses to practice in any field and any sector in Saudi Arabia has been halted unless and until the person who has applied provides the Ministry and the institution with the academic and previous experience certificate in order to ensure quality services and professionalism.

The verification is carried out by an International Agency for the applicants from India, Egypt, and the Philippines. 

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Steve has vast experience in writing about Saudi rules, regulations, guides, and procedures.