Most of us know and others should know that people coming on Hajj or Umrah are not allowed to work either voluntarily or for remuneration in Saudi Arabia. Saudi Government treats such persons very seriously. Around 10 years ago, people used to come on visit visa and work here without any problem but this is not a case nowadays. Saudi Government has authorized some agencies in every country and they hold this agency accountable if an Umrah visitor does not go back from Saudi Arabia within time. Umrah and Hajj visitors who are caught by the authorities working somewhere or overstayed pilgrims will be penalized in the following way;
Penalty on Umrah Pilgrims
If an expatriate who entered to Saudi Arabia on Umrah Visa and started working for someone or he overstayed after expiry of Umrah Visa, he will be immediately detained and penalized in the following way;
He will be fined with SR 10,000/- or one-month imprisonment or both
His documents shall be copied and sent to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs to notify the Saudi Embassy in his country to suspend granting him a visa for Umrah or visit before a year minimally of his deportation.
He shall be deported at his own expense. Gulf News has reported 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”
Penalty on Employer: The employer shall be fined according to the statutory measures if the employer is an expatriate resident; he will be reported to the authorities after implementing the statuary penalties towards him, to consider his deportation.
If the violator is an expatriate resident, he is fined SR 10,000, or one-month imprisonment, or both along with the termination of his Iqama and deportation.
If the violator is a citizen, he is fined in the first instance at SR 10,000 and minimum two weeks’ imprisonment. For the second instance, he is fined at SR 20,000 and 1-month imprisonment. Third instance fines are SR 100,000 and 2 years’ imprisonment.
- Fines are multiplied according to the number of individuals involved.
- If the citizen was not able to pay his fines, he shall be imprisoned for an interval between 1 to 6 months.
- Publish the violator's penalty in the local press with the judgment thereon according to the censure instructions.
In the case of renting a residence to the over stayer, the renter shall be considered a violator. He shall submit a pledge which shall be kept for future reference. If violation repeated, the housing unit shall be closed for six months, and for one year in the second violation and in the third instance the closure will be for two years.
In the first instance, Saudi violator's age and health condition shall be considered for imprisonment duration, evidenced by attested documents.