The Pakistani Embassy organized two job fairs to facilitate the employment and documentation of Pakistani workers. Some 2,200 Pakistanis from various professions participated in the fairs.
Addressing the workers on behalf of Ambassador Muhammad Naeem Khan, community welfare attaché, Mueenudin highlighted the efforts of the Pakistan Embassy with regards to the Nitaqat (nationalization) Program and assured workers of the embassy’s continued assistance.
The embassy has successfully facilitated some 350,000 Pakistanis in the visa status correction process. We are making efforts to legalize as many workers as we can during the grace period.
He also urged the workers to do their best to legalize their status before the extended grace period, which ends on Nov 3.
He said, “We thank the Pakistani volunteers for their services by giving their time and energy in aid of undocumented workers. The embassy is geared up to hold more such job fairs in October.”
Syed Hamad Abid, also a community welfare attaché, explained the categories of workers who can benefit from the concessions.
“We are thankful to the companies that have participated in the job fair. Hundreds of Pakistani workers seeking jobs will be able to gain employment before Nov. 3, 2013,” Abid said.
Most of the job vacancies at the job fair are for construction workers, shuttering carpenters, masons, steel fixers, plumbers, electricians, heavy equipment operators, accountants, and mechanical, civil, electrical engineers, in addition to sales executives, waiters, restaurant services, graphic designers, and welders, among others.
Many illegal workers praised the efforts of the Pakistan Embassy, saying, We are thankful to the Pakistan embassy for giving us ample opportunity to seek jobs through different job fairs around the Kingdom and to get our status corrected before the Nov. 3 amnesty deadline.
The two job fairs were organized at the Pakistan International School in Jubail and Al-Khobar with the contribution of more than 86 Pakistani, local and international companies.
Khan recently announced that a special team of Saudi inspectors will visit different companies to review the legality of manpower following the deadline.
Countries with large numbers of undocumented workers include India, Pakistan, Philippine, Indonesia, Sri Lanka, Bangladesh, Egypt, Nepal and Yemen.
More than 800,000 illegal expatriates have been deported from Saudi Arabia so far during the present grace period, which ends on Nov. 3.
The Saudi government had earlier stressed that penalties will be imposed on violators and their employers after the amnesty deadline. The recruiters of illegal workers could face two-year prison terms and fines of up to SR 100,000.