King decrees extension of Grace period – Deadline extended to end of Hijri Year

King Abdullah


The Custodian of Two Holy Mosques, King Abdullah bin Abdul Aziz has decreed today the extension of grace period to rectify the status of expatriate workers as per royal order stated by Ministry of Interior and published by the Saudi Press Agency (SPA) .

The extension given till the end of this Hijri year which corresponds to 4th November, 2013. After that, the inspections and arrests will start.

The translation of the text of Kings decree is as follows:

With reference to the royal order allowing for workers who violated the labor and iqama laws a period of three months starting from 25/5/1434H to correct their status, and based on the recommendations of ministries (Foreign Affairs, Labor, and Interior) regarding full cooperation and quick response of citizens and residents, and in view of the full cooperation of concerned Embassies and Consulates to provide the required documentation and their requests due to the pressure on their missions, and as a result of the large number of those who are seeking correction of their status who need more time, and in order to make it easer on citizens and residents who have taken the correction period seriously, the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Abdul bin Abdul Aziz Al-­Saud has ordered the extension of the correction period until the end of the current Hejira year 1434.
” The appropriate inspections will resume in various regions of the Kingdom starting from the first of Muharram 1435H and all penalties will apply on violators.
“The Ministries of Interior and Labor urge all concerned to work on the requirements to correct their status as soon as possible and within the period mentioned, and whoever will not respond will be subject to maximum penalties in accordance with regulations,” the royal order said.

The new concessions will also give the right to family members of a legally resident expatriate to work if they are 18 years or older, provided the family member has already spent two years or more with his or her family, the ministry said.




  • Ahmed

    Thanks to the King!
    god bless him.

  • Dear King,
    I’ve been working in Al Taj International School for almost 3 years but I decided to leave and find another work because they were not able to transfer my sponsorship until july 3 and now only one month is left to fix the paper. I ran away from my employer last 2007 because of not giving me my monthly salary. I worked with them for almost 6 years. When I was scheduled to go to the Phil., I didn’t go because I had only 200sr in my pocket, how will I go with that amount.
    Thanks to Allah, because of running away from my employer, I was able to embrace Islam last August 18, 2007. If I didn’t run away, maybe until now, I’m still a christian.Last July 18 I perform my first ever umrah and presently, I am studying Islam, Qur’an and Arabic at Islamic Education for Muslim Women every Friday. As much as possible I still want to stay here in Saudi to continue my studies in Islam.Last 2007 also I paid somebody to help me transfer my iqama but then he said my name is blocked in the jawasat and there is a case filed against me. According to my employer I got 4000sr from them, but wallahi, I didn’t. Maybe that is for the plane ticket they gave me to go to the Phil.but I didn’t go.Instead I ran away from them.
    I’m appealing to you King, please let me stay here to work and continue my studies in Islam. I hope that my papers will be transfered without spending big amount. I beg also to let those who convert Islam and who are studying in Islamic Education for Muslim Women be given consideration to stay here.Moreover, I’m also appealing to you to give another extension to correct the work status, because as I can see, there are still more who didn’t finish or don’t have their iqama yet like me.Tomorrow me myself will go to jawasat to get the print out to see if my iqama is transferrable inshaallah I can be transfered.
    Thanks alot king and I hope my wish will be granted.

    This is my christian name. Salvacion L. Briones and this is my iqama number 2181065265 and my employer was Sultan Ibrahim Al Arfaj.