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6,000 Indians in regular jobs since Saudi amnesty

95% of the workers got hired in contracting and technological sectors

Gulf News

Riyadh: Nearly 6,000 Indian workers have secured full-time employment in Saudi Arabia since an amnesty was announced on April 6 this year to enable workers staying illegally in the country regularise their residency.

Faiz Ahmad Kidwai, Indian consul general in Jeddah, said the diplomatic mission helped 10,000 Indians correct their status, either by transferring sponsorship, renewing residence permits or changing professions, reported Arab News.

“When we saw the large number of people who came to the consulate asking for work, we invited companies to come and hire regular employees who had corrected their status. We organised three job fairs and more than 200 Saudi and Indian companies participated in these fairs, and around 6,000 Indians got full-time jobs as a result,” Arab News quoted Kidwai as saying.

On July 1 the Saudi government extended an amnesty for foreign workers to obtain legal status in the country until November 3, from the previous deadline of July 3.

The consul general said 95 per cent of the workers got hired in contracting and technological sectors, while around five per cent were absorbed by engineering, accounting and hotel sectors.

Kidwai expressed his gratitude and appreciation to Saudi Arabia’s King Abdullah Bin Abdul Aziz for extending the status correction period.

The consul general said some of the Indians were facing problems because they lost their passports and did not even have photocopies.

He, however, assured them all kinds of help.