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Saudi authorities have unmasked 21 violations of the kingdom’s labour and residency regulations in a crackdown in Riyadh. Image Credit: AFP

Cairo: Saudi authorities have unmasked 21 violations of the kingdom’s labour and residency regulations in a crackdown in Riyadh, according to local media.

Most violations were related to domestic workers found to have been illegally hired by employers other than their official ones. The violators have been referred to the General Administration for Expatriates Affairs to be deported.

The campaign mounted by the Ministry of Human Resources’ inspection teams also registered other violations including lack of medical insurance fort Saudi employees and illegal self-employment by expatriates. Nineteen warning letters were issued as a result.

Visa issuance

Last month, Saudi Arabia unveiled major labour reforms, allowing job mobility and regulating the exit and re-entry visa issuance for expatriate workers without employers’ approval.

Millions of migrant workers in the kingdom stand to benefit from the reforms, which will come into effect on March 14, 2021.

However, the reforms, drastically revamping the country’s sponsorship system, will not apply to domestic workers including chauffeurs, gardeners and home guards, according to local media.