Saudi Arabia has asked the expatriates to immediately leave the country after expiry of the deadline for not holding proper documents, which is going to affect thousands of Pakistanis living in Saudi Arabia illegally without proper or complete documents.
The campaign, “a nation without violators,” warned of fines, jail time and deportation for anyone caught without valid identity documents after the grace period, in a renewed push to reduce the kingdom’s abundant black market in labour.
Saudi Arabian authorities estimate more than 600,000 people took the amnesty, which allowed any foreigner in breach of residency laws in the world’s top oil exporter to leave without penalty.
But millions of others have remained, either determined to stay or unable to avail themselves of the offer. Now they are awaiting a pledged crackdown against what Riyadh calls the “reckless people” who defied the order to leave.