Philippine Embassy in Riyadh
Riyadh, Kingdom of Saudi ArabiaPress Release
No. PR-083- 201312 May 2013
CORRECT RESIDENCY AND LABOR STATUS, ORLEAVE THE COUNTRY;
OBJECTION CERTIFICATES” NOT REQUIRED
(RIYADH, 12 May 2013)
The Philippine Embassyin Riyadh urges all Filipino workers in the Kingdomof Saudi Arabia to correct their status in view of thegenerous exemptions and facilitation granted andannounced by the Ministry of Interior and Ministryof Labor wherein workers can easily correct theirresidency and labor status, or otherwise leave thecountry, even without first obtaining No ObjectionCertificates from their current employers.Under the guidelines announced on Friday,10 May 2013, by the Ministry of Labor and theMinistry of Interior, Filipino workers in theKingdom with irregular residency and laborstatuses have the following possible options:
Workers can return to their originalemployer upon mutual agreement, ortransfer to a new employer evenwithout permission or consent of theoriginal employer.
Companies can correct the occupationsof their workers during the graceperiod, and free of charge.
Runaway household workers
(“huroob”) can return to their original
individual employer or transfer to anew individual employer. Theprospective individual employer maycomplete the procedure for the transferof the worker through the Jawazat Offices.
Household workers can also transfer toa private sector company through theMOL Labor Offices.
Illegal Filipino workers have the optionto leave the Kingdom (Final Exit)instead, without the need to obtain NoObjection Certificates from their current employers, provided that they do not have criminal charges or recordsagainst them. They will also be allowedto return to the Kingdom in the future if they are able to obtain valid workingvisas.
Hajj and Umrah overstayers whoarrived in the Kingdom before 4 July2008 can correct their status as either ahousehold service worker or as privatesector company worker. OverstayingHajj and Umrah who arrived after that date may leave without penalties.All penalties and fines accruing to an illegalworker before 6 April 2013 will be waived, except for regular processing charges.Private rights claims between a Filipino workerand his/her current employer will be settledthrough the court, and will not prevent the Filipinoworker to transfer to a new employer.Employers are now clearly obligated to handover to the worker all his personal documents
such as passports and residency permit
upon request. Employers are also obligated to makesure that the residency permit
of workersare valid. Failure to do so is sufficient grounds for aworker to end their contractual relationship.Specific details of the guidelines are available in
both English and Filipino on the Embassy’s website:
www.philembassy-riyadh.orgThe Ministry of Labor also has a customer service number that canbe contacted: 920 001 173.Illegal Filipino workers are advised to read theguidelines carefully and make their way to thenearest Passports Office
or Labor Officeas follows:CATEGORY OFFICE TOPROCEED TOIllegal Filipino workerwanting Final Exit Passports Office(Jawazat)
workers wanting to return totheir original employer ortransfer to a new employerLabor OfficeRunaway household serviceworker wanting to return toPassports Office(Jawazat)