800 undocumented OFWs register for Saudi Arabia amnesty
Some 800 undocumented OFWs in Jeddah have registered to avail of the amnesty being offered by the government of Saudi Arabia, according to the Philippine Consulate.
Vice Consul Alex Estomo, head of the Assistance to National Section of the Philippine Consulate in Jeddah, said of the 800 registrants, some 650 have valid passports.
Estomo added that 10 registrants have already been issued exit visa and were just waiting for their schedule to fly home.
"Pito sa nabigyan ng exit visa [ay] mula sa wards namin at ang tatlo ay mga walk-in," he added.
The amnesty period, which started on March 29, will last for three months. It will allow undocumented foreigners in the Kingdom to fly home without paying fine and also give them opportunity to return there to work.
Not covered by the amnesty were those with pending police case and those who have debts and other financial obligations.
For those who still want to register, Estomo said the Philippine Consulate is open from Sunday to Thursday at 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., and Friday from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. —Ronaldo Concha/KBK, GMA News