“At least 5000 Pakistanis had failed to get them registered during the registration drive,” official sources of the Pakistan Embassy in Saudi Arabia.
However they give a ray of hope to these people saying that another bid would be made to get them registered.
Pakistanis have emerged as the biggest beneficiaries of Saudi Arabia’s Amnesty scheme for undocumented or illegal workers in the kingdom.
Muhammad Naeem Khan, Pakistan’s envoy in the kingdom, reveals the fact while sharing the details of the benefit, reports Saudi Gazette.
As many as 729,932 Pakistanis get the full use of this scheme by documenting and regularizing themselves.
“(About) 396,152 of Pakistanis have been able to change their sponsorship and 333,780 of his compatriots have been able to change their profession. This means a total of 729,932 (as of October 10) Pakistanis have been able to document and regularize their status.”
However the number reaches to almost 8,00,000 if we add Pakistanis who initially went to the kingdom for Hujj, Umrah and visit visas before July, but later on became domestic workers.
The Saudi authorities have commenced an intensive campaign against all illegal workers after the Amnesty Scheme ended at the beginning of Nov. Thousands have been seized who would be sent to their home countries.