Saudi Arabia has threatened to impose of jail terms and huge fines for transporting or recruiting what it is classifying as 'illegal' expatriates, the Saudi Press Agency has reported.
Saudi authorities warned on Monday, via its General Directorate of Passports department, that anyone offering services for expatriates that violate the recently imposed strict labour and residency rules would face up to six months jail term and a fine of around $26,000. The non-Saudi expatriate violator would also face deportation.
Any company or individual that recruits illegal expatriates face fines and would be deprived of foreign recruitment for five years, and the responsible manager would face a jail term.
The department listed a string of potential offences include recruiting, sheltering or providing any services to illegal workers.
As reported previously, this is the latest in a series of anti-expat style rules that are being enforced by Saudi Arabia as part of what it calls an effort to better regulate the labour market in the region and reduce the number of expatriates living and working in the region.