Saudi Arabia: Expat workers’ warned to return before visa expiry
The Kingdom of Saudi Arabia (KSA) has announced that foreign workers’ data will be permanently deleted if the employee leaves the country with an exit and re-entry visa but does not return before the visa expires, local media reported.
Upon the expiration of an exit and re-entry visa, the worker’s status will be changed to “exited and did not return”, after which the worker’s data will be permanently deleted at the Ministry of Human Resources and Social Development (MHRSD)’s data bank, and the worker’s status will be changed to “absent from work”.
Through the MHRSD, social security had previously urged business owners to update their foreign workers’ data.
The data of non-Saudi subscribers are automatically returned to the institution by the MHRSD, as indicated in the social insurance.
Earlier in 2021, the General Directorate of Passports (Jawazat) clarified that expatriates who have left on an exit and re-entry visa from Saudi Arabia will be banned from returning to the Kingdom for three years if they fail to return before the visa expiry.