1,800 Yemenis rectify status in Saudi Arabia’s Jazan

Yemeni man entering Saudi Arabia waits to stamp his passport in Jazan on Saudi's border with Yemen.

Yemeni man entering Saudi Arabia waits to stamp his passport in Jazan on Saudi’s border with Yemen.

The Saudi Passports Department reported 1,800 illegal Yemenis have rectified their status in the Jazan region so far, Al-Watan reported.

Local Yemeni community leader Abdou Al-Shoukhi said all nationals with an expired passport would get a two-month extension.

Jazan Passports Department Head Col. Mohammad Al-Shihry said the department would be working on weekend evenings to expedite the process.

Leader of the Yemeni community in Asir Nasser Al-Azizi said the Yemeni consul general has authorized the heads of communities in the Kingdom to issue legal documents.

He said: “A total of 7,000 Yemenis have rectified their status at Asir Passports Department so far. “Moreover, a total of 120,000 Yemenis in the Kingdom have rectified their initial papers so far.”

Illegal Yemenis with no criminal violations against them or who have not been reported as running away from their sponsors can take advantage of an ongoing amnesty to correct their status and work in the private sector for an initial six months.


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