According to the Saudi laws, Huroob is a report submitted by the employer, to the ministry of labor against a worker who is absent from work for a long period of time, refuses to work anymore, runs away, leaves the residential place without the permission of the employer or, involved in any criminal activity.
The employer is no longer responsible of the worker as soon as he reports huroob
Types Of Huroob
Huroob can be categorized into 4 types which are as follows,
- Huroob set by the Employer due to Absent from work
- Huroob set by the Employer due to run away and involvement in any criminal activity
- Huroob set by the Ministry of Interior due to exit re-entry visa violation
- False Huroob
Huroob Ban Duration
After identifying the type of huroob it become easier to determine the huroob ban period to re-enter in Saudi Arabia.
Duration of Huroob Ban Due To Not Returning on Exit-Reentry Visa
If a worker leaves the kingdom on exit re-entry visa and doesn’t return back to Saudi Arabia, the huroob ban duration will be 3 years and a fine of 10,000 Saudi Riyals will be imposed.
Huroob Ban Due to Absenteeism From Work
The updated article no. 8 of Saudi law of deportation states that if the sponsor/employer reports the huroob and, as the result, the employee is deported from Saudi Arabia, in that case the worker will face a lifetime ban and is barred from re-entering the country.
Ban Duration Due To Criminal Activity
When the run away worker is involved in any type of criminal activity or caused the damage to the sponsor’s property, such worker will face a lifetime ban to reenter Saudi Arabia and can’t return back on any type of visa.
Following is the list of the visas that the worker can’t apply for;
- Work Visa: Not Permissible
- Business Visa: Not Permissible
- Hajj Visa: Not Permissible
- Umrah Visa: Not Permissible
- Family Visa: Not Permissible
- Visit Visa: Not Permissible
- Family Visit Visa: Not Permissible
If the deported worker managed to stamp visa and flies to the kingdom in any case, he will be arrested and deported back immediately.
The term “False Huroob” is used when a sponsor reports his worker falsely to avoid paying the salaries, harassing or depriving the worker from end of service benefits.
But in fact the worker is present, hasn’t run away and working with the employer.
What To Do If False Huroob Is Reported
If the false huroob is reported, the worker must immediately contact Ministry of Labor by calling their helpline 19911.
The worker can also visit or call his country’s embassy or the consulate and inform about it.
Further more you can also file a case against false huroob in Labor office.
If the worker is able to prove his innocence and provides proof about the false huroob, the labor ministry imposes a penalty of 20,000 Saudi Riyals to the employer.
Moreover, the employee can also transfer his sponsorship without kafeel’s permission.
As soon as the huroob is set, the stay of the worker becomes illegal in Saudi Arabia. Furthermore the worker loses all protections and residential rights, remaining salaries, and the end of service benefits etc.
Furthermore, his iqama, medical insurance is cancelled and the bank account freezes. In addition to that the worker will be kept in the Tarheel centers and deported after while.
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The police is bound to arrest the employee having huroob status. The worker will be kept in detention center. If there is no criminal case registered, the authorities will deport the employee once he pays a fine of 10,000 Saudi Riyals or 6 months imprisonment or both.
Furthermore, the under detention worker will bear all travelling expenses for deportation to his country.
In case of a criminal case registrations, the worker will have to face the jail or penalty or both as ordered by the court. After the completion of the punishment the worker will be deported.
However, if the worker succeeds in removing huroob then he regains all the legal rights and his accounts are unfrozen. And the iqama and insurance becomes legitimate.
Furthermore, the employee can leave Saudi Arabia in a legitimate way through the final exit visa.
When The Huroob Ban Will Start and End.
For those expats who are deported from the kingdom due to huroob, they can’t come back again on any type of the visa. Therefore they don’t have end date to their ban period.
However if the ban is set by ministry of interior due to exit re-entry visa violation, the ban will start after 60 days or 2 months from the expiry date of exit re-entry visa. And the ban will end after 36 months or 3 years.
Travel Restrictions To Other Gulf GCC Countries
The workers who are deported from Saudi Arabia due to any reason ( iqama violation, overstaying, absent from work etc) can visit and work in any other GCC country except those who are deported due to involvement in any criminal activity.
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