Labor Secretary Rosalinda Baldoz announced that overseas Filipino workers (OFWS) currently working in Saudi Arabia are now allowed to legalize their working status despite the expiration of the grace period on November 3.
Baldoz said that the Saudi Ministry of Labor has allowed the correction and legalization of work status, given that the employers who wanted to sponsor foreign workers transferring to their company have already complied with the Saudization requirements.
She added, reiterating reports from Labor Attaché’ to Jeddah Jainal Rasul, that the migrant workers can also changer their work categories or titles.
“The Saudi Labor Ministry, however, has emphasized that correction of work status at this point entails payment of fines and penalties for the delay in legalizing foreign workers’ status,” Baldoz explained.
Meanwhile, a batch of 500 undocumented workers have already been endorsed by the Consulate to the new Deportation Center in Al Shumaysi, on November 10, to undergo new deportation procedures laid down under the joint undertaking between the Saudi Ministries of Labor and Interior.
Based on the reports, the first batch of workers is composed of 100 workers, camping at the Tent City and five workers from the Bahay Kalinga, undocumented workers and children and their children and those with medical or health conditions.