Expatriate domestic workers can return home without the employer’s permission; These reasons just have to be there

The final exit permit is among the reforms that allow the sponsorship to be transferred to another employer for certain reasons.

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Riyadh Saudi Arabia, First Published Aug 10, 2022, 11:13 PM IST

Riyadh: Those working in Saudi Arabia on domestic worker visas are allowed to return home without the sponsor’s consent after obtaining final exit. If there is one of the four reasons, they can contact the Labor Office in Saudi Arabia and start the process to return home. This is part of the recent reforms made by Saudi Arabia’s Ministry of Human Resources and Domestic Workers Law.

The final exit permit is among the reforms that allow the sponsorship to be transferred to another employer for certain reasons. The circular issued by the Ministry of Human Resources on June 28 indicates the conditions for the final exit.

The reasons are:
1. If the labor office terminates the contract between the employer and the worker following the complaint of the domestic worker.
2. On presentation of the letter from the embassy of the worker’s country.
3. If the employer dies. (Switching to another employer is also permitted. Written assurance that new sponsor will bear the cost of change of sponsorship and Iqama)
4. In case of labor dispute, if the employer fails to appear before the labor court despite receiving notice from the police

In such cases, the Labor Office will examine the cause and decide whether the domestic worker is entitled to a final exit. If the decision is positive, it is possible to complete the final exit procedures by approaching the Saudi Passport (Jawazat) office with the document received from the Labor Office.

Read also: Car accident in Kuwait; Three expatriates died

Last Updated Aug 10, 2022, 11:13 PM IST

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