In a meeting of the India-Saudi Arabia joint panel formed to look at the issue, it was decided that Indians who have traveled to Saudi Arabia legally can register with Saudi authorities during the three-month amnesty period currently underway to have their visa status regularized, get new jobs or return to India if they chose to do so, local media reported Thursday.
Nitaqat, the new Saudi labor policy, makes it mandatory for all Saudi companies to reserve 10 per cent jobs for Saudi nationals.
According to George, the meeting discussed the issue of re-employing overstaying Indian workers in Saudi Arabia by taking advantage of the facilities offered by the Saudi ministry of labor, including services of large recruiting companies.
George urged Indian workers to visit the website www.redyellow.com.sa that is regularly accessed by Saudi companies looking for Indian workers.
The labor ministry, however, made it clear those workers who have legal cases pending against them have to settle their cases before they return to India.