The Consulate General of India has created a special desk for registration of all Haj/Umrah/visit visa overstayers
and huroob cases, who are stranded in the Kingdom, in order to liaison with Saudi authorities for their early fingerprinting and exit stamping.
, meanwhile, will incur a SR50,000 fine, a six-month jail term and deportation, the report said.
4-percent decline in the number of overstayers
," said Al-Bijawi.
He said the ministry is electronically monitoring the services being provided to the guests of God and that the number of overstayers
had dropped to just 0.
In comparison to previous years, the rate of overstayers
dramatically went down due to strict application of the new electronic system to pursue Umrah performers whether they are still at home or moved or completed their rituals and headed home or overstayed, the report said, adding that as many as 48 domestic companies were licensed to run Umrah affairs in cooperation of about 2000 foreign agents.
The bureau said some overstayers
and former non-permanent Hong Kong residents, those who previously worked or studied in Hong Kong, returning as visitors, still use their "un-returned" non-permanent card to access the healthcare services at subsidised rates, resulting in revenue loss to the Government.
He was responsible for deleting records of overstayers
once they had been paid their fines and left the UAE.
come from 44 countries, according to statistics released by the Saudi National Committee for Hajj and Umrah.
Riyadh also complains about pilgrimage overstayers
who refuse to go home at the end of the Haj (pilgrimage) season and opt to wander in Saudi Arabia looking for better living conditions and more employment opportunities than in their home countries.
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Although some of those on the flight will be visa overstayers
and convicted criminals, many are also failed asylum seekers from the country's Tamil minority who fear repercussions of returning to a nation with a dismal human rights record, the paper said.
They tracked down 102 visa overstayers
and 154 other immigration offenders were arrested and removed following unannounced visits by UK Border Agency officers.