Pak Embassy Plans Job Fairs in Riyadh and Al-Khobar

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Embassy of Pakistan in Riyadh has plans to host yet another stints of Job Fairs during the month of Ramadan in Riyadh, Dammam/Al-Khobar and Qassim. This was informed by the Ambassador of Pakistan – His Excellency Muhammad Naeem Khan.

“In the first phase we are hosting Job Fair on Thursday 18 July in Pakistan International School at Nasiriyah in Riyadh aka: PISR-N that will be followed with another Job Fair in Dammam/Al-Khobar on the 25th and 26th of July (Thursday and Friday) at Pakistan International School in Al-Khobar. The timing of these Job Fairs shall be from 10:00 PM at night till 02:00 Am in the morning”, Ambassador Khan informed. The schedule for the Job Fair in Qassim shall be released later on. Ambassador also informed that this Job Fair shall also extend help to those who wish to regularize and/or document their status in the Kingdom. In this context he added that the following four categories have a good chance to benefit from.

1.All those workers whose Sponsors are either in Red or Yellow categories can transfer themselves to any other Sponsor – without the permission of their original sponsors.
2. All those workers who entered the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia on Umrah/Hujj/Visit Visa before 3rd Juy-2008 – and overstayed – can take up any Sponsor.
3. All those workers who were declared run-away (Huroob) by their Sponsors before 6th of April-2013 can take up jobs with any Sponsor – without the permission of their original Sponsor.
4. Any worker under Sponsorship of any employer who has failed to issue him Iqama (and work permit) and/or did not renew their Iqama (and work permit) – no matter if the Company is in Green – can get their sponsorship transferred to any other Sponsor without the permission of their original sponsor.
5. Those over-stayers who have arrived in the Kingdom on Umrah/Hujj/Visit Visa after the 3rd of July-2008 must leave the Kingdom before the expiry of the amnesty/grace period. They can do so without any fine, penalty and black-listing.

Ambassador Naeem Khan finally appealed to all such Pakistani workers who have not yet benefitted from the second phase of the extension period to register with the Embassy immediately and get them regularized. “Embassy will extend all help possible in this regards”, he stated. He also requested them not to take things easy and become relaxed as this is a golden opportunity for them to make their status legal in Saudi Arabia. “This extension is a Ramadan gift from the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques and everybody should try and make every effort to benefit from this”, he added.

Those Companies who have employments to offer and are interested to participate in these Job Fairs are informed that they can do so by registering themselves with the following two officials of the Embassy of Pakistan. Syed Hammad Abid (Community Welfare Attaché; Email:; Phone: 01-4887272/X-2114); Mueenuddin Memon (Community Welfare Attaché; Email:; Phone: 01-4887272/X-2128.

About Faiz Al-Najdi

My actual name is Syed Faiz Ahmad and I use a pen-name (nom de plume) of Faiz Al-Najdi. I am basically a civil and structural engineer and write (in English) for passion only. I grew up in Karachi-Pakistan, accomplished bachelors degree in civil engineering from NED University of Engineering & Technology, Karachi and later obtained a masters degree in Structural Enginering from Asian Institute of Technology, Bangkok-Thailand. I am presently living & working in Riyadh-Saudi Arabia since April 1997. I work as Chief Structural Engineer for M/S Saudi Oger Ltd – a large construction contractor in Saudi Arabia. I write on current affairs and also on light reading for common readers on issues that appeal to me from time to time. I am inspired with Art Buchwald.

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