illegal workersCommander of the highway patrol, Maj. Gen. Khalid Nashat Al-Qahtani, said that residency and labor violators in Saudi will not be allowed to move freely across the Kingdom after the July 3 deadline.

Highway patrols and security forces will be working around the clock on  the Kingdom’s road network to prevent this, Arab News reported today.

Saudi Arabia’s Ministry of Labour, which is driving forward  the kingdom’s plan to nationalize a section of its expat-dominated labour force, has warned that it will launch a crackdown on illegal workers after the July 3 deadline.

A senior Labour Ministry official warned that offices, shops, factories and even homes would be raided to flush out illegal workers, local media reported.

“Even private residences will be checked to ensure there are no illegally employed workers,” Arab News quoted the Director-General of the ministry’s provincial office in Riyadh, as saying. Even government offices and schools would be raided.

Anyone found working illegally would be arrested and deported immediately without giving another chance to rectify their visa status. The Labour Ministry officials would be assisted in the raids by the Home Ministry, Passport Department and police.