JEDDAH - Saudi Arabia on Monday started its crackdown on undocumented foreign workers.
The Ministry of Labor said there will be no more extension on the amnesty deadline which lapsed on Sunday.
As the arrest of illegal expats start, the Philippine consulate in Jedah said undocumented Filipinos who have travel documents should not worry about being arrested.
"Ang sabi naman nila ung mga expats na may mga dalang TD at nagsisimula na ang kanilang proseso sa pagpapauwi ay hindi naman nila huhulihin. Ung may mga travel documents, maghintay lang ng abiso. Ung mga walang travel documents ang mangyayari nyan dadaan talaga sila sa proseso," said Consul General Uriel Norman Garibay.
Newspaper reports say around 1,000 labor inspectors will visit around 500,000 establishments in Saudi Arabia to arrest illegal workers.
Even those who will provide shelter to undocumented workers will be punished by Saudi authorities.
The Saudi government is also preparing detention centers for visa violators.
The Philippine consulate assured that they will help each undocumented Filipino who will be arrested and brought to deportation centers.
"We will be assisting them, kaya nga meron bagong detention center ang Saudi Arabia dito sa Jeddah and it has very modern facility, ang pagkakasabi sa amin, the process are going to be fast," Garibay said.
The Jeddah police also reminded the public that there may be some unscrupulous individuals who may take advantage of the situation.
The Jeddah police said real authorities are wearing official uniforms with ID and cannot go inside private homes.