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* Saudi government offers a grace period for overstaying Sri Lankan migrant workers
Sat, May 18, 2013, 09:36 pm SL Time, ColomboPage News Desk, Sri Lanka.

May 18, Colombo: The Saudi Arabian government Kingdom has offered a grace period for the overstaying Sri Lankan migrant workers, Sri Lankan embassy of Riyadh said.

The grace period is valid from today and the overstaying Sri Lankans can leave the Kingdom under an amnesty.

The Embassy asks the overstaying Sri Lankans to report to the Saudi Immigration and Emigration Department to obtain pass to leave the country without being punished.

Unconfirmed sources say that around 10,000 Sri Lankans are staying in the Kingdom without valid visa or authorization.

Saudi Arabia is the topmost destination for Sri Lankan migrant workers and over 600,000 Sri Lankans are employed in the rich Gulf country. The majority of the Sri Lankans are unskilled workers such as housemaids. Remittances from expatriate workers is one of the major sources of foreign earnings to the island nation.

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