S Arabia frames new rules for recruitment of maids, drivers

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Dubai, Dec 5 (UNI) Saudi Arabia has formulated conditions for recruitment of housemaids and drivers to cut illegal immigration.

The Saudi ministry of Labour would also issue replacement visas for those serving as housemaids and drivers.

It stressed that applicants should have the necessary financial capability and prove their need for servants, Khaleej Times reported.

The new rule was being formulated to prevent illegal transaction of visas.

According to the ministry, a Saudi applicant should have a second wife or or the need for taking care of parents and children in order to apply for a second housemaid visa.

Saudis suffering from old age, disease and handicaps will have the right to apply for visas for the recruitment of a driver, maid or nurse. The application must include a medical report. Saudis can apply for replacement visas soon after getting final exit visas stamped in the passports of their present servants.

The ministry also increased the probation period for house servants from three to six months. ''If a housemaid or driver refuses to work during this period, the recruitment office must give them a replacement without charging any fees,'' it said.

UNI

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