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Dhaka seeks 3 months' extension from Riyadh over visa, work permits for expatriates

  • Published at 09:14 am September 23rd, 2020
Migrant blocked Kawran Bazar,Dhaka
Hundreds of migrant workers gather in front of the office of Saudi Arabian Airlines at Pan Pacific Sonargaon hotel in Dhaka for tickets on Tuesday, September 22, 2020 Md Manik/Dhaka Tribune

Bangladesh Embassy to Saudi Arabia has written a letter to the Saudi Foreign Ministry seeking an extension of three months beyond September 30

Bangladesh has sought one more extension of three months from the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia for Bangladeshi valid visa holders and their Iqama (valid work permit) in an effort to help workers return to their work.

The Saudi government has so far extended the validity of Iqama for Bangladesh citizens thrice who got stuck here due to Covid-19 pandemic.

The latest extension term will expire on September 30.

Bangladesh Embassy to Saudi Arabia has written a letter to the Saudi Foreign Ministry seeking an extension of three months beyond September 30, said an official. 

On Monday, Biman Bangladesh Airlines Managing Director Md Mokabbir Hossain said they got approval to operate flights to the Middle Eastern country from October 1.

Also Read - Migrant workers anxious over lack of Saudi Arabia air tickets

Landing permission is required before beginning of seat reservation. But Saudi Arabia is yet to provide it, he said.

"So, now it is not possible to start allocating seats for the passengers," Mokabbir said, adding that flights will be announced as soon as landing permission is received.

He also requested passengers not to gather at the counters before the flight announcement.

The oil-rich kingdom is the most popular destination for migrant workers from Bangladesh. 

In 2019, Bangladeshi migrants sent back $18.355 billion. Of the amount, $3.647 billion (19.87%) were sent from Saudi Arabia.

Meanwhile, a group of Bangladeshi migrant workers demonstrated at Karwan Bazar in the capital on Tuesday morning demanding return tickets to Saudi Arabia so that they can join their workplaces.

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