Saudi Arabia’s labour ministry undersecretary for international affairs, Ahmad Al Fuhaid, announced that they have granted more than 220,000 visas for Indian nationals mostly for domestic helpers and laborers in a period of one month.
Some 44,000 visas were granted to domestic helpers while the rest were granted to workers employed in the public and private sectors.
Both the countries have reached an agreement in January 2014 setting contractual relations between domestic workers of India and employers of Saudi. A total of 12 categories of workers were covered in this agreement which included drivers, cleaners, gardeners, janitors, household managers working for persons, and waiters.
Saudi Arabia consists of nine million expatriate populace representing one third of the total population and most of them were unskilled laborers employed in the service, construction and domestic helper fields.