Initial verdict canceling fines for breaking Umrah visa
One of the Umrah companies won a preliminary ruling against the Expatriates Department in the case of the so-called visa break, which caused the suspension of 540 officially licensed Umrah companies and institutions from operating a year and a half ago.
The company will officially receive the decision of the primary judgment, to cancel the decision of the fine.
The reasons for the cancellation came because the decision of the fine that was applied to the companies came according to the residency system, while the Umrah companies apply to the system of the Ministry of Hajj and Umrah, and the appeal period will be for one month from the date of receiving the decision officially unless the expatriate administration presents new pleas.
The Expatriates Administration considered that every Umrah performer who was late in returning to the Kingdom for more than 4 days is considered to be behind, even if he left after that, and the Umrah company through which he applied is obliged to pay a fine of 25,000 riyals for each Umrah performer.
It became clear to the Expatriates Administration that there are pilgrims who left after entering months, and some of them after days and weeks, and after performing the Hajj, so the fines for delays were equal for all cases that were delayed in time without taking into account the time differences and the causes of overcrowding and pressures of flight reservations, especially in the first ten days of the month of Shawwal after the end of the month of Shawwal. The blessed month of Ramadan from the year 1440, in addition to the fact that Umrah companies and institutions have become accustomed over the past years to the fact that the last deadline for leaving their late pilgrims to return without fines ends in the middle of the month of Dhul Qi’dah.
With this new preliminary ruling, the other 540 suspended Umrah companies and Umrah institutions will be able to return if the judgment becomes final.