Huroob is an Arabic word that is used for a worker who is reported to the Ministry in Saudi Arabia by his sponsor that he/she is absent from work. This is the most undesired situation for an expatriate in Saudi Arabia.
Once an expatriate worker is on Huroob it means his Iqama is canceled. His stay in Saudi now become illegal. He is going to be sent back home by deportation centers with a 5-year ban (normally) to come back to KSA.
Why a Sponsor Does Huroob?
There are well set of rules and regulations to work in Saudi Arabia set by Ministries in Saudi Arabia to better control huge expatriates. These rules are good for both a worker and the sponsor as well. A sponsor has to make it clear to follow the labor rules as well.
If a worker violates labor laws then a sponsor should report like about a runaway worker otherwise he is going to be penalized himself. The punishment to sponsor for non-reporting is 5000 SAR for the first time, 10,000 for second and 15000 for third time including one month imprisonment.
Huroob Status at MOL
Ministry of Labour – MOL has an online portal to facilitate to its resident from they can check about huroob easily.
I will explain the steps but make sure 100% confirmation can only get from Jawazat as sometimes systems are not updated.
Step – 1: First of all, open Ministry Of Labor by clicking here MOL Portal
Step – 2: Here, you have three options like you can use Border No., Iqama & Passport No.
Step – 3: We will see through Iqama number, so enter your 10-digit Iqama number as in below snip
Step – 4: Enter the Captcha and press بحث
Step – 5: If you see the result like below then you are in trouble.
Huroob Status at MOI
You can also get an indication from Absher Account by following steps
Step – 1: Go to this Absher.sa web portal by clicking here Absher.sa
Step – 2: Login to your account. You must have an account to check that status.
Step – 3: Once login goes to Dashboard as you can see in below picture.
Step – 4: Login to your account. You must have an account to check that status.
Step – 5: You will see More Details on the left side as indicated below. Click here.
Step – 6: Now in Personal Information at the top you will see your status if it is Yes then you are in good shape if No then you are Absent from work means a Huroob applied by you sponsor.
Note: For Domestic workers, these methods are not applicable and they need to check at Jawazat. Also, for all other workers, as stated earlier, you can get confirmed status from Jawazat.
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FAQ’s About Haroob
Why Haroob is not a good thing in Saudi Arabia?
The reasons are below that once an expat got an huroob then;
- Iqama is voided (canceled) immediately
- He cannot work anywhere in Saudi Arabia
- He/she is not become illegal to stay in KSA
- End service benefits are lost
- He will be sent home by Tharheels – Deportation centers
- A ban of a minimum of 5 years to return on a work visa
Who will pay the traveling expenses of in Huroob case?
Employers’ expenses if he is working his own then by himself.
What are other names of Huroob?
Huroof, Absent from Work, Absconde, Runaways, etc.
Can an Employer misuse of this rule to avoid end service benefits?
Yes, it was reported and hence to put the huroob an employee is not that simple at all. First, he has to prove the runaway in court. A minimum run away period is 30 days. Same an employee can contact report for the delay in salary, mistreatment, etc.
What does Saudi Labor Law say about Huroob?
It says that An employer (sponsor) may not terminate the employment contract without an award, advance notice or indemnity except in the few cases, and provided that he gives the worker a chance to state his reasons for objecting the termination.
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