E-Visa for Saudi Arabia has been launched in Bangladesh for the citizens of this country. Earlier, this rule was introduced for Umrah and tourist visas, but Saudi Arabia also introduced this rule for worker visas for the first time in Bangladesh.
This e-Visa for Saudi Arabia was officially launched on Monday, May 1 2023, at one o’clock in the afternoon at the Saudi embassy located in the country’s capital, Dhaka.
According to the country’s embassy, Saudi Arabia is issuing an average of 8,000 visas per day without any quota.
The Saudi Embassy in Dhaka introduced sticker visas in all four categories – tourism, Umrah, Hajj and worker visas. Later, though e-visa was launched for Hajj, Umrah and tourism, this service was introduced for workers only on Monday. As a result, visa candidates can now apply by filling in the information on their computer instead of standing in the specific agency line.
The highest number of workers from Bangladesh go to work in this Middle Eastern country. However, the workers are not benefiting from the introduction of this visa. This visa especially will not be useful to save them from the hands of brokers.
Saudi Ambassador Isa bin Yusuf Al Duhailan has stated that whenever the workers expressed their will to go to Saudi Arabia they most often fall victim to the hands of brokers. They are led to believe that they will be paid a lot of money and given jobs that they are not even qualified for. So they should know the conditions. We will issue the e-Visa in English and Arabic. So the workers can easily understand it.
Director General of Foreign Employment and Training Bureau Shahidul Alam said that the embassy should ensure that the workers are not harassed about visas when they go to Saudi Arabia.
Meanwhile, the Saudi ambassador also highlighted the sincerity of his country in rescuing the citizens of Bangladesh from the war-torn country of Sudan.