Riyadh - Undocumented foreign workers in Saudi Arabia who tried to rectify their status during last year’s amnesty period but could not meet the Nov. 3 deadline may benefit from a two-month grace period given by the Kingdom’s government, a Saudi news site said Friday.

A report on Arab News said the two-month grace period will allow the illegal workers to complete the rectification procedures at the Passport Department (Jawazat).

But the report also indicated the grace period applies only to those whose papers were already being processed by the labor ministry before March 1.

It quoted Maj-Gen Suleiman Al-Yahya, director general of the Passport Department, as saying Interior Minister Prince Muhammad bin Naif ordered the department to “complete correction procedures of expatriates whose papers were being processed by the Labour Ministry during the amnesty, before March 1.”