Many migrant workers, who got stuck after coming from Saudi Arabia on vacation, are having to ask their employers to get their visas and residence permits renewed.
They are paying additional money to the employers in many cases, the workers alleged.
Visas and residence permits of many migrant workers expired as international air travel remained suspended during the pandemic.
About a dozen migrant workers waiting in a queue to buy tickets from Saudi Arabian Airlines in the capital’s Karwan Bazar told these to The Daily Star yesterday.
The Kingdom in July announced an automatic three-month extension of visas and residence permits for workers, according to media reports.
On September 23, Bangladesh Foreign Minister AK Abdul Momen said migrants could get their visas renewed at the Saudi embassy in Dhaka from September 27 and that their work permits (iqama) would remain valid until October 17.
The validity may be extended further