By Mr. Irfan Mohammed
Jeddah: The bond of father and children share is timeless. It’s a beautiful journey marked with tears, emotional, tragedy, sacrifices, joy, smiles, memorable moments. Many of young NRIs living in Gulf countries eager to call their parents to this part of the world to share some joy.
Of late, many of young NRIs of Telangana bringing their parents on visiting visa and since liberal issuance of visiting visas by Saudi Arabia every day hundreds of parents flocking to oil-rich Kingdom.
But not all parents especially ageing can sail through in harsh desert environment in the gulf as some of them after arriving here facing pressing health concerns. In such cases joyful trips turning into sheer disastrous and leaving souring memories.
Visit visa expiry violation
In one such case, a Hyderabadi NRI in Saudi Arabia not only lost the job but also expelled from the country for visit visa expiry violation, his aging father was imposed a hefty penalty for overstaying.
Abdul Kaleem of Santoshnagar in Hyderabad was working in Riyadh and living with his family. He has brought his father on visit visa to Saudi Arabia to spend a couple of months with him, however, he had developed some critical health issues and was not able to return home.
Kaleem had contacted some middlemen for extension of visit visa and paid the money while continuing treatment for his ailing father. However, the visa was not extended and expired, his father become illegal in the Kingdom.
Saudi Passport authorities took action
Lately, Saudi Passport authorities notified Abdul Kaleem as a violator, asked his sponsor to initiate legal action against him for a visa violation. Subsequently, Abdul Kaleem was sacked from the job.
On one hand, increasing treatment cost for father and hefty penalty amount visa expiration, on the other without job and salary NRI was in quandary. The family had coped up with trauma after a series of sudden and saddened developments followed by visa expiry.
Lastly, with the help of some Hyderabadis and relatives, he and his family along with their father returned to Hyderabad.
Abdul Kaleem cannot enter Saudi Arabia again
Abdul Kaleem as violator not allowed to enter again in Saudi Arabia during his lifetime.
Its noteworthy to mention that recently an electrical engineer from Andhra Pradesh had hired charted aircraft to return his visiting father in law to avoid visit visa expiration.