BY MUSA KEILANI
AMMAN: Some 10,000 foreign workers, the bulk them Egyptians and Syrians, have legalised their stay in Jordan under a campaign launched by the ministry of labour, the official Petra news agency said.
The campaign was launched on Aug.9 and will last until the end of the month and all foreign workers without legal papers such as work permit and residence visa could rectify their status.
According to the ministry of labour, there are some 40,000 illegal workers of different nationalities in Jordan.
Jafar Sheikh, director of the ministry's foreign workers department, told Petra that the ministry suspended the recruitment of foreign workers during the campaign, while it will continue to look into recruitment applications.
Holders of passports issued by the Palestinian Authority, Lebanon, Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, Oman, Qatar, Bahrain, Syria, Yemen, Tunisia, Morocco, Libya, Egypt, Algeria, Turkey, Indonesia and Israel, do not need a prior permit to enter Jordan.
Most of the illegal workers in Jordan are from Egypt and Syria.
During the grace period, workers in the agricultural sector will be allowed to transfer to any other sector, while workers in other fields will not be permitted to work in agriculture, Sheikh said, adding that the campaign also covers those who entered the country for purposes other than work, such as tourism and medical treatment.