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