Indians lined up at the embassy, (Inset) Some of the embassy staff
Indian Embassy extends help to ‘12,825 nationals’ 5,026 leave Kuwait

KUWAIT CITY, June 15: Under the Amnesty announced by the Kuwait government effective from March 1, 2011, the Embassy of India, Kuwait has, till June 14, 2011, extended services to 12,825 Indian nationals and has delivered Emergency Certificates (EC) to 8,478 of them for their travel to India. Embassy has been providing free air tickets to destitute Indians in need, who wish to avail of Amnesty, for their journey back home.
Quoting the data provided by Kuwait Ministry of Interior, Charge d’ Affaires of the Indian Embassy, Vidhu P. Nair informed that 5,026 Indians have left Kuwait under Amnesty till May 9, 2011.
This includes 3,413 persons working in the domestic sector, 959 on visit/temporary visa, 616 in the private sector, 36 on dependent visa and 2 in the government sector. Nair conveyed that the number of Indian nationals visiting the Embassy for various Amnesty related services has picked up during the last few days.
Pointing out that Amnesty would end on June 30, 2011, he urged all Indian nationals who have not yet regularized their residency in Kuwait to do so at the earliest or to avail themselves of Amnesty to return to India.
Guidelines for Indian nationals on Amnesty 2011 were widely circulated by the Indian Embassy on March 1, 2011, and are available on Embassy web-site in Hindi, English, Malayalam, Telugu, Tamil and Kannada. Forms for Emergency Certificates are available for free at the Embassy, or could be downloaded/completed online from the Embassy website (
The Embassy is also providing free in-house service to fill up EC forms to all the applicants. Further, Embassy has arranged conveyance to and accompanied around 330 Indians having no documents to the Kuwait Department of Immigration for undergoing fingerprinting in order to obtain their details.
Other services offered by the Embassy in connection with Amnesty include free photocopying facility, provision of photographer for taking photos for EC, contacting Indian authorities to verify consular status, extension of validity of passport, coordination with Kuwaiti authorities for assisting Indian nationals etc.  
Nair thanked all Indian associations and organizations for rendering invaluable support to the Embassy in disseminating information regarding Amnesty in various Indian languages as well as in assisting the Embassy in repatriation of Indian nationals. He also expressed his gratitude to the Government of the State of Kuwait for cooperating with the Embassy by facilitating its various Amnesty-related activities. 


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