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Missing Kuwaiti passports cause of ‘Schengen’ delay Expired residence expats must settle fines

KUWAIT CITY, July 24: Assistant Undersecretary for Citizenship and Passport Affairs Major General Mazen Al-Jarrah revealed that the main reason for the delay in implementation of the decision to cancel the requirement of Schengen visa for Kuwaiti citizens to travel to European Union countries is the large number of missing Kuwaiti passports both inside and outside the country, reports Al-Watan Arabic daily. 

He disclosed that such a situation has put Kuwait in an embarrassing position, indicating that the concerned authority issues a new document for citizens who apply for duplicate passport, which takes 6 months for issuance following the announcement of the missing passport in the official gazette. 
 
Major General Al-Jarrah said the department has been receiving high number of applications for renewal of passports these days because of the upcoming Eid Al-Fitr holidays, revealing that the department receives about 1,500 applications for passport renewal on a daily basis.  He lamented that the citizens ignore the expiry date of their passports and remember to renew them only before their travel dates, which pressurizes the employees and increases the work load. He stressed that the citizens must renew their passports before the expiry date.
 
Regarding the absconding reports registered against expatriates in the Immigration Investigation Department, Major General Al-Jarrah explained that the expatriates, who have been reported as absconding, must leave the country after checking with the department to ensure the cancelation of the report.  He added that expatriates, whose residences of articles 20, 22 or 14 have expired, must settle the fines of delay and other related fines, as these fines are not transferred to the court.  
 
Meanwhile, Assistant Undersecretary for Dentistry Sector at the Ministry of Health Yusuf Al-Dosari has denied news reports which said the Ministry is looking into ways to separate Kuwaitis from non-Kuwaitis in specialized dentistry clinics, reports Al-Shahed daily. Al-Dosari explained the ongoing studies at the ministry are focused on providing better and faster services to patients in the best possible manner.

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