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‘No nationality exempted from late residency-stamping fine’ MoI to grant Syrian residents 1-month grace period

KUWAIT CITY, Aug 7: Assistant Undersecretary for Citizenship, Passports and Residence Affairs at the Ministry of Interior Major General Mazen Al-Jarrah issued a decision indicating there is no exemption for any nationality in terms of the payment of fine for late stamping of residency, reports Al-Watan Arabic daily.

Al-Jarrah disclosed the decision will soon be applied to various nationalities, including Syrians. He said the Syrian residents will be granted one month grace period based on his personal approval, while other nationalities should strictly adhere to the payment regulations. Asked why the ministry did not exempt Syrians from the decision considering their situation and absence of an embassy or consulate in Kuwait to handle their cases, a source revealed the decision is the prerogative of the ministry.

He explained the fact that another GCC country grants the waiver does not mean Kuwait should toe the same path. He cited as an example the Kuwaitis who pay 2,000 Saudi riyals for housemaids’ residence while Saudis in Kuwait pay KD10 for similar service. He affirmed there are few humanitarian cases which require exemptions, but only Interior Minister Sheikh Mohammad Al-Khalid Al- Sabah has the authority to grant it.

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