Indian Embassy details procedures for amnesty

KUWAIT CITY, Jan 30: As per the latest Directives of Ministry of Interior Kuwait, regarding travel of expatriates back to their countries without payment of penalty/fine for violation of ‘Residency Rules’, following guidelines may be noted by the Indian community in Kuwait, says a press release issued by the Indian Embassy.

■ All Indian expatriates without valid Residency/Visa (Residency not obtained at all /Residency not renewed timely /or has a valid Residency, but intend to return to India) must utilize this opportunity to leave Kuwait before Feb 22, 2018.

■ Expatriates (under Visa Article Numbers 18 & 20) with absconding cases (registered by sponsor/company) can leave Kuwait during this period using valid Passport OR a travel document, i.e. Emergency Certificate (EC), to be issued by the Embassy.

■ Expatriates with “travel ban” (due to civil/criminal cases etc.) shall not be allowed to leave the country during this period. First, they have to obtain proper clearance from the concerned Authorities/ Court/Ministry of Justice, Kuwait.

■ Those who are in possession of valid Passports (with air ticket) and not under travel ban can directly approach Airport Immigration Authorities for clearance and exit.

■ Those who do not have valid Passports, will have to;
a. Obtain an EC from the Embassy.

b. Along with EC, please approach Residency department (Passport) offices at various Governorates in Kuwait from where Residency/visa of individual was initially processed. EC will be verified and stamped at special counters (from 7:00 am to 2:30 pm) which will enable individual to travel.

c. EC forms (free of cost) are available at the Embassy and individual has to pay a fee of KD 5 only while submitting duly filled in EC applications. Individual has to personally collect EC from the Embassy on the due date of delivery.

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