Wide-scale campaign to target visa traffickers
KUWAIT CITY, April 18: While the designated centers continue to receive expatriates who violated the Residency Law as part of the ‘Leave Safely’ initiative, the Ministry of Interior has started preparing for the launching of the largest campaign in the country’s history to arrest those who do not avail of the amnesty granted to violators until the end of April, reports Al-Seyassah daily quoting sources from the security sector.
Sources revealed the campaign aims to reach the ‘dens’ of violators; not only in their places of residence but also the desert, camps, livestock pens and chalets.
Sources affirmed the violators were given enough time – one month – to leave the country without paying fines and with the option to return to Kuwait; hence, there is no excuse for those who did not take advantage of this great opportunity, especially since the country decided to give them free tickets to their home countries.
Sources said the campaign will also target companies, visa traders and human traffickers after preparing the list of sponsors of Residency Law violators and the arrested workers. Sources added these companies will be obliged to pay for the accommodation and deportation expenses of the workers, their files will be closed and they will be referred to the concerned authorities; and all those proven to be hiding or covering up violators will be held accountable.
Sources confirmed the Immigration Investigation Department is currently reviewing and sorting files in a bid to identify violators – companies and individuals that recruited expatriate workers; especially Egyptians, Bangladeshis and Indians.
Sources said the aim is to determine the actual number of workers that these companies and individuals have recruited since the issuance of commercial licenses and approvals obtained from the Public Authority for Manpower (PAM) till date.
Sources affirmed the Council of Ministers has granted Minister of Interior Anas Al-Saleh comprehensive powers to address the visa trading issue and identify all those involved in this crime – whether employers or officials who facilitated procedures and disregarded the law.