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KUWAIT CITY, Dec 8: The Ministry Of Interior has stopped granting residency to expatriates for a period of two years or more, it has been decided to grant residence only for one year including expat wives of Kuwaitis, children of Kuwaiti women, expat mothers, wives and children of expats.
The reason for granting residence for a year was due to the repercussions of the new Corona virus pandemic that impeded many businesses.
The suspension of granting residence for more than one year applies to everyone except for employees of private sector who are inside Kuwait and have official work permits for two or more years.
There are around 130,000 illegal expats (residence violators) from these only 400 expatriates have applied to amend their status since the beginning of the month of December, the largest number of applications was received by Farwaniya followed by the capital and Hawally.
The Ministry Of Interior has given a period of one month of Dec to amend the status for illegal expats who are residing without proper residence or leave the country but so far the response has been very weak. Around 2,300 appointments have been booked, but those who visited the residency affairs department were very few as some of them have shifted their appointments to other days.
Large numbers of residence violators are unable to pay fines nor high prices for air tickets, reports Al Rai. The Ministry of Interior has advised all violators to take advantage which is a final call to amend their status. As after the deadline massive security campaigns will be launched, any violators found will be deported from the country and will not be allowed to enter any Gulf countries including Kuwait for a period of 5 years.