KUWAIT CITY, Dec 19: General Department of Public Relations and Media Security at the Ministry of Interior urges Kuwaitis and expatriates to review the expiry date of passports held by their domestic workers to avoid exposing them to legal procedures and fines.
The department observed lately high increase in the rate of residency law violations and General Department of Investigations, while dealing with relevant cases, discovered that most violations happened because sponsors forgot the period of residency renewal for their workers—especially when sponsors traveled abroad and their workers waited for their return, and the cases led to accumulation of fines preventing the violators from traveling.
The expatriate residency law number 17/1959 and Article 15 of expatriate residency law number 640/1987 have been activated since January 1, 2016.
The aforementioned laws stipulate that expatriates should not be granted residence visa beyond expiration of their passports.
Therefore, sponsors are expected to check the expiry date of passports and residence visas of their workers.
By Abubakar A. Ibrahim
Arab Times Staff