100,000 ‘residency violators’ face deportation: Interior plan – ‘Ads’ widespread

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KUWAIT CITY, July 30: Ministry of Interior is putting the final touches on a comprehensive plan to deport and amend the status of more than 100,000 residency violators. It also plans to reduce the number of some 70,000 visit visa holders that renew their residencies on monthly basis, reports Al- Seyassah daily.

The decision is in the framework of Interior Ministry’s plan to intensify campaign against residency violators and those wanted for judicial offenses. Sources did not rule out summoning expatriates who came into the country on visit visa to leave the country after suspending the extension of their visits and codifying approval of new entry visas.

They stressed that Interior Ministry in coordination with other government authorities, including the Ministry of Social Affairs and Labor and Public Authority for Manpower has instituted series of measures to resolve the issue of residency violations, especially for visit visa holders.

Some of the measures include new regulations to evaluate the needs of companies for expatriate workforce and transfer from one sponsor to another.

They added the ministry has been coordinating with the Manpower Public Authority to set strict conditions for filing absconding cases and mechanisms to verify the truth. They underscored that more than 7,000 of 220,000 absconding cases are cancelled monthly since 2015, and it became evident that many of them did not accomplish relevant procedures with concerned security authorities.

Meanwhile, following inspection campaigns that resulted in arrest of 229, among them 2 people wanted for criminal offenses, 140 for absconding, 7 wanted in civil cases, in addition to 4 marginal workers, 13 persons whose residencies expired, and 61 person without identification, two people have also been arrested for robbery and trading in liquor.

In related story, advertisements related to visa trade are widespread on social media which are aimed to take advantage of those who seek good lives. One such advertisement was posted by a Kuwaiti woman under the sponsorship of a law firm.

In this advertisement, she is inviting Egyptians to come to Kuwait for work by paying certain amounts of money either in full or in installments. Such advertisements contradict the efforts being exerted by Kuwait to fight human trafficking, reports Al-Rai daily.

After the daily contacted this woman through social media, she contacted a labor recruitment agency in Egypt, requesting a work permit for a laborer to work in car wash stations.

The response was, “The residence for a year for a car wash laborer is KD 1,250 and KD 1,650 for two years while the monthly salary will be KD 70”. The owner of the firm also explained that the money could be paid in three installments of KD 500 each.

Director of Public Relations Department and official spokesperson of the Public Authority for Manpower (PAM) Aseel Al-Mazyed explained that following up such published ads is not within the authority of PAM but it falls within the responsibility of Ministry of Interior.

The role of PAM starts as soon as the workers enter Kuwait. In the same context, Director of Public Relations and Security Media at Ministry of Interior Brigadier Adel Hashash affirmed that a team in the ministry is tasked with following up the advertisement on social media and locating the law firm so that it can be blocked from sponsoring laborers permanently

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