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108,796 residency violators in Kuwait from 2015 to 2018

48 pct of violations registered under Article 20 visas

KUWAIT CITY, Dec 16: There were a total of 108,796 residency violators in the country during the period from 2015 to end of 2018.

According to an official report for the year 2018 issued by the General Department of Immigration on expatriate residents in the country, 52,619 of these residency violators, which is about 48 percent of the total violators, were registered under article No. 20 visa (domestic worker visa).

This is followed by residency violators under article No. 14 visa (temporary visa), which reached about 25,155.

The violators of article No. 18 visa (private sector employees) came third with 22,018 violators as a result of increase in the annual cost for transfer from KD 300 to over KD 600 from the year 2015, as per the prices in the “visa trading” market.

The report also indicated that violators of family residency visa (article No. 22) came fourth with 8,418 individuals due to increasing financial pressures on expatriate families.

Regarding the violators under article No. 17 visa (government work), the report stated that they numbered 435. The number of violators under article No. 24 visa (self-sponsors) reached 142. The number of violators under article No. 19 visa (practicing free activity) reached 10 and the violators under article no. 23 visa (student visa) was only six.

Meanwhile, informed sources attributed the high increase in the category of “housemaids” to the role of domestic labor bureaus in recruitment of domestic workers continuously without considering to guarantee the rights of the sponsors in case the workers abscond.

Also, many citizens insist that the domestic labor recruitment bureaus are the ones encouraging domestic workers to abscond. Regarding the increase in the number of violators of “temporary residency”, the sources indicated that the increase in the number of visa traders and the delusion of many victims that “commercial visit visas” enable them to stay in the country are the reasons behind the increasing violations by holders of that visa.

By Najeh Bilal Al-Seyassah Staff

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