KUWAIT CITY, Aug 11: There has been an increase in expiry of residence of expats who have been stranded outside Kuwait as the companies and individuals did not take advantage of the Ministry of Interior’s decision to renew them online. Around 75,000 residences have expired due to failure in renewing them online. Fate of families who are on dependent visas linked to the residency of the head of family have also expired in large numbers.
The responsibility of renewing the residence entirely rests on their sponsors or the individuals who have not renewed their residence although the Ministry of Interior had provided this feature of online renewal after taking into legal and humanitarian aspect.
The sources said “We are awaiting the decision to re-issue visas and return airport traffic to find solutions and study their files separately”.
Regarding the new residency law, which was approved by the Council of Ministers which was submitted to the National Assembly, the source stated that “it is a great victory to address the defect of the demographic structure through practical steps on the ground, especially as it includes a complete vision and regulates the presence of expats in the country, each according to his status , It also takes into account the legal and humanitarian aspects in a way that does not affect their presence in the country.”
The law allows the expat investor to reside for a period of 10 years after studying the feasibility of his project and is granted immediate residency and renewed as needed. There has been no amendment to Article 13 regarding the residence of expats for a period of 5 years and is renewed or not according to the procedures that the Ministry considers.
Regarding fees for renewal and new visas sources said that they are awaiting for issuance of the law and then issuing regulations that specify the fees for entry visas and visit visas