Comprehensive plan to deport and amend the status of more than 100,000 residency violators

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KUWAIT CITY: 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 codify approval 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 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 complete relevant procedures with concerned security authorities.

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

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