Expats scramble to rectify residential status before holiday for ‘Eid’ begins

Priority for those with expired ‘iqama’; 1,200 cases dealt with

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KUWAIT CITY, April 9: Various departments at the Interior Ministry were crowded on the last working day before the Eid Al-Fitr holiday, especially the Residency Affairs General Department, which received a directive from Assistant Undersecretary for Residency and Nationality Affairs Major General Ali Al-Adwani to complete the transactions of clients before the holiday without violating any law, reports Al- Jarida daily quoting a reliable source from the security sector. According to the source, the Farwaniya Governorate Residency Affairs Department completed 1,200 transactions with the satisfaction of clients who, along with their employers, thronged to the department on the last working day before the holiday. The daily’s staff visited the department in Reggae to personally observe the work atmosphere on the last day before the Eid holiday.

They were surprised by the large number of expatriates who came to submit their applications. Deputy Director of the department Colonel Adeeb Al-Suwaidan spearheaded the implementation of the plan to ensure the smooth processing of transactions despite the huge crowd, which included sorting the transactions to prioritize the urgent ones. Al-Suwaidan supervised the distribution of numbers to the clients after checking their documents at the main door of the department, such that those with urgent transactions were allowed to enter immediately to complete them within official working hours. The transactions included renewal of residency permits, issuance of visit visas, amending the status, transferring information, and renewing the residency permits of wives and children for those who hold family visas among others. Urgent corporate transactions were received in the morning and were completed at the end of the official working hours.

The department instructed those whose transactions are not urgent to come back after the holiday. A limited number of commercial and family visit visa transactions were received, so they were completed quickly; while other visit visa transactions were postponed until after the holiday due to the heavy workload on the last day before the holiday. After the holiday, priority will be given to expatriates whose residency permits expired during the holiday.

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