KUWAIT CITY, Feb 4: Director General of Residency Affairs Brigadier General Hamad Al-Tawala says the number of expatriates outside the country whose residency permits expired during the period from March 12, 2020 to January 10, 2021 due to the COVID-19 pandemic reached 182,393, reports Aljarida daily. He affirmed that the number of residency violators has been decreasing in light of the presence of online services and the decision to amend the status of violators.
In a press statement, Brigadier General Al-Tawala explained that the fate of expatriates whose residency expired while they were outside the country, and the circumstances that the country is currently going due to the spread of the virus necessitate the Council of Ministers to issue its decision No. 1016/2020, which stipulates “an emphasis on not granting entry visas of all kinds for all nationalities except with the approval of the Ministerial Committee for Corona Emergencies”.
Accordingly, their sponsors must obtain the approval of the committee to issue entry visas for their employees. When the latter enter the country, they must be granted the required residence under their employers’ sponsorship.
Regarding expatriates who possess valid residency and whose stay outside the country exceeded six months, Brigadier General Al-Tawala said, “Coordination is ongoing between the Residency Affairs Department and the Information Systems Department to suspend work for a period of six months, after which residency is forfeited for those outside the country in the event that it ends. Therefore, they may enter the country during the period of the validity of their residency, even if their stay outside the country exceeded six months”.
He revealed that the number of violators who benefited from it from April to December 31 reached 69,427. Regarding the issuance of family visas to parents as rumored through the social media, Brigadier General Al-Tawala said, “We do not currently have a study in this regard, and no decision has been taken concerning this matter.”