Panic digs in as expats gate crash for biometrics without any dates

Frustration, uncertainty, ‘iqama’ expiry worry Asians, Arabs

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KUWAIT CITY, April 2: As the first month of the grace period draws to a close, the Ministry of Interior notes significant crowds at biometric fingerprint centers, emphasizing the importance of prior appointments for smoother processing, reports Al-Rai daily. The three-month grace period, stipulated by the Ministry of Interior for citizens and residents to complete their biometric fingerprinting, has reached its first milestone. Throughout this initial phase, individuals are required to undergo biometric registration, a crucial procedure for official transactions and documentation. Reports from various fingerprinting centers highlight a substantial influx of visitors, particularly among residents.

Yesterday, a notable gathering was observed outside the Investigation Department at Al Farwaniyah Security Directorate. These crowds are anticipated to persist until the deadline, slated for the end of May, with an estimated 670,000 procedures already completed. In response to a viral video depicting congestion at one of the centers, the Ministry of Interior reassures the public of appropriate measures taken to address the situation. Emphasizing the necessity of appointments, the Ministry underscores the “Matta” platform for scheduling via “Sahel” before visiting designated centers. Unauthorized walk-ins are discouraged to streamline operations and avoid delays.

The Ministry assures that sufficient capacity and resources are allocated to accommodate all within the specified timeframe. However, challenges persist, particularly in densely populated areas such as the Farwaniya governorate, home to approximately 800,000 residents. Queues and overcrowding outside centers have necessitated the rescheduling of appointments through the “Matta” platform.

Many individuals express frustration and uncertainty over canceled appointments, especially those nearing the expiration of their residency permits. Concerns arise regarding the timely completion of essential procedures to avoid disruptions in their legal status. Requests are made for additional centers and extended operational hours to cater to the overwhelming demand. As the Ministry continues its efforts to streamline the biometric registration process, individuals are urged to adhere to appointment protocols and remain patient amidst ongoing adjustments. With the Eid holiday approaching, anticipation grows for the reopening of appointment slots and the alleviation of overcrowding at centers.

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