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Philippines embassy relocated

Long lines to renew passports

KUWAIT CITY, Feb 15: On January 17, the Embassy of the Philippines launched a mobile service to extend passport validity only at the Kuwait Sports Club for the Disabled in Hawally area during the weekends due to the closure of its headquarters in Al-Saddiq area and its relocation to Sabah Al-Salem area, reports Al-Qabas daily.

Members of the Philippines diaspora form long queues at the Kuwait Club for the Disabled in Hawally to get their papers in order. Inset: A Filipina fills up the form on the bonnet of a car while waiting for her turn.

The building of the Kuwait Club for the Disabled in Hawally area witnessed severe congestion due to many Filipino workers heading there to extend the validity of their passports.

This caused confusion and severe pressure on the employees of the headquarters. According to reliable sources, the process of extending validity of passports began with 2,200 Filipinos.

During this weekend, 1,000 new applications were submitted. The service will continue the coming weekends on February 19, 20, 26 and 27. The concern of many Filipinos whose residency was not renewed by their employers and whose passports were valid for less than a year is what prompted the embassy to launch a mobile consular service, with the support of some Filipino organizations in Kuwait, at the end of every week in February to extend the validity of passports.

The sources appreciated the Kuwaiti authorities for allowing the provision of temporary mobile consular services in the Kuwait Club for the Disabled, stressing that the embassy requested the support of the Ministry of Interior and some Filipino organizations to manage the place in order to avoid crowding and strictly adhere to the health protocols.

In a statement published on its website, the embassy urged its citizens to bring all the necessary documents including the filled passport application forms, the original passport and a copy of it, and a copy of the civil ID, as well as an amount of KD 6.500 to submit the application, and stressed the need to adhere to health instructions.

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