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Kuwait implements Three-Month Residency amnesty for violators

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Kuwait recently shook things up with a significant change in its residency rules, catching the attention of many. Sheikh Fahad Yousef Al-Sabah, Deputy Prime Minister, Minister of Defense, and Acting Minister of Interior, surprised many by announcing a three-month amnesty period for individuals who may have been violating the country’s residency laws with a bit too much enthusiasm. Starting from March 17th and ending on June 7th, this amnesty period is being hailed as a golden opportunity for expats facing visa violations.

Under this amnesty, expat residents who may have previously feared deportation can now breathe a sigh of relief and reset their stay period in Kuwait. The Ministry of Interior has made it clear: fines are the solution. Those who wish to benefit from the amnesty must settle their fines before June 17, 2024. Each visa fine carries a price tag of KD2 (approximately $6.5), with a maximum cap at KD600 ($1,952). Essentially, it’s a pay-up-or-stay situation, with the choice to leave the country without any repercussions.

The Residency Affairs Departments across the six governorates wasted no time and opened their doors early Sunday morning to receive applications from expatriates looking to amend their status based on the conditions set by the Ministry of Interior. However, initial reports suggest that the turnout on the first day was relatively low in certain departments compared to others.

Security sources indicate that on the first day, the number of expatriates applying to amend their status did not exceed 500. Despite this, there is anticipation that the number will increase in the coming days as individuals seek to take advantage of this unique opportunity.

The amnesty, estimated to benefit around 120,000 residency law violators of various nationalities, offers them a chance to rectify their legal status by paying any outstanding fines and avoiding security prosecution. However, after the amnesty period expires, the Ministry of Interior will resume its security campaigns to arrest violators and deport them, with strict measures in place to prevent their return.

To benefit from the amnesty, individuals must provide specific documents, including a passport copy, a copy of the civil ID, a new work permit, a copy of the new sponsor’s card, signature authorization, and an application form. This initiative marks a significant development in Kuwait’s residency regulations, providing a lifeline for those in violation to set things right.

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