Dropping residency permits for expatriates raising residency fees and visa fees

Many foreign residents have followed up today, new news about the revocation of residency for all expatriates who work outside their countries, and also based on this news, residency fees and visa fees have also been raised.

This order was announced by the Director of the General Department of Residency Affairs at the Kuwaiti Ministry of Interior, Brigadier Dr. Hamad Rashid Al-Tawala, that the residency of about 40,000 expatriates had been revoked. Last March, pointing at the same time to an expected hike in residency and visa fees, Al-Tawala confirmed today in a press statement today.

What is new in this news is also that the residencies of expatriates outside Kuwait have fallen due to the fact that they were not renewed by the sponsor, or the party they work for, which led to their deprivation of returning to Kuwait, except with an entry visa or a new visa, and in this regard, he added that the deputy Kuwaiti Prime Minister and Minister of Interior Anas Al-Saleh.

Today, he issued directives to facilitate the procedures for those whose residency has expired and who wants to cancel it permanently, and who has a passport that has expired and has been extended to grant him residency, and who number about 68 thousand expatriates, the majority of whom are Egyptian and Indian, explaining that this crisis was addressed by allowing granting residency, renewal and transfer , provided that his country's embassy stamps the extension.

In order to obtain an official letter certified by the Kuwaiti Foreign Ministry, to be received and to complete his transaction with ease and ease in the residency affairs departments in the six governorates of Kuwait, and indicated that this procedure comes out of sympathy with these residents, who have no guilt due to the Corona virus pandemic, And in order not to be stranded, especially since many of them want to return to their countries to enjoy vacation, especially after many businesses stopped working for some companies, pointing to the progress of about seven thousand residents from the Egyptian and Indian communities.

Their residency has been permanently canceled and left during the (Corona) crisis, most of them are singles, and with regard to a trend to increase fees, the Director of the General Department of Residence Affairs at the Kuwaiti Ministry of Interior revealed the preparation of a study to organize fees for foreigners' residency, increase fees for all types of residency, and enrollment Family, commercial, tourist and family visit cards, and submitted by the Kuwaiti Minister of Interior to the Fatwa and Legislation Department, indicating that legal approvals were taken and approved by the Council of Ministers.

The law will be referred as a matter of urgency to the Kuwaiti National Assembly; This is within the framework of Kuwait's efforts to address population imbalances, and he explained that the new fees for residence will be close to what is decided in the Gulf Cooperation Council countries.

Noting that it will see the light before the end of this year, after issuing a regulation specifying the amounts required for all categories of various residences, and on perceptions of modifying the demographic structure in Kuwait, Al-Tawala confirmed the discussion of several studies in the committee to address demographic imbalances.

Including a study on determining the age of the resident wishing to enter Kuwait, not exceeding 5 years, except for special cases required by those with higher degrees and experience, as well as stopping the transfer of all types of residence permits from the government to the civil or vice versa.

Joining a family and opening visitor card visas, stressing that residency in Kuwait will not be the same before the Corona virus crisis, but will be restricted in issuing visas, and granting entry visas to arrivals to the country.