Stop granting expatriates a residence permit for more than a year at the beginning of next month

Stop granting expatriates residency for more than a year starting from next month, as the Ministry of Interior has stopped granting residency to expatriates for a period of two years or more, and also decided to be satisfied with only one year, including the wives of citizens and children of female citizens, mothers of expatriate citizens and the wives and children of expatriates as well.

Today, reliable Kuwaiti sources said that “the reason for granting residency for one year came due to the repercussions of the emerging corona virus pandemic, which hindered many businesses.”

Noting that "granting residency to expatriates within these categories for more than one year requires medical examinations, review of security restrictions and other technical matters." According to the Kuwaiti Al-Rai newspaper.

In this regard, she indicated that “the suspension of granting residency for more than one year applies to everyone, except for workers in the private sector who are inside Kuwait and have official work permits for two years or more.” Out of about 130,000 violators, only 400 expatriates applied to the residency affairs departments. To settle their situation, from the beginning of the deadline, the first of December, until yesterday.

In this regard, sources reported that the Ministry of Interior has given violators of the residence law an opportunity, for a period of one month, to adjust their status or leave the country, but the response of violators or their sponsors has so far been very weak, noting that the ministry has launched a platform to receive reviewers through pre-booking.

Indeed, about 2,300 references booked appointments through the platform, but those who visited during the past days were very few, either because they declined to come to the residency affairs departments or because they changed the appointments to other days.

Attributing the reluctance of violators to apply in large numbers to their inability to pay fines and the high prices of travel tickets, the sources advised all violators to take advantage of this deadline, which is the last deadline granted by the Ministry of Interior to them.

Because it is determined, after its completion, to launch security campaigns in all governorates around the clock to apprehend all violators and remove them from the country, which will lead to them not being allowed to enter Kuwait and the Gulf Cooperation Council for a period of five years.