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This came in a decree issued by the Emir of Kuwait, Sheikh Nawwaf Al-Ahmad Al-Jaber Al-Sabah, which stipulated that the Central Agency for dealing with the status of illegal residents shall extend the work on controlling the status of violating workers for one year.
On November 11, the Kuwaiti Ministry of Interior decided to grant migrant workers who violate the residency law, a new deadline to amend their status.
The Ministry gave the violators a month to renew residency or leave, after paying the prescribed fine, without referring it to the investigation authorities.
The decision issued by the Minister of Interior, Anas Al-Saleh, included those whose residency or entry visas expired on January 1 and earlier.
The decision stipulated that the one wishing to amend his status would present to the ministry from 1 to 31 December next “whenever the conditions stipulated for residency are met.”
The government said that about 130,000 expatriates will benefit from the decision, including about 60,000 domestic workers.
The Kuwaiti Minister of Interior had confirmed that violators who did not submit to amend their status would be punished within the said period.
Al-Saleh said that the violators will be punished with the penalties prescribed by law, and they will be deported from the country, and they will not be allowed to return to it again.
The Kuwaiti government aims to reduce the number of expatriates in the country, which currently stands at 2.65 million, who make up about 70% of the population, according to official data, in order to create a balance in the country’s demographics.
This includes successive and accelerated decisions to delegate jobs in the country; That is, the replacement of national workers with foreigners.