Dropping residencies for 40,000 expatriates, raising residency and visa fees for several reasons

Residency was dropped by a new decision on 40,000 expatriates and residents, and then residence fees were raised, as well as visa fees, which made many residents of the country in the most distress, after the succession of crises on them, so it is not fair that they find themselves, unemployed in this the decision.

The residency revocation of expatriates in Kuwait, where the Director of the General Department of Residency Affairs at the Kuwaiti Ministry of Interior, Brigadier Dr. Hamad Rashid Al-Tawala, announced today revocation of residency for about 40,000 expatriates, and this came while they were outside the State of Kuwait, after the commercial air traffic stopped.

As a result of the new Corona virus (Covid 19) and its various changes, pointing at the same time to an expected hike in residency and visa fees, and Al-Tawala confirmed today in a press statement today, and the residency of expatriates outside Kuwait.

It fell due to the failure to renew it by the sponsor, or the entity they work for, which led to their deprivation of returning to Kuwait, except for an entry visa or a new visa.

He added that the Kuwaiti Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Interior Anas Al-Saleh issued directives to facilitate the procedures for those whose residency has expired and who wishes to cancel it permanently, and for those who have an expired passport that has been extended to grant them residency.

And who number about 68 thousand expatriates, most of whom are of Egyptian and Indian nationalities, explaining that this crisis was addressed by allowing granting residency, renewal and transfer.

This is provided that his country’s embassy stamps the extension, as well as obtaining an official letter certified by the Kuwaiti Foreign Ministry, to be received and to complete his treatment with ease and ease in the residency affairs departments in the six governorates of Kuwait, and indicated that this procedure comes within the sympathy with these residents.

Those who have no guilt due to the Corona virus pandemic, and so as not to be stranded, especially since many of them want to return to their countries to enjoy vacation, especially after many businesses have stopped working for some companies.

Pointing to the progress of about seven thousand residents from the Egyptian and Indian communities, also canceling their residency permanently and leaving during the (Corona) crisis, most of them are single.

With regard to a tendency to increase fees, the Director of the General Department of Residence Affairs at the Kuwaiti Ministry of Interior revealed that a study was being prepared to organize fees for foreigners' residence, and to increase fees for all types of residence, and joining a family.

And commercial, tourist and family visit cards, which were submitted by the Kuwaiti Minister of Interior to the Fatwa and Legislation Department, indicating that legal approvals were taken on them and approved by the Council of Ministers.

And that it is necessary to refer the law 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 required amounts for all categories of various residences, and on the 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 the State of Kuwait, that the residence period does not exceed five 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 visit card visas, stressing that residency in the State of Kuwait will not be the same as before the crisis of the Corona virus and its fourth wave, but will be restricted in the issuance of visas, and granting entry visas to expatriates to Kuwait.