Kuwait Extends Olive Branch to Expatriates with Amnesty Offer

Last Updated on March 17, 2024 2:04 pm

In a bid to foster goodwill and alleviate the plight of expatriates residing illegally in Kuwait, the government has launched a three-month amnesty period, set to run until June 17. The initiative, announced by Sheikh Fahad Yousef Al Sabah, Deputy Prime Minister, Minister of Defence, and Acting Minister of Interior, coincides with the holy month of Ramadan, signaling Kuwait’s commitment to humanitarian principles.

This grace period offers a lifeline to expatriates who have fallen afoul of residency laws, providing them with an opportunity to rectify their status or depart Kuwait without facing fines. With an estimated 120,000 expatriates expected to benefit from this initiative, Kuwait aims to reaffirm its position as a bastion of humanitarianism, offering a reprieve to those in need.

During the amnesty period, individuals in violation of residency regulations can choose to settle any outstanding fines and regularize their status according to prescribed guidelines. Alternatively, they have the option to leave the country via designated ports without incurring penalties, with the possibility of re-entering Kuwait under new regulations in the future.

However, Kuwait emphasizes the importance of adhering to legal frameworks, urging violators to seek assistance from the Directorate General of Residency Affairs to address administrative or legal challenges. Following the conclusion of the amnesty period, stringent measures will be enforced against non-compliant individuals, including deportation and potential blacklisting.

To facilitate the process of status adjustments, Kuwait has imposed a maximum fine cap of KD 600 for expatriates seeking to regularize their residency status. This measure aims to streamline the transition for those availing themselves of the amnesty offer.

In light of Kuwait’s amnesty announcement, Major General Md Ashikuzzaman, Bangladesh’s High Commissioner to Kuwait, has encouraged Bangladeshi expatriates living illegally in the country to seize this opportunity. Acknowledging the significance of Kuwait’s gesture, he urged illegal residents to avail themselves of the amnesty, emphasizing the potential benefits of rectifying their status in accordance with Kuwaiti law.

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