30,000 expats in Kuwait face fines for expired residence permit

Cairo: Around 30,000 expatriates in Kuwait become illegal and face fines accrued after their residence permits expired earlier this month, Kuwaiti newspaper Al Qabas reported.

These migrants are not covered by a recent decree by Kuwaiti Interior Minister Anis Al Saleh providing for an automatic extension of residence permits and expired visit visas for another three months, the newspaper said, citing security sources.

The decree applies to those whose residence permit expired before August 31, not after.

“Expats who have failed to readjust their residency status under the impression that their stay is still valid until November 30 are now illegal and fines will pile up on them,” a source said.

They face a penalty of two dinars per day. The Department of Residence Affairs in Kuwait’s six governorates has recorded the expiration of residence permits for thousands of expatriates since September 1, noting that their sponsors or employers have not requested readjustment of their status, including obtaining temporary residence or new work permits, the sources said.

Any expatriate whose residence permit expired at the end of August is now a violator of Kuwaiti residency law and will therefore be fined two dinars per day, they warned.

Foreigners make up nearly 3.4 million of Kuwait’s 4.8 million inhabitants.

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