The kuwait government has announced that it will not deport 15,000 foreigners with overdue residency or visas.
According to Arab media reports, Kuwait’s interior minister said that the government, on humanitarian grounds, had allowed more than 15,000 foreigners to stay in the country whose residency or visa had expired.
Government agencies were closed due to the corona, which prevented foreigners from extending their residency or visas in a timely manner. Mostly visas have expired between January 2 and February 29.
According to Arab media reports, these 15,000 people include citizens whose Kuwaiti citizenship had expired or who were visiting Kuwait for tourism and business.
A statement from the Interior Ministry said that following the recent decision, foreigners will now be legally allowed to stay in Kuwait until August 31. However, there will be no concessions for those whose residency expires before January 1, 2020. ۔
He said that foreigners whose residence or visa expired before January 1 could return to their homeland voluntarily, otherwise the government would take action and deport them.
The Kuwaiti Interior Ministry said the decision would take effect next week and would not apply to Kuwaiti nationals, their families and employees.