Avail of amnesty scheme, Kuwait tells illegal expats

September 2nd, 2008 - 4:44 pm ICT by IANS  

Dubai, Sep 2 (IANS) Kuwait’s Ministry of Interior has called upon all illegal foreign residents in the country to take advantage of a new 45-day amnesty scheme that came into effect Monday.Sheikh Ahmad Nawaf Al-Sabah, the ministry’s undersecretary for citizenship affairs and passports, told reporters that illegal foreign residents should either regularize their papers or leave the country within the amnesty period that expires Oct 15.

He said that those who do not avail of the scheme would be deported from the country and banned from returning.

Expatriates, who claim that their passports were being withheld by their sponsors, should approach their respective embassies and get new passports, according to the terms of the scheme.

Al-Sabah said foreigners who entered the country on visit visas and who have not acquired residency visas, should approach the nearest exit point and leave the country.

Expatriates facing a travel ban because of absence from work can also benefit from the amnesty scheme and can leave the country through the exit points.

However, those facing court cases should approach the prosecution for settlement of their cases.

The scheme also allows those who have pending financial dues or unsettled libel cases to designate a third party to follow up on their cases and leave the country.

Expatriate parents of new-borns, who have not registered their babies, should approach the immigration authorities for registration, Al-Sabah was quoted as saying.

Kuwait is home to around 550,000 expatriate Indians.

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