Expats: Abusing the Kuwaiti system of amnesty gets you on a blacklist of deportation
Ministry of Interior and Ministry of Social Affairs said 120,000 residency law violators registered in their systems will not be able to renew their residency even if they pay fines, which amount to about KD 72 million.
They affirmed that the fate of these expatriates is nothing but deportation, no matter how long they disappear and remain hiding in the country.
These violators have been blacklisted in the system because they failed to present themselves to the concerned authority during the 1-month amnesty granted by the government in April as a humanitarian gesture. Those who do not leave the country by the stipulated deadline will be required to pay penalties and will not be allowed to return to Kuwait once they are deported.
The decree by deputy PM Anas Al-Saleh on March 26, however, did not give any reason why the opportunity was being given for illegal residents to leave without paying fines. Repeated warnings and numerous appeals launched by the Ministry of Interior urging them to take advantage of the deadline. After studying the details of these violators, it was discovered that most of them have been living in the country illegally for many years.
These violators belong to more than 15 nationalities around the world. The Indian community leads with about 30,000 violators, followed by the Bangladeshi community with 25,000, then Egyptians with 20,000, Sri Lankans with 12,000, Filipinos with 10,000, Syrians with 9,000, Ethiopians with 8,000, Pakistanis with 4,000, Indonesians with 4,000 and the rest from other nationalities.
The fines owed by them are estimated at about KD 72 million. Each violator is supposed to pay a flat amount of KD 600 regardless of the length of the violation period that passed after reaching that amount.
However, the sources indicated that there are about 15,000 residency violators who are eligible to renew their residencies despite not benefiting from the amnesty due to restrictions imposed on them such as travel ban or pending lawsuit at the judiciary, among other acceptable reasons.