Kuwait proposes penalties against illegal expats’ sponsors. New report reveals the number of illegals have surged to nearly 150,000.
31 May 2022, 12:00 AM
30 June 2022, 12:00 AM
Kuwaiti authorities are likely to impose penalties on sponsors of foreigners who came to the country on visit visas and have not left in violation of rules, Al Anba newspaper has reported.
The penalties could include a two-year ban on those sponsors for obtaining any sponsorship visas; the paper quoted an unidentified source as saying.
The measures are being considered by the Interior Ministry after reports have shown that some 14,650 foreigners have entered Kuwait on visit visas in the past three years and have not left for their home countries, swelling illegal expatriates in Kuwait.
“The ministry is studying the possibility of giving illegals, numbered at 149,195 until May 1, a new grace period to leave the country without paying fines,” the source said.
Those illegals after departing from Kuwait, the source said, can be allowed to return to the country on new visas without being placed on non-entry lists.
“This grace period can be the last. After it, the ministry will launch massive campaigns and take extra measures against the violators and those sheltering them,” the source said.