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Breaking News- Amnesty deadline extended to April 22
February 20, 2018, 3:35 pm

The government decision to extend the amnesty period for residency violators to 22 April, comes as a welcome respite for those expatriates struggling to rectify their illegal status by the earlier given deadline of 22 February.

A notice issued by Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Interior Sheikh Khaled Jarrah Al-Sabah on Tuesday, 20 February, stated that the amnesty period had been extended for two months with the end date now falling on 22 April, 2018.

To recap, the Ministry of Interior had earlier granted amnesty for residency violations from 29 January to 22 February. Any expatriate stranded in the country on account of expired visas, or other residency-related issues, were allowed to rectify their residency status and pay any accumulated fine, or exit the country without paying due fines.

In recent weeks, several Asian embassies had witnessed huge crowds as their nationals gathered there to obtain the necessary travel documents needed to facilitate their exit from the country.

Thousands of illegal residents had made use of the amnesty period to regain their residency or to leave the country voluntarily. But there were many more struggling to meet the Thursday deadline, to them, the decision by the interior Ministry to extend the amnesty period is no doubt of immense relief.

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