80,000 illegals still in Kuwait: report
The Gulf Cooperation Council countries have already started applying a law that bans any expatriate deported from one of the GCC countries from entering the rest of the GCC countries, Annahar daily quoted reliable sources as saying. They said the new law is based on the GCC security pact. Moreover, the country which deports an expatriate will be allowed to take his fingerprints and share the information including the fingerprints with the rest of the GCC countries to protect the Gulf organization from any exterior hazards.
In the same context, sources confirmed that the GCC countries are coordinating efforts to control drugs through exchange of information such as the names of smugglers and modus operandi and other data. On the local front, the sources pointed out the number of residence permit violators have reached 80,000 based on the statistics issued by the Ministry of Interior.
The daily added the Interior Ministry is exerting tremendous efforts to reduce this number through intensive campaigns and deportation of the violators. The sources also said expatriates who hold Egyptian and Syrian travel documents will not be allowed to visit the country except after getting approval from Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
An agreement has been reached between the General Department of Residence (formerly known as the Immigration Department) and the General Administration of Criminal Evidences to send the fingerprints of arrivals into the country automatically to the General Administration for Residence within 48 hours of fingerprinting the person, with the exception of the newcomers to link the approval of the residence permit to the General State Security Administration to check on them and give security clearance, reports Al-Rai daily.
The sources added, the e-fingerprints which has been accredited to the Criminal Evidences Department has contributed significantly to reach this mechanism to shorten the time and effort and eliminate red tape. Meanwhile, the Director-General of the Department of Public Affairs Major-General Talal Al-Ma’arafie has issued a cognitive decision not to allow the drivers and the company representative (holding Article 18 residence) who have returned to their countries for good, to return to the country before completion of two years after their departure. The decision is aimed at curbing manipulations and trafficking in visas.