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Indian embassy issues reminder regarding Amnesty procedures
February 18, 2018, 4:48 pm

The Indian embassy would like to bring to its community’s notice that the end date for the general amnesty from 29 January to 22 February granted by the Ministry of Interior for residency violations, is approaching and all illegal residents should immediately visit the Indian embassy to acquire the necessary documents to leave the country without paying a fine. 

The amnesty allows any expatriate stranded in the country on account of expired visas, or other residency-related problems, to either rectify their residency status and pay any accumulated fine, or exit the country without paying due fines.

In a follow up to the embassy’s earlier press releases on the matter, all residency violators who can leave the country without paying a fine/penalty in eligible cases, should avail of this opportunity at the earliest.

This notice also serves as a reminder that applicants who have requested ‘Out Passes (Emergency Certificates)’ from the Embassy should visit the premises to collect their documents immediately. The amnesty is not applicable to anyone who has a travel ban imposed on them from concerned legal authorities in Kuwait.

As per the Directives of Ministry of Interior Kuwait, regarding travel of expatriates back to their countries without payment of penalty/fine for violation of ‘Residency Rules’, the Indian embassy has released the following guidelines for the Indian community in Kuwait.

1. All Indian expatriates without valid Residency/Visa (Residency not obtained at all /Residency not renewed timely /or has a valid Residency, but intend to return to India) must utilize this opportunity to leave Kuwait before 22 February, 2018.
2. Expatriates (under Visa Article Numbers 18 & 20) with absconding cases (registered by sponsor/company) can leave Kuwait during this period using valid Passport OR a travel document, i.e. Emergency Certificate (EC), to be issued by the Embassy.
3. Expatriates with ‘travel ban’ (due to civil/criminal cases etc.) shall not be allowed to leave the country during this period. First, they have to obtain proper clearance from the concerned Authorities/Court/Ministry of Justice, Kuwait.
4. Those who are in possession of valid Passports (with air ticket) and not under travel ban can directly approach Airport Immigration Authorities for clearance and exit.
5. Those who do not have valid Passports, will have to;
a. Obtain an EC from the Embassy.
b. Along with EC, please approach Residency department (Passport) offices at various Governorates in Kuwait from where Residency/visa of individual was initially processed. EC will be verified and stamped at special counters (from 7 am to 2.30 pm) which will enable individual to travel.
c. EC forms (free of cost) are available at the Embassy and individual has to pay a fee of KD 5 only while submitting duly filled in EC applications. The individual has to personally collect EC from the Embassy on the due date of delivery.


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