General Department for Residency Affairs will start the implementation of Article 12 of Expatriate Residence Law 17/1959 and Article 15 of bylaw Number 640/1968 repeated, which stipulate that residence visas issued for expatriates should not exceed the validity of passports. The law will be activated as of Jan 1, 2016. In a statement, Assistant Undersecretary for Citizenship and Passports at the Ministry of Interior Major General Sheikh Mazen Al-Jarrah Al-Sabah said the sector is trying its best to ensure that citizens and expatriates enjoy the comfort of completing transactions in a way that serve public interest.
He explained implementation of the law is in the interest of citizens and the expatriate community, noting the authority has given enough time within which everybody must check the validity period of their passport to regularize the status before approaching the department for new visa.
He explained that the residence will be canceled automatically after the passport becomes invalid, thus the passport must be renewed before an applicant can obtain new visa. He urged concerned residents to transfer visas from old to new passports on time whenever they change their passports.
He also advised Kuwaitis to follow up the validity period of their domestic employees’ passports to avoid violations. He noted the sector is in constant contact with the Public Relations and Security Information Department to embark on awareness campaigns for citizens and expatriates at the land, sea and air borders, in addition to citizen service centers and the offices affiliated to General Department for Residency Affairs.
He pointed out that the sector has communicated with the Undersecretary of Foreign Affairs, the Public Authority for Civil Information, and General Department for Public Relations and Security Information to activate and implement the decision effectively. He revealed that awareness publications have been produced in five languages; Arabic, English, Indian, French and Urdu. He assured the publications will be distributed from the government agencies to private establishments, and civil society organizations to accomplish the objective.