Mr. Khalid Mohammed Al-Ajmi, Chairman of the Kuwait Society for Human Rights, said that the decision of the Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Interior Sheikh Khalid Al-Jarrah Al-Sabah to amend the status of violators of the residency law is a step in the right direction.
He pointed out that the ministerial decision issued yesterday will serve many migrant workers in Kuwait, whether they were unable to obtain residency for personal reasons or those who were victims of their employers.
“The Society appealed to the Minister of Interior to exempt the workers protesting in one of the known companies of fines calculated for violation of the law of residence, and that H.E. the Prime Minister and Minister of Interior responded to this appeal, and today is issuing a ministerial decision not only to modify the status of workers of the company, but all violators of the law of residency in Kuwait.” Ajmi said.
He called on violators of the law of residence to take advantage of this decision and modify their status or leave the country without paying fines and then return to it again to benefit from its services.
His Excellency the Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Interior Sheikh Khalid Al-Jarrah Al-Sabah has issued a ministerial decision on the rules for the dismissal of foreigners who have not obtained residence permits or whose residence permits expired and the resolution stipulated the following:
Article (1): Without prejudice to the travel ban issued by the competent authorities, every foreigner who does not hold a residence permit or whose residence has expired must leave the country during the period from 29/1/2018 until 22/2/2018 directly from any of the assigned ports, and the procedures are carried out at the ports needles of obtaining the approval any other authority.
Article (2): Persons interested in granting them residence in the country and are willing to pay the prescribed fine without referring them to the investigation bodies, the value of the fine shall be collected from them and their status shall be settled once they meet the conditions stipulated for residency.
Article (3): Any person who is caught within the period specified in Article (1) of this decision, in violation of the Foreigners’ Residence Law, shall be expelled directly from the country unless it is decided to deport him in accordance with the provisions of the law.
Article (4): Foreigners who violate the Foreigners’ Residence Law, and who have administrative or judicial impediments to leaving the country must submit to the General Directorate of Residence Affairs to consider the availability of the requirements for obtaining residence in accordance with the provisions and legal rules prescribed during the period referred to in Article (1) of this decision.
Article (5): The foreigner who violates the law of residence of foreigners who leaves or exits the country during the period specified in Article (1) of this decision shall be exempted from the penalties or fines prescribed by the Amiri Decree No. (17/1959) and its executive bylaws. The provisions of this Article shall not apply to those who enter the country after the date of the issuance of this resolution or who are in breach after that date.
Article 6: A foreigner who has left the country in accordance with the provisions of this Decree may return to it in accordance with the procedures prescribed by law unless prohibited from entry for other reasons.
Article (7): Any violator of Foreigners’ Residency Law who does not leave the country within the period mentioned in Article (1) of this resolution will be subject to the penalties prescribed by law and will not be authorized to stay and shall be expelled from the country and is not allowed to return to it again.
The Kuwait Human Rights Society is working on a project to raise legal awareness for migrant workers in Kuwait and provides lawyers for workers who complain and plead for free, as part of “Da’am” (Support) project under the patronage of Mr. Hassan Kazem Mohammed, Assistant Undersecretary for Social Development at the Ministry of Social Affairs.