Kuwait: No extension to grace period for overstayers

June 14, 2011

Kuwait will not extend a four-month grace period for foreigners staying illegally in the country, officials have said.

Expatriates who have overstayed their visas were given a grace period from March 1 to  June 30 to regularise their situation and leave Kuwait without having to pay fines for breaking the rules.

Although hundreds have left, the authorities said they expected a rush in the last days of June in a bid to beat the deadline.

The rules against visa violators will also be extended to domestic helpers who have absconded, said Abdullah Al Ali, the head of domestic helpers department.

Domestic helpers are not usually covered by the same labour laws.

“Runaway domestic helpers can leave the country without paying fines after providing their fingerprints to the authorities to determine that they have not committed any violations or crimes,” he said, quoted by Arab Times daily.

“Sponsors of domestic helpers should also play their part in this matter and help find solutions. They would be held liable in case they prevent domestic helpers from taking advantage of the grace period to leave the country. After June 30, the interior ministry will launch a campaign to deport visa violators,” he said.

Those who are deported will not be allowed back into Kuwait until they have paid the fees, in addition to other procedures, he said.




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Born August 3, 1960 in Monastir, Tunisia
Media career:
  • ABC News (Tunisia)
  • Bahrain Tribune
  • Gulf News
  • Bahrain Television News
Teaching career:
  • Monastir (Tunisia)
  • University of Bahrain
  • MA  Mass Communications, University of Leicester
  • BA  in English & US literature and studies, University of Tunis

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