Illegal migrants will be deported, fined if they do not change residency status. In addition, sponsors who fail to help the departure of illegal immigrants may face legal consequences.
Kuwait does not intend to repeat a series of grace periods. A Kuwaiti newspaper mentioning a security source has allowed illegal emigrants to change their residency status in the past months.
“With the most past grace period, which expired in June, those who have not complied will face associated fines. In addition, “They will not be allowed to legalize their residence, will be deported from the nation, and will not be allowed to return.”
Fines for Illegal Immigrants
According to the source, the illegals will also pay fines for their violations, which will be one dinar each day starting from the expiration of the previous deadline.
Fines for Sponsors
Sponsors who fail to help the departure of illegal immigrants covered by their sponsorship may face legal consequences. According to the source, the consequences might include a ban on future sponsorship.
“There are no excuses for offenders to remain in the nation since the beginning of the pandemic because hundreds of aircraft have left Kuwait airport, which was not closed for departure flights throughout the whole or partial health curfews [placed in the country],” the source noted.
Kuwait has an undetermined amount of illegal residents. However, they were believed to number around 100,000 visa violators last year.
Kuwait has frequently extended the grace period for illegal foreign residents to alter their status in the past months.
Global Coronavirus Outbreak
Following the global coronavirus outbreak in March of last year, the first grace period began in March of this year and was set to finish in May 2020.
Aftermath of the Pandemic
In the aftermath of the pandemic, the Gulf country has been working to correct its demographic imbalance.