Kuwait interior ministry cancels deportation of 15,000 residency violators

Residents or visitors whose papers expired before January 1 would not be covered and were advised to leave Kuwait voluntarily or be deported. (AFP file photo)
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Updated 02 July 2020

Kuwait interior ministry cancels deportation of 15,000 residency violators

  • Government decision takes effect next week

DUBAI: The Kuwaiti interior ministry has cancelled plans to deport 15,000 residency violators on humanitarian grounds following the closure of government ministries that would have processed their documents to make stay in the country legal.

Those covered by the latest measure involve residents or visitors whose papers expired between Jan. 2 and Feb. 29.

“For humanitarian reasons and to amend the statues of approximately 15,000 people whose residence expired or were on a tourist or commercial visit in Kuwait the Ministry of Interior had previously decided to deport them later it was decided to amend their status and grant them temporary residence until Aug. 31,” according to a security source, Arab Times reported.

The decision, which takes effect next week, should not deter frequent travelers from visiting Kuwait for fear of being deported, the source added.

The Ministry of Interior however noted that residency violations committed before Jan. 1 would not be covered, hence it was necessary for undocumented individuals to leave the country voluntarily or be deported.

Spouses of husbands, wives and children of Kuwait citizens and also their domestic workers are exempted from the latest decision.


Iraq reports 24-hour virus toll record of over 3,800

Updated 2 min 27 sec ago

Iraq reports 24-hour virus toll record of over 3,800

  • The novel coronavirus has brought Iraq’s fragile economy to its knees
  • It made Iraq one of the worst hit countries in the Middle East, but still far behind neighboring Iran

BAGHDAD: Iraq’s health ministry Thursday reported 3,841 new COVID-19 cases over the past 24 hours, a record since the first infection was registered in February.
The latest count raises total confirmed cases in Iraq to 164,277, including 5,641 deaths, according to the ministry.
The novel coronavirus has brought Iraq’s fragile economy to its knees and overwhelmed hospitals already stretched by decades of conflict and a lack of investment.
Iraq reopened to commercial flights in late July after four months of lockdown. Earlier that month it had lifted other restrictions and reopened malls and shops.
But the number of confirmed virus cases had risen steadily until Thursday’s record tally.
It made Iraq one of the worst hit countries in the Middle East, but still far behind neighboring Iran where total confirmed cases since February are over 300,000.