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‘Give grace period to expats who failed to update passports data’
January 10, 2015, 8:27 am

Chairperson of International Immigration Organization Eman Oraiqat has requested the concerned Kuwaiti officials to give a grace period to the expatriates who failed to update the data of their passports, prior to imposing fines on them, in line with the ideology followed by HH the Amir of Kuwait Sheikh Sabah Al-Ahmad Al- Jaber Al-Sabah for which he won the UN ‘Global Humanitarian Leader’, reports Al-Rai daily.

During a TV interview, she stressed the need to respect the laws of the country because they are part of the country’s sovereignty, indicating that she is following up the case with the concerned officials. She said she is certain that the Kuwaiti officials will consider the ideology of HH the Amir Sheikh Sabah Al-Ahmad Al- Jaber Al-Sabah who was first known as the ‘Leader of Diplomacy’ before he was granted the title ‘Global Humanitarian Leader’ by the United Nations.

“We hope the expatriates who are forced to pay fines will be given a grace period to rectify their situation similar to the amnesty granted by HH the Amir to the violators of residency law in 2008 and 2012, which is in line with Kuwait’s status of being the ‘International Humanitarian Center”, she affirmed.

Regarding the statements issued by some Kuwaiti officials to reduce the number of expatriates in the country, she said, “We support any country that is keen about correcting its internal balance in order to protect its security and social infrastructure.

Therefore, we are cooperating with the concerned ministries to ensure implementation of a fair mechanism for reducing the number of expatriate personnel in Kuwait”. She added that human trafficking is considered as the third profitable illegal trade after drugs and weapons due to which the process of controlling the illegal companies that bring marginal personnel to Kuwait will be the first step on the right path.

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