Kuwait has announced another grace period for expats living without residence in the country, offering them one month to either to legalise their status or exit the country, Minister of Interior Sheikh Thamer Al Ali issued the ministerial decree extending the grace period upto May 15.
The deadline for those expatriates was due to expire on April 15 but has been extended as a result of the prevailing situation and violators of the residence permit have been given another month to legalise their stay.
The extension comes as a relief for residents whose residence permits have expired as ministry of interior has urged them to renew and validate their status during the new extension period.
Kuwait has strict laws for residents whose visas are expired, imposing penalties, including deportation from the country and a re-entry ban.
The latest extension comes during the holy month of Ramadan when work is limited to only 4 hours including only 30 per cent workers present at the ministry. A partial curfew is also in place from 7 pm to 5 am.
Expats are not allowed to enter the country since January this year as part of efforts to contain the spread of the virus Kuwait, only certain categories related to health services and domestic workers are allowed with strict restrictions so any exodus of expats will see a huge repercussion in the labour market