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PACI to begin issuance of Smart Civil ID cards to expats and nationals

The Public Authority for Civil Information (PACI) will soon distribute smart Civil ID cards for nationals and expatriates under various categories, said Musaed Al-Asousi, the Director General of the authority.

Al-Asousi made the announcement during a press conference at PACI headquarters, to mark the beginning of issuing Smart Civil ID cards for expatriate private sector employees who hold Article 18 visa and those with dependent visa (Article 22).

He explained that this came following the issuance of similar cards to Kuwaitis, GCC nationals, expatriate employees in public sector and other Kuwaitis.

Al-Asousi said that issuance of the cards will be done gradually, such that the procedures will begin in the Capital and Mubarak Al-Kabeer governorates. He clarified that the authority will no longer issue the old version of the card to expatriates on articles 18 and 22 visas, to those residing in both governorates from this week.

The card will be issued only on submission of the following documents latest passport photograph, blood group, copy of passport, which should be available when applying for renewal of residence permits. He also emphasized that the card will not be issued through telephone or internet inquiry and that submission of these documents are a must.

Expats residing in other governorates, who wish to obtain Smart ID cards can also submit applications if they have requisite documents, irrespective of their residential areas, he said.

The applications can also be submitted at PACI branches in the immigration offices in the Capital, Ahmadi, Hawally, Mubarak Al-Kabeer, Jahra, and Farwaniya.

In the next phase issuance of cards will be done for Jahra, Hawally, Ahmadi and Farwaniya areas.

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