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Kuwait further extends grace period for illegal residents

17 April 2021

The Kuwaiti authorities have announced further extension of grace period for illegal foreign residents in the country by another month.

The deadline for such expats was due to expire on Thursday, but as per the decree by Interior Minister Thamer Al Ali, the grace period has been extended until mid-May, the media said, citing Security Relations and Media Department at the Interior Ministry.

The authorities also urged illegal residents to consider re-adjusting their status during the new extension period, and has emphasized that those failing to do so will be liable to penalties which may include denial of residency permission, deportation and ban on re-entering the country.

This extension also aims to grant time for illegals to legalize their status and avoid associated penalties that may be applicable once the grace period ends, said authorities.

Kuwait has continually extended the grace period for illegal residents in the past months. The first grace period began in March last year with the global coronavirus outbreak and was supposed to end in May.

Recently, Kuwait is also working on redressing its demographic imbalance amidst the onset of the pandemic.

Robin Vinod

Writer/blogger who writes on topics such as travel, real estate, employment and everyday life on GCC countries.

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