Amnesty begins today to leave without paying fines or airfare with Filipino residency violators



Residency violators in Kuwait have been granted a 30-day period starting today to leave without paying fines or airfare, with the possibility of returning to the country later. Violators have been instructed to come directly to the designated processing venues in Farwaniya on specific dates depending on their nationality.

Illegal Filipino residents are the first on the list of expats to be given a chance to leave. The Philippine Embassy in Kuwait has published an advisory with regards to the procedures to be followed. “Undocumented Filipinos and those with absconding cases are encouraged to go to the following processing centers of the ministry of interior from April 1-5 from 8 am to 2 pm,” the advisory reads. Males should proceed to Al-Muthanna Primary School for Boys (Block 1, Street 122) and females to Farwaniya Primary School for Girls (Block 1, Street 76) in Farwaniya.

“Amnesty applicants must bring their valid passports along with two pieces of luggage (20 kg each plus 7 kg hand carry bags). Those who have no valid passports should bring three passport-size photos with blue background,” according to the advisory. Embassy officials at the venue will process the travel documents of Filipinos who need them.

The ministry of interior has offered a one-month amnesty from April 1 to 30 to tens of thousands of expats living illegally in the country to leave without paying any fines and with the promise they will be allowed to return when the situation normalizes. The interior ministry has prepared 12 schools in the six governorates, six each for males and females, for such expats who prefer to go home. The ministry said that those who refuse to go will be penalized and denied reentry into the country.

Violators will be received from 8 am till 2 pm according to the following dates and nationalities: Philippines (April 1-5, 2020), Egypt (April 6-10), India (April 11-15), Bangladesh (April 16-20), Sri Lanka (April 21-25), other nationalities (April 26-30, 2020).

Manpower authority director Abdullah Al-Motouta urged embassy representatives to urge their nationals to seize the opportunity and benefit from the advantage of getting free tickets during the amnesty period without paying any fines, especially since the labor market is currently going through a recession due to the health situation.-K.T.