Interior ministry denies general amnesty rumors

KUWAIT: The interior ministry has denied social media rumors which claimed an amnesty for visa violators has been announced from Jan 29, 2019 till February 24, 2019. “This report is untrue and lacks credibility,” the ministry’s relations and security department said in a statement yesterday, noting that it would launch an awareness campaign ahead of making any announcement.

Notably, the interior ministry had announced a general amnesty last year between Jan 29 and Feb 22, which allowed expatriates in violation of residency laws to either leave the country through any port without getting permission from any authority and without paying any penalties or legalize their status and continue residing in Kuwait after paying all fines and obtaining a valid visa without being referred to the investigation department. The amnesty was later extended for two more months.