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By Ben Garcia

KUWAIT: Indians in Kuwait kicked off yesterday their scheduled five-day grace period in availing amnesty granted by the Kuwaiti government to all nationals from April 1-30. Many undocumented Indian nationals flocked at the amnesty processing venue in both Farwaniya Primary School for Girls and Al-Muthana Primary School for Boys. Kuwait Times captured in video the long queue of amnesty seekers almost encircling the huge compound of two schools adjacent to Farwaniya Police Station.

Undocumented Indians have until April 20 to apply for the amnesty, and they must carry their belongings. Once their applications are approved, they will be immediately transported to a reserved holding area as they wait for their flights back to Delhi. Those who availed amnesty can leave the country without penalty plus a chance to come back if they wish to re-apply for a new visa.

Sunil who is from Hyderabad, India is one of those who stood in the long queue yesterday trying to avail amnesty. “I’ve been in Kuwait for a long time, about two years, without a visa and working in Shuwaikh as a car painter,” he said. “Now I want to go home and come back to Kuwait later.

I was a driver for a Kuwaiti family before and I left because I only got KD 100 salary per month. My friend helped me get the job in Shuwaikh, and thank God because I got more than double the salary. I want to work legally, so I took advantage of this amnesty.”

Approved amnesty applications can leave Kuwait without spending any fees as Kuwaiti government has earlier promised to cover the amount of airline tickets for all the approved amnesty takers. The Ministry of Interior has earlier scheduled the grace period for which each nationalities are given five days each to complete the process for the amnesty application.

Sri Lankan nationals are up next from April 21-25, followed by applicants from all other nationalities from April 26-30. Bangladeshi nationals applied from April 11-15, Egyptians from April 6-10 and Filipinos from April 1-5. Over 7,000 residency violators applied in first ten days alone, according to the Interior Ministry.

Violators are received from 8:00 am to 2:00 pm at the following locations: Male violators are received at Al-Muthanna Primary School for Boys, Farwaniya, block 1, street 122, while female violators are received at Farwaniya Primary School for Girls in Farwaniya, block 1, street 76.

Residency violators from all nationalities are also received in two difference locations in Jleeb Al-Shuyoukh as follows: Female violators are received at Roufayda Al-Aslameya School – Block 4 – Street 200, while male violators are received at Naeem bin Masod School – Block 4 – Street 250.

Source: Kuwait Times

By Faten Omar

KUWAIT: Kuwait’s Public Authority for Civil Information (PACI) has launched an online civil ID app where citizens and residents can carry their civil ID on their smart phone. To obtain the mobile civil ID, users must first download the app ‘Kuwait mobile ID’ for iPhones or Android devicess and then enroll in the program. The application is available in Arabic and English.

Requirements:

  1. Must be a citizen or resident of Kuwait with valid visa.
  2. Have a previously issued smart civil ID that is valid for a minimum of at least one month.

Process:

  1. Download the Kuwait mobile ID app.
  2. Register – You will need your civil ID number, serial number and passport number.
  3. Take a selfie.
  4. Complete the process. If accepted, your civil ID will now be on your mobile.

In other news, the Public Authority for Industry announced that companies that applied to evacuate its workers from Jleeb Al-Shuyoukh and Mahboulah must fill a ‘workers evacuation form’ in the website www.pai.gov.kw, and send the form via email to: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. The two areas have been put under total lockdown as part of measures to counter the spread of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19).

Co-op appointments
Separately, the Ministry of Commerce and Industry launched a website on Sunday to enable citizens and residents to book appointments to shop at cooperative societies in their areas. The ministry later announced that the website is a trial version and will be developed based on customers’ suggestions in order to launch it officially. The announcement noted that people who face trouble with mismatching addresses should choose the “unmatched address” option and add the current address number written in their rental contract.

The website is in its experimental stage, but some customers have tried it. One user told Kuwait Times that he booked an appointment for 5 am – it turns out that the website allows you to shop during curfew hours. “I booked an appointment for 5 in the morning and received two barcodes – one allowing me to leave the house during curfew hours and one for the co-op to allow me to shop at that time,” he said.

The website allows people to choose a date and time to shop in their area’s central co-op or its branches. The service aims to reduce crowding and long queues in front of co-ops and shopping centers. According to Minister of Commerce and Industry Khaled Al-Roudhan, other markets will be included on the website soon depending on its success. To visit the website, go to www.moci.shop.

Source: Kuwait Times

Upon the instructions of Health Minister Sheikh Dr Basel Al-Sabah, Health Ministry Undersecretary Dr Mustafa Redha and the Department of Infection Prevention, the health ministry has started to sterilize all hospitals and other health facilities on a daily basis as part of precautionary measures against the spread of the novel coronavirus and to keep citizens and residents safe.

KUWAIT: The State Audit Bureau (SAB) approved Saturday 12 contracts for sites to be used as quarantine for Kuwaitis returning from abroad. Speaking to the press, SAB’s undersecretary and head of the bureau’s emergency team Suleiman Al-Busairi said that they were in contact with officials from several locally based and international-brand hotels to discuss using their facilities for quarantine.

The contracts varied in daily expenses and services from KD 4,000 ($12,000) to KD 45 ($144), he indicated. The approval are within the state’s laws, Busairi affirmed, indicating that a number of hotels agreed to the deals, while others declined.

Expat flights
In other news, the Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) said Saturday that airliners could operate outbound flights for members of the expatriate community in Kuwait wishing to travel back to their home countries.

All airliners will schedule flights for several destinations in accordance with the cabinet decision made on April 9, affirmed the directorate. The DGCA will coordinate with airway companies to schedule the flights for expatriates eager to travel back to their respective home countries.

Stores closed
Separately, the Ministry of Commerce and Industry announced yesterday the closure of 17 commercial stores that did not abide by preventive measures laws as part of combating the spread of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19). In a statement to the press, the ministry said that two stores were reopened as well, adding that ministry inspectors monitored 279 cooperative societies, markets, commercial stores, and vegetable stand-alone shops to determine the extent of their commitment to new regulations and to maintain the stability of prices to products.

The ministry noted that their teams also monitored 80 ration house branches to ensure their abiding by the measures and the selling of food rations to people. The ministry added that it received 184 compliant calls on its emergency hotline, through their number 135, and 12 of those calls were received through their monitoring centers. – KUNA

KUWAIT: Bangladeshi nationals line up outside a school in Farwaniya which was turned into a center to receive applications wishing to avail the amnesty. – Photos by Fouad Al-Shaikh

KUWAIT: Bangladeshi nationals headed yesterday to centers set up by the Ministry of Interior to receive expatriates without valid residencies who are wishing to avail an amnesty allowing residency violators to leave the country between April 1 and April 30 without paying any fines or airfare with a chance to return to Kuwait later.

Bangladeshi applicants are received on April 11 – 15, followed by Indians on April 16 – 20, Sri Lankans on April 21 – 25, and other nationalities on April 26 – 30. Egyptian nationals were received on April 6 – 10, following a five-day period to receive applicants form the Philippines.

Violators are received from 8:00 am to 2:00 pm at the following locations: Male violators are received at Al-Muthanna primary school for boys, Farwaniya, block 1, street 122, while female violators are received at Farwaniya primary school for girls in Farwaniya, block 1, street 76.

Residency violators from all nationalities are also received in two difference locations in Jleeb Al-Shuyoukh as follows: Female violators are received at Roufayda Al-Aslameya School – Block 4 – Street 200, while male violators are received at Naeem bin Masod School – Block 4 – Street 250.

KUWAIT, April 9: Kuwait government launched Thursday a website for citizens abroad wishing to return to register their information to facilitate repatriation and make job of health authorities in Kuwait easy in receiving them. This platform will allow citizens abroad to register their information in order to facilitate their repatriation, Minister of State for Municipal Affairs Waleed Al-Jassem told a news conference following a cabinet meeting.

This platform will allow government departments to take appropriate decisions regarding the repatriation,” said Al-Jassem.

He urged all citizens to register at: https://withyouauth.e.gov.kw/ “The purpose is to have a single database for all citizens which will facilitate their admission into health facilities,” said Al-Jassem.Government spokesman Tareq Al-Mezrem, meanwhile, said all citizens abroad wishing to return would be repatriated.

The website, he added, included questions aimed at facilitating the job of health authorities when they receive the nationals upon their return.“These are important and accurate questions which are based on medical background,” he said.(KUNA)

 

 

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KUWAIT: The interior ministry arrested six expats who caused riots and will take legal measures against them and deport them from the country. In a press statement, the ministry said on Wednesday it received a complaint from a representative of a private company stating that a group of workers gathered and tried to assault him while delivering their salaries.

It added that a rescue patrol immediately moved to the location of the incident and upon its arrival, one of the company’s workers assaulted the police car. The patrol commander fired a precautionary shot in the air to disperse the gathering. The ministry stressed that an investigation has been carried out and the rest of the workers involved were being arrested and referred to the authorities. – KUNA

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