(MENAFN - Arab Times) The Ministry of Interior is expected to announce a three-month grace period for illegal residents either to leave the country without paying fines or legalize their status, reports Al- Seyassah daily quoting reliable sources. In the same context the sources said the Ministry of Interior is taking stock of residence law violators in all governorates.
The sources stressed the Assistant Undersecretary for Citizenship and Passports Affairs Major-General Sheikh Faisal Al- Nawaf has given instructions for directors of immigration officer to limit the number of offenders and a report on the number of violators is expected to be submitted to the Deputy Prime Minister and Interior Minister Sheikh Mohammad Al-Khalid.
The sources added the expected amnesty is closely linked to the number of violators and may be announced in conjunction with the national days holidays.
Meanwhile, Al-Anba daily quoted security sources said there are more than 120,000 violators of residence law who will be allowed to leave the country. The daily added, the amnesty is expected to be declared during the first half of this year.
The daily also quoted Assistant Undersecretary for Passports and Nationality Affairs Sheikh Faisal Al- Nawaf has started receiving expatriates who have problems with their residence status.
Sheikh Nawaf will issue instructions to General Immigration Departments in the six governorates to allow transfer or residence after making sure they pay fine not exceeding KD 600.